Timeless Season Finale Pt. 2 “Chinatown” Review
It was a tough pill to swallow that last night was a two-part season finale for Timeless. When coming to terms with the news that this show like some others are facing a series end, sometimes still being able to look forward to one more week helps ease the pain. Especially when crap hit the fan pretty fast for this team. On one hand you have Wyatt and the team finally facing the reality that Jessica was a double agent, then you have Rittenhouse that is dealing with their own inner squabbles as the progress forward.
The reaction from the team was as explosive as you would have expected. When Wyatt was pushing everyone away and villainizing them for accusing Jessica of being Rittenhouse, this was the only outcome that would have made sense. Those feelings of betrayal and anger came with perfect execution when something that could have been avoided was turned against them in a big way through a loss of the Lifeboat and Jiya. Rufus in particular left this crushing feeling when this or death could have been the only thing to break him and Jiya up. To have this happen because Wyatt ignored the safety of everyone else was a big blow to what was a good friendship between them. Nonetheless, I do enjoy that what happened here from start to finish wasn’t too wrapped around the drama. Not while there is someone to save and a future still to fight for.
It wasn’t hard to see how the next mission would be to rescue Jiya and find the Lifeboat. Uplifting would be the word I use to describe the efforts to pull this off. One of the stronger moments for Rufus given the way he has been able to better express his love for Jiya. The only problem was that they already teased hard as to why this would be troublesome in the end. I mean when you put the pieces together, this would be that mission where a certain prophecy comes to light. The how was different, and I think that is what matters most in the end. The suspense struck hard with no punches pulled when it came time to pull the trigger.
From the minute that the team ended up in 1888, the stakes were almost set immediately. Not at all in the way that you would have braced for, but all the same the statement was made that this wasn’t going to be a safe trip. How everyone processes that reality check made a big difference too.
Losing Jiya this way was a big turning point for her story. One could have assumed that her situation was just another way of saying that they were running low on things to do with the character at the start. However, the exploration of her new abilities on top of being the valuable asset that she is as someone who can see the future has been a strong evolution. It also made you fear what Rittenhouse could have planned for her, or what could happen if she didn’t cooperate. With that said, she did have a few moments where for once you could really cheer her on because her actions were more direct than being behind the keyboard.
Through the Rittenhouse story, I do enjoy the grab for power that has been taking place as of late. Nicholas may be the guy in charge, but that didn’t mean everyone else wasn’t jumping for a chance to hold on to a position of influence. Specifically I would say Carol has been standing out as someone who was shaky on her loyalty till finding her footing to reclaim what made her formidable to those who would doubt her. Having said this, I was a bit floored by the decision to also flip their story on its head. The big twist for them came out of left field, and may have been a bit too unexpected. I suppose if you were looking for finality, then this makes sense. Particularly when at the best of times they couldn’t help being in their own way. Emma also stepping up the wy she did wasn’t a bad change either. When you remove her leash, there was no better enemy to throw Lucy and companies way.
This second half of the Timeless hit hard because this is another show that is seeing an end unless someone picks it up, and the note they left us on is not where we should want Timeless to conclude. Not when it feels like they are about to break all the rules to defy the events that have unfolded.