You know what’s even scarier than traveling back in time? Traveling to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. That’s exactly what Wyatt, Lucy and Rufus had to do in order to stop Garcia Flynn.
Going into Timeless, you have to put the idea of reality aside and just toy with the idea that maybe time travel is actually possible. Once you do that, you can immerse yourself fully in the fact that you’re actually a part of some of the biggest moments in history. Instead of just reading about it passively, you’re on a journey with these characters who come face to face with the idea of altering history. They know better, they know that any little thing they do can alter the present and really screw it up, but how do you NOT try to save Lincoln when he’s right next to you. How do you not wish to travel back to save the woman you loved from an unfair death?
Those are the questions Wyatt and Rufus pose to Lucy. In fact, Wyatt wonders why her sister’s death wasn’t supposed to happen but his wife’s was. Trying to explain that it’s the way things were meant to be suddenly isn’t as convincing when you have a machine that can undo everything. Thankfully, despite some weak moments, Lucy knows that undoing one thing no matter how good the intentions can ruin the present and erase people and things from existence.
In fact, it happened to Lucy. After Hiddenburg, she came home to find her comatose mother alive and well and her sister Ashley non-existant. Before can process any of it, she’s sent back to a day that was supposed to be happy: the Civil War just ended. Unfortunately, they know the grim outcome and can’t do anything about it. Instead, they have to stop Flynn so they begin looking for John Wilkes Booth, the man we know is responsible for shooting Abraham Lincoln while he watched a play at The Ford Theatre.
Flynn reaches Booth before they do and supplies all of his co-conspirators with modern day guns. Seriously bro? Booth however poses an issue because his “artistic vision” of Lincoln’s death includes him stabbing the President, not shooting.
Lucy, Wyatt and Rufus do everything in their power to help save the other 4 leaders, who did NOT originally die during the assassination. You see Flynn wants to kill all of them and when Lucy confronts him he says that it will “help America.” No idea how and Lucy isn’t about to risk it all to find out.
She scores a date with Lincoln’s son and she’s in a conundrum because well, you go on a date with a man knowing his father is about to die. Pretty crappy lucky right? Not to mention she’s now the second of the three travelers to fall in lust with someone from the past that they could never be with. Get it together people.
They all split up with Wyatt and Rufus successful saving who they set out to protect. Lucy’s night was a little more dramatic however. She was able to save the General, but after Booth proved to be incapable of doing the assassination right, Flynn came storming in and shot Lincoln before she could even save him. That’s the crazy part, Lucy really did try to save Lincoln, despite knowing that it would be the WORST move possible for history-sake. I guess you knowledge trumps instinct when in the moment right?
Now I have this crazy theory on Flynn. We’re assuming he’s from the same time as Lucy, Wyatt and Rufus right? We have no indication otherwise. But what if he’s from the future> We don’t know his mission but he did say something that struck a chord this week – he knows that Lucy eventually ends up helping him.
Furthermore, the agents are baffled wondering how he pulled off stealing their time traveling machine and how he knew EXACTLY who was in charge of the project. If no one could know this stuff, that means Flynn saw it all in the future right? And WHY did they pick the three people that they did to try to stop him? They must have some kind of meaning to him right?
That being said, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Flynn is Lucy’s husband. At the end of the episode and her horrible day, in which she finds out she never knew her real father, she goes home to a surprise engagement party to a man she’s never even met. But maybe she has met him… but from the future. In case you haven’t noticed, Flynn hasn’t taken much interest in Wyatt or Rufus. It’s all been about Lucy and when he saw her in the booth right before he shot Lincoln, he seemed to pause for a second… even protect her in a way.
Flynn also mentions Rittenhouse for the second time this week, which means, Rittenhouse is IMPORTANT. Connor Mason and Agent Denise both denied any knowledge of that name however we know Connor is lying. In fact, he’s got Rufus secretly recording Lucy and Wyatt during their time hops and there’s been mention that it is for Rittenhouse. Seriously, who is this person/who are they and what do they want? Are they from the future?
This also begs the question – is Flynn really the bad guy? Have Lucy, Wyatt and Rufus been scouted for the bad guys? Seems to me like that’s what’s happening, especially after Agent Denise makes it a point to not even care about the fact that Lucy’s sister was erased.
Thoughts on Timeless? What do you think the purpose of their time traveling really is?
Timeless Series Finale – The Miracle of Christmas
The Time Team went on their final mission on Timeless Season 3 Episode 1 and despite things looking a little bleak at first, there were happy endings all around.
How apt was that final montage featuring “Time After Time?”
15 Reasons Timeless is the Best Show on Television
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.
Timeless – The General & Chinatown (2×09 and 2×10)
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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