Sometimes, Timeless really nails an episode, capturing the audience and really developing the storyline. This was not one of those times.
Character development propels the show forward but this week, none of the characters were really present – they were just going through the motions. Wyatt trailed shady Flynn all day, Rufus was wowed by his idols and tried to preserve history and Lucy proved that she had a backbone by standing up to a misogynistic NSA employee.
What’s worse, we have no idea what the Flynn’s motive for traveling back to the 1969’s for the moon landing really was, aside from his need to save his brother, who died that day because of a bee sting. I mean, if we’re to believe Flynn is this really bad dude, this isn’t convincing me. He’s saving a kid from a BEE STING? Come on. And if Flynn is on the right side of all of this, why is he killing people left and right with no remorse and literally trying to destroy America? If we don’t start getting more answers about his motives and what he knows, the show will quickly lose an audience. We like to know things, even when the characters don’t.
Timeless follows a very calculated formula – when it strays from it, it succeeds. This week, it followed it step by step, kind of like Rufus doing math equations: they followed Flynn and Anthony to a period in time, realized they were too late, did everything to reverse their wrong doings and save history as we know it, succeeded and went home. You could have predicted what was going to happen… the anticipation wasn’t there like that time they went back to Lincoln’s assasination.
Heck, even the episode where they were all stranded in the 1700s and spent most of their time fixing the time capsule was more interesting because at least we got to know the characters – what motivated them, what inspired them, and what made them who they are.
All we really found out this week was that Anthony claims to be innocent in this whole thing but knows he has to do whatever is in his power to stop Rittenhouse. Did he HAVE to allow Flynn to shoot that mathematician in the past after getting all the scoop about breaking into NASA in the present? Nope…. and I’m sure he screwed up a lot of lives by altering history like that – I’d actually like to see how many things have messed up since these missions have began, other than Lucy losing her sister.
He also refereed to Rittenhouse as “she” which is kind of making me think that maybe, the person they are trying to eliminate is in fact Lucy. Think about it – we know she’s the daughter of the male Rittenhouse who has been blackmailing Rufus and calling the shots with Conor Mason. Flynn has been drawn to her and has a journal she wrote. Despite that journal saying she’ll be on his side, maybe their mission is to convince her to change her destiny? I’m pulling at strings here really. One things for sure – Lucy and Flynn are not brother and sister as initially predicted… bummer right?
And while we know the show is able to write strong characters – just look at the three main ones – they didn’t do Katherine Johnson justice. It also felt a little contrived considering there’s a new movie coming out about her and while I’m sure the show didn’t mean to, it does feel like they copied it a bit. Johnson was used to help Rufus and Lucy get into the computer’s mainframe and delete the virus that Anthony planted, but that was all. I mean don’t get me wrong it was big – the virus cut off all communication with Armstrong and Aldrin and left them stranded on the moon. Without a connection to them, they would die up there and the Russian’s would have used it to their advantage and America would be very different.
It’s also important to know that reports say Johnson was never in Houston the day of the moon landings, which makes this historical inaccurate. And if accuracy is key the show is giving up integrity for the sake of the story, which isn’t good.
When the trio returned from the space race, they found that not much had changed except that Flynn now had a new family member – a half brother. Is he important to the story somehow? An ally? Knowing that Flynn just pulled the trigger and brought back a loved one from the dead, will it motivate Wyatt and Lucy to bring back the people they care about? If the FBI won’t help them, they can just do it on their own right? If they go rogue, who will stop them?
When Rufus first started these missions, he hadn’t gotten away from his desk much and was scared of pretty much everything. As time went on, he’d been exposed to so many different eras and realized, he wasn’t scared of guns or killing – he didn’t even feel bad about killing Anthony’s hitman. Maybe it’s because it needed to be done? To save the world, to save Lucy and Wyatt and to prove to Anthony that they’re willing to play dirty too. Truthfully, he should have shot Anthony and stranded Flynn without a pilot the way they tried to strand them in the 1700s? But who knows, maybe Anthony will have information we’ll need later on. Let’s hope!
Timeless Series Finale – The Miracle of Christmas
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?”
15 Reasons Timeless is the Best Show on Television
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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