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Timeless – The World’s Columbian Exposition (1×11)

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Everything was quite messy on this week’s midseason premiere of Timeless but it was an intricate mess that raised the stakes and added in history of magic and serial killers in a way, that served the story’s purpose.

We picked things up with Garcia Flynn kidnapping Lucy after she botched his master plan to take out all of Rittenhouse. Clearly mad that she destroyed his life’s work, he vowed to make her pay, which was something Wyatt was terribly scared or. The will-they-or-won’t-they aspect of their relationship was pushed emotionally this week as we saw him worry about her and pretty much reveal his feelings for her to everyone at Mason Industries. Not to mention that will be enhanced with Wyatt’s newfound knowledge of his wife’s killer… but more on that in a second.

It was cute to see him so concerned about Lucy even though let’s be honest, she’s more than capable of taking care of herself. In fact, she wasn’t at all the damsel in distress this week, she was the boys’ saving grace. Turns out, you can get yourself into QUITE a mess if you travel to the past and don’t actually know your history.

Flynn’s men lured Wyatt and Rufus into the World’s Fair Hotel aka the hotel owned by the worlds FIRST ever serial killer H.H. Holmes. Devil in the White City anyone – I never wanted to read that book more than while I was watching this episode? Moments into their “check in” the guys were gassed and woke up in a torture chamber with thick walls, minimal air and no way out alongside two others – the first woman graduate from MIT and a man named George.

As they sat hopelessly awaiting their grim fate, Flynn was making Lucy pay by asking her to assist in his plan to kill off Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and J.P Morgan, the future of America and all Rittenhouse members, apparently. In order to get close to them, Flynn needed help breaking into the top secret meeting room and Lucy knew just the person – the still under the radar Harry Houdini, who was forced to pick a lock for Flynn.

Flynn should have known better than to trust a magician though because with a little hint from Lucy, he performed one of his most famous tricks – the cutpurse – which allowed him to pickpocket Flynn’s gun with ease and chain him up. Who knew I would have liked Houdini so much? Maybe it was the actor or his rapport with Lucy that I was digging so much.

Knowng Houdini was a dude that could get out of tight, complicated situations, she asked him to help save her friends from Murder Castle. Seriously, this is a whole franchise waiting to happen…. I know Leo’s making the movie but like this has a very American Horror Story feel to it right? Time traveling is always interesting but I’ve never actually been more scared of the past than the present. Throughout the episode, I felt as if I was playing a guessing game of “will they” or “won’t they” with a side of “how the.”

Lucy and the guys were separated for the better half of the episode but the storyline’s continued to parallel each other, with the transitions always fitting for both of their different scenarios. As Lucy escaped her capture from Flynn, Wyatt channeled his inner Houdini and realized if there’s a way in, there has to be a way out. Finding one brick that was deteriorating, he was able to pick out a hole and call for help so that Lucy and Houdini could navigate the labyrinth Holmes built and help them escape.

Escape was a pretty vital word in this episode, especially for Lucy, who took her biggest fears head on when she was kidnapped by Holmes just as we thought it was all over. There were so many twists and turns but the most shocking – Holmes was in the room with them the entire time, simply posing as George.

Down in his killing chamber, which really existed in the actual Murder Castle, Lucy was locked away in a claustrophia-inducing box. With Houdini’s advice in mind, she convinced herself that the fear wasn’t real and her only goal was to escape. As her survival instincts kicked in, she convinced the psycho that she was actually a psychic by dishing out his real name and parts of his history to him… you know, things normal people would never know.  Her plan bought her enough time for Wyatt to figure it out and come to her rescue like the Prince Charming that he is.

The loss of his wife was deeply engrained in the episode with Wyatt second guessing his instinct to kill Holmes because he didn’t want the victims’ families not to know what happened to their loved ones… just like he didn’t know who killed his wife. Lucy reassures him Holmes never comes clean, only selling the story to a magazine for money. With that, he makes the bold decision to change history and kill him. At this point, I’m wondering how where they draw the line with preserving history. I don’t argue that Holmes was a horrible man who deserved to die but if they killed him, the prevented him from killing other hotel guests and women, ultimately sparing hundreds of lives. Wouldn’t that in turn change the future? I guess at this point they are so far down the rabbit hole, it doesn’t even matter what changes.

Rufus threw caution to the wind in the present day by revealing that they’d murdered the OG founder of Rittenhouse. Mason, terrified by what they would do to his friend, tried to help him make a run for it, but after all that Rufus had done, he wasn’t scared of some white men in suits. He recorded a message to Rittenhouse telling them that he was done being their snitch, knowing he would be safe because he’s the only pilot they’ve got. A bold move but one that had to happen in order for the trio to prove that their in this together and fighting on the right side of history. Will Rittenhouse retaliate?

Say what you want about Garcia Flynn but the dude stays true to his word. He came through on his promise to give Wyatt the name of her killer… even though they just totally screwed up his plans once again.  With the killer’s name in hand, he poses a question: “what are you going to do about it.” The moment is chilling for a few reasons: according to the rules of time travel Wyatt cannot go back to any time he was already a part of which means he can’t go back and kill the killer before he kills his wife. If he wants to kill the killer, therefore reversing what happens to her, he must go back at kill the killer as a child….  Of course there’s boundaries to that since Wyatt is a good man at heart. And then comes the question of Lucy. He definitely is developing feeligns for her and by acting on this and bringing his wife back he not only breaks the rules for his own benefit, he loses a chance with her. Is he willing to go through all of that.

This episode left me on a such a high horse of excitement that I cannot wait to see what happens next. With dropping ratings, I can only hope people start binge watching because it would be a shame to see a show, that has spread its wings and found its groove – adding complexities to the story and twisting the plot so that we’re never really sure what the gang is getting into. In other words, I hope a show that’s actually worth watching doesn’t get cancelled.

Other thoughts

Where is Anthony? We haven’t seen him since he messed up the NASA takedown.

Will Mason get inspired by Rufus and finally stand up to Rittenhouse?

How can they finally take down Rittenhouse? Will they ever find the son that kept his father’s legacy going?

Will they ever bring back Lucy’s sister?

Now that Agent Christopher knows about Mason’s work with Rittenhouse, is she also in danger?

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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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