‘A Million Little Things’ Hits All the Right Notes — Well, Except That One Thing

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A MILLION LITTLE THINGS: 1.01 “Pilot”

“Friendship is a million little things.”

That’s the sentiment we start with as we begin network television’s newest tear-jerker, A Million Little Things. This is one of the few shows that I was really eager to watch, not because I crave grab-the-tissues television (actually, that type of marketing and emotional force is the reason I never got past the third episode of This Is Us), but because of the subject matter. The idea that a show could take on a surprise suicide and study the reasons behind it in a smart way seemed intriguing and important. It’s a tall ask, but with a good cast behind it, I had faith.

And to be honest, before watching the premiere, I tried to identify what the title could mean. My best guess? As friends searched for answers about why their friend would kill himself, they’d discover that it wasn’t just one reason. It was…a million little things.

I guess I was wrong.

Then again, we still don’t know the reason why Jon killed himself. Most of this episode had his friends and family questioning a number of things: Why would he do this? If everything happens for a reason, what’s the reason for this? Why wouldn’t he tell someone? And how did we not see it coming?

All of these questions are ones that I hope the show continues to explore, as complex as they can be. And I think the most interesting way the show has chosen to focus on depression is not in Jon’s own choice, but in the character of Rome, who was ready to take his own life as he got the call about his friend’s death. Seeing someone dealing with depression and struggling to share what he’s experiencing and feeling with those that he loves the most is so important—and it helps you see what someone may have been going through, like Jon, in real time. It really paints the picture and shows how difficult it is, even to open up, without solely relying on the hypothetical guesses of what Jon was going through. It’s a great way to study the complex nature of depression and mental illness for viewers.

Beyond these issues, we have many characters with their own baggage: Gary, who is in remission from breast cancer, who befriends Maggie, a therapist who just found out her own cancer has returned; Eddie, who is in an unhappy marriage and having an affair (more on this later); and, of course, Delilah, Jon’s widow. It’s a good group of complex characters with their own personalities (the exception may be Eddie, who is falling pretty flat for me), rounded out by a good cast of folks playing them.

I find Gary’s story especially compelling, probably because it’s both drawing me in at times and annoying me at others. Gary is your standard “I don’t show emotion” character in the face of death, and while at times this bugs me, his display of anger at the Bruins game made me realize it’s more of a facade than anything else. Plus, his whispering to Delilah that she’s the strongest one of all of them shows a kindness that we’ll occasionally be privy to. So while there are times I may be annoyed at him, I can hold out for those little moments, knowing that he does have some redeeming characteristics, or he wouldn’t be part of his group. Also, his being one of the 1% of men who gets breast cancer is just an interesting backstory. It’s interesting how he’s dealing with the prospect of death in a different way than say, Rome, or any of the other characters.

Now, the biggest complaint I have for this show is with Eddie—or more accurately, the big reveal at the end of the episode that Eddit was having an affair with Delilah. Ugh. It’s amazing I was able to even see the TV after how dramatically I rolled my eyes. And that I didn’t throw the remote control through the screen. What a lame, overused plot device to throw in what seemed to be a well-thought-out show. When you are suddenly comparing a drama like A Million Little Things to the train wreck that was Netflix’s Friends from College, you know something’s wrong. Suddenly, all those emotions you saw Eddie and Delilah struggling with are less real and become laden with guilt. What’s more, the mystery of “why” becomes, “Did he do it because he knew?” It just changes the nature of the show.

The other issue? Jon’s assistant. We’re left wondering what her story is, hiding file folders, lying, and deleting files. Do we really need a mystery? I was already wondering whether Jon was having an affair with her, based on how she was acting (despite the fact that apparently everything he did while he was alive was generous and helpful to everyone he knew), and now we have a guessing game of what she knows. Personally, I didn’t need this. I don’t need a “How does Jack Pearson die?” mystery to figure out. Let the situation itself carry the story.

Oddly, the assistant mystery bugs me much less than that horrible affair, and I’m wondering how much of this season will be devoted to keeping that relationship under wraps with panicked undertones that they’ll get discovered. I do think it changes what the show could have been, but I guess I should just wait and see.

And I will continue to watch. The characters drew me in, and I want to see more. I’m not sure how much Ron Livingston is in future episodes. He seemed to have a decent presence in the pilot, and I like him, so I hope it continues.

As a side note, I was standing in an elevator on Thursday with three strangers, when it stopped on a floor and a man entered. He walked in, greeted each of us, and even continued to chat with the man behind me, who he didn’t know. And I was suddenly back to remembering how Jon’s friends described how there are people in elevators that don’t speak to each other, but then there are those who will just talk to anyone. And I wondered, if this elevator were stopped, would I suddenly be friends with these three strangers?

If anything, so far, this show has clearly made an impression.

Manifest Takes Off with a Mystery, but Fails to Land the Characters

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MANIFEST: 1.01 “Pilot”

Every new fall season, I have my lists: shows I’m super excited about returning (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend! The Good Place! Jane the Virgin!), returning favorites that I watch but may be ambivalent about (Supergirl, The Flash), new shows I’m looking forward to checking out (A Million Little Things), and new shows I know little about but will check out if I have time (Single Parents). Manifest, as it turns out, falls into that third category, where I’ve been looking forward to it. So it was nice to have it be the first new premiere I watched this season.

Now, I’ll preface this by acknowledging my skepticism. The premise seemed intriguing: A plane takes off but lands five years later. No one has aged who was on the plane. Where did they go? What happened? It sounded exactly like one of those shows you’d get super-invested in right before it got cancelled.

But here’s where the reality kicks in. Within moments of the show starting, Flight 828 went up, hit some unexpected turbulence, and then landed five years later. They all had their reunions with families (missing the now late mother, of course), and everyone is confused as to what happened. The FBI starts to interrogate the flight crew and passengers… And then everything is back to business, where family is home with family, and other than a few references to having no belongings or a working phone, they’re basically back to the real world.

Until…

Michaela, our heroine sister, starts hearing voices. Or, rather, her voice, instructing her to do things. “Slow down.” “Let them free.” Then we find out brother Ben has the same new power. And suddenly, it’s not just them. It’s all the passengers—at least that’s how it seems by the episode’s end.

All of this happens within one hour of network television. And while I have some complaints about the supernatural element of the show (I wasn’t expecting magical voices and premonitions), my biggest issue is that the reality of the world these people are returning to was highly ignored. How can we care about characters when we don’t really know what life was like for them before they took off, let alone how different it is once they landed?

Let’s pause there. We get a nice voiceover at the beginning, seeing what would appear to be a “happy family.” We know Michaela is dealing with something and that it ties to her decision of whether to marry her boyfriend. And we know Ben’s son has leukemia, and it doesn’t look good. Beyond a brief—and I do mean brief—tension between Michaela and her mother about said engagement, there’s barely any conflict.

So it’s a bit surprising when later we find out that Michaela was on desk duty because she’s being evaluated after her partner died in the car next to her. Or how important her best friend Lourdes was (someone we hadn’t even heard of before), when we hear that she married Michaela’s old beau. In a show that would have been nice to get more show than tell, all we get is spoken backstory at the wrong times. This essentially means we barely know the characters, we can barely understand what they’re going through, and even when you discover that dear old mom has sadly passed, we can’t muster a hint of emotion.

But aside from the backstory, we barely saw any reaction to the five-year jump. We see initial shock and, again, annoyance that they don’t have belongings or a phone. But where is the adjustment period? Other than Ben’s moment trying to reconnect with his daughter, it’s like no time has passed at all. For them, it’s been two days. Where’s the frustration that everyone keeps telling you “it’s been five years” when to them, it hasn’t been? Where’s the confusion to coming back to a world that would be different? I mean, they’re in New York. You mean to tell me that walking the streets of the city, they wouldn’t see different storefronts—that their favorite diner or donut shop has shut down? Everyone is still living in the same houses, with no change to decor other than soccer pictures? Ben seems oddly calm that he suddenly has to find a job, when I assume he had one when he left (which was, again, to him, two days ago). Geez, even an iPhone would’ve had multiple generations since the time they left.

Or, how about everyone else? We barely saw the FBI interrogate the passengers, which would likely take days, if not longer. They’d probably be taken to hospitals for medical tests. Sure, luggage would’ve been investigated (as we saw), but they’d probably confiscate all other devices on that plane to scour the data. And what about the press? These people would be hounded, treated as celebrities. A normal life? I think not.

Somehow the series decided to skip all that in favor of jumping into supernatural mystery. While I realize it would’ve made for a slower beginning, I would’ve much preferred to see some of these lives in 2013, see how people interact and get to know them for half an episode, before they got on a plane that changed the course of their lives forever. Spend some time showing them getting acclimated in an episode or two, and then, right when you think they’ve got a handle on things, introduce these voices and visions to add a new twist, throwing them off their game once again. Is it a slower build? Sure. But at least we’d know who we were watching.

Because for now, while they may have set up a mystery to figure out (with a self-exploding plane, for good measure), I don’t yet care about any of the characters. These people couldn’t been gone for a day, a week, or a month, and they would’ve had the same reactions as they did after five years.

And if anything, giving a little more time for their lives to develop and then get pulled out from under them would offer us the opportunity to get to know them (I’m ashamed to say that I actually had to look up Michaela’s name on IMDB because even in an hour of TV focused on her, I never learned it). But without any sort of life before, they have no personality. No personality means no real reaction to what happened. And with no real reaction, it’s hard to keep my interest, no matter how many visions and voices are thrown my way.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s Casting News Is Crazy—But Is It Crazy Enough to Work?

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If you haven’t been watching Twitter today, you may have missed the big Crazy Ex-Girlfriend news. It turns out Greg will be making an appearance in the final season of the show—but not the same Greg we knew and loved. Skylar Austin (of Pitch Perfect fame) will be replacing Santino Fontana in the role.

In the few hours it’s been since I heard the news, I’ve had mixed emotions. I trust the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend writing team, sure, but Greg was a fan favorite. He was certainly a favorite of mine. And Fontana made that role come alive. Austin is talented, and no matter what role they put him in, I’m sure that he’ll do a great job. But Greg? That’s a tall order.

According to Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna, it was a creative decision. Bloom notes, “It’s not only a big leap and feels experimental and playful like our show, but as we’ll see when the show airs, it’s a great statement on how our perception of people changes, and Greg is sort of a barometer for how Rebecca changes.”

Keeping in mind that I don’t know much about what’s going to happen this season (and everything that I’m about to say is purely guesswork), my perception of Bloom’s quote is that Greg will turned up a changed man—literally. Or perhaps Rebecca just remembered him in a vastly different way than before. [Cue the many jokes about how “Gee, Greg, you look so different!” and “Wow, Greg, you’ve changed!”] Now, if this is the case, I could see how the writing team can make it work.

But should it?

I rarely criticize Crazy Ex-Girlfriend because it constantly exceeds my expectations and always surprises me. But in this case, I’m not sure the appeal of bringing Greg back. If you’re not bringing back the same actor, how will the fans feel—especially going into the final season of the series? It would change how we look at the character, for sure (perhaps that, too, is the point), but frankly, Astin will just have some large tap shoes to fill. He could be up to the task, but will fans see it that way? And even if the creative team wanted to make the point about changed perceptions, why does that require an entirely new actor?

Now, if you have had conversations with me about the show in the last two years since Fontana left, you’ll know I’ve been keeping my fingers crossed on a Greg return in the final season. But this isn’t what I was expecting. I can’t help but feel disappointed, which isn’t how I want to start the season. I’m trying not to bring myself too down already—again, the writing team always surprises and impresses, so I want to put my trust in them again—but I’m just not sure how I feel about this news. I would’ve preferred a surprise appearance from the original actor, rather than a surprise, head-scratching announcement. And, of course, I mean no offense toward Astin. He’s a talented actor and a fun one to watch (heck, I even watched him in Ground Floor), but it’s just not what I expected from one of my favorite series.

Keep in mind, I’m getting ahead of myself. When we last left Rebecca, she was headed to jail. So who knows what’s next for her. I certainly don’t. So I can’t say this is a bad call or a good one. It’s a creative decision.

But I, for one, miss old Greg. And for now, I stand to be convinced.

NBC Gives ‘Timeless’ One Last Mission: A Two-Part Finale

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Well, it’s been an exciting day, hasn’t it, Clockblockers? Today, news broke that after cancelling the series last month after its second season, NBC is giving Timeless a two-hour movie finale to finish off the series. No specific date has been announced, but it sounds like it will air sometime this holiday season.

So, are you want to get Rufus back, or what?

Needless to say, I’m thrilled with this news. I was more than bummed when the series was cancelled, and after hearing that Sony had shopped the series around with no luck, I was keeping my fingers and toes crossed that we’d get this finale movie.

But of course, many fans did more than just cross fingers and toes. Fans raised money to fly helicopters—excuse me, “heliclockters”—over San Diego Comic Con advertising #SaveTimeless. They also tirelessly tweeted about the show, getting Timeless trending during the event, even though the show wasn’t even there.

There efforts were certainly noticed, and according to Shawn Ryan, they swayed the network. So certainly applause are necessary…in between your jumps for joy.

There’s certainly plenty of material that needs to be covered in a mere two hours: Will Rufus be saved? Will Lucy and Wyatt finally get together—or will it be Flynn who captures Lucy’s heart? How did the team somehow swing that visit from the future, when the time machine won’t allow it? And what happened to make Lucy and Wyatt look so…ready for battle? Can anyone stop Rittenhouse? Or Emma? And is Lucy’s sister a lost cause at this point?

I’m sure there are plenty more questions (add your own in the comments), and I have full faith in the writing staff to give us answers, now that they have the chance.

I don’t know about you, but the holidays can’t come soon enough.

‘Timeless’ Finishes Season Two on a Strong Note — and with One Hell of a Cliffhanger

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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.

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‘Timeless’ Visits a Dark Place in ‘The Salem Witch Hunt’

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TIMELESS: 3.04 “The Salem Witch Hunt”

Ever since I heard Timeless would be visiting Salem during the witch trials, I’ve been waiting for this episode. This is a time period I’ve been especially interested in, and boy did they set up the atmosphere. From the moment they stepped into those deserted, foggy woods, you knew this would be a dark episode. And let’s be honest, I was sure Lucy would somehow be called out for witchcraft (she is a time traveler from the future, after all).

But I had no idea that the person to accuse her would be her own mother. Or that she’d be on the list of the eight—or as it turned out, nine—to be hanged on the darkest day. Add in the fact that Benjamin Franklin’s mother was also added to that list, thanks to Carol, and you have the setup for a really intense episode that has a lot riding on it.

As far as Rittenhouse plans go, this one feels like it’s the first that made sense. The last three episodes, with their sleeper agents, felt like lower stakes, compared to taking Benjamin Franklin out before he even had the chance to be born. That would truly change the shape of America. (I’d also argue that we’d run into a little bit of trouble technology-wise, since he was the man who also discovered electricity, but perhaps our WWI Rittenhouse guru doesn’t care about something as trivial as electricity.)

But let’s talk about Carol’s plan. Despite the fact that Carol was one of two existing Rittenhouse members who saved Nicholas Keynes from his death in the early 20th century, it seemed odd that she’d have to “earn her stripes” by knocking out Franklin. And her plan to “save” Lucy by essentially threatening her with hanging in order to get her to join Rittenhouse. That was harsh. Clearly, Carol isn’t thinking straight with this plan. And her desperation as Lucy declined, with her cold, “I’d rather be hanged”…wow.

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‘Trading Spaces’ Is Back — And Still Unwilling to Compromise

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There’s always room for compromise but not in this situation.

Trading Spaces is back on the scene after a ten-year break, and very little has changed. Paige is back as our host. Many of our designers and carpenters have returned. And neighbors still swap houses for two days, so they can redo a room in each other’s houses.

What has changed? The budget has doubled—they now have $2,000—and Wayfair has sponsored a tent, so couples can choose one item that must go in the room, whether the designer likes it or not. (At least, I don’t recall this freebie tent from the show of yore, but correct me if I’m wrong.)

But what makes a show like this entertaining (or annoying) is the one thing that will likely never change: The designers have a design in mind, and they’re unlikely to ever compromise that vision. It doesn’t matter if the couple balks, refuses, or simply runs out of time, the vision comes first.

In this particular case, we have Hildi, one of the original series designers, who—no matter what—will have a hideous design painted on a ceiling. Similar to how some of the designers operated on the original series, she came in with one piece of fabric as a focal point that leads the design for the entire series. The black, white, yellow, and blue design wasn’t terrible…until it was described as a “deconstructed penguin” and she said they’ll  be a painting the design on three out of four walls, as well as the ceiling. While my mind was screaming “accent wall!” they went on to paint it all, despite the homeowner’s sister’s reservations, creating what appeared in the end to be a clown’s worse nightmare. Certainly, if you visited that a guest room, you’d have your own set of circus dreams.

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‘Timeless’ Finds Romance And Surprises in ‘Hollywoodland’

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TIMELESS: 2.03 “Hollywoodland”

There was no new episode of Timeless this week, which finally gave me some time to wrap my head around what became a game-changing episode. Just to recap, what happened? We met legendary actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr. Rufus pretended to be Langston Hughes in order to save Citizen Kane. Jiya saw a doctor and turns out to be healthier than she’s ever been, despite her seizures and visions. And Flynn found his way out of jail. Anything else?

Oh yeah. Lucy and Wyatt finally got together, and JESSICA IS BACK.

Talk about a shocking ending (though, honestly, I predicted this result long before the season began). But we’ll get there. Let’s start back in 1941, where Rittenhouse has  another sleeper agent (played by one of my favorites, Teddy Sears), who is out to steal Citizen Kane in order to secure a column in the Hearst papers. It’s a little bit of an overcomplicated plan, but if the publication was as influential as Lucy claims, I suppose Rittenhouse can do a lot of damage with a few inches on paper. Like Wyatt, I have never seen Citizen Kane, nor do I know its sordid, secretive backstory, so I did feel like I was playing a game of catchup as the main plot details were being shared. But let’s be honest: Everything else in this episode was so much more interesting than the Rittenhouse plot that it didn’t really matter.

Starting with Hedy Lamarr. I ask this much too often when watching this show, but how have I never heard of this person before? She sounds amazing. One of the reasons I love Timeless is the fact that they bring these lesser-known historical figures to life, so it’s both educational and entertaining. She truly stole every scene, and I loved the dynamic between her and Rufus (particularly her curt response to his poorly shared riff of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme—though her explanation to Lucy about how anyone can be glamorous as long as they stand still and look stupid was also great). She was a divine addition to this episode. But now on to what everyone is talking about…

Lyatt fans were overjoyed to see Wyatt and Lucy finally get together. Starting with her adorable musical number. She was so playful and it was nice to see that side of Lucy again (and it was fun to see that side of Abigail Spencer, too). Not sure that final long look between Wyatt and Lucy really landed for me at the end (sorry), but it did lead to their cute banter before they finally kissed and slept together. Happy, happy fans everywhere.

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‘Timeless’ Has a Need for Speed in “The Darlington 500”

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TIMELESS: 2.02 “The Darlington 500”

Timeless went racing back to 1955 in another high-powered episode, this time chasing a Rittenhouse sleeper agent that has already changed history: Ryan Millerson.

While the show has done a relatively good job so far avoiding head-scratching time-paradox moments, this is really the first episode where we need to step back and understand what’s happened. We already knew that Rittenhouse was sending agents back in time, so they could influence history. In this particular case, we have race car hero Ryan Millerson, who Wyatt idolized as a child. Except he didn’t. Ryan was placed in 1946 only a few weeks ago and his impact there made such an impression that it rewrote history. Wyatt’s memories are not from when he was six years old. They’re actually new.

If that makes you get a headache and a panic attack at the same time, let’s take this a step further to try to understand Rittenhouse’s plan. Given that Emma and her lackeys then went back in time to meet up with Ryan in 1955, this means that it’s not simple enough for Rittenhouse to simply place someone in time and say, “Ok, when you get to the Darlington 500 in 1955, place a bomb in your car and kill the important auto executives.” Clearly, they need to see what effect their sleeper had on time, in order to then go back and execute their plan. After all, what if Ryan crashed his car in his first race, destroying any chance to be a famous race car driver? What if he was good, but never good enough to make it to Darlington? They need to know what could really happen. Which means, they essentially told Ryan, “We’re placing you in 1946. At some point, we’ll be back so you can take on this suicide mission, but in the meantime, become as successful as a race car driver as possible.”

This seems a little convenient for the show—otherwise, what’s the point of having anyone go back in time? We’d never know what Rittenhouse did or didn’t plan in our dark times of history—and a little overly complicated for Rittenhouse. And since good ol’ grandpappy Nicolas was the one who came up with this plan way back in the early 20th century, I think we’re starting to see exactly how crazy and/or brilliant he really is. And that was long before he painted a manifesto mural on a wall.

Is your head spinning? Because mine is a little. But let’s focus on a few other things that happened in this episode, beyond these big picture, world-changing, history-changing sleepers.

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‘Timeless’ Is Back — And Off to a Great Start

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TIMELESS: 2.01 “The War to End All Wars”

I’ve spent the entire day thinking about Timeless.

To say season 2 packed a punch would be an understatement. The last season ended on a shocking revelation: Lucy’s mother is part of Rittenhouse. But that was just the start of what would change the lives of the entire Time Team. Moments after Carol confessed her true role, Lucy is taken, and Mason Industries blows up.

Let’s just say it was an explosive beginning to what appears to be a thrilling season already.

We jump back in six weeks later, where the remaining members of the Time Team are hunkering down in a bunker, hiding from Rittenhouse, who assumes they all died in the explosion. Rufus is trying to fix the life boat, while Wyatt is brooding and itching to get out and find Lucy. And everyone—Jiya, Connor Mason, and Agent Christopher—are all getting used to their new lives and new digs.

Wyatt’s reaction was especially interesting (and not only because I’m a Wyatt and Lucy shipper). Her disappearance hit all the same buttons that his late wife did. Lucy disappears into thin air, presumed dead. But Wyatt refuses to believe it, insisting that Rittenhouse has her, and he needs to find her and bring her home. He’s overly angry and overly emotional, but it’s all fitting when you consider his past.

Meanwhile, we find Lucy dressed up for WWI, ready to go change history with her mother. You have to be impressed with Abigail Spencer, who from the moment we see her, seems like a very different Lucy. Gone is the light in her eyes, her animated excitement, and general passion. Instead, she seems focused, if distanced, and ready to do what’s next. At this point, though, it’s uncertain what that is.

From the get-go, I never doubted Lucy. I didn’t think she’d willingly turn and become part of Rittenhouse. I could see how hard it was for her to shoot an innocent man, and that she was doing it against her better judgment. It wasn’t to prove loyalty; it was to play a part. But I also didn’t think she’d go as far as to take on a suicide mission, a mission where she’d either be left behind in 1918 or get blown up in the mother ship during a jump. And to hear it so soon after being reunited with her fellow Time Teamers, who she had long believed were dead. It was heartbreaking to realize how far she’d go to stop Rittenhouse when she thought she was alone in the war.

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