Timeless (2016–2018)
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The King of the Delta Blues 

When Rufus and Jiya add a fourth seat to the Lifeboat, for the first time ever, Connor Mason joins the team as they travel back to the dusty backroads and smoky juke joints of the ... See full summary »


Greg Beeman


Eric Kripke (created by), Shawn Ryan (created by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Abigail Spencer ... Lucy Preston
Matt Lanter ... Wyatt Logan
Malcolm Barrett ... Rufus Carlin
Paterson Joseph ... Connor Mason
Sakina Jaffrey ... Denise Christopher
Claudia Doumit ... Jiya
Goran Visnjic ... Garcia Flynn
Annie Wersching ... Emma Whitmore
Michael Rady ... Nicholas Keynes
Kamahl Naiqui ... Robert Johnson
Gavin Stenhouse ... Don Law
Susanna Thompson ... Carol Preston
Wiley B. Oscar ... Muddy Waters
Radha Blank Radha Blank ... Bessie Smith
Natasha Marc ... Betty


When Rufus and Jiya add a fourth seat to the Lifeboat, for the first time ever, Connor Mason joins the team as they travel back to the dusty backroads and smoky juke joints of the Depression-era South to rescue the life and legacy of Robert Johnson, who, legend has it, bought his musical genius from the devil for the price of his soul. Meanwhile, Agent Christopher keeps Wyatt in the present to execute a dangerous raid on Rittenhouse headquarters.

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Release Date:

22 April 2018 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Rufus uses the alias "Rufus Carlin". George Carlin played the character "Rufus" in the films "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" and "Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey". Both of these films involve time travel. See more »


At approximately 9:45 into this episode's soundtrack, Jiya (Claudia Doumit) asks Denise Christopher (Sakina Jaffrey), concerning instructions to Wyatt Logan (Matt Lantner), why she's not "sending in the calvary [sic]". In response, Denise answers, "I don't trust the calvary [sic]". The correct word, of course, is "cavalry". Although it's properly rendered in the English subtitles, it's just mispronounced. It's certainly easy enough to do given the similar spellings. But what, perhaps, makes it a little more interesting is that this slight error was made by both actresses and apparently not caught on-set. See more »


Don Law: What's the matter, Robert? Too shy to be famous?
Robert Johnson: I'm gonna make us both famous.
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References The Unit (2006) See more »

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The Straw That Broke the Camel's Back
30 April 2018 | by joe_538See all my reviews

I finally gave up on the series after watching the first few minutes of this episode. It seemed like a chore for the past few weeks, and the claim that everything from the Civil Rights movement to Watergate wouldn't have occurred without rock and roll (which, in turn wouldn't exist without Robert Johnson) was too silly, short-sighted, and pretentious to continue with. Johnson had one minor hit in his lifetime with Terraplane Blues, and was virtually unknown to black blues fans until the 1961 release of a compilation album. You can't influence people if they've never heard your music. As music historian Elijah Wald plainly put it, "Very little that happened in the decades following his death would have been affected if he had never played a note."

The Civil Rights movement wasn't dependent on a style of music, (even then, gospel is the one most associate with it) nor did R&R have anything to do with Watergate or an Asian civil war. The series was just trying to promote another falsehood (while undeniably accomplished, Bass Reeves wasn't the inspiration for The Lone Ranger, either). There had been well-founded complaints on the now-defunct message boards about the lack of historical accuracy, inconsistencies in the show's rules of time travel, and shoehorned agendas, but the series had promise, so I kept giving it another try.

I've finally had enough.

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