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Timeless – The War to End All Wars (2×01)

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Before I start, can I just say how thrilled I am that NBC gave Timeless a second chance? I LOVED the first season and when I started watching this episode, I felt this excitement come over me; I wasn’t even aware of how much I missed this show, how much I wanted to know what happened after Lucy found out her mother was a part of Rittenhouse.

Well, that’s exactly where we pick up. Almost. There’s a brief moment where we see France in 1918. The war is happening and one soldier is looking for his Captain, who he thankfully finds alive. Said Captain pulls out a little a bag from underneath another slain soldier and takes out his modern day cellphone! How would they have brand new iPhones in 1918 when I was shelling out texts on a Nokia in 2002. You know our time-travel adventures are about to get really interesting!

So, back to Lucy finding out her mother is a Rittenhouse ally. She’s floored by the revelation and it seems like a fight ensues. Meanwhile, Wyatt and Rufus are waiting for her at the headquarters all decked out in their 80s gear, hoping to travel and find her sister. Wyatt begins to think something is very wrong when Lucy fails to pick up the phone for the umpteenth time and in the last moment, notices a bomb. Yep, Rittenhouse blew up Connor Mason Industries.

Caught your breath? Okay, good! Thankfully, our beloved time-traveling buds made it out alive, as did the time machine. Well, relatively unscathed; it doesn’t fully work. We jump 6-weeks forward and they — Wyatt, Rufus, Jiya, Agent Christopher, and Connor Mason — are all off the grid. Wyatt, who suffered some injuries in the blast, is testy because he feels like a prisoner who isn’t able to find Lucy. Everyone keeps telling him to chill out because Rittenhouse will kill him immediately once he leaves the bunker and there’s no “guarantee” Lucy is still alive.

It’s difficult because they really have no idea what happened to Lucy and the chances of her being dead are greater since they don’t know her mother is Rittenhouse and thus, Rittenhouse royalty.

There’s definitely some PTSD at play here for Wyatt. He’s experiencing the same emotions as he did when his wife died — he didn’t know what happened to her and he couldn’t help her. And even though everyone around his is completely aware that he’s in love with Lucy, he’s in denial.

Good news for the viewers; Lucy is alive. And she also has no idea if her friends survived the blast. Truthfully, it’s probably more likely that they all perished.

She’s getting ready for her next mission with mommy-dearest and for a minute, it seems like she’s actually been brainwashed to be with Rittenhouse. “You’ve come so far these past few weeks,” her mother tells her.

“Let’s change history,” she retorts reluctantly. Yep, the real Lucy is still there and simply playing along in the name of survival!

Lucy, her mother and Emma, the Rittenhouse spy, all travel to 1918 where they’re tasked with finding Nicholas Keenes. Obviously, he isn’t from the history books because Lucy has never heard of him and Emma doesn’t trust her enough to disclose why he’s important.

Carol (Lucy’s diabolical mother) informs her that this trip is a test — can she prove her loyalty to Rittenhouse? The organization is looking more and more like a cult with each additional episode. I’m not a know-it-all on cults, but do they kill royalty when it betrays them?

The first test Lucy is tasked with is killing an innocent man, who sees them trying to save Keenes with a defibrillator. While she’s an inherently good person, if she’s really on their side, she’ll do whatever it takes, even kill. She knows this so she takes the gun and shoots the man, then pretends she’s completely unphased.

Emma, who is operating on Keenes, says she needs an X-Ray machine and Lucy knows just who to find: Marie Curie. Is this just another attempt at bringing in a known-historical figure to up the ante? Most likely, but it works. Lucy is reluctant to bring Marie back with them in fear of her getting hurt or killed and altering history forever.

Yet, her mother tells her they really have no choice. Lucy agrees, then runs off to “get some water,” which is code for “I need grenades to blow this shit up.”

While she’s stealing hand grenades, Wyatt sneaks up on her. Thank god! I was really beginning to feel uneasy about Lucy doing this thing solo!

Turns out, Jiya and Rufus found a way to fix the time machine using some quantum-psychics-lingo that I’ll never in my life be able to repeat.

There’s not much time to catch-up but Lucy gives them gist; her mom is Rittenhouse, she was stealing grenades to blow up the mothership, thus leaving herself stranded in 1918 and hoping to kill Nicholas. Now that they’re back, she tasks them with the blowing-up part, while she returns to make sure Marie is safe, while Nicholas isn’t.

With all of Rittenhouse aware of who Wyatt and Rufus are, it isn’t easy for them to blend in, even in another time. They’re immediately spotted by the Captain from the beginning of the episode and some other dude we saw aiding Emma. A fight ensues and Wyatt saves them by taking everyone out. You’d think by now Rufus would have a handle on defending himself. They find the Captain’s cellphone and are stunned. Who was this dude?

The phone reveals years and years on transcripts, which means the guy has been here for quite some time and has been working up the ranks!

Meanwhile, Lucy returns to the cabin with her mother, Marie and Marie’s daughter. Since Marie was one of Lucy’s hero’s, she’s intrigued to learn all about the X-Ray machine and see it in person. Unfortunately, the machine is acting up and Marie chalks it up to some kind of interference, which is basically her cue to head home. The interference in question is the actual TIME MACHINE, y’all, and they can’t have someone of her caliber seeing that.

TIMELESS — “The War to End All Wars” Episode 201 — Pictured: (l-r) Kim Bubbs as Marie Curie, Susanna Thompson as Carol — (Photo by: Justin Lubin/NBC)

The results from the X-ray are enough for Emma to remove all the shrapnel. Lucy finds a moment when Nicholas is unaccompanied and tries to smother him with a pillow.

She’s unsuccessful because her mother was onto her. She expresses her disappointment and hopes that Lucy would see that joining Rittenhouse was the right side of history. Lucy is unswayed.

I too am disappointed in Lucy; how did she not realize her mother suspected she was faking it? The woman was able to keep this huge secret from her for her whole life, meanwhile, Lucy has never been good at lying about anything.

“I’m still the same person,” her mother says, which stings more than it should because of the realization that she was never actually a good person to begin with. Her whole life? A complete LIE!

There isn’t much time to dwell on it because Nicholas is ready to be moved to the mothership. Yes, the plan this whole time was to bring this man to 2018! Who is this man and why is he so important?

As they’re transporting him, they stumble upon Marie and her daughter swirling around the mothership. You really thought a physicist who pioneered research on radioactivity would just mosey on home when something greater than she’s ever seen was screwing up her machine? Nah!

Emma draws her gun to shoot Marie, but Lucy protests. And for good reason! Without Marie, the discovery of polonium and radium would be thwarted. Her death, here and now, would set the world back immensely and make a hug dip in history.

“If you die, your work dies with you,” her daughter exclaims. It’s amazing how this woman could figure it out yet someone who has seen Marie’s contributions in the modern world couldn’t!

Carol sides with her daughter, ordering Emma to put the gun down. Unfortunately, her efforts are without effect because Emma was told to get rid of Lucy if she posed any issues and Carol’s word would be overwritten as she wouldn’t remain partial.

“Someone who is willing to die fighting against us will never fight for us,” Emma says, thinking she’s wise AF.

Say it loud for the people in the back girl; LUCY is not a traitor, even when her mother tells her to be!

As always, Wyatt and Rufus are her knights in shining armor. The analogy applies more to Wyatt but whatever, Rufus is there too so let’s give him credit.

TIMELESS — “The War to End All Wars” Episode 201 — Pictured: (l-r) Malcolm Barrett as Rufus Carlin, Matt Lanter as Wyatt Logan, Abigail Spencer as Lucy Preston — (Photo by: Justin Lubin/NBC)

“We can each walk away with the person we came for,” he tells Emma pointing a gun at ‘zomboy’s’ head.

Emma reluctantly hands over Lucy, who once again tries to convince her mother to do the right thing and come with them.

I truly feel sorry for Lucy; she’s been thrust into this life she never wanted and the only relationship she has left is being torn apart. Now, she has to fight against the only woman she’s ever loved. And on top of it all, she finds out her mother was behind her sister’s disappearance and Emma even traveled to different times to make sure she could never come back.

How could a mother be content with getting rid of one daughter? Did Amy know too much? Could they only keep Lucy because she’s a “pure-bred” and thought she would join the cult?

The trio, finally reunited, returns home and everyone in the bunker is shocked, albeit happy, to see Lucy.

She has trouble adjusting to her new reality; the bunker isn’t the problem though, it’s everything else, including the fact that she killed a man.

Wyatt tries to cheer her up and they ALMOST kiss. This is the moment we’ve been waiting for through a half-assed show cancellation and Jiya interrupts it!

I’d be mad but she had a good reason — Connor was able to pull up the flight manifest for the mothership for the past six weeks. Turns out, the ship traveled quite a lot to 10 different destinations. Or as Wyatt calls them “pressure points,” key moments in history that would allow them to change the present.

According to Rufus, Rittenhouse’s mission is to create a perfect world — somewhere between Hunger Games and Handmaid’s Tale — controlled entirely by them. If you think that sounds scary, you’re absolutely right.

They believe Rittenhouse planted several agents in history who have worked their way up, built up trust and have been silently waiting to be activated for the full takeover.

And what’s worse is that the manifesto Rittenhouse has been following, found on the Captain’s handy-dandy cell? It was written by Nicholas Keenes.

If you’re still like WHO THE HELL IS KEENES, keep reading.

According to Carol, who is too excited for Keenes to wake up in the present-day, he’s their savior, their creator, their fearless leader.

He had an idea in the 1900s about time travel and Rittenhouse has been following his ideologies ever since.

“I’m your granddaughter,” she tells the confused young man.

Okay… jaw meet floor.

His granddaughter? How the? What the?

Let me get this straight; Keenes was unknowingly the founder of Rittenhouse. He technically died in 1918 France, which is how Carol knew to find him there. But since she exists, he had to have had a wife and a child back at home.

This whole time, they’ve been trying to bring him to the future so he could lead them? But how does that not alter the timeline? Someone who should have been dead cannot just appear in the present day? Or can they? I really need a handbook on time travel as it pertains to Timeless.

Regardless, this revelation means that Lucy is more of a Rittenhouse royal than she ever even thought possible. And as such, I’m sure they cannot just kill her, even if she is their biggest obstacle, which at least guarantees her safety.

The surprises keep coming, however. When Agent Christopher cannot figure out some manuscripts, she turns to the only man who may have more insight into this organization than they do: Garcia Flynn.

Look, I know he was technically up to no good, but at this point, he’s definitely not a threat. Why is he still locked up?

Understandably, Flynn isn’t pleased to see Christopher and says the only person he’ll talk to is Lucy. That’s surprising since last we saw, he thought she ratted him out.

All I can say, it’s a good thing they brought her back when they did.

As for Jiya, she continues having debilitating visions. Will she prove to be an asset to the team? Is she seeing the future?

Thoughts on the season premiere of Timeless? Is it even better than you expected/remembered?

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15 Reasons Timeless is the Best Show on Television

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You’ve probably heard friends mention Timeless in passing. If you haven’t, you need to get new friends (I kid, mostly), and you need to add this sci-fi time-traveling show to your “summer binge list” ASAP.

I expected to like this series, but I didn’t expect to be the spokesperson for it. Now, whenever someone asks me for a show recommendation, I blurt out the title with such pride and gusto, it’s like I’m personally responsible for its brilliance.

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Timeless – The General & Chinatown (2×09 and 2×10)

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Timeless Chinatown

I did not see any of that coming!

Timeless has had a rather intense second season and it all came to a boiling point during the two-hour season finale.

The third series is still in limbo but after that cliffhanger, we need at least a shortened third season to wrap everything up and bring Rufus back.

Let’s dig in, shall we?

The epic finale kicks off with Lucy, Wyatt, Rufus and Flynn traveling to the Civil War to stop Rittenhouse from killing Harriet Tubman.

Mere minutes before their adventure into the past, Agent Christopher tells Wyatt that Jessica may or may not be double-crossing them and that Rittenhouse has been following her since her childhood.

While she thinks its best that Jessica leaves the bunker, Wyatt is adamant about her staying. “She’s pregnant,” he blurts out which sounds an awful lot like a lie she made up to woo Wyatt.

In fact, even Lucy seems to think Jessica is bluffing which further irritates Wyatt.

Though their time in 1863 was important to preserve history and make sure the Union won, it didn’t do much to move the story along.

I was more intrigued with how badass and fearless Tubman was and also, admired her dedication to the fight for her people.

We all know slavery was wrong, but until you see it through the eyes of a modern-day man encountering situations that don’t exist anymore, you don’t fully grasp how bad it was.

While the core four were “abroad,” Jiya ordered that Mason take her to see Stanley Fisher, Mason’s former pilot who also experienced similar symptoms and was now in a mental hospital.

I’ve always liked Connor, but he made it seem like Fisher had lost his marbles when, in fact, he was just a man who had learned how to control his visions.

And yes, most of the time that meant that he had to give into them, but he realized that they were a gift.

Much like Jiya, Tubman possessed the same gift and even had a vision that they would be coming to help her fight. This adds an additional layer to the prophecy mystery because from what we know, Tubman never time traveled so why would she have visions?

Maybe they weren’t caused by the time machine after all?

Wyatt realizes that maybe he should have heeded Lucy and Rufus’ warnings about Jessica because he finds her whisking Jiya away into the time machine at gunpoint.

Now, we all knew this was coming because there was no way that Jessica would have been brought back just to be Wyatt’s wife again.

And my reaction is pretty similar to everyone else’s — how did they allow for this to happen? Why did they let Wyatt boss them around?

Rufus is especially peeved because Wyatt was so caught up in his own love triangle, he forgot that he was putting everyone else in danger. He jeopardized them and their plans for his own selfish reasons.

However, as much damage as Wyatt had done, much of this was on Rufus because he was the one who openly talked about Jiya’s visions with Flynn within earshot of Emma.

She may have been helping them on that mission but sadly, her goals are not aligned with theirs.

When she overheard that they had someone who could see into the future, Rittenhouse needed to study her and utilize her so they kidnapped Jiya and disabled the trackers so her team would never be able to find her.

Jessica assures Jiya that if she participates, they won’t hurt her but honestly, that’s not at all comforting.

Plus, if Jiya allows them to access her visions fully, they’ll know too much information that could potentially sabotage them.

Rittenhouse clearly underestimated Jiya because she takes the first chance she gets to escape by killing the guard using her bed sheets.

She begins feeling dazed and loopy as she makes her way to the time machine. Emma realizes what’s happening and tries to stop her, but thankfully, Jiya is able to escape.

Unfortunately, the pill took over her whole body by that point and she never stuck the landing.

“She’s lost in time,” Rufus worriedly announces.

And he’s not wrong, though, it doesn’t take long for everyone to find her in San Francisco, Chinatown in 1888 through a book that Jiya’s been reading a lot lately.

Of course, she sent them a message that warned, “don’t come,” which was seemingly naive of her because Rufus would never let her die.

But before they could go find her, they needed to find the time machine.

They find the coordinates left in Jiya’s secret message and alas, find the 130-year-old time machine hidden under trees and bushes.

Since it’s been a hot-minute since they used this thing, Flynn and Connor work tirelessly to get it fixed up.

When they do embark on the journey, it isn’t perfect but it’ll have to do if they want any chance at getting Jiya back.

Unfortunately, when they finally find the place from Jiya’s photograph, Rittenhouse’s whole team — Carol, Emma, Jessica, and Keynes — have already beat them there.

After the inevitable shoot-out, Emma and Jessica escape after killing both Keynes and Carol.

I don’t really blame Emma for wanting to take the reigns as she’s been slowly getting phased out by Carol because she wasn’t “blood.”

She may have been sleeping with Keynes but he was easily manipulated by his granddaughter and instead of allowing them to remove her, she removed them.

The last scene between Emma and Carol is heartbreaking because even in her dying moment, Carol still doesn’t realize that she’s been on the wrong side of history. Her biggest regret she tells her daughter is that she didn’t bring her into the fold sooner.

Okay, thanks, mom.

Rufus finds Jiya working at some bar and she’s mortified to see him. “I said don’t come,” she tells him as if she actually believed he would leave her alone forever.

When she realizes how confused he is, she clarifies that this is where he dies in her visions.

As the rest of the group joins, Jiya refuses to leave with them. According to her, if she does, her vision will come true.

Emma and Jessica bust into the restaurant and a shoot-out ensues. Wyatt and Flynn cover the rest while Lucy convinces Jiya to come with them.

When they finally reach the moment in which Rufus repeatedly died in her visions, she’s able to save him.

However, the celebration is cut short because as they try to escape the building, Emma ambushes them and kills Rufus.

Turns out, sometimes you can’t change your fate.

At this point, Lucy is so furious at Emma for taking away everyone she’s ever cared about — Rufus, her mother, Wyatt and her sister — that she runs after her.

Unfortunately, she’s unable to pull the trigger and Emma gets the upper-hand. She’s about to destroy her when Flynn comes to the rescue.

After Emma escapes, Lucy breaks down crying in Flynn’s arms and for a minute, it seems like they are going to have a moment.

Meanwhile, Wyatt chases down Jessica who admits that Rittenhouse raised her which means they are family.

But, although she lied to him about the relationship, she admits the baby is 100% real.

Sadly, Wyatt won’t really ever get a chance to be a father because Jessica made a break for it.

When they arrive in the future, Jiya is a mess as she blames everyone for Rufus’ death.

This time, this mission really broke their spirits and got the best of them.

Not only did they leave behind a friend in Chinatown, they lost a piece of themselves.

As they mourn Rufus, Wyatt finally tells Lucy that he loves her. “He wanted me to admit it,” he tells her.

It’s a good thing he told her she didn’t have to say it back because honestly, she’s been through the wringer this season. And emotionally, she was just trying to let go of her feelings for him out of respect for Jessica.

Flynn sees them huddled up in a corner and realizes that whatever spark they had in Chinatown had faded as Wyatt became available again.

And when it seems like all hope is lost, the whirring of a time machine picks up before a second one lands smack dab in the bunker.

The team crowds around anxiously waiting to see who steps out.

And then….. FUTURE WYATT AND FUTURE LUCY open the latch door.

“So, you want to get Rufus back,” they ask the shocked group.

First of all, future Wyatt and Lucy look pretty badass; they’re a far cry from the broken people standing in front of them. It really seems like they’ve figured out this time-traveling stuff.

Second of all, this explains how Lucy was able to give Flynn her journal without remembering. It wasn’t current Lucy, it was future Lucy who wanted him to help lead their past versions on the right path.

Then, there’s the fact that they can all exist in the same timeline. This defeats the rule we’ve been following this whole time that has prevented them from traveling to a time period where they already existed. Wouldn’t that cause some kind of glitch? How is that even possible? Did they figure it out sometime in the future?

And what does this mean for future time travel? Can you just go visit yourself?

And lastly, how can they bring back someone who is dead? Or did Rufus survive and was stuck in 1888 until this very moment?

Such a twist requires the series to continue and tie up loose ends. I don’t think I’d survive if I never knew how this was possible. And what secrets to the post-apocalyptic Lucy and Wyatt know? Are they together? Has Rittenhouse been defeated?

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Timeless – The Day Reagan Was Shot (2×08)

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I cannot believe a cancellation looms over Timeless again. Alas, it seems like history does repeat itself.

It’s so frustrating to watch such an underrated television shows get side-swept and removed from programming because viewers won’t give it a try, again!

It’s true — Timeless is a serial and it involves a bit of your energy and time to follow through on what transpires as they try to stop Rittenhouse week-by-week. But honestly, it’s damn good storytelling. The missions are compelling, the cast has such chemistry and the overall theme of time traveling and possibly changing history forever is thrilling.

And it’s probably why Timeless has shot up to the top of the “Save My TV Show” list. Look, it’s not fair to punish all the viewers who appreciate shows that scratch beneath the surface level! So please, vote, tweet, make your voices be heard because from where I’m standing, there is way too much story to be told and they can’t leave me stranded in this point in history without wrapping up the series and giving me the answers I need.

Enough about that, though. Let’s get to the episode which took our time-travelers on their most personal mission yet to the day Reagen got shot.

Rittenhouse traveled back to 81 and initially, Lucy, Wyatt, and Rufus believed that Ronald Reagen was the target. That is until Liam saved the life of a young agent whose name tag read “Christopher” and they realized Rittenhouse is actually trying to eliminate their boss, and thus, them, from existence.

Logically, it makes sense for Rittenhouse to make Christopher their next target because, without her, none of this would exist. The team, the missions; they’re all gone and no longer an obstacle for Rittenhouse to overcome. 

So not is it only a priority for Lucy, Wyatt, Rufus and Jiya to save Christopher, they also need to save themselves!

And yes, Jiya goes on her second time traveling mission which is rather risky considering there’s no way of telling what they will do to her visions. Will they disappear? Speed them up? Become stronger?

Eighties Agent Christopher is just starting her career. She’s a promising cop, however, when she gets shot, her mother insists that she become a doctor like her sister and marry her boyfriend. Clearly, she isn’t out yet.

Interestingly enough, in the present, Christopher is still keeping her sexuality a secret from her mother which has put quite the strain on their relationship.

The assassination attempt forever altered Christopher’s life even without her dying.

She sees her job in a dangerous light so she decides to heed her mother’s warning and accept the proposal. I thoroughly enjoyed Lucy and Jiya pretending to be lesbians just to convince her that even though it may seem like a huge deal in the 80s, same-sex relationships are totally normal.

Even better was the fact that Christopher thought Lucy was coming onto her!

When they realize that their attempts at persuading Christopher to stay true to herself have failed, Lucy heads to the ship to grab the USB Christopher once handed her with pictures of her life. You know, just in case she ever stopped existing.

Although I loved meeting a younger Christopher because it allowed us to get to know her on a deeper level and not just as the stoic leader behind the “A” Team, I hope that Timeless sparingly travels in time to places where they already exist because it creates a paradox and things get messy.

While all of this is happening, the real Agent Christopher doesn’t seem to be affected, but technically, her memories should have been changing, right

Even after she was told about what her life is in the future — her wife, her kids, being the director of Homeland Intelligence — how can we guarantee that her life stayed on the course it was supposed to? It’s risky, honestly, because knowing too much about the future could force Christopher to overthink decisions, thus, changing her past.

The only good thing that came out of it was that her relationship with her mother was good.

And since that changed, this might not be the Christopher that we’ve come to know. Is she as tough? Is she as motivated to stop Rittenhouse?

Sending Jiya on another mission was risky, but apparently, necessary to ensure the team always has a pilot. And given that her visions revealed that Rufus will die sometime soon at the hands of some white cowboys, I think they should all probably learn how to pilot the mothership.

Every single time they jump to another time period, Rufus could have died and they would have been stranded there forever. Why even risk that?

Jiya was a little better at assimilating in the 80s then Connor Mason when he jumped for the first time but it’s because she already knew what to expect.

Even though they live in the same bunker, Jiya and Lucy rarely interact so their team-up allowed for some girl power.

Turns out, they make a great team because their quick on their feet and Lucy even gave her some sound advice: if you can change the past this easily, you can surely change the future.

Instead of these premonitions being set in stone, they should actively work to change them.

Yeah, whatever she saw with that man in Salem dying that one time happened regardless of Rufus’ interference but maybe that’s why she’s getting these visions in the first place; they are a warning of what’s to come so she can prevent it.

Jessica’s pregnancy wasn’t much of shocker because it’s the only obvious way to overcomplicate things further.

My ideal situation would be to get rid of Jessica and then have Lucy and Wyatt raise the baby.

That is if I believed Jessica, which I do not!

I think that Wyatt was getting too close to the truth or at least to realizing something just isn’t adding up and that her involvement with Rittenhosue has to be deeper than them just bringing her back, so this was her attempt at distracting him. 

Baby bombshells have a way of making you forget whatever is troubling you. 

Did Rittenhouse want this baby to be born? Did she trick him into birthing some next Rittenhouse prince or princess?

We have to question not only why Rittenhouse brought her back but also, why they brought her brother back? Who is her brother? What does he mean to them? Why did they have pictures on the drive?

When will Christopher tell him that she suspects Jessica might not be as innocent as she’s letting on?

Thoughts on this week’s episode? Will Timeless be saved? How will the finale wrap up all our storylines sufficiently in case they do get cancelled again?

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