Timeless s1 ep 5

Wyatt’s under pressure: he’s failed to kill Flynn, so he’s being replaced by Baumgardner, an old Army bud of his, nicknamed Bam-Bam. “You’ll like him better than me”, Wyatt reassures Lucy, although the look on her face suggests that she has no particular interest in having her seatbelt buckle fastened by someone known as Bam-Bam. By the end of the episode she’ll be leading a revolt: no Wyatt, no Lucy. But before then there’s time travelling to be done: word reaches them that Flynn and the Big Time Machine are at the Alamo Mission in March of 1836, very shortly before it’s attacked by Mexican forces. So off they go.

My problem with this episode – and, as it turned out, it’s a pretty fundamental one – is that, compared to the average American, the concept of “The Alamo” means very little to me.Without a quick mid-episode trip to Wikipedia I’d have been little the wiser about who these people were (William B. Travis? General Santa Anna?), what they were doing (the Victory or Death letter?) and why it mattered. And matters. So I was at a disadvantage throughout, which may have coloured my view. But I thought this was a little flimsy compared to the other episodes so far, and I’m sure I can’t have been the only person shouting “USE THE DAMN GRENADES!” at Rufus as he tried to work out how to dig through the rock underneath the Alamo Mission, in order to secure an escape route.

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5 thoughts on “Timeless s1 ep 5

  1. Kay20 January 29, 2017 / 4:45 am

    Took waaaaaay too long for the grenades to come to the rescue.

    • Jed Bartlet January 29, 2017 / 7:47 pm

      It was INCREDIBLY annoying. Particularly given how much of a fuss had been made about the grenades earlier in the episode.

      • CJ Cregg February 10, 2018 / 9:22 pm

        The grenade thing was daft, agreed, but I still really enjoyed this one. I don’t know much about the Alamo either but I thought Lucy told us enough in a few judicious sentences to make it work anyway. (On that note, I imagine this show is quite a nice, fun way to introduce kids at least to bits of history they’re not already familiar with.) And when we had Lucy actually take Wyatt’s face in her hands all “I trust you. I NEED YOU.”? I was not fussed about the historical context at that point I tell you. SQUEEEE!

        • Jed Bartlet February 11, 2018 / 12:01 am

          Yes – one of the reasons to regret its short-lived cancellation is that this is actually, in quite a lot of ways, an old-fashioned family show, with a modestly educational component on top. But the real reason to want the show to survive is so that we can SHIP LYATT HARD.

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