The Time Traveler’s Wife Episode 2 is the second instalment of a science-fiction romantic-drama television series written by Steven Moffat and based on the novel of the same name by Audrey Niffenegger. The novel was previously adapted as a film in 2009 and received mixed reviews.
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The Time Traveler’s Wife Episode 2 utterly redeems the potential of this series after the poor showing of the first one. Possibly because in this episode, the series deviates significantly from the novel and film adaptation to chart its own path based on the unique premise. While there were too many creepy icky moments in that first episode, this one is all heart and the engagement is too deep to be ignored.
The Time Traveler’s Wife Episode 2 focuses on Henry’s mother and her death as a significant event in his life, which will draw him to that tragic moment time and again. The opening sequence itself is worth the entire price of admission. The manner in which the death is presented is excellent and it’s impossible not to be emotionally affected by that scene. First class writing and execution.
In addition, The Time Traveler’s Wife Episode 2 dives deeper into Henry’s relationship with his eight-year-old self – a concept that is both wild and dissonant – but handled with warmth and tenderness. We are not sure how the series managed to improve significantly between episodes but we are not complaining. Hopefully this level of greatness can be maintained for the rest of the series.
This time around, Claire is a sounding board for Henry, and in fact represents all the viewers in her responses – which is clever writing no doubt. Downplaying this whole aspect of Henry ‘grooming’ young Claire is absolutely necessary so we do appreciate the ‘new’ direction. Keep this up and we will definitely recommend the series.
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