TIMELESS -- "The Red Scare" Episode 115

Timeless Review: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again

Timeless had a rocky start for me, but it totally won me over by its finale. Here’s hoping the cast/crew get to do it all over again next season.

TIMELESS -- "The Red Scare" Episode 115
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While the political parallels between an episode taking place during the McCarthy era in 1954 and our present day climate are fairly obvious, Eric Kripke and company managed to stick to the show’s light-hearted tone. There’s no denying Flynn has traveled through time murdering countless folks, but overall the series is much more about visiting key historical events than getting too heavy and preachy. It’s about our trio of heroes saving the day versus the intricacies of temporal causality loops or wormholes. Yes, shows like Timeless and 12 Monkeys can coexist. Why the hell not, you guys?

I confess, jumping into Timeless I was a tad skeptical. After all, how could any new time travel series possibly measure up to the genius storytelling of Syfy’s 12 Monkeys. Okay, so the Pilot felt rushed and a tad klunky, but by the time we visited The Alamo in Episode 105 (an outstanding hour btw), I realized I had fallen for the characters and their story. I was incredibly curious to see which time period the show tackled next and which historical figures our heroes would fight alongside. How was Lucy (Abigail Spencer) connected to Flynn and when did he get her diary? Would Wyatt (Matt Lanter) ever see his wife again? Rufus (Malcolm Barrett) being forced to spy for Rittenhouse was devastating. How long could he continue to betray his friends? Yes sir, the questions kept piling up and I was officially hooked.

TIMELESS -- "The Red Scare" Episode 115
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At the close of the hour, I couldn’t help feeling Garcia Flynn (Goran Višnjić) got the short end of the stick. Lucy was visibly upset that it appeared she betrayed him. That said, the two have a long history and she had not given him the diary yet so his story’s far from over. In the end, this is a show about time-travel so the possibilities are endless. I think the family flashback at the start was not only needed, but helped humanize our main antagonist. Talk about shades of gray, right? We spent so much time thinking of Flynn as the villain, it’s hard to feel sympathetic and recall what he was fighting for. I really enjoyed that Lucy and Flynn had a chance to team up and alter future events using the present. He trusted her enough to go along with the plan, which made his arrest so upsetting. You can’t blame Agent Christopher though, she was just doing her job.

TIMELESS -- "The Red Scare" Episode 115
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There was little chance Ruffus’ life would be hanging in the balance, despite being shot by Al Capone. The twist was that Jiya’s life was in danger after traveling to 1954 with the gang. His line about not knowing what would happen, “Sending an additional organism through a wormhole” was a perfect example of skipping the details and moving on with things. The bloodshot eyeball and seizure were all we needed to realize Jiya was in trouble after the jump. Ruffus’ sweet confession helped solidify his relationship with Jiya (glad she heard it), while Lucy came clean with finance Noah. Good thing she didn’t dump him before he patched Ruffus up. Talk about getting the short end of the stick. Poor guy. At least, that relationship issue was resolved.

Despite the heavy subject matter, the writers managed to fit in several fun lines. “Where’s that accent from, son?” McCarthy asks Flynn. Priceless! Our baddie telling McCarthy that, “Everyone’s the hero of their own story” brings a certain new president to mind. Can you imagine if McCarthy were alive today? The guy must be rolling over in his grave. I also loved Wyatt’s description of McCarthy, ending it with “Just like every bully.” The references to modern events were not subtle. It’s interesting that although Flynn always has the upper hand, (case in point: claiming Lucy and Wyatt were spies), in typical Timeless fashion our heroes somehow manage to get the better of him. Again, this series is all about how good triumphs over evil.

TIMELESS -- "The Red Scare" Episode 115
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When we were introduced to Lucy’s grandpa, I was worried the man might be killed leaving her fate as our big cliffhanger. However, the twist that Ethan Preston wasn’t headed to a Rittenhouse summit, but to a gay bar was totally unexpected. How many social issues can one show possibly tackle? I’ll tell you, Timeless has done a bang up job in its first season. Lucy assuring her grandpa there was nothing wrong with him was terrific. The fact Ethan hated Rittenhouse made him an easy double agent, regardless of the fact he could have been easily blackmailed. Once Ethan saw the lifeboat in action, history was sealed. A room full of incriminating evidence in 2017 would certainly do the trick. Connor Mason playing the “long game” and Flynn working alongside our heroes were also nice turn of events.

It’s a shame wonderful TV series like Timeless and 12 Monkeys always find themselves on the damn bubble. Why should audiences feel forced to chose one over the other, so the “better” series stays on the air. There are a bazillion cop, medical and legal shows that are entirely derivative of one another, yet they survive and thrive. Meanwhile, our sci-fi faves get cancelled left and right. Timeless absolutely deserves another season. Not because of the big reveal in the final moments, but because good old-fashioned escapism is a must in these days of tragic real life events.

Closing Thoughts…

Although the Timeless writers left us with the cliffhangers that Jiya’s “evolved” and Mom’s Rittenhouse, the finale resolved a ton of loose ends. Like Wyatt, I’m “Not ready to say goodbye,” so I’ve got my fingers crossed that NBC renews the series understanding its audience is watching, just not necessarily Mondays at 10 pm. The way we watch television has changed, yet the networks are still playing catch up when it comes to selling a series to advertisers. Sure, we can blame a network for cancelling our favorite sci-fi shows, but in reality all we can do is support them by tuning in live and spreading the love over social media. Eric Kripke’s Supernatural has been on the air for ages, because it was allowed to find its loyal fan base. Here’s hoping something similar happens with Timeless. What did you think of the finale? Are you on-board for a second season? Check back, we’ll let you know the show’s fate as soon as it’s announced.

Relive Season 1’s Timeless adventures at ABC.com or via the ABC app.