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Timeless – The Salem Witch Hunt (2×04)

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Timeless traveled to my favorite time, albeit scariest, time in history — the Salem witch trials.

When I saw the title, I couldn’t contain my excitement because I’m just so obsessed with what happened in 1692, and the idea that men killed powerful women who were different simply because they intimidated them.

My excitement was quickly overshadowed by a feeling of terror and concern. What would our time-traveling trio endure while in colonial Massachusetts? Realistically, it wasn’t a safe period for women or black men.

And they didn’t even have Wyatt as a back-up because he was busy catching up with Jessica, his newly resurrected wife.

Lucy was understandably shocked by the news, as any sane person would be, but she wanted to be supportive and understanding so she was all like, “we don’t need you back for this mission. No worries, we’re only going to be hung from a tree. Jessica being back is great news, it’s not like I’m in love with you or anything.” And Liam was all like, “Cool. thanks, bruh.”

Seriously, I know this is the one thing he’s always wanted, to have his wife back, but given the severity of their missions, you would think he would prioritize his team and not send them out there alone. Especially since he’s really the only one who knows how to use a gun.

Finding a replacement for Wyatt wasn’t something everyone easily agreed on. Considering Garcia Flynn is deemed a terrorist and was locked up until recently, their hesitation was warranted. What if he turned his back on the agent while in a different time period? What if he stole the time machine and left them stranded? All possibilities we have to consider. Rufus was perturbed riding in the ship with Flynn but realistically, they had no other options.

In fact, Lucy is the only one championing for Flynn and supporting him, which is probably why he hasn’t turned on all of them yet.  I’d have to agree with Lucy here as they are both playing for the same team. He was a danger to them in the beginning but now, they are allies and they need all the help they can get if they want to stand a chance at defending Rittenhouse. Why do you think they wanted to get rid of him in the first place? He knows too much!

Why would they ever let Flynn go into dangerous territory without a gun? I know he’s not exactly trustworthy but let’s look back at how many times guns helped them in their time traveling efforts. Oh yeah, every single time!

Lucy’s faith in Flynn is also what saved them during the Salem witch trials, which they inconveniently became a part of thanks to Lucy’s mother.

Carol was the sole Rittenhouse agent leading the mission in Salem. There was no sleeper agent, she simply pretended to be one of the town folk and accused Abbie Franklin of witchcraft. Based on the last name, you can probably figure out Abbie is the woman that would later become Benjamin Franklin’s mother. And if she gets killed, he’s never born and the American people are never encouraged to challenge their leaders and the status quo. Rittenhouse wants people to be a bunch of sheep, falling in line to whatever the government tells them. I guess it’s easier to control everyone that way, right?

However, being asked to “take care” of your daughter isn’t something a mother can easily do. And as such, Carol’s allegiances are wavering a bit. She may be fully invested in Rittenhouse’s cause but she didn’t pass Emma and Keynes’ test in Salem to see if she could sacrifice the person she loved most.

After accusing her, Carol snuck into the “jail” to give her daughter a way out. She tried to convince her once more to join Rittenhouse, but Lucy is strong-willed and she told her mom she’d rather be hung here with all the women she truly admired. Gutsy.

I think Carol is beginning to realize that Rittenhouse doesn’t truly have her back and if she’s not 100% with them, she’s against them. It’s only a matter of time before she ends up in the FBI underground bunker assisting Lucy and her team on how to stop Rittenhouse. They don’t stand a chance without someone who was deeply ingrained in the beliefs; Flynn can only tell them so much. You can tell there’s even some beef between Carol and Emma as she realizes Emma is polluting Keynes’ mind with ideas and even he’s decided to turn his back on his great-granddaughter.

I didn’t expect much logic from this time period when it came to judgment but seeing a white man in the same dire situation as Rufus still look down on his because of skin color made me laugh. What a ridiculous mindset that I’m glad we as a civilization, for the most part, have overcome.

Much of season one’s focus was on Lucy and the team preserving history. In season two, that all went to hell. They’re changing things left and right. The biggest change came during the witch trials when Lucy and Rufus freed all 11 of the accused. That action alone completely erased the Salem witch trials from the history books, and who knows what other ripple effects it caused.

And this brings me to my next point. If we’re fudging up the past and the present, how will the people in the bunker, Agent Christoph, Jiya and Connor Mason, remember what “really” happened. Will they simply rely on the trio + Flynn to fill them in every time?

Lucy went through an emotional and physical beating this week. Not only did she find out her only happiness was squashed with the return of her lover’s dead wife, she almost got killed in one of the most brutal executions in history, and it was all because of her mother. To top it off, she arrived back in the present to find herself face-to-face with Jessica… in the bunker!

Wyatt usually makes the practical decision but when it comes to Jessica, he loses all rational thought.

Upon their initial meeting, I assumed Jessica was married to someone else because she didn’t seem too pleased to see him. Turns out, they are still together, their marriage is simply crumbling because, for the past two months, Wyatt hasn’t even returned her calls. Eh, he’s been a little busy, you know. And also, you’re supposed to be DEAD!

She tried to be understanding because he’s in the army, but eventually, she just got fed up, hence why she blindsided him at his rented motel with divorce papers.

It dawns on him that maybe their relationship wasn’t the fairytale romance he always thought it was, but he’s getting a second chance now so there’s no way he’s going to waste it.

He tries to convince her that they’ll work it out but she’s heard it all before. How many times can someone say they’ve changed? But the thing is, he has changed.

When Jessica says she can’t be married to a state secret anymore, Wyatt’s solution is to eliminate the secrecy by showing her the bunker and the time machine.

Realistically, if you got the love of your life back again, you’d do anything to keep them.

I personally cannot get invested in their marriage because we haven’t even seen any flashbacks of them as a couple so Jessica simply feels like a stranger rather than an old friend who returned.  She’s a brand new character to us so we’re naturally going to feel for Lucy and hope they get back together.

Christoph is beyond herself when she sees them sneaking in. Instead of talking somewhere more private, they decide to have a full-on argument while Jessica is just hanging around and she overhears Wyatt say “my wife just came back from the dead,” which understandably freaks her out. In her world, she was never dead and only 2-months passed by. In “reality,” she’s been gone for roughly six-years.

But again, none of this would make sense unless she believed in time travel, which no regular person believes in. So, she sticks around and actually watches the ship zap back from the hellish past.

Throwing Jessica into the mix and explaining everything to her definitely spices things up in the show. It was fun to watch them show off the possibility of time-travel to a stranger because we’ve become partially immune to the novelty. However, will she believe them? Will she buy Wyatt’s story? It takes a lot of courage to believe someone when they recall your murder and your funeral.

Women also aren’t stupid and it’s only going to take her a minute to realize that there is something more than friendship between Wyatt and Lucy. It was beyond obvious when Lucy deboarded the ship and threw him the look. And he’s guilty about it because well, no one thought that she’d ever be alive again.

Since Wyatt isn’t even the same person anymore, will his chemistry with Jessica be completely different? And will he be okay with letting her go if it the spark just isn’t quite there? After all this time, they are two different people.

And of course, we have to assume that Rittenhouse purposefully traveled to San Diego to bring Jessica back. Did they think without Wyatt, Lucy and Rufus wouldn’t stand a chance at taking them down? Maybe Jessica is part of Rittenhouse?

The also raises a new concern for the series since now we know it’s possible to toy with someone by hopping into the past and erasing their existence or the existence of a loved one.

I can’t really place what’s going on with Jiya’s visions. She finally decided to tell Rufus about them and he, of all people, laughed them off. The man who travels through different moments in history couldn’t believe that prophetic visions were possible.

However, I agree that Jiya should keep them to herself because after she told Rufus what she saw, most of what happened in Salem occurred as a result of him knowing. It’s almost as if he made the vision come to life and I wonder had he not known, would the result be different?

It also brings up a neat point about changing history. I mentioned before they saved about 8 additional women that should have died that night. But even though the man with the scar didn’t die of a gunshot wound, he was still destined to die and thus, got hit by a carriage. It’s the same concept as in final destination — you can’t cheat death. Then, did those women who seemingly got a second chance also perish shortly after?

Jiya’s visions will definitely play a key role in stopping a Rittenhouse-led world.


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Lizzy Buczak is the founder of CraveYouTV. What started off as a silly blog in her sophomore year at Columbia College Chicago turned her passion for watching TV into an opportunity! She has been in charge of CraveYou since 2011, writing reviews and news content for a wide variety of shows. Lizzy is a Music Business and Journalism major who has written for RADIO.COM, TV Fanatic, Time Out Chicago, Innerview, Pop’stache and Family Time.

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13 Best Government Conspiracy Shows to Watch During Your Self-Quarantine

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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.

Quantico

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?

Timeless

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)

Sean Walker, a seemingly regular man, begins to look into the mysterious disappearance of his fiancee and exposes one of the biggest cover-ups in American history.

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!


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TV Shows to Binge During Your Self-Quarantine and Social Distancing

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TV Shows to watch While Working from Home Coronavirus

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.

 

Scandal

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.

 

Timeless

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.

 

Mr. Robot

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.

Stranger Things

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.

Grey’s Anatomy

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 

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.

 

YOU

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!

Binge. Enjoy. And wash your hands!


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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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