On Sunday, history geeks were treated to two distinct shows that deal with history and time travel.
“Making History” on Fox is a comedy about Dan (Adam Pally), a maintenance worker who works at a local college and discovered a way to time travel via a duffle bag. In the past, his flirtation with Paul Revere’s daughter, played by Leighton Meester, stops the battle of Lexington and Concord from happening. Dan enlists the help of Chris (Yassir Lester), a history professor, in order to help kick start the American Revolution. This show gives audiences a comedic take on history. “Making History” answer the questions no one would ever think of, like how would colonials react if they saw sliced ham. The show uses lyrics and movie references to get the attention of colonials, and these are just some of the pop culture references in this show. “Making History” brings a great sense of comedy to a subject that is not always a favorite in school.
“Time after Time” is ABC’s new Sci-Fi drama loosely based on the 1979 book that revolves around the misadventures of Jack the Ripper, played by Josh Bowman, and H.G Wells (Freddie Stroma). The show begins in 1893 Victorian England where Wells unveils his time machine to his dinner party guests. It isn’t until Scotland Yard comes to the door does Jack the Ripper steal the time machine and travel to present day New York City; Wells makes it his mission to track the ripper down and bring him to justice. This show has brilliant writing that goes along well with incredible acting. This is particularly obvious when Wells is at a bar in the 21st century watching the news on TV and he sees all the evil in the future which has him in tears because he had hoped that everyone would have been a utopia in the future. The show leaves you wondering what happens next, and how will they use the element of time travel from here on out.
These shows have both time travel and history. Which to watch is up to the audience. If you like comedy you can’t miss “Making History.” If you always wanted to know who H.G Wells was and what he believed in, then “Time After Time” is a definite watch. “Making History” airs Sunday Nights on Fox at 7:30 p.m. and “Time After Time” airs Sunday Nights on ABC at 8 p.m.