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Timeless – The Red Scare (1×16)

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Timeless hasn’t received an official renewal from NBC but it better not be running out of time given that cliffhanger.

As I watched the season 1 finale, I couldn’t help but realize how much I really connected with the show. Often times, you get a series where you don’t care what happens to the characters, you’re just along for the ride. But I truly wanted to know how Lucy, Wyatt and Rufus would break free from Rittenhouse’s hold without actually killing everyone like Flynn planned.

As the episode progressed, I kept thinking that things were getting resolved; loose ends tied up. This had to mean that the show wouldn’t return for a second season. But then came the jaw-dropping, game-changing cliffhanger. More about that later!

We’re on high alert when the episode kicks off with Agent Christopher bringing Jiya to the hideout to see Rufus, who just manned the ship while bleeding out from his gun shot wound. He’s seriously grown into such a badass! Knowing they couldn’t risk taking him to a hospital or they’d get caught by the cops, Lucy calls her “fiancee” aka the guy she really doesn’t know, to fix him up. He’s all like “your mom and I are worried about you” and “why are you dressed like Jackie Kennedy” and she’s all like “oh shit, I didn’t change” and “I’m not the same person you fell in love with… literally, I don’t even know who you are.”

So, Lucy breaks it off with him and tells him to get going because it’s dangerous. She wasn’t exaggerating either. A few minutes after he leaves, Flynn jumps to 1954 D.C, the day of the huge Rittenhouse summit, and as they jump with a 4th person on board – Jiya to man the ship while Rufus recovers – the NSA comes storming in to arrest Christopher.

Upon arrival in 1954, Wyatt and Lucy attend to matters of stopping Flynn while Rufus and Jiya stay back to just catch up. You’d think it would be super low key but Rufus can’t help but freak out that they took an extra person on the ship that was only designed to carry 3. It doesn’t seem like a HUGE deal until Jiya’s eye turns bloodshot. Then she faints and starts having seizures… and Rufus can’t reach anyone for help.

Understandably so, Lucy and Wyatt are kind of busy. Flynn sold them out as communist spies in order to get the address of the summit. Wyatt’s not one to be held down and before you know it, he’s there to rescue Lucy, his damsel in distress. With the government agents on to look out for them, they must find a new way to sneak into the summit and Lucy knows just the person – Ethan Cahill, her anti-Rittenhouse grandfather.

They follow him to what they think is the meeting only to make a large realization – Ethan’s hanging out at a gay bar. In the 50’s being gay was punishable by death so really, it’s no surprise he’s not keen on the idea of chatting with a bunch of strangers who know his name.

Eventually, they made their way inside the basement of the summit and just as Wyatt was about shoot Flynn, Lucy stepped in between. Killing all of Rittenhouse, including Ethan, would eradicate her. She knew a way to stop them without actually having to hurt anyone or change the course of history.

 

They went back to the ship, where Lucy told Ethan the truth – they were from the future, she was his granddaughter and they needed his help stopping Rittenhouse. They asked him to lead a double life, going undercover and collecting all and any information on the society. Lucy then promised to come find him in the present day, which she did and Ethan was shocked to see that she still looked the same. Perks of time travel.

What’s fascinating to me about the show is the idea of actually being able to travel through time and meet people when they were younger and they’d still remember the occurrence in the present day. Ethan admitted that he was hesitant, sometimes questioning if he’d imagined the whole thing but was convinced when his son Ben Cahill told him he bore a daughter whose name was Lucy. He then gave them an address to an apartment with files upon files of information on Rittenhouse members.

Agent Christopher was never tried by the NSA because Conor Mason helped her escape. Turns out, he wasn’t the bad cop after all but simply pretending in order to get what he wanted – a way to track every single human in the world. With that, they were able to start taking out Rittenhouse member after Rittenhouse member.

Then, the timeline sped up. It actually seemed like the crew was going to get a happy ending – for the most part. To put things in perspective, happy here is not having Ben Cahill kill all of Rufus’s family.

Rufus was at the hospital with Jiya and the doctors couldn’t explain what happened to her. She thought she was fine until she had some kind of seizure/vision which brought her between a good San Francisco and a completely destroyed one. She couldn’t explain the out of body reaction – was it a disease she got in 54? Was it injected to her in Mason Industries? Was she seeing life with Rittenhouse and life without it?

Wyatt was getting ready to head out for another mission but decided to stay in town for awhile. He wasn’t completely over his wife’s death but time traveling helped him realize one thing – he couldn’t live in the past. He had to stop wishing that things were different and instead, made the moments in the now count. And in the now, he didn’t want to leave Lucy and that meant something right? I was desperately hoping these two would finally lock lips but props to the writers and director for holding out on it. It shouldn’t be rushed, not for these two.

Flynn was going to use lifeboat one last time to go save his wife and children after Lucy gave him the names of the Rittenhouse members. Unfortunately, he was never able to execute his plan because Agent Christopher had Lucy tailed and arrested Flynn, who was not pleased to be betrayed. “He’s still a terrorist,” she told Lucy. Personally, I think she could have just given it a break – she’s not an angel herself and in the end, they were both fighting on the same side, even if their motives differ; his was getting revenge for his family, hers was saving the world.

Since there was no more chasing Flynn, there were no more missions and therefore, no reason for the time machine. Mason was going to have them destroyed, right AFTER Lucy took one last trip to bring back her sister. Before she departed, she went to say goodbye to her mother and have a heart-to-heart explaining everything – that she’d been MIA because she was time traveling, that her sister’s existence was real and that she would try to save her, despite her mother being very ill in the different “timeline.”

Her mother embraced her and then responded, “Rittenhouse would never let that happen.”

Our jaw’s dropped just like Lucy’s. “What,” everyone asked.

“How do you think I met your father?” Carol says. “We both come from good, strong Rittenhouse families. And that almost makes you royalty.”

The way she said royalty sent chills down my spine.

The ultimate betrayal is finding out your dear mother, the one you loved and trusted ALL YOUR LIFE, was actually part of the society you were trying to dismantle this whole time. How much did she know? Did she know what Lucy was up to this whole time? Did Rittenhouse erase Lucy’s sister on purpose? How did Ethan not collect info on her mother?

Something tells me, that journal she gifted Lucy definitely had something to do with all of this. Now that it’s back in Lucy’s possession, maybe it can lead us to more answers, given the show gets renewed.

And how could it not? We were so close to finally just being “free” and then in one second, our whole stomach sank as the realization that we were right back at the beginning set in.

And if that wasn’t enough, the time machine’s weren’t destroyed, they were taken over by Emma, Flynn’s “aid” and Rittenhouse’s mole. This however doesn’t make much sense considering we found her hiding out in the 19th century. Maybe Emma killed the Rittenhouse mole after catching onto what they were planning?

As far as performances go, this was the strongest we’ve seen, with every single character contributing powerfully to the episode. Now all that remains is seeing what’s next but I for one am ready to make the jump again and again.

 

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Timeless Series Finale – The Miracle of Christmas

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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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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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