In its first season, “Timeless” has taken viewers journeying through time to experience such historical events as the crash of the Hindenberg and meet the likes of 1930s Chicago mob boss Al Capone and legendary outlaws Bonnie and Clyde.
“Timeless” will wrap up its first season on Monday, Feb. 20, and ET Canada spoke with star Malcolm Barrett (who plays technician Rufus Carlin) about what we can expect in the season closer.
“It’s going to be really crazy,” says Barrett of the episode, which finds Rufus, Lucy (Abigail Spencer) and the rest of the team in Washington, DC during the 1950s at the height of the controversial “blacklisting” hearings led by Senator Eugene McCarthy.
Playing Rufus, explains Barrett, has given him not only a showcase for his own talents, but has given him insight into the notion of time travel that he wouldn’t have otherwise had.
“This is probably one of the most developed character arcs I’ve had the pleasure of being a part of,” says Barrett. “It’s been a lot of hard work but its been good to use this muscle. People are beginning to see me in a different light. It’s just been amazing to be a part of this incredible ride, this incredible character.”
Barrett also discusses how Rufus has evolved from who he was at the beginning of “Timeless” to the man we see in the season finale.
“There have been a lot of different roads that Rufus has taken, and he’s gone from the most reluctant of individuals to saving the day,” says Barrett, “going from guy who doesn’t want to leave his desk to killing a man was a big arc change for me.”
Rufus, he explains, is “becoming a man of action but is also growing into himself, and he’s affected by the change around him… he’s come to realize, ‘This is bigger than me, bigger than what I want.'”
If it really was possible to travel through time, Barrett says he’s given some thought to which eras he’d like to visit and the historical figures he’d hope to encounter.
“I’d like to maybe meet Salvador Dali or experience the Harlem renaissance and hang out with James Baldwin… meet Josephine Baker and Ernest Hemingway,” he says.
As the season concludes, what does Barrett hope viewers have taken away from watching “Timeless”?
“Hopefully you take away a sense of adventure, and a thirst for history,” he says. “This has been a fun world to create.”
The season finale of “Timeless” airs Monday, Feb. 20 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Global; you can also watch full episodes of “Timeless” online.