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.