The final episode ever – I think we can safely say that now – and the Time Team is stuck in North Korea in 1950, around the time of the Hungnam evacuation, and facing certain death; they need to get to the Lifeboat through thousands of advancing Chinese soldiers, and in the present day we’ve already seen that they will be killed in the attempt.
So what the hell: if we’re gonna die anyway, they conclude, let’s pick up a random Korean and take her to the evacuation point first. In fairness, it’s a young pregnant woman, but still. “Is she important to history?” Wyatt wonders, not unreasonably. “Everybody’s important”, ripostes Lucy, again not unreasonably, echoing both the Quran (and the Talmud): whoever saves one life, it is as if he had saved mankind entirely. They save her, and they get their reward. Because, back home, Denise has gone round Renee from 24 and negotiated directly with Benjamin Cahil to use Rittenhouse’s time machine to save Lucy. Yes, family connections trump Renee’s more, uh, technocratic approach to Rittenhouse’s goals, whatever they are. And I appreciate that after two seasons and a couple of specials it’s my bad that I’m not more on top of the Ritten-genda. Renee offers Lucy the chance to bring Amy back, and Lucy decides, finally, that she’s had enough of all this; sometimes you’ll lose people you’ll love, and that’s just how it goes.
And with that out of the way, we can deal with the important business. “I’m still totally shipping Team Lyatt”, Rufus metas to Lucy when they’re in Korea, and sure enough Lucy and Wyatt are shipping themselves as well. Proving again that this finale is total fan-service, Lucy reveals to Wyatt that she’s in love with him and has been since the Bonnie and Clyde episode, which – not coincidentally AT ALL – was the episode in the first season in which they had to pretend to be a couple and got Unpopcult squeeing.
It’s therefore no surprise at all that when we jump forward to 2023 Lyatt is a thing – endgame, folks, been saying it all along – and they have twins, inevitably called Flynn and Amy. Rufus and Jiya are also together – would it be heretical to say that they’re actually a little sweeter as a couple? – and have formed a tech company. There’s one more journey to be taken, mind you, and one final plot loophole to be closed: back to 2014 we go, so that Lucy can find Flynn, sitting in a bar, drunken and desolate, and give him her journal, thus proving that there’s something he can do about Rittenhouse. It’s a really good scene.
And finally finally: Denise decided in 2018 to destroy the Mothership, because time travel really isn’t a great idea, but hangs on to the Lifeboat just in case someone other genius invents time travel again. So there’s a delightful little coda, in which a gifted teenage girl, sitting in her bedroom, appears to be designing something which looks not unlike a time machine. And with that, we’re done. I’m quite happy for the show to finish here, and very happy that we got closure on Lyatt and everything else, possibly including Rittenhouse’s plans for the world. Or maybe not; that was always the aspect of the show I least cared about, but the rest more than made up for it.