Timecop (TV series)

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Timecop
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The television series' logo
GenreScience fiction
Created byMark Verheiden
Based on
Timecop
by
Directed byPeter Hyams
Allan Arkush[1]
Jim Charleston[1]
StarringTed King
Don Stark
Kurt Fuller
Cristi Conaway
Theme music composerBrad Fiedel
ComposerRoss Levinson
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes9
Production
Running time60 minutes
Production companiesLawrence Gordon Productions
December 3rd Productions
Dark Horse Entertainment
Universal Television
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution
Release
Original networkABC
Original releaseSeptember 22, 1997 (1997-09-22) –
July 18, 1998 (1998-07-18)
Chronology
Preceded byTimecop

Timecop is an American science fiction television series. The show was broadcast on the ABC network and first aired in 1997.[2] The series is based on the successful Jean-Claude Van Damme film, Timecop (1994) from Universal Studios, which was in turn inspired by the Dark Horse comic of the same name.[2] Thirteen episodes of the series were ordered,[3] but only nine episodes aired.

The show was broadcast on the ABC network and first aired in 1997.[2] It did not use any cast from the film and only one character was reused

Premise[edit]

In 2007, time travel is a reality using time sleds to enter the time stream. However, the technology has leaked beyond the United States government. Rogue time sleds built by other parties are sending criminals into the past for a price. The Time Enforcement Commission was formed to retrieve and arrest the criminals, preventing the alteration of history.

Cast and characters[edit]

  • Ted King as Officer Jack Logan
  • Don Stark as Captain Eugene Matuzek Matuzek is in charge of the TEC and is the only character carried over from the film the show is based on, although recast with a different actor.
  • Cristi Conaway as Claire Hemmings Hemmings was originally part of the TEC’s science and research division providing support at headquarters. She eventually accompanies Logan in the field on missions. She is also Logan’s romantic interest.
  • Kurt Fuller as Dr. Dale Easter The TEC's chief historian, Easter has a range of historical interests and is a film buff who can cite the major historical events given the title of any film.

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"A Rip in Time"Allan ArkushAlfred Gough, Miles MillarSeptember 22, 1997 (1997-09-22)
2"The Heist"David GrossmanMark VerheidenSeptember 29, 1997 (1997-09-29)
An infamous jewel thief returns to 1977 to steal $10 million in diamonds that were never recovered when his robbery was foiled. Logan and Detective Langford (William Devane), who captured the thief in 1977, return to try to capture him and find the gems.
3"Stalker"Philip SgricciaElliot SternOctober 6, 1997 (1997-10-06)
4"Public Enemy"Chris LongAlfred Gough, Miles MillarOctober 13, 1997 (1997-10-13)
Ian Pascoe escapes from his cell and kidnaps Hemmings to ransom for his time watch, demanding that Logan meet him with it in 1928 Chicago, where Al Capone and Elliott Ness also join the conflict.
5"Rocket Science"Robert SingerMark VerheidenOctober 20, 1997 (1997-10-20)
In 1944 Germany, Logan tries to find out who is providing advanced technology to the Nazis to turn the V-2 into the ultimate weapon.
6"Alternate World"Martha MitchellAlfred Gough, Miles MillarJune 20, 1998 (1998-06-20)
Logan desperately revisits his own past in 1989 after a disgraced TEC member changes it, making him a wanted fugitive in 2007, hated by all of his colleagues.
7"Lost Voyage"Jim CharlestonMark VerheidenJune 27, 1998 (1998-06-27)
On board the transatlantic cruise liner Empress of the Americas in 1939, Logan and Hemmings battle hijackers from the future seeking to steal her cargo of gold bars. They are aided by Hemmings’s future grandmother (Melora Hardin).
8"D.O.A"Philip SgricciaLinda McGibneyJuly 11, 1998 (1998-07-11)
After Logan and Matuzek are murdered, Hemmings goes back to earlier that day to warn them so they can try to find and stop the murderer.
9"The Future, Jack, the Future"Oz ScottArt MonterastelliJuly 18, 1998 (1998-07-18)

Development[edit]

In 1996, the Los Angeles Times reported that ABC ordered a new prime-time series based on the 1994 science-fiction movie Time Cop. The pilot was written by series creator Mark Verheiden.[2]

Based on differences in cast, characters, costumes, TEC procedures and technology, episode 5, "Rocket Science," appears to be the original pilot episode and changes were made when the series entered production. Among them:

  • Amy Fuller is the historian rather than regular character Easter. Easter is present but has a vague administrative role instead. He also appears to be angry, jaded, unfriendly, cynical and even more sarcastic than the laid-back history nerd of the series.
  • A scene was inserted to try to explain Hemmings' absence wherein Matuzek says Fuller was substituting for Hemmings, but Hemmings' specialty was science and technology, not historical research.
  • A young character named Kreutzer is an assistant to Easter, but does not appear in any other episodes.
  • TEC headquarters is busier, with more personnel and numerous captured time fugitives in period costumes being led through in restraints.
  • Matuzek, Easter and other personnel in TEC headquarters were costumed in unconventional business suits suggesting the near future, while in the show, Matuzek reverted to contemporary suits and Easter wore short sleeve casual shirts.
  • Logan uses a handheld device for data retrieval while on the mission.
  • Logan protests being sent on missions, unlike in the rest of the series.

Cancellation[edit]

Due to low ratings and poor advertising, the series was cut short after less than a season, and only nine out of the thirteen episodes were aired.[4]

“ In 20/20 hindsight, I wish the show had been darker and grittier both in terms of the storytelling and stylistically. But we were trying to deliver an 8:00 pm show. That meant doing something 'suitable for children,' so gritty wasn't going to happen. We were just getting our sea-legs, story-wise, with our last episode, which was a sweet story about Don Stark's character Matuzek trying to reconnect with his teenage son. But we were canceled as that episode was wrapping production, and that, as they say, was that."

— Mark Verheiden, about the cancellation of Timecop.[4]

Novels[edit]

Daniel Parkinson was hired to write an adventure spin-off trilogy based on the series that continues the adventures of TEC agent Jack Logan as he hunts down rogue travelers and brings them to justice before they can alter the past.[4] The trilogy consisted of The Scavenger (August 1998), Viper's Spawn (September 1998) and Blood Ties (March 1999). It was published by Del Rey Books.

Availability[edit]

On April 1st, 2021, all aired episodes except #2 "The Heist" became available to stream for free at TubiTV. For some reason, that episode is skipped, and episodes 3-9 have been renumbered as 2-8.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Timecop - TV Series - Cast, Credits and Awards - NYTimes.com". Tv.nytimes.com. 2007-01-18. Retrieved 2009-08-15.
  2. ^ a b c d "One Step Forward, One Step Back in TV's Crime Fight". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-11-08.
  3. ^ Allstetter, Rob (August 1997). "'Lois & Clark' Meets Kryptonite". Wizard (72). p. 119.
  4. ^ a b c Garcia, Frank (April 20, 2017). Science Fiction Television Series, 1990-2004: Histories, Casts and Credits for 58 Shows. McFarland.

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