So that was an “interesting” episode of Timeless, right? I mean, was it just me or did the Time Trio feel completely out of place after their last episode at the Alamo? If I remember right, Rufus and Lucy stood in unison threatening to quit because they were a team, and Lucy had the shippers making heart eyes with her “I Need You” moment to Wyatt.
Which, by the way, has the Timeless fandom decided yet on if your ship name is #Wucy or #Lyatt? Please tweet me at @threeifbyspace and let me know!
And yet in this episode, where secrets are being revealed in that Lucy had knowledge about Flynn’s motivations and Rufus’ spying – they are distrusting of each other once more. Like what happened just a week ago in their life never happened?
No seriously, what the heck, writers?
That aside, the joy that I had from “The Alamo” faded away as we whiplash back to the less than exciting storytelling that has become common for this show. There are moments, yes, but I’ve found that the Twitter live feed during Timeless is more exciting than the show itself.
Alright, enough babbling, right? You’re here for a review of the episode, and I do have one, I swear.
The Time Trio is sent back to the 1970’s in order to find Flynn, who they believe is going to go after the Watergate Tape to steal it, and learn what is in the 18 minutes of deleted dialogue. Their mission is sidetracked when Flynn gets the jump on them and kidnaps the trio, and then forces Lucy and Rufus to get the “doc” – which is not a document but a person who has a nickname of Doc. If they don’t, Flynn will have Wyatt killed. If they do – a major secret of Rittenhouse will fall into Flynn’s hands. Add into that Rufus finally reveals that Rittenhouse is blackmailing him into spying on the team, and the trio learns about Flynn having Lucy’s journal as a guide on where to go while fulfilling his objective of obliterating Rittenhouse. In the end, Lucy and Rufus save Doc and Wyatt both, but not without some consequences in that Rittenhouse and Flynn both know that they are being played.
The pre-episode reminder for Timeless starts with a reminder about Lucy and Flynn’s previous conversations and the journal that he has from her future self. There is also a reminder later when Flynn and Wyatt are talking about how there are rules to time traveling where you cannot travel to a time where you already exist.
This has me thinking about how Flynn got that journal. They were working partners later on per Flynn, trying to take down Rittenhouse together. If Flynn is this young – close enough in age to the Time Trio currently – and yet this is going to be in the future from now that the journal is written… how did current Flynn get a future journal and have it in the present if future!Flynn can’t travel back to the current day since he would exist in this time period (his wife and daughter died in 2014).
I mean, yes he could have pulled a Marty McFly and mail it to himself in the future like Wyatt tried to do with the telegram to his wife, or someone putting it somewhere in the past that Flynn would come to and find it in his present. But A – we’ve already done both of those earlier this season, and B – that would be too obvious in Timeless where the writers are trying to be tricky with how they do things. So I’m curious as to the how. Oh, and the who – because what if it was Lucy who hid the journal with a mission directive to past!Flynn in a way that he wouldn’t find the journal until after his family were killed to provide the right mindset and motivation to him?
This episode also confirms that Flynn isn’t the actual BAD bad guy in this series – yeah, he’s hurting people and that’s inexcusable, but his purpose for doing this is the same drive that keeps Lucy and Wyatt both going too: bringing back a loved one that was murdered. His heart to heart with Wyatt, talking about how Rittenhouse killed his family because of an assignment he was on for the NSA, made me wonder if we’re going to see Wyatt change sides and start helping Flynn under the radar on their missions. I wouldn’t blame him at all, to be honest, and I’m also not going to be surprised if Jessica’s death will be linked to Rittenhouse before the end of this season.
Rittenhouse reminds me of the Angel villain in Wolfram & Hart, and how you always saw representatives, but there were multiple heads to the snake. Sure, they aren’t making deals with demons – that we know of – but they are old and far reaching and people know going against them is a death mark. This is why saving “Doc” becomes so important to Rufus and Lucy – they need her to survive and have the knowledge she possess preserved.
We also learn from Doc that you don’t join Rittenhouse – you’re born into it. Later, when Lucy has the name of her real father – Benjamin Cahill – and goes to meet him, she turns away and doesn’t reveal her identity to the man. He knows her, however – and we do too. He’s the Rittenhouse agent who threatened Rufus and gave him instructions and the recorder at the top of the episode. The presence of Lucy as a member of the Time Trio now makes sense. We can assume from this that Benjamin knows Lucy is his daughter and had her recruited to take her place within the Rittenhouse hierarchy.
So what is going to happen next? Will the Time Trio remember themselves and that they are supposed to be a team again? With the title of next week’s episode of Timeless is called “Stranded” so I think that alone gives us a good idea on what may happen when the team goes back to pre-American times and their time machine gets a little shot up. See you on November 21st!
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