I’m putting these two episodes together as they aired that way as a short movie length special. I doubt I’m alone when I say that it still wasn’t long enough. Creators Eric Kripke and Shawn Ryan bring us this finale/movie via writers Matt Whitney, Nancy Baird, Tom Smuts, and returning story editor Anslem Richardson.
This week, we are immediately dropped into the Civil War where Emma (Annie Wersching) is up to more solo hijinks, and to no surprise, is visiting yet another sleeper agent. I’m not sure how that burger wrapper will go unnoticed over time, but I’d be willing to bet he’s too happy that he has one to even care. This guy even has a book on the Civil War barely hiding in his room, so it’s probably safe to say a drive-through burger isn’t tipping the scales to his risk-taking.
No one risked more this week than the one who titled the episode, Harriet Tubman (Christine Horn). In a fierce performance here, we learn “The General” is no joke of a nickname. Oh, were you not previously aware that Tubman was known as “The General”? It’s yet another example of how Timeless has the ability to reach into time and present its secrets it to us like the history teacher we always wanted.
“Harriet Tubman’s hardcore” – Rufus (Malcolm Barrett)
“Yeeeaaaah” – Wyatt (Matt Lanter)
Fairly hardcore in her own right, it’s Jiya for the win this week. It comes as no surprise that Jessica’s (Tonya Glanz) re-appearance is anything but coincidental. What I surely did not expect, was for her to kidnap our dear Jiya (Claudia Doumit) back to Rittenhouse HQ. Jiya gets herself out of there so quickly it’s actually painful to learn the lifeboat makes it so close to the bunker but doesn’t. I’ve been asking for more Jiya for a while now, and boy did I get it.
We also get a lot more Emma, despite wishing her gorgeous face would just leave the team alone. I suppose it was only a matter of time before she turned on Carol (Susanna Thompson), but my goodness did she pulled the trigger this time, both figuratively and literally. “There’s still so much you don’t know,” says Carol as Emma’s bullet starts to take her life. Honestly, I can’t help but scream at the screen and say TELL HER THE SECRETS INSTEAD OF TELLING HER YOU HAVE SECRETS, but alas, this is the cadence of shows such as this. I mean, why tell your daughter things she probably needs to know, instead of telling her you wish you had pushed Rittenhouse on her sooner? I’ve put my suspension of belief aside for time traveling; I suppose I can do it for this as well.
Speaking of people who don’t say what needs to be said, Flynn gets as close professing his love (so I presume) to Lucy that I yell at the screen once more. “I don’t give a damn about Wyatt,” he tells Lucy unconvincingly. Then why was your previous sentence blaming him? Oh, Flynn. You are as full of contradiction as you are puppy dog eyes for Lucy. Spell broken, Flynn and Lucy are whisked towards the action. Perhaps season 3 (should we get it) will gift us with the #Garcy romance so many of us have been dreaming about.
“We are going home together; we are taking Rittenhouse out together!” Lucy demands of the team, like the leader of the pack. Like the leader her mother told her she was, thankfully for a different cause than Carol wished. Retrospectively I feel like this entire season has been gearing towards an inevitable build up to Lucy leadership. Unlike other promotions, this seems to be the natural progression of things. Like, at some point down the line everyone falls into following her because she is just that good. The final scene is so flawless in its simplicity, as Lucy and Wyatt step off the seemingly upgraded Lifeboat with Tomb Raider style attire and confidence.
As torturous as it is perfect, we are so well set up for a 3rd season without the promise of getting it. At the time of this posting, Timeless Season 3’s fate has yet to be sealed. I HAVE to know how they get Rufus back. I HAVE to experience the next stage of this adventure. I’m not ready to see Rufus off the team. I’m similarly not prepared to let Timeless go. I can only hope enough other households feel the same way and are watching their hearts out because I am left hoping beyond hope that my wish is granted.
Thank you Sony, NBC, Eric Kripke, Shawn Ryan, and everyone who has helped to make this one of the most exciting time travel shows ever to exist. It’s been ever so fun to ride along with you again!