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.
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?
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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