The Time Traveler’s Wife Episode 3 is the third 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 ed in 2009 and received mixed reviews.
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The Time Traveler’s Wife Episode 3 returns to the narrative focus that we saw in the first episode i.e. on Claire, the titular character. But of course, Henry, the time traveler himself is at the centre of each episode so far, plays a significant role albeit at different ages. That aspect is perhaps the most unique quality about this concept and showcases Moffat’s stellar writing abilities. This allows clever scenarios to be crafted within that unique concept that is quite unlike most science fiction TV shows that involve time travel.
While the concerns of that first episode remain valid – that Henry is ‘grooming’ the younger version of his wife Claire a hundred and fifty-two (!) before actually meeting her in the ‘normal’ chronology (i.e. without time travel) – the cringe factor is dialled down as we have Claire at ages 13 and 16 mostly in this episode. Still somewhat disturbing but at least, we have seen more of the context that the story is told and perhaps that helps to make it more palatable. Slightly.
But really, the main question that is being answered here is – how does a decent man tell an under-aged girl that she is his wife in the future? Well, he lies, is the answer. And Henry consistently lies to Claire despite the circumstances until he inadvertently lets the truth in a dark chapter of Claire’s life. Very well handled it must be said.
The Time Traveler’s Wife Episode 3 demonstrates that there is great potential in this series if more complicated writing is employed to keeps things intriguing. Recommended.
Now streaming on HBO Max.
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