What an incredibly busy finale.
As we all suspected, SPOILER 1 is indeed a fully paid-up member of the Rittenhouse “family” and everyone is furious with Wyatt for not dishing the dirt on the Not Dead Brother in time to stop her. Everyone except Lucy that is, who is sympathetic and understanding to a point but also distraught and sore since Wyatt, who really could not have made more of a mess of this season, manages to accidentally punch her in the face while fighting with Flynn. Yeesh.
Left to her own devices, however, Jiya – who is something of an action hero this week, go Jiya! – proves by far the most level-headed of the bunch, extricating herself and the Lifeboat from Rittenhouse’s clutches tout de suite, but unfortunately ending up stuck in 1888 because of my-God-can-she-not-die-already Emma. This setback doesn’t even remotely phase Jiya, though; she manages to reunite Time Team and Lifeboat no problem, with strict instructions to just leave her out of the whole business. As if anybody’s going to listen to her. Oh dear.
Off we all go to 1888, then, where, well, stuff happens, and Emma does everyone a favour for once – ok, for twice, I haven’t forgotten the suffragette episode – by getting rid of SPOILER 2 and SPOILER 3, because she, like me, has had enough of the pair of them. Bye bye, murderous fascist nutbars! Please don’t come back if there’s a season three.
Rittenhouse’s change of management doesn’t signal much of a change in strategy, though, the main thrust of their plan still seeming to be “kill the main cast!” Unfortunately, the main cast can’t reciprocate. SPOILER 1 disabuses Wyatt of the notion that she’s some sort of victim, but keeps him (and everyone else who might be tempted) from killing her right back because she still says she’s carrying his kid and it now seems like it might be true. Which I HATE. And even though Emma actually does kill SPOILER 4 (this is getting a bit tricky) – which would seriously have SHOCKED me, if I hadn’t already been well and truly spoiled for most of this ep – Lucy can’t kill her because they need a villain in case season three turns out to be a go. Or because she runs out of bullets. You choose.
This is all quite frantic and distressing, and the scene where everyone returns to Time Base without SPOILER 4 and the truth dawns on Denise and Connor is properly sad. Poor SPOILER 4. Connor is kind of great this episode – he’s improved a lot this season – and his scene with Jiya afterwards is genuinely moving. Denise is quietly upset. And Lucy is shell-shocked, but still finds it in her to be kind to Wyatt who has finally realised what a prat he’s been since episode 4. Okay, she doesn’t say she loves him back, but she still does, right? SPOILER 1 said so. And I’m pretty sure Flynn – who comes pretty close to making a declaration to Lucy himself but ends up having to content himself with saving her from Emma and cradling her tenderly instead – knows it as well. *AND* it’s not Lucy and Flynn who show up together all badass and ready for it in that brilliant final scene, is it? SQUEE. And WHOA.
Which is where Timeless season two comes to a stop. No news about renewal as yet, and after the show’s resurrection from the dead last year, who knows whether it’ll happen or not. As a diehard Lyatteer, I’ve had my problems with how the show shook up the main team’s relationships this season – all right, I hated them bringing Jessica back, I hated them breaking Wyatt and Lucy up, and I hated Wyatt being a complete jerk to Lucy – but I have to admit that the rest of the cast got more of a chance to shine as a result, and they took it. Connor, Agent Christopher, and – through my gritted teeth – Flynn were all infinitely better-developed, and loads more fun to watch than they were last year, and Jiya really came into her own as well. As for Lucy, well her heart was broken by both Wyatt and her mother, but yay for her picking herself up and just getting more awesome as a result. I’d like to see more of all of them, and learn more history with the show but if we don’t get that chance, this ending – grief, hope, and a wildly cool new beginning – seems as good a place to leave it, before everything gets too complicated, as any. So goodbye and good luck, Timeless. See you if we see you.