Timeless s1 ep 16

If, as seems likely, we’ve seen the last of Timeless, it’s worth recording that it went out in style. The season-ender saw the team descending on Washington, D.C., in 1954, for its latest adventure in counterfactual history, this time starring Joseph McCarthy. There’s a major Rittenhouse summit due to take place, and Flynn intends to wipe them out in one go, first delivering Team Machine to McCarthy as Soviet spies. Meantime, though, Lucy has her own idea of how that might be done, and it involves playing something of a long game.

Events in the present day timeline also point a way towards the future, with Lucy’s REDACTED revealed to be Rittenhouse; Jiya suffering seizures which suggest – I think? – that she might be able to travel in time without the inconvenience of using a machine to do it; and Wyatt finally starting to move on from his stupid dead wife and see what’s been in plain sight for most of the show’s run, i.e. Lucy (now also conveniently free of that boyfriend she doesn’t actually know). It should be said that by this point Unpopcult is shipping Lyatt hard, and if the show is indeed over we’re consoled by the knowledge that this week’s flirty dialogue allows us to imagine they totally have a future together.

Not for the first time, it should also be acknowledged that Malcolm Barrett as Rufus was this week’s – the season’s? – MVP. And, on that note, the show during its run has done its best to grapple with the occasional incongruity, depending on the period, of having an African-American working on equal terms with his Caucasian colleagues, and to identify historical wrongs: this week, for example, Lucy doesn’t want Rufus to go to a hospital to be treated for a gunshot wound because the hospitals in 1954 are segregated, and the one she would need to take him to isn’t up to standard.

But this might well conclude our business with Timeless: in fairness, I was never quite sold on the big overarching conspiracy plot, but the week-to-week stuff was great fun: the team had chemistry, the clothes were fabulous, and the historical settings were more than good enough. I really enjoyed it, and in the event of renewal I’ll very much be back for more.

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9 thoughts on “Timeless s1 ep 16

  1. CJ Cregg April 8, 2017 / 1:31 pm

    Although I quite liked the first episode of Timeless, with so much else on it didn’t grab me enough to make me tune in every week. However, when I watched the Bonnie and Clyde one on your recommendation Jed, I was suddenly A LOT more into it. I’ve watched most of the eps since then, and enjoyed them all – I still don’t really understand the conspiracy plot, but the rest was more than enough fun to make up for it. As you said, the clothes were fabulous and the historical settings more than good enough. Where the show really hit a home run for me though was the team’s chemistry, which was OFF. THE. CHARTS.

    Normally in these shows, there’s a team member who’s annoying or stupid, but the trio were all lovely and eminently likeable, even if Wyatt went on about Jessica too much. I loved that Rufus was in no way a third wheel, he was absolutely awesome in his own right – genius-level clever, kind and brave – but obviously I fell *very* hard for Lyatt. They were gorgeous together, their chemistry was sizzling throughout, and the flirting/ hugging / emoting between them throughout the episodes I saw made me SQUEE. I’m disappointed we didn’t get a big epic kiss this week, but Luka telling Lucy “Your Wyatt is fine” and Wyatt all worked up saying “I can’t lose you again” got me very excited, as did the “possibilities” conversation. Although of course that asshat Mason interrupted. As for Wyatt kicking Joe McCarthy’s ass without even breaking a sweat before rescuing Lucy…. *fans self*

    Uh… Anyway, I really enjoyed it too and I know a second season’s unlikely, but I’d like to see it too.

  2. Jed Bartlet May 10, 2017 / 11:49 pm

    And… cancelled. Oh well. Lyatt forever.

  3. e May 13, 2017 / 3:13 am

    Never got around to watching more than a bit of the first episode but my sympathies are with you guys.

  4. e May 13, 2017 / 6:50 pm

    (So why kill Limitless? Sure it was irreverent and glorified drug use, but it was glorious. RIP Limitless.)

    • Jed Bartlet May 13, 2017 / 8:30 pm

      Yes – Timeless is a good show and I’m pleased it’s going to return. But Limitless was very much better.

      • CJ Cregg May 13, 2017 / 9:47 pm

        Yes it was. But let’s not look a gift horse in the mouth. LYATT LIVES.

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