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Timeless – The Murder of Jesse James (1×12)

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Murder should not be as easy as it is for Wyatt, Rufus and Lucy but unfortunately in their line of work it is.

This week our trio took on the Old West working side by side with the characters they’d only heard about in the Lone Ranger – the Johnny Depp starring film.

We kick things off with each character facing their own crisis, one they’ll have to continue facing throughout the episode. Lucy has a nightmare about her sister – she calls her out for “enjoying” time traveling and not focusing on getting her back. Heck, she even forgot her birthday. Wyatt pays his wife’s killer a little visit and forces him to fess up to the murder. When he wishes he could change things, Wyatt coyly states, “not unless I had a time machine.” I see what you did there. Rufus comes to work thinking he scared the coats off of Rittenhouse only to find that Connor Mason in fact did pick a side and it wasn’t his. Jiya shares her excitement about being trained as the next Lifeboat pilot, which would make him “expendable” when she finally gets the hang of it. This is by far the most intriguing because it’s a direct result of Rufus’ actions from the day before – finally standing up to Rittenhouse and dangling the “I’m the only pilot” scenario in their face. Could they really kill off Rufus within 6 months?

Without wasting anytime, Flynn makes his “daily jump” and they cowboys have to suit up and follow along. They quickly realize Flynn wasn’t in the mood for preserving history, sparing Jesse James, who should have been killed while dusting a painting. What does Flynn want with a famous killer and where did they go? Knowing they can’t track him down without someone that knows the lay of the land, they turn to Lucy who for a brief moment, snaps out of her funk to help the boys out, bringing them to the best Sheriff in town – the Lone Ranger aka Bass Reeves. “The Lone Ranger is black?” Rufus asks. “Awesome.”

With the historical equivalents of The Lone Ranger and Tonto, they embark on a mission to track down Flynn and James, an unlikely pairing but one that made sense considering in order to destroy Rittenhouse, he has to take out the bad guys and become one himself. Seeing Flynn, who is never scared of much, actually intimidated by Jesse, especially when it came to not knowing if he could be trusted was refreshing and changed up the roles a bit – it’s usually the trio scared of Flynn’s unpredictability.

The big bloody journey ended up being for a woman… isn’t it always? But not just any woman – the OG Lifeboat pilot named Emma, who had faked her own death and hid out in the Old West in her little cabin to escape Rittenhouse. What a satisfying turn of events. At first she’s weary of Flynn but realizes he means no harm, especially since he too had been taken advantage of by them. He convinces her that she has to help him beat them and together, they travel back to the present… but not before giving James a high powered gun. Seriously, who does that? Sometimes, I’m really disappointed in Flynn. He teeters on the good and bad line, but I know that he’s in this for the right reasons. Why does he have to make it so difficult for everyone?

When the crew arrives at the cabin, they are shocked to see it’s filled with 2000-esque technology, which bewilders Reevs and Tonto. Before Rufus is able to process that Emma is in fact alive, they’re shot up by James, who is having way to much fun using his high powered gun without supervision. Tonto is hit by a bullet and dies in the process but even that isn’t enough to make the Lone Ranger crack. As soon as he realizes that Wyatt is about to break his promise, he orders him to put the gun down. Wyatt knows that killing him is technically the right decision considering he should have died earlier in the day. Surprisingly, it’s Lucy who comes with the assists, making her first kill for the greater good.The Lone Ranger is disappointed that they killed someone that was “surrendering” but if he only knew.

I’d say Rufus had a point in saying “good men” shouldn’t kill that easily, but only if they were killing innocent people. So far, the only times Wyatt or Lucy pulled the trigger was really to take out someone that deserved it – Jesse James, H.H Holmes, etc.

Back in the present day, Rufus watches Connor train Jiya, who thankfully isn’t as unaware as we thought. I mean she doesn’t know the depth of how messed up this place is and is totally clueless about Rittenhouse but she does know that Mason is a sketchy man. He did threaten her after all when she hacked into his system and stole logs from previous flights, stumbling upon intel that the first pilot, Emma, died on a mission.

The fact that she’s alive probably should have been kept a secret but Rufus was quick to let the higher ups know that she escaped with Flynn. I found this strange considering he didn’t know if she was actually still alive when Flynn got to her. What if she was dead?

And if Rufus wasn’t struggling enough with all the death, time travel and blackmail, Wyatt asked him to help him steal the time machine and kill his wife’s killer. We’ve been leading up to this for a while now but I never thought Wyatt would be crazy enough to go through with it. Not only could they get in serious trouble, their taking a big risk because what if this doesn’t guarantee Jessica stays alive? And what about his feelings for Lucy? Echoing Bass Reeves this week, “who the hell ever said easy and right were the same thing?”

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Timeless – The Red Scare (1×16)

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Timeless hasn’t received an official renewal from NBC but it better not be running out of time given that cliffhanger.

As I watched the season 1 finale, I couldn’t help but realize how much I really connected with the show. Often times, you get a series where you don’t care what happens to the characters, you’re just along for the ride. But I truly wanted to know how Lucy, Wyatt and Rufus would break free from Rittenhouse’s hold without actually killing everyone like Flynn planned.

As the episode progressed, I kept thinking that things were getting resolved; loose ends tied up. This had to mean that the show wouldn’t return for a second season. But then came the jaw-dropping, game-changing cliffhanger. More about that later!

We’re on high alert when the episode kicks off with Agent Christopher bringing Jiya to the hideout to see Rufus, who just manned the ship while bleeding out from his gun shot wound. He’s seriously grown into such a badass! Knowing they couldn’t risk taking him to a hospital or they’d get caught by the cops, Lucy calls her “fiancee” aka the guy she really doesn’t know, to fix him up. He’s all like “your mom and I are worried about you” and “why are you dressed like Jackie Kennedy” and she’s all like “oh shit, I didn’t change” and “I’m not the same person you fell in love with… literally, I don’t even know who you are.”

So, Lucy breaks it off with him and tells him to get going because it’s dangerous. She wasn’t exaggerating either. A few minutes after he leaves, Flynn jumps to 1954 D.C, the day of the huge Rittenhouse summit, and as they jump with a 4th person on board – Jiya to man the ship while Rufus recovers – the NSA comes storming in to arrest Christopher.

Upon arrival in 1954, Wyatt and Lucy attend to matters of stopping Flynn while Rufus and Jiya stay back to just catch up. You’d think it would be super low key but Rufus can’t help but freak out that they took an extra person on the ship that was only designed to carry 3. It doesn’t seem like a HUGE deal until Jiya’s eye turns bloodshot. Then she faints and starts having seizures… and Rufus can’t reach anyone for help.

Understandably so, Lucy and Wyatt are kind of busy. Flynn sold them out as communist spies in order to get the address of the summit. Wyatt’s not one to be held down and before you know it, he’s there to rescue Lucy, his damsel in distress. With the government agents on to look out for them, they must find a new way to sneak into the summit and Lucy knows just the person – Ethan Cahill, her anti-Rittenhouse grandfather.

They follow him to what they think is the meeting only to make a large realization – Ethan’s hanging out at a gay bar. In the 50’s being gay was punishable by death so really, it’s no surprise he’s not keen on the idea of chatting with a bunch of strangers who know his name.

Eventually, they made their way inside the basement of the summit and just as Wyatt was about shoot Flynn, Lucy stepped in between. Killing all of Rittenhouse, including Ethan, would eradicate her. She knew a way to stop them without actually having to hurt anyone or change the course of history.

 

They went back to the ship, where Lucy told Ethan the truth – they were from the future, she was his granddaughter and they needed his help stopping Rittenhouse. They asked him to lead a double life, going undercover and collecting all and any information on the society. Lucy then promised to come find him in the present day, which she did and Ethan was shocked to see that she still looked the same. Perks of time travel.

What’s fascinating to me about the show is the idea of actually being able to travel through time and meet people when they were younger and they’d still remember the occurrence in the present day. Ethan admitted that he was hesitant, sometimes questioning if he’d imagined the whole thing but was convinced when his son Ben Cahill told him he bore a daughter whose name was Lucy. He then gave them an address to an apartment with files upon files of information on Rittenhouse members.

Agent Christopher was never tried by the NSA because Conor Mason helped her escape. Turns out, he wasn’t the bad cop after all but simply pretending in order to get what he wanted – a way to track every single human in the world. With that, they were able to start taking out Rittenhouse member after Rittenhouse member.

Then, the timeline sped up. It actually seemed like the crew was going to get a happy ending – for the most part. To put things in perspective, happy here is not having Ben Cahill kill all of Rufus’s family.

Rufus was at the hospital with Jiya and the doctors couldn’t explain what happened to her. She thought she was fine until she had some kind of seizure/vision which brought her between a good San Francisco and a completely destroyed one. She couldn’t explain the out of body reaction – was it a disease she got in 54? Was it injected to her in Mason Industries? Was she seeing life with Rittenhouse and life without it?

Wyatt was getting ready to head out for another mission but decided to stay in town for awhile. He wasn’t completely over his wife’s death but time traveling helped him realize one thing – he couldn’t live in the past. He had to stop wishing that things were different and instead, made the moments in the now count. And in the now, he didn’t want to leave Lucy and that meant something right? I was desperately hoping these two would finally lock lips but props to the writers and director for holding out on it. It shouldn’t be rushed, not for these two.

Flynn was going to use lifeboat one last time to go save his wife and children after Lucy gave him the names of the Rittenhouse members. Unfortunately, he was never able to execute his plan because Agent Christopher had Lucy tailed and arrested Flynn, who was not pleased to be betrayed. “He’s still a terrorist,” she told Lucy. Personally, I think she could have just given it a break – she’s not an angel herself and in the end, they were both fighting on the same side, even if their motives differ; his was getting revenge for his family, hers was saving the world.

Since there was no more chasing Flynn, there were no more missions and therefore, no reason for the time machine. Mason was going to have them destroyed, right AFTER Lucy took one last trip to bring back her sister. Before she departed, she went to say goodbye to her mother and have a heart-to-heart explaining everything – that she’d been MIA because she was time traveling, that her sister’s existence was real and that she would try to save her, despite her mother being very ill in the different “timeline.”

Her mother embraced her and then responded, “Rittenhouse would never let that happen.”

Our jaw’s dropped just like Lucy’s. “What,” everyone asked.

“How do you think I met your father?” Carol says. “We both come from good, strong Rittenhouse families. And that almost makes you royalty.”

The way she said royalty sent chills down my spine.

The ultimate betrayal is finding out your dear mother, the one you loved and trusted ALL YOUR LIFE, was actually part of the society you were trying to dismantle this whole time. How much did she know? Did she know what Lucy was up to this whole time? Did Rittenhouse erase Lucy’s sister on purpose? How did Ethan not collect info on her mother?

Something tells me, that journal she gifted Lucy definitely had something to do with all of this. Now that it’s back in Lucy’s possession, maybe it can lead us to more answers, given the show gets renewed.

And how could it not? We were so close to finally just being “free” and then in one second, our whole stomach sank as the realization that we were right back at the beginning set in.

And if that wasn’t enough, the time machine’s weren’t destroyed, they were taken over by Emma, Flynn’s “aid” and Rittenhouse’s mole. This however doesn’t make much sense considering we found her hiding out in the 19th century. Maybe Emma killed the Rittenhouse mole after catching onto what they were planning?

As far as performances go, this was the strongest we’ve seen, with every single character contributing powerfully to the episode. Now all that remains is seeing what’s next but I for one am ready to make the jump again and again.

 

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Timeless – Public Enemy No. 1 (1×15)

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Our 3 time jumpers are now fugitives as Timeless raises the stakes.

The new boss, Agent Neville, orders Rufus and Lucy to travel to 1962 and murder Flynn’s mother in cold blood. He’s tired of always being one step behind Flynn and playing catch up to him every time he takes out the ship. Understandably, Rufus and Lucy balk at the idea but are told that a trained assassin will go with them to finish the job. If they refuse to go, they’ll be tried with treason.

Left with no choice, the team jumps and then takes a lesson from Wyatt’s book, taking out their bodyguard with a tranquilizer. Then, they jump back to present day, with Rufus crashing the system at Mason Industries to ensure that they aren’t tracked. They land back in the present day, this time, at Wyatt and Agent Christopher’s hide out garage.

Rufus tells them they only have a few hours before Mason and his team are able to get the computers back up. At this point, Wyatt persuades the team that their first task should be getting Lucy’s sister back. It’s only fair since much of this mess was created because he selfishly took the ship out to try to save his wife.

Unfortunately, at that moment, Flynn decides to take the mothership out to 1931 and saving Lucy’s sister is put on the back-burner, since you know, Flynn could destroy the whole world if they aren’t trailing closely behind him.

Upon arrival, they find out that Flynn has somehow, probably using his incessant charm, inserted himself into Al Capone’s circle, thus making him innocent and changing history.  Why is it that the way to taking down Rittenhouse always involves history’s sociopaths?

Looking for a way to locate Flynn and Capone, they team up with Capone’s biggest enemy, Chicago lawman Eliot Ness. They tell Ness they’re private investigators hired to look into Flynn, a notorious gangster in San Fran. While they’re plotting Capone’s take down, one of his men comes up and shoots up Ness’s hideout, killing the self-proclaimed “untouchable.”

Lucy decides to contact Capone’s secret brother Jimmy Capone, who now goes by the name Richard Hart. The prohibition officer refuses to help them at first but as we know, Lucy can be very persuasive. When they get to Capone, they’re a bit too late as Flynn has departed with what he wanted – mayor of Chicago, William Hale Thompson, who is also a high-ranking member of Rittenhouse.

All that work to get to one man, I wondered? Well Flynn left with a key piece of advice –  the date of a meeting in DC between all of Rittenhouse’s biggest names. Methinks that’s where we’re all traveling next.

Capone’s meeting with his brother goes south quickly when he tells him the only other reason he’s there was to arrest him. And we obviously can’t meet with a mafia mobster without an epic shootout! Capone tells them that Flynn ordered him to kill “the black one” and as he shoots Rufus, Jimmy shoots and kills him.

Rufus, who has been the heart, brains and soul, of the show and their operations is losing a lot of blood. Not to mention, he’s their only chance at getting out of this place – neither Lucy nor Wyatt know how to pilot the ship. They do their best to get him back in the machine but just as things start whizzing, Rufus passes out.

Back at Mason Industries, Conor is furious that Rufus pulled something like this. He punishes Jiya because “their sleeping together” and even though its unfair to assume she’d help her boyfriend get away with this, she does. The minute he’s able to get the systems back up, she takes them down once again. This would be the saving grace that our trio needed however Rittenhouse is planning to use NSA intelligence to expand their surveillance so that they can track anyone at any single moment time – past of present. Sounds scary? Well it is.

What do you think the season finale will bring? Will Rufus survive?

Do they make it back? Will they be able to travel to 1954 and stop (or aid) Flynn in a massive history altering decision? Will we get a season 2? I’m really hoping so because this show has been nothing short of a thrilling ride, even if story-lines sometimes gets lost in Capone’s crossfire.

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Timeless – The Lost Generation (1×14)

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Things at Mason Industries are changing as more and more people become aware of Rittenhouse and suit up to take them down. I guess Flynn was right – they would all come around. 

On this week’s Timeless, Rufus and Lucy take on their first mission without Wyatt, who is currently locked up for stealing the time machine in an attempt to save his wife. Despite his best efforts, he returned to the present to find that she was still gone and he really messed things up for everyone, including Agent Christopher.

Wyatt was replaced by some new guy who didn’t vibe with the team the right way and literally got himself killed halfway into the mission. Good job bro!

They travel to 1927 to Lindenbergh’s Transantlantic Flight and upon arrival, find that Charles’ plane never landed like it was supposed to. With Ernest Hemingway’s help, they find that someone deliberately brought the flight down and kidnapped him. It literally doesn’t take a genius to figure out that it’s Flynn, still going through with their mission to end Rittenhouse. And surpsie – Charles was Rittenhouse. Seriously, who wasn’t?

With the help of Josephine Baker, the Beyonce of the time, they are able to locate the building where Lindebergh is being held. Lucy ventures off into the basement by herself and makes a deal with Flynn – if he allows her to talk to him, she’ll be able to convince him to change his ways, disappear from the grid, which will hopefully convince him not to become a Nazi spy in the future.

Lucy is very confident in the goodness of humanity and her talk with him is actually pretty telling to everyone especially Flynn, who is using this to spy on them. Charles reveals his struggles of accepting Rittenhouse, even though it’s in his blood, something Lucy can relate to considering she just confronted her father Benjamin Cahill, who is THE RITTENHOUSE.

Back in the future, she’s shocked to learn that her persuasive talk didn’t actually help Charles become a better person. Sure, he stayed hidden for about a week pretending that he was dead but eventually, his need and want for power and fame got the best of him. A prompt lesson in humanity – we’re motivated by extrusive things.

Back in the future, Agent Christopher was kicked out of her position, as I mentioned previously. Mason Industries was now in the hands of the NSA and swarming with agents. It’s like North Korea. At first, she felt the attack was personal – obviously she’d been figuring too much out and then one of her time travelers went rogue.

A brief chat with Wynn revealed that it was in fact the opposite. This was a perfectly concocted plan, weeks in the making. They were always planning to overthrow her and bring in the NSA, which we now know are also members of Rittenhouse. And this means, Lucy and Rufus are in grave danger, especially since they are both determined to stop Rittenhouse.

And as much as Lucy didn’t want to believe Flynn, everything is lining up to prove that he’s always known this would happen. He goes by the Lucy Preston journal from the future, something she swears she’d never write… until she’s presented with the journal from her mother.

This poses a very interesting moment – has this future she’s in right now, was it always meant to be this way? When the show started, Lucy’s mother was in a coma and her sister was alive. But with Flynn coming back from the future, she had that journal, which was obviously given to her by her mother, which means she had to be alive. Maybe her sister disappearing was always in the cards.

One thing’s for sure – with Christopher on the outs, she won’t be able to help bring Abby back. But she’s a great ally for them to have, especially now that she helped Wyatt break out of jail and they’ll be working together to stop Rittenhouse. What a team.

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