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TIMELESS: 2.09-2.10 “The General”; “Chinatown”
Fate. Family. Two themes that have been ever-present throughout the second season of Timeless, and they were oh so prominent in the finale. Fate because, of course, we had Rufus’ future death awaiting us. And family, well, that came in all sorts of forms.
The two-parter conclusion of the series was especially strong. I’m not surprised. Every episode this season seemed to get stronger than the one before. (In fact, I’ve been wanting to commend this season on some especially great episodes—“Mrs. Sherlock Holmes” was a standout in my book, but hats off to both “The King of the Delta Blues” and “The Day Reagan Was Shot,” as well.) These two episodes highlighted what Timeless does best: meaningful historical storylines combined with action and advancement of the story arc.
We’ll start with Harriet Tubman—and let’s give a mighty round of applause to Christine Horn, who was incredible as “The General.” She captivated every scene and gave each one the weight it truly deserved, considering the weight of the Civil War. Unconvinced? Go back and watch the scene between her and Rufus when he admits that he’s always been a free man. Amazing. And kudos to the writers. I felt like I could quote her all episode wrong. (I tried. It was hard to keep up on Twitter while watching all the action.)
Meanwhile, we had Wyatt moping about everyone’s reaction to Jessica potentially being Rittenhouse—and questioning her pregnancy. To be honest, Wyatt did start to bug me in this episode. His reaction to Agent Christopher seemed a genuine and honest response to finding out his wife is pregnant and then hearing they want to banish her. (And Lucy’s reaction to hearing Jessica was pregnant? Perfection. If your heart didn’t break when you saw Lucy’s face and heard her faint, “She’s what?” you must have a heart of stone.)
But once he became Captain Sunshine in the past, pouting and stomping around, I was a bit tired of moody Wyatt. Perhaps it’s because there was so much more important things going on—or perhaps it’s because we, as viewers, were already suspecting Jessica—but I had a small amount of patience for it. I’m glad it passed relatively quickly, though I suppose not with the best of results.
Which leads us to the end of the first hour, when Jessica kidnaps Jiya and steals the Lifeboat. Can we just admit how much of a badass Jiya is in these episodes? Demanding to see the other pilot who also has visions. And then fighting her way back to the Lifeboat after killing a guard (her honest reaction to realizing she took a life was heartbreaking) while on sleep meds. And then seeing her in the 1880s after hiding out for three years. Wow.
Jessica took an uber-swift turn in personality and disposition once she joined her colleagues in Rittenhouse. It was almost hard to see her as the same person, especially once she became a gun-wielding member chasing our Time Team. Emma, of all people, was especially displeased with this turn, since she realized she was now expendable now that Rittenhouse had a backup pilot.
So she took things in her own hands, including killing both Carol and Nicholas in cold blood. To say I audibly gasped when she did it is an understatement. I gasped so hard I made myself cough. While I wasn’t sure which members of Rittenhouse would make it until the end of the season and I figured Carol’s fate didn’t look good, that certainly wasn’t the way I expected to see them go. But in doing it this way, we got to see Carol’s last moments trying to save her daughter, her legacy, and Lucy got to say some semblance of good-bye. Of course, Carol’s last words weren’t really what she’d hoped.
Can we talk about that Lucy/Flynn scene for a moment? Lucy confessing that Carol’s last wish was that she’d take up the Rittenhouse reins and that she indoctrinated her to their ways even sooner. But what was Flynn going to tell Lucy? Personally, I love how the two of them have gotten closer throughout the season. Could I actually even be a Flucy shipper? (I’ll get to that in the bullets.)
But enough about Carol and Nicolas, Lucy’s biological family. Let’s get to her Time Team family, namely, Rufus. While I adored that reuniting scene between Rufus and Jiya, Jiya was much less excited. She saw Rufus’ future and knows that if she leaves with him, he’ll die. And given her new skills at controlling her visions, she knows there’s nothing she can do to change it—until she does.
But as we’ve learned throughout the season, sometimes fate has its own place. Certain people are meant to die. Otherwise, JFK might’ve changed his own fate. Or maybe the man Rufus tried to spare wouldn’t have been run over by horses. In this case, it meant that Rufus’ life wasn’t actually saved, but he was still killed by Rittenhouse—this time by Emma—outside the saloon. While the death was shocking, we barely got a moment to react, since Lucy took off to get her own revenge. For her family. Her mother. Her sister. Rufus.
That was an intense fight scene, and it’s a new side of Lucy. And could it be and almost Flynn side of Lucy? She was ready to kill Emma in cold blood. She’s definitely turned.
Back in the bunker, we finally get to react to everything that’s happened. And here’s were most of my tears fall because Jiya points out something that I’ve thought about ever since the Wyatt substitute was killed in the 1920s in season 1. That someone killed in history is left there with no one to identify them, no one to bury them, no one to grieve them. It’s heartbreaking. And when it’s Rufus, it hurts all of us.
But we don’t get that much time to cry. Only moments later, we’re visited by a new and improved Lifeboat, and Future Wyatt and Future Lucy step out. “So you ready to get Rufus back, or what?” Oh, hell yes.
As of my writing this, there’s still no news about a third season of Timeless, but if this finale is any indication, there’s still a lot more story to tell and a lot that needs to be done. It’s such a strong show, in both how it’s written and how it’s acted, and with the strong fanbase, I can only imagine which would hurt more: Rufus’ death or losing out on more of this awesome show.
A few more thoughts:
- Could I be on Team Flynn now? I was all in on Wyatt and Lucy early on this season, but seeing Lucy and Flynn’s friendship grow has made me start to switch sides. Especially that long moment before he got interrupted by Wyatt or seeing his reaction after Lucy’s fight with Emma. Is that terrible? Is anyone else with me?
- Wyatt did finally tell Lucy his true feelings, and she didn’t respond. So much has happened with him and Jessica, I wonder how Lucy does feel now. She clearly does still care about him—just look at her reaction to Jessica’s pregnancy and that hug—but what does her silence really mean?
- I love new Jiya. And I’m really invested in seeing how she can use her visions more. But I am very nervous about if she loses herself in them.
- This episode was all about family: Lucy’s family and Rittenhouse. Wyatt, Jessica, and their baby. Jessica and Rittenhouse. The Time Team, including Creepy Uncle Flynn. Even Agent Christopher was able to slip that one in there when talking to Connor. Family.
- Can we talk about how Agent Christopher knits? And badly? I love it.
- Connor and Rufus fixing the time machine together was perfection. I just really hope it’s not the last time we see them together.
- Now, can we please just #RenewTimeless already?