In the second installment of this season’s Timeless, our time traveling trio goes to the 50s to save racing legend Ryan Millerson.
But Millerson doesn’t need saving. In fact, he’s one of the few hundred sleeper agents planted by Rittenhouse to change history. In this case, to singlehandedly destroy the American car industry.
And once again Lucy, Wyatt and Rufus thwart their attempts upsetting Emma, who tells Carol that she should have killed her daughter when she had the chance.
This concept is rather difficult to grasp sometimes. Since Wyatt knew about Ryan, you’d imagine that this person has always existed. Yet further investigations reveal that by placing these agents, they’ve altered history without anyone even noticing. So before they place Millerson there, Wyatt was never actually a fan. And those memories he has of being a fan as a child, well, those are recently made up. It can get difficult to follow as you try to remember what’s real and what’s been altered.
Emma arrives at the Darlington 500 with one of her henchmen to make sure Milleron’s mission goes off without a hitch. She’s surprised that someone on a suicide mission would have decided to fall in love and have a baby. Millerson admits that he’s still dedicated to the cause and that his wife, who is madly in love with him, was just a fun way to pass the time. But it quickly becomes obvious that he has some hesitations about blowing himself and his vehicle up during the race.
To make certain he follows through, she threatens to kill his wife who will be sitting next to her at the race. Thankfully, Wyatt, Rufus and Lucy don’t allow that to happen.
After realizing that Millerson was part of Rittenhouse, they befriend Wendell Scott, one of the first African-American drivers in NASCAR. Wyatt is a huge fan, which helps the group out since he’s not too keen on Rufus’ bro-nod. I guess it hasn’t caught on just yet.
Wendell helps them escape the Darlington and eventually, sneaks them back in with Lucy and Wyatt hiding out in the trunk’s secret compartment. This is the second time they’ve been alone together and had the opportunity to kiss and both times, they are interrupted.
At this point, everyone knows they have a thing for each other so why not just go for it? Stop dragging it out because pretty soon, the audience is going to get VERY annoyed.
Wyatt, who we find out is a big racing fan, finally gets his moment of glory when they shoot Millerson and steal his race car with a bomb inside. The scene that follows is honestly an ode to my love for this show. Do you think three people from 2018 ever imagined they’ve been trying to outrun the cops in the ’50s while driving a race car with a ticking time bomb that could go off whenever they hit a bump? Probably not.
Thanks to Wyatt’s talents, they successful got away from the cops and hid out in Wendell’s garage. He was so impressed with Wyatt, he offered to race sometime, which is, unfortunately, an offer he’ll never be able to take them up on.
Part of traveling in time is meeting historical figures that you’ve always been fond of and seeing their eagerness for the future and not being able to tell them that things may not work out the way they’d hoped. In this case, Wendell had such an optimism for winning his first race but they knew damn well when that would happen, NASCAR would never give the trophy to a man of color. How do you tell a man that he’s going to get robbed of the very glory he’s been working for his whole life because of skin color? Thankfully, they didn’t have to because Wendell wasn’t naive.
Back in the present, Jiya realized her vision was actually a glimpse of the future to come thanks to the burn Rufus returned with. And if that’s the case, those visions of San Francisco looking like a post-apocalyptic world are true.
Connor Mason continues to struggle with the demise of his career. He scores and invite to speak at some symposium and attends, ignoring Agent Christopher’s warning. Well, it seems like he learned his lesson as she embarrassed him in front of his competitors by having him arrested.
No one can leave this underground bunker, got it?
Imagine if Rittenhouse actually figured out where they were hiding!
Speaking of Rittenhouse, remember Keenes, the OG founder of Rittenhouse and Carol’s grandfather? Well, they are waiting for him to give them some kind of direction and instead, he’s asking for record players and deviled eggs.
But there’s a method to his madness and they realize it when they see the mural he painted, which apparently serves as some kind of roadmap.
His vision, Rittenhouse’s vision for the world: to take what’s best of the human culture and get rid of the worst. In other words, until all that’s left is perfection.
“We will save the world,” he tells his sheep.
Funny enough, both sides think they are doing just that — saving the word.
Most people would agree that for there to be order, we need a balance of good and bad. Focusing solely on perfection takes away the well-roundedness of the world which we need to function as a civilization.
Will they need to forgive Garcia Flynn to stand any chance?
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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