Having spent a big chunk of my Blindspot post yesterday saying that that show needs to keep making room for some of its recurring/newer characters and experimenting with changes to the format, because the core team/format is getting a bit stale, I’m now back to do my weekly plea to Timeless to stop making room for its recurring/newer characters and quit messing with the format because the core team/format was lovely and I miss it. Sigh.
Since the show’s determined to keep changing things up, however, this week’s away team is made up of Lucy, Rufus, Flynn as the muscle, and Connor Mason taking the inaugural trip in the Lifeboat’s new fourth seat, all heading off together to stop Rittenhouse from killing the legendary Robert Johnson aka the King of the Delta Blues, and effectively strangling rock’n’roll, the Civil Rights movement and the entire counter-culture at birth. Back in the present, meanwhile, Wyatt takes a break from rubbing Lucy’s face in his newly unwidowed status (Dude. Either move yourself and your wife’s love shack somewhere away from your ex-girlfriend/partner, or keep it the eff down), and heads off to destroy Rittenhouse at source, all on his lonesome. Spoiler – he doesn’t quite manage it, and that whole sub-plot just seems like busy work to keep him out of the way for a week.
The time team part of the ep is where it’s at, though. Connor’s not my favourite character, but his bond with Rufus has always been the best thing about him and the Johnson story’s a good, interesting one, using that bond and both those characters well, and weaving in some nice parallels with Johnson’s history too. And Paterson “Lando Calrissian” Joseph is clearly having a ball getting out of HQ and into some sepia-toned fun instead.
Taylor Swift Lucy and Flynn work well enough together, too; she needs a friend considerate enough to have a clue about how awful she must be feeling (*side-eyes Rufus and Wyatt*) and whether I’ve forgiven him for his season 1 activities or not, Flynn seems to have more than a clue, so fine. Flynn the Friend it is. Something more? Well, we’ll see. I’m all about Lyatt all the time, as you know, but I have a feeling a healthy dose of jealousy right now for Mr Delta Force might be no bad thing.