Lucy Preston is too good and pure for this world. That’s all I have to say about this episode.
Tonight’s Timeless flipped the coin on its head and, instead of taking us to the past, the show brought us an incredibly important historical figure to the present. When a mission goes wrong in 1934, Rufus and Wyatt have no choice but to bring a young JFK back in the Lifeboat with them, effectively stranding Flynn in the past until they could go back and pick him up.
But of course things don’t go as planned and a scared and confused teenage JFK escapes the bunker and goes out into the world in 2018. His adventure in our world is equal parts funny and endearing and sad — and Grant Jordan, who plays young John Kennedy, is absolutely fantastic. But all of that only served as a conduit for the story Timeless really wanted to tell this week: the whole drama between Wyatt, his not-so-dead-anymore wife Jessica and Lucy.
Lucy is a pure, selfless soul and way too good for her own good. I understand why she did what she did, I really do. It hurts, especially because it’s so obvious that she’s not okay, but what else would you have her do? Say “yeah, Jessica, he really loves me and you missed your chance. It’s your own fault for being dead for six years. But thanks for your blessing, bye!”? That’s not our Lucy and we would have immediately cried out that it was completely out of character for her to just let Jessica go.
Lucy Preston is such an inherently good person and she has seen what Jessica’s death had done to Wyatt, how far he was willing to go to get her back. It’s like she said, he deserves to be happy and I think she genuinely believes that having another shot with Jessica will make him happy; and that’s all you ever want for the person you love, right? No matter what, you want them to be happy, even if that means breaking your own heart.
And that’s exactly what Lucy is doing. She’s being the bigger person here by choosing to let him go so he can finally have what he’s always wanted. This road is going to be hard and painful and I can already see Lucy spiraling into her own abyss of pain, while trying to put on a brave face for the world. It’s not going to be pretty, but I have to believe she will come out on the other side of this stronger than ever.
Like Agent Christopher said, it’s been a really tough week for her — no, scratch that; it’s been a really, really tough year. She’s lost everything and now she’s just lost her one constant in this whole mess. Watching her wake up from a fevered sleep asking for Wyatt was just about as heartbreaking as when he told her Jessica was alive. Even though it was painful to watch her go through this, that first scene with Jiya was everything I’ve ever wanted to see between these two characters. I feel like Lucy and Jiya don’t interact nearly as much as they should on this show, but that quiet scene as Jiya is taking care of her showed us just how strong their friendship actually is. I really hope we get to see more of that in episodes to come.
The same goes for Agent Christopher. I absolutely loved that scene in the kitchen. Denise is such a mom and she knows Lucy is suffering, so she’s going to try and support her in any way she can. Her entire debacle with Carol Preston — whom I still hate, I don’t care what she’s doing to try and redeem herself — only showed that she really cares about Lucy and she will do her very best to protect her from any harm. The line “if you were my daughter, I’d be so proud of you” must have cut so deep for Lucy and I have no idea how she didn’t just immediately burst into tears. I know I would have.
And then there’s Jessica, who actually seems to be a real cool chick. I was so set on hating her and so sure that she was a filthy, evil Rittenhouse agent, but you know what? I like her. Maybe that’s exactly what they want me to feel, so they can stab me in the back afterwards and reveal she’s actually evil, but as of right now I just think she’s just another innocent who got caught up in this mess.
Tonya Glanz is doing such an amazing job, and I know it must be a daunting task coming into a show knowing your character will probably be hated by the fans. But she’s actually made me not only like Jessica, but empathize with her. Their entire trip to the hospital was as entertaining as it was cringe-worthy — and I wanted to smack Wyatt upside the head so many times — but Jessica actually showed a maturity that I didn’t believe we would see in this character. Being willing to step aside so her husband could be with someone else took guts and strength and I don’t know if a whole lot of people would do that.
It only took one look at Wyatt around Lucy for her to realize his heart didn’t belong to her anymore, despite what the soldier was telling her. And I truly believe Wyatt is so hell bent on getting another chance with her out of guilt and a sense of duty, but that will only carry them for so long. Even though we found out Jessica and Wyatt have a long history together, it is pretty obvious that things were not perfect in their marriage. Cheating, Wyatt? Really? Shame on you.
So I truly believe that things will come to a head between Wyatt and Jessica, and that will be sooner rather than later. And that brings us to my other point in this review:
Wyatt is a conflicted idiot. Look, I get it. Dude is in an impossible situation and he doesn’t know what to do. His wife is suddenly back from the dead, but now he has all these feelings for Lucy and he just doesn’t know how to deal with everything. To make matters even worse, he made the mistake of bringing Jessica to their secret bunker, so now she’s actually staying with them, so he has to be around her and Lucy ALL THE TIME. He’s so happy Jess is alive again, so now he doesn’t have to carry the guilt he had been feeling for the past six years, but he also doesn’t know how to ignore his feelings for Lucy. It’s not a switch he can just turn on and off and that only became more obvious the longer the three of them were out looking for JFK together.
Speaking of which, what the hell was he thinking, letting Jess come on this mission with him? And more than that, what was Lucy thinking, volunteering to go with them?! Jiya’s shared look with Rufus represented all of us and, just like her, we knew that could only mean imminent disaster. While I’m happy to see Wyatt squirm uncomfortably in this situation, I also know and understand this is hard for him too. Lucy is not the only one suffering.
Just like I understand why Lucy told Jessica all that, I get why Wyatt needs to try again with his wife. While he may be an idiot about it, he is a really conflicted idiot and it was good to see that his feelings for Lucy are just as strong as ever — Jess or no Jess. When he tells her he has no regrets, that is both a relief and a knife to the heart for Lucy because it’s nice to know that he feels the same way, but it’s still incredibly painful to know she’s still losing him anyway.
Sigh. These two idiots.
- Rufus really needs to get his head out of his ass when it comes to Jiya’s visions. I love him to death, but he’s being such a jerk about this. She’s obviously struggling with them and he’s like nope, don’t want to hear it. You can keep all of that premonition crap to yourself. That’s not how a relationship works, Rufus. Grow the hell up.
- They’re really driving it home with the whole fate vs free will thing. Is time a fixed thing or can they actually change things? One could argue that they have changed a lot, but why do some things seem to be fixed in time? That puritan dying last week and JFK still getting shot — despite knowing his fate and trying to change it — point to a fate outcome. But Lucy’s sister was erased from existence and Rittenhouse brought Jessica back, so what gives?
- That fight scene between Emma and Wyatt was badass. Both Matt Lanter and Annie Wersching killed it in that scene.
- Wyatt took the shot when Flynn was holding Lucy hostage in the Pilot. Tonight, he could not take the shot at all. Let that sink in and tell me that Lyatt isn’t end game here.
- Susanna Thompson really excells in being a “caring”, evil mother. Carol Preston and Moira Queen could definitely exchange some notes, but I doubt Moira would ever accuse her kids of witchcraft in freaking colonial Salem. I still hate you, Carol, and I hope you burn in hell.
- That said, that entire sequence between Carol and Agent Christopher was so good. I loved seeing Denise in her element and outsmarting evil Mama Preston.
- Lucy, you’re going to need to start fighting for what you want, girl. You can’t be selfless all the time. Like Jiya said, what about your happiness?
So what did you think, Clockblockers? What’s your theory on the fate vs free will debate? Do you think Wyatt is an idiot? Do you think Lucy is too good for her own good? Tell me all about it.
Timeless returns next Sunday, April 22, at 10/9C on NBC.