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.
13 Best Government Conspiracy Shows to Watch During Your Self-Quarantine
Feeling a little restless and bored at home during your self-quarantine? It’s understandable. You didn’t expect to be living and working from home a month or so.
While you’re doing your part to flatten the curve and help prevent the spread of coronavirus, if you don’t have something to keep you occupied, your mind begins to wander just a little bit.
That’s honestly the only explanation I can think of for all the conspiracy theories I’ve been reading. While there’s absolutely no basis to them, it made me think that maybe there’s something there entertainment wise– people are craving a specific genre of television to help them through this tough time.
So, I’ve put together a list of shows surrounding government conspiracies that you might enjoy while you are cooped up inside.
Manifest (two seasons – currently airing)
Manifest is a mystery inside of a riddle that focuses on the return of Flight 828 five years after its initial disappearance. The plane’s re-emergence shocks everyone because they assumed their loved ones were dead. As the passengers begin looking for the truth, they stumble upon a government conspiracy that’s dangerous and frightening.
Emergence (one season so far)
Manifest made way for Emergence, a drama about a small-town cop who takes in a young girl at the site of a mysterious plane crash. The young girl begins exhibiting certain supernatural powers, and as high-ranking officials develop an interest in the girl, Jo realizes she’s entangled in a mystery larger than she ever imagined.
Stranger Things (preparing for season 4)
When Will Byers goes missing, three best friends in the small town of Hawkins, Indiana begin their search for him along with his mother and police chief Hopper. The investigation leads them to unraveling a series of supernatural mysteries that lead to secret government experiments with an alternate universe.
God Friended Me (two seasons – currently airing)
Not all government conspiracy’s have to be dark and dangerous, sometimes, they’re feel-good shows! Miles is friended by the “God Account,” a mysterious account on Facebook that allows him to help people in need. Miles and his friends try to figure out who is behind the all-knowing account, and the possibility of a government entity is high up on that list.
The Bodyguard (one season)
The British police thriller follows Police Sergeant David Budd, who is a war veteran suffering from PTSD. He currently works for the Royalty and Specialist Protection Branch of London’s Metropolitan Police Service and is assigned as security for Homeland Secretary, Julia Montague, who is rather controversial in the political landscape. It keeps you guessing until the very end over who did what and who knew what.
The Passage (one season)
The series, based on a trilogy of the same name, focuses on Project Noah, a secret medical facility where scientists test dangerous viruses that could potentially be a cure-all. However, there’s a chance they could potentially wipe out the whole human race if they get into the wrong hands (this might be a little too on the nose). A federal agent grows to love a young girl who becomes a test subject and attempts to protect her at all costs… even human destruction.
Alex Parrish is the one of the top recruits at Quantico, a training facility for only the best and brightest, but she’s being set up of masterminding the deadliest attack on U.S soil since 9/11 — a bombing at Grand Central. Can she solve the conspiracy and clear her name before its too late?
What’s better than a show that combines time traveling to relevant, pivotal, and iconic moments in history with a government conspiracy? Timeless is an adventure series that places you in the middle fo all the actions as Lucy, a historian, Wyatt, a soldier, and Rufus, a scientist, get recruited to thwart a nefarious government institution that wants to change the world as we know it.
Prison Break (5 seasons)
Michael Scofield’s brother, Lincoln Burrows, is convicted of a crime he didn’t commit and put on Death row. Michael holds up a bank to get arrested and begins his elaborate plan of breaking them both out, which eventually leads into the reason he was framed and yeah, you guessed it, it’s an intricate political conspiracy that’s really messy.
24 (9 seasons)
Jack Bauer, Director of Field Ops for the Counter-Terrorist Unit of Los Angeles, thwarts assassination attempts, torture, traitors, and nuclear attacks, while hoping to save his nation from ultimate disaster.
Designated Survivor (3 seasons)
In a similar vein and also starring Kiefer Sutherland, low-level cabinet member Tom Kirkman ascends to the role of President of the United States after a devastating attack on the night of the State of the Union blows up the Capitol and kills the President and most of the top-reigning officials. Soon, it’s revealed that Kirkman wasn’t the designated survivor on accident as a government conspiracy unfolds.
The Event (one season)
Extant (2 seasons)
After a year in space, Molly Watts (our girl Halle Berry) returns to Earth and reconnects with her husband, a gifted scientist, and her son, Ethan, who has skills and powers that make him incredibly special. However, she begins to realize something isn’t just right and the conspiracy that unfolds threatens her career and family. The thrilling drama hails from Steven Spielberg, so even if it’s slightly overcomplicated, you know it’s bound to be an adventure.
There’s likely plenty of other shows… which ones would you add to the list? Share them with us in the comments or on Twitter @CraveYouTV!
TV Shows to Binge During Your Self-Quarantine and Social Distancing
In case you haven’t been keeping up with global news, coronavirus, COVID-19, is forcing everyone to practice the 2020 version of”conscious uncoupling” known as “social distancing.”
Many cities/states are on lockdown with bars, restaurants, and other establishments closing their doors to keep the outbreak from spreading even more than it has.
If you’ve found yourself self-quarantined at home on the couch to prevent the spread of germs, you’ll likely be looking for things to keep yourself occupied.
Many shows have shuttered production with daytime and late-night talk shows going sans audiences or completely dark for the remainder of the month.
And this means it’s the perfect time to binge-watch those shows you’ve been putting off.
Here are some shows to watch during your self-quarantine.
What the world needs now is a fixer who could tell us all how to get out of this mess. Since that’s not possible, we have the next best thing in Olivia Pope, DC’s fixer and right-hand to the President, who is also in a torrid love affair with him. It’s political, dramatic, and sexy as hell to this day.
Don’t you wish we could all travel back to a time before the coronavirus? Same. Maybe if we had a time machine like Lucy, Wyatt, and Rufus, we totally could. But alas, we’ll have to settle for watching their journey through key historical moments as they attempt to stop Rittenhouse from destroying the world.
Locke & Key
Think Harry Potter meets Narnia. Netflix’s new fantasy thriller finds a family moving into a mansion following their father’s death where they learn that it’s filled with secret keys that open up portals to other dimensions. You never know where you’ll end up, but it’ll make you forget you’re curled up on your couch amidst a toilet-paper shortage.
Elliot works as a cybersecurity engineer by day and doubles as a vigilante hacker by night. When he’s recruited by a mysterious underground organization, he’s forced to do things that make him question his personal beliefs, his morals, and most importantly, what’s real and what isn’t.
Financial burdens (like the fact that you spent all your money stocking up on canned goods and paper towels) plague three suburban moms who are tired of always playing “catch up.” They decide to take matters into their own hands and rob a grocery store. Soon, they find themselves trying to navigate a world of crime that has absolutely no rules. As they try to survive, their actions will keep you on the edge of your seat.
You’ve already heard of Stranger Things, and if you haven’t seen it yet, it’s high time you do. The series takes place in 1980s Indiana and follows a group of young friends who become privy to supernatural happening within the government.
There’s no better time than during a quarantine to watch all 16 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy. Honestly, when else are you going to have the time? All you need to know is that it’s a medical drama, there’s a doctor named McDreamy, and Shonda Rhimes is the boss babe behind it.
The Good Place is a stroke of comedic genius mixed with some of the most insightful and wholesome storytelling of our generation. It’s also the only series that had the perfect series finale (fight me, but after coronavirus cause there’s a no-touching ban). Eleanor Shellstrop is shocked to find herself in the Good Place following her death and immediately realizes she’s there by mistake. No one is prepared for her hilarious afterlife antics as she hides from architect Michael and her new friends while trying to become a better version of herself.
Don’t be deterred by the plot — a young Latina woman learns she’s pregnant after she’s accidentally artificially inseminated. The series weaves together the best parts of a telenovela while adding heart, feshed-out characters, strong female leads, irresistible love interests, and family at the forefront of every storyline.
Love is Blind
In the reality TV vein, Netflix delivered the world’s newest obsession. It’s a social experiment that many claim prepared our generation for dating throughout “social distancing.” Love is Blind forces a handful of contestants to meet people while isolated in pods. Once they find their “soulmate,” they propose to them without meeting face-to-face and a few weeks later, walk down the aisle.
If you’re not familiar with Joe Goldberg, you’re missing out. YOU is a suspenseful thriller that digs into the mind of an obsessed serial killer and follows his romantic relationships.
Game of Thrones
Similarly to Greys Anatomy, when else are you going to find the time to watch all of Game of Thrones? This is the perfect time to dig into a pop culture phenomenon so you know what “winter is coming” means the next time someone mentions it.
The Marvelous Ms. Maisel
If there’s anyone that can cheer you up and put a smile on your face, it’s Ms. Maisel. Set in the late 1950s, Miriam aka “Midge” breaks the rules and pursues a career in stand-up comedy. While it’s unheard of for women of her class to pursue a career, it’s even more unheard of a woman succeeding in such an industry. But leave it to Midge to prove everyone wrong and do it with flair and style!
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