UPDATE JULY 21, 218: The HeliCLOCKters are still flying, but due to weather, one of the HeliCLOCKters scheduled for the flight has been delayed. The flight has been pushed to 2pm PST. The flight will move forward as planned at that time. You can watch the live stream on Facebook Live at Save Timeless HQ after the launch. Fans looking for the meetup can meet at 2pm PST in the same time and place.
Never underestimate the power of a passionate fanbase.
Timeless fans have been spending hours tweeting and tirelessly working to save their favorite show in the form of postcards, letter campaigns, and phone calls, even sending paperclips to studio executives to demonstrate their passion for the show since the series was canceled back in June.
But in the last two weeks, the Save Timeless campaign launched their most ambitious project. They started a Go Fund Me to raise money for a helicopter and a 4,000 square-foot banner to fly over the throngs of 130,000 people, including several studio executives, present at San Diego Comic-Con.
The campaign raised $23,000 and now the helicopters are set to take flight this Saturday on a three-hour flight.
“It doesn’t surprise me at all that Timeless fans put their money where their mouth is. We’ve been shouting from the rooftops that we’ll pay for more of our favorite show. Well, the fans united and they didn’t disappoint,” Jordan Hawman said in a press release.
“They raised $23,000 in less than two weeks! Networks and streaming services would be crazy not to recognize the kind of drawing power and passionate fan base Timeless has,” Hawman continued.
The helicopter, which has been re-branded the “HeliCLOCKter” will be tag-teamed with a second helicopter that will livestream the flight. In a nod to the show, fans are calling the HeliCLOCKters “The Mothership” and “The Lifeboat” after the two ships the characters use to travel through time.
The 4,000 sq. ft. banner will say: “You Guys Want to Get Rufus Back, Or What?” the last line from Timeless Season 2 Episode 10 “Chinatown.”
The helicopters will take flight on Saturday, July 21 at 12 pm PST and will fly down California’s south coast to reach the convention center. They are expected to make five or six laps around the convention center, with each lap taking approximately ten to twelve minutes to complete while traveling at a speed of 50 knots (53 mph) You can get up updates by RSVPing to the Facebook event.
For Timeless fans who are attending San Diego Comic-Con, the organizers have set up an official meetup to watch the helicopters together at 12:30 PST at the southwest corner of the Hilton Hotel.
Fans who won’t be present are still able to watch the helicopters take flight with a Facebook livestream. You can sign up to get notified for when the stream starts on the Save Timeless website.
Timeless ran for two seasons before being canceled a second time by NBC. The series follows historian Lucy Preston, soldier Wyatt Logan, and pilot Rufus Carlin, as they travel through time in an attempt to keep the skull and bones society, Rittenhouse, from messing with their present for their own nefarious purposes.
The series is loved for its honest portrayals of history, with the “Time Team,” as the trio was dubbed, meeting historical figures such as Marie Curie, Davey Crockett, and Harriet Tubman.
It also included portrayals of lesser-known historical figures like Bass Reeves, the first black U.S. Marshal of the West and the inspiration for The Lone Ranger, and Katherine Johnson, one of the women who helped win the space race. It also included several storylines featuring women who broke barriers, and the LGBTQ community at different points in history.
This isn’t the first time that Timeless fans, have been down this road. After Timeless Season 1 Episode 16, “The Red Scare”, fan outcry prompted NBC to un-cancel the series after three days, bringing it back for a ten-episode run.
After being left with the mother-of-all cliffhangers at the end of Timeless Season 2 Episodes 9 & 10, “The General/Chinatown,” fans mobilized to create the campaign you see before you.
For more information about the Save Timeless fan campaign, and to find out about future campaign efforts, you can go to savetimeless.com.
What did you think of Timeless? Will you be watching the heliCLOCKters on Saturday? Let us know in the comments below.
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