Timeless Season 2 Finale!
WOW!! HOLY SHIT WOW!! WHAT THE HELL DID I JUST WATCH?!
To say that Timeless just took us on the biggest rollercoaster ride of the season, possibly even series, is an understatement! The fast pace, high stakes, and raging emotions have left me shaking! I had so many theories going into the 2 hour finale tonight but I never would have guessed at HALF of what just happened. I’m still in a state of shock! “The General” and “Chinatown” are absolute TV gems and the Timeless writing team deserves all the respect and recognition they get and then some! So let’s dive right in and try to work though the mindblowing season (I REFUSE to think series) finale that was Timeless.
“The General” was good, but it wasn’t edge of your seat excitement and that’s okay. It wasn’t mean to be. “The General” is build up. It’s the final pieces of the puzzle needed to start putting the picture together – and those pieces are very important.
Family. It’s been such an important theme through this entire series. Flynn looking to avenge his family. Lucy and Wyatt trying to bring back theirs. The sacrifices people are willing to make to protect the ones they love. The lesson that sometimes the family you were born into isn’t as important as the one you make. In many ways family is the cornerstone of this show so it’s unsurprising that “The General” starts off with family.
We meet our Civil War sleeper – family man and cheeseburger lover Colonel Reyerson. Reyerson clearly didn’t pay enough attention in his high school history classes because when Emma activates him she gives him a civil war history book to use as his mission briefing. (Oh come on, I’m not the only one who found that funny.)
The important part of the opening sequence wasn’t this week’s sleeper agent though, but rather the exchange between Carol and Nicholas. Rittenhouse is family she reminds him, Lucy is family – Emma isn’t, and she doesn’t trust her. She drives home her point by taking Nicholas to her mother, his daughter’s, grave.
One of my favourite things in any form of entertainment is the subtle foreshadow and with Carol’s speech the Timeless writers prove they are masters at it!
Is there ever such a thing as too loyal? Some would say no but I politely disagree. Loyalty to the point of blindness in not a good thing. I’m looking at you, Wyatt Logan.
I completely understand Wyatt’s need to try and protect Jessica. She’s his wife, she says she is pregnant with his child, but dammit he knows something isn’t quite right here. After everything this team has been through they owe each other their trust. He should have told everyone about Jessica’s brother after Agent Christopher and Connor revealed what was on Rittenhouse’s computer. Agent Christopher even asked if he had any reason to be suspicious. Even if he remained adamant that Jessica stay in the bunker afterwards it would have least made everyone keep a closer eye on her. He really should have told Rufus while the two were talking before the raid in 1863 when Rufus asked him again.
I’m actually surprised that Wyatt has been keeping this to himself. We are so used to seeing him think 10 steps ahead in every situation that it’s weird seeing him not consider what the consequences of keeping this secret could be. Wyatt’s had a very one track mind since Jessica’s returned and I’m pretty sure that’s going to come back and bite him in the ass – soon.
Wyatt drops the bomb that Jessica is pregnant (so she says) after having it out with Agent Christopher about Jessica leaving the bunker. I didn’t think it was possible for my heart to break for Lucy anymore than already has but her look of devastation at Wyatt’s revelation proved me wrong. The team has no time process this new information because it’s at that moment that the alarms signalling a Mothership jump go off.
It’s here where we see just how badly Wyatt’s bombshell has shaken Lucy. The Mothership has gone back to June 1st, 1863 and Lucy draws a complete blank as to why that date it important. It’s Rufus who remembers the Combahee River Raid led by Harriet Tubman. With her memory jogged, Lucy is able to get herself together and fills in the details of the raid. We’ve seen Lucy not know history before but this is the first time we’ve seen her know and forget. It’s painful moment to watch knowing why she forgot. Did you all know that Harriet Tubman was a Union spy during the Civil War? I didn’t – thank-you Timeless for another history lesson.
Good TV has balance. It can’t be all doom and gloom nor can it be all sunshine and rainbows. Timeless has that balance and this scene is the perfect example of that. We just watched our team get clobbered with information that has left them stunned and hurting. We’re still feeling that during the new mission briefing but the writers managed to sneak some humor in there with Rufus’ deadpanned “yay” to Flynn’s “come one Lucy, defend your territory” and “atta girl, show him who’s boss.” It was enough to give us a few chuckles without taking away from the dark cloud now hovering over everyone heads.
It’s Time for Some Answers
While Lucy, Wyatt, Rufus, and Flynn are back in the Civil War posing as Union spies, Jiya confronts Connor. She’s been hacking his laptop and discovered that Connor has been hiding things about her visions from her, specifically someone. Stanley Fisher is a former Lifeboat pilot who started having visions after test flights and is currently in a mental hospital. Jiya is hoping he has answers to her questions and demands Connor take her to see him.
When the two first arrive at Stanley’s room he’s having a vision but immediately comes out of it when Jiya says that’s what’s happening. He’s clearly disgusted that Connor is still training pilots and tells him that he is worse than Genghis Khan, Josef Stalin, and Adolf Hitler. He turns his focus to Jiya asking her if she’s seen any new forbidden colors in her visions yet, saying that she will and she’ll love them.
Stanley sounds like nothing more than a madman but Jiya still questions him. He tells her the visions are a gift from God. They are a way to time travel without the machine, he once spent a week in 1912. Stanley tells her that the reason her visions are fragmented is because she’s been fighting them. In order to see the vision in its entirety she needs to stop resisting and let herself fall into it. He demonstrates how easy it can be by slipping effortlessly into a vision. Connor tells Jiya it’s time to go because Stanley could be in this state for days. As they leave Connor stops and apologizes to the catatonic Stanley for what’s happened to him.
This season has me actually liking Connor Mason.
A Gift From God?
That’s what Stanley Fisher calls the visions he and Jiya have, could he actually be right?
The moment the team meets Harriet Tubman she’s sure she’s seen them before but that’s obviously not possible. Except while Wyatt and Rufus are getting ready to infiltrate a plantation, Harriet remembers why they look so familiar. She tells them God came to her in a dream telling her they were coming. This is still easy to brush off as nothing, especially for someone like Rufus who doesn’t believe in a higher power. The surprising thing is that he doesn’t, instead he talks to her about them. Is Rufus becoming a believer? If he wasn’t before the raid he sure is after.
He and Harriet talk again about how she saw him coming, only this time she tells him she saw him stepping out of a giant metal ball. I don’t know about you, but that sure sounds like the Lifeboat to me. So how did Harriet Tubman know about a 21st century time machine back in 1863?
Harriet also mentioned something else very important about her visions – not all of them come true. Is it possible that the same can be said about Jiya’s? If so, does that mean it’s possible that Rufus doesn’t die?
There’s more to be learned about the visions that Jiya, Harriet, and Stanley share. I just hope that we get the opportunity to explore them more with another season.
I know I’ve said this before and I really hate to sound like a broken record, but I just have to say it one more time – I CALLED IT!!
All those suspicions in the back of my mind since she first came back have been justified. The “is she or isn’t she” question has been answered. There’s no more room for speculation. Jessica is Rittenhouse. She’s not just an unwitting pawn but a full blown sleeper agent they planted in the bunker.
It was pretty clear this was the case after the whole “brother who died as a kid in the original timeline is somehow alive in this one” thing. If that didn’t convince you she was trouble then her good-bye with Wyatt this episode should have. The expression on her face when Wyatt brought up her brother, the way she tried to brush it off then changed the subject when she couldn’t were all red flags that she was hiding something. More red flags that Wyatt noticed but decided to ignore and keep to himself instead of letting his team, his family, know that things weren’t adding up. I said it would come back to bit him in the ass and it did.
Thanks to Jessica, Rittenhouse has Jiya – and the Lifeboat.