When Rittenhouse said it was putting sleeper agents throughout history, they really weren’t joking.
This week’s Timeless takes us to Hollywoodland in 1941, where a Rittenhouse agent left his son, who spent 15-years waiting to be activated. During that time, he became a major film and TV director working right out of Paramount Pictures. These guys have even infiltrated the movie business.
Once again, Lucy cannot connect the time period and location to anything significant in history so they turn to Flynn Garcia. But this time, he’s not willing to give up his knowledge without something in return. Since he’s being treated for a stab wound inflicted by a Rittenhouse agent that broke into the prison to kill him, Lucy promises to help him escape, overriding what Denise says. The truth is, they need Flynn alive if they stand a chance at beating Rittenhouse.
While they are in 1941, the trio drives out to the prison where Flynn is being kept and leave him a key, a gas mask and an FBI id. Back in the future, he follows the note Denise leaves him, picks up the belongings and when the fire alarms go off, walks right out of there and into the FBI hide-out.
But before they get any of that, they follow Flynn’s chicken scratch to the Paramount studios.
They’re able to sneak past security but once inside, they realize they have no idea what they are actually looking for. And they definitely can’t pick out a Rittenhouse agent that’s hiding in plain sight.
When a guard catches them trespassing, Rufus pretends he’s Langston Hughes and secures a meeting with the head of Paramount. I guess in a time when the world wasn’t run by internet and cellphones, it’s likely that someone wouldn’t know what the prolific writer looked like. While they’re pitching the idea of Hamilton the musical and a Rittenhouse spy-thriller to him, they overhear that someone stole the only copy of Citizen Kane. That definitely seems like Rittenhouse’s doing so they pursue it.
Given that Citizen Kane focuses on a reporter and a newspaper magnate, Rittenhouse knew what they were doing to achieve their main goal — gain control of information.
In exchange for the film, Rittenhouse wants a weekly column in Hearts’ papers.
Back in those days, Hearst’s papers were hugely influential and whoever controlled what was printed could essentially rewrite history and spread propaganda. You can see why the original “fake news” could have been dangerous.
Wyatt, Rufus and Lucy are able to stop the sleeper agent and return the only copy to Hedy Lamarr, a beautiful and brilliant actress/scientist.
Hedy lent the trio a helping hand throughout their entire mission. She wasn’t phased when Rufus wasn’t actually Langston Hughes and called him out on his rendition of “Fresh Prince.” I love their use of modern-day projects/art to fool those in the past who simply don’t know any better. She even helped Rufus listen in to Heart’s conversation with the agent. If he didn’t have a girlfriend, he’d definitely hit it off with Hedy.
In turn, he recommended she get a patent that doesn’t expire and when he arrives in the future, he realizes she’s made more money than Bill Gates. Now, that’s what I call girl power.
1940’s Hollywood is a lot more romantic than anything in the present day, including their underground bunker, so it’s no surprise that Lucy and Wyatt felt sparks fly and finally acted on their feelings. Rufus’ face, as he walked in on them in bed together the next morning, was priceless. Busted! But who didn’t see it coming? Rufus was the first to point out that Wyatt was “in love” with Lucy.
I’ve been rooting for these two since the middle of season one but when they finally kissed, it occurred to me that the next logical problem they would face as a couple is the return of Wyatt’s late wife, Jessica. I didn’t think it would happen as soon as they got home, but when Wyatt got a worrisome text message and sprinted off, I knew it was bad news.
Wyatt broke out of their underground lair thus exposing them all to Rittenhouse just to make sure that his wife was actually alive. What did the text message say? How did he know she was alive?
This was one of their least dangerous mission — they didn’t even come in contact with the sleeper agent — so what could they have changed in history that brought her back? Or has she been back for awhile and he just realized?
From the looks of it, Jessica isn’t too happy to see him. She’s also wearing a ring on her finger, which tells me she’s engaged and Wyatt likely isn’t the guy since he’s been cooped up with his team trying to stop Rittenhouse from ruining the world.
While her return is definitely something to celebrate, at least for Wyatt, it’s upsetting because in this new reality, their love story never happened.
And it obviously puts a strain on Lucy and Wyatt’s new relationship. Will he be able to puruse her when he knows his wife is finally back? He’s wanted this for so long. And will Lucy willingly get in between their love story?
And if history is changing at such a rapid pace, what happens when one of them suddenly disappears? If Rittenhouse really thought this through, the easiest way to get rid of Lucy, Wyatt, Rufus and their team is to go back in time and erase their existence!
Denise finally found out about Jiya’s fainting and seizures and called in a doctor. Given that her symptoms are an after effect of time travel, I don’t think your regular internist is going to have the proper diagnosis. Jiya, who didn’t want to see a doctor because she’d rather not know what was wrong with her, was shocked to find out that she was healthier than ever. Even her childhood heart murmur was gone.
Yet Connor Mason knew that things were going to take a bad turn because he’d seen it happen with two of his other agents who ignored the rules of time travel. One was being treated for schizophrenia and the other died. Will Jiya meet the same fate? It’s not surprising that he hasn’t told Jiya and Rufus — can you imagine how panicked they would be? Especially Rufus.
While we don’t know how much time Jiya has, she’ll be useful considering her visions are a look into the future. Quite possibly a post-Rittenhouse future.
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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.
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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