Before there was Chuck Berry, The Beatles and Michael Jackson, there was Robert Johnson. When Elvis Presley was just a toddler, Johnson recorded several songs that became so influential, they created a movement. That movement is Rock’n’Roll. As we know that music changed the world and caused people to make a difference with civil rights, the women’s movement and free love. That is why Rittenhouse wants to stop him. Tonight at 10p on NBC’s Timeless, Lucy (Abigail Spencer), Rufus (Malcolm Barrett), Flynn (Goran Višnjić) and Connor Mason (Paterson Joseph), who knows about the recording of The King of the Delta Blues, travel back to the Gunter Hotel in San Antonio, Texas on November 23, 1936 to make sure that these songs recorded.
When they get there, they stop Rittenhouse. The only problem is, it causes a rift between Johnson and record producer Don Law and the singer walks out. Now the team has to do all they can to convince Johnson and Law to record the songs that gave birth to Rock’n’Roll. Is this the case that is the crossroads for all of them?
I have to, sadly, admit that I did not know about Robert Johnson and his music before this episode. As I watched it, I read about him on the internet and what an extraordinary life he had. Sadly, he would be dead within two years of this day, but what he left behind is music that makes your hips do something that even the kings that came after him could not do.
As I write this post, I am listening to the songs he recorded in less than two years and you can hear his greatness. The way he plays the guitar, it truly is like the devil was possessing his fingers to make that sound.
Like the show’s title, it is timeless. This is what makes Timeless so special. Not only is it entertainment, it is also educational. It teaches things like Ben Franklin’s mom was in Salem during the witch trials, how several African-American woman were the brains in NASA and that legendary actress Hedy Lamarr created the technology we know today as Wifi. We learn one type of history in school, but I prefer the one we get with Timeless!
Of course, I enjoy it because each week the cast and crew give us an episode that both educates and entertains at the same. More entertainment than educational, and that is what good TV is all about. That is why fans, like me, fight to keep it on the air.