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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 Series Finale – The Miracle of Christmas



Timeless the Miracle of Christmas Series Finale

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?”

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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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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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