Timeless: Season 2 Finale “The General/Chinatown” Review

I know, Clockblockers. The uncertainty is killing us. This past week alone has probably been the most stressful week for a lot of us and — as of tonight — we still don’t know the fate of our show just yet. Timeless is that rare phenomenon — an extremely high quality TV show, well produced, fantastically written and directed with a stellar cast. It has everything going for them, and yet, here we are.

Regardless of what NBC decides, Timeless delivered one hell of a season finale. The two-hour event served as an incredible ender for season 2, tying up loose ends and opening a world of questions — as season finales always should. I will say that when I first watched it earlier this week, I grieved for Rufus as if I had lost a close friend. Even though I knew there was a possibility, I didn’t want to believe that they would actually have the guts to kill off one of their leads.

The pain I felt for Rufus’ death was akin to losing a loved one and I just sat here staring at my screen in shock and disbelief. Jiya had just saved him! They had changed her vision; how could he suddenly be dead? How was that possible? How can this show exist without Rufus Carlin? I couldn’t even talk about it until the next morning. I grieved and I cried and I can tell you right now that the last show that made feel this much was ER, when Dr. Mark Greene died in 2002. Yeah. Sixteen years ago.

If a show moves you this much, if it has complex characters and writing that make you feel like you know them, to the point that you actually grieve for them when they die, then you can sure as hell bet this is a show that NEEDS to be on the air for a long, long time.

Whatever happens tomorrow, Timeless will still be a fan favorite — MY FAVORITE — and I will forever be grateful for having the opportunity to be a part of this amazing fandom with my fellow clockblockers and the cast and crew. We all know how hard they worked to deliver an out of this world season and they have most definitely succeeded. So here’s to you, Timeless. We love you. We cherish you. And we are forever indebted for everything you have done — and will hopefully continue to do in seasons to come.

With that said, let’s get this show on the road, shall we? I’ll break it down by characters and relationships, so we can navigate the multitude of things that happened in “The General” and “Chinatown”.

TIMELESS — “Chinatown” Episode 210 — Pictured: Matt Lanter as Wyatt Logan — (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)

Wyatt. Sigh. My stupid, stupid puppy. I love Wyatt, I really do, but I hate that they allowed him to go so deep into his denial. I understand why it’s hard for him to even consider the possibility of Jessica being Rittenhouse. I totally do. No matter what he feels for Lucy, Jessica is still his wife, his first love, the woman he vowed to love and protect. The woman he’s known since they were in high school. So yeah, I get it. I don’t like it, but I understand. I just wish they hadn’t gone full throttle on this pregnancy route and that Wyatt could see that she was playing him.

I really, really don’t think she’s pregnant because one, it’s basic math. She’s been in the bunker for three weeks. How the hell does she know she’s already pregnant? Unless that was the plan all along, and she brought a pregnancy test with her when Wyatt brought her to the bunker, I really doubt Agent Christopher would do her a solid and run to the nearest drugstore to get a test. So she’s either lying — which is the most likely option — or the kid isn’t Wyatt’s.

Also, if she was really pregnant, would she really get in a time machine and get involved in a shootout in the 19th century? Yeah, I don’t think so either. So you can fool Wyatt all you want Jessica, but you can’t fool us. When she confirmed her pregnancy in Chinatown, she was clearly buying herself some time, distracting Wyatt, so she could escape.

So again, I understand how big of a pull she still has on him. For half of his life, she was everything to him. And now she’s suddenly carrying his baby? It’s an impossible situation. Again. Even in Chinatown, after everything that had gone down, that he already knew that she was not the Jessica he remembered, but actually someone who had been raised by Rittenhouse, he still cared about the baby. Because that’s who Wyatt is. He wears his heart on his sleeve, he protects and loves fiercely.

Yes, I admit it was incredibly frustrating to watch him being a bullheaded idiot in denial in “The General”. I wanted to punch him in the face through that entire episode, because he reacted horribly to everything. To Denise and Connor telling him about Jessica, to Lucy trying to talk to him and to Rufus trying to talk to him. But by the time he went to bed that night, at the end of “The General”, he knew Jessica was lying and he knew she was Rittenhouse. He just took entirely too long to get his head on straight and, by the time he did, it was already too late.

Given everything that happened in “Chinatown”, our Wyatt is going to have a world of guilt on his shoulders. Need I remind you how he reacted to Jessica’s murder? Can you even imagine what having even a shred of guilt in his best friend’s death is going to do to him?

So I blame him and I don’t at the same time. I think Wyatt was dealt an impossible hand this season and he tried to navigate these troubled waters as best as he could. But in the end, his efforts fell short and someone he loved paid the price.

TIMELESS — “Chinatown” Episode 210 — Pictured: (l-r) Megan Liu as Fei Yunshan, Abigail Spencer as Lucy Preston — (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)

Lucy. God, what do I even say about Lucy Preston? It feels like saying she’s the most resilient woman I have ever seen is the understatement of the century. If Wyatt had a bad hand dealt to him this season, it doesn’t even begin to cover what Lucy has been through. She has lost everything. Everything. Her home, her family, her career, the man she loved, one of her best friends. All because of Rittenhouse. If anyone is allowed to lose their shit over anything, it’s her.

Life has not been kind to our historian. Her journey in this finale started with a one-two sucker punch to the gut. First, Wyatt’s Jessica may be Rittenhouse; two, oh yeah, she’s also pregnant. That moment, where everyone leaves in the beginning of “The General” and she stays behind, trying to digest everything she’s just heard and that the man she’s helplessly in love with is going to have a baby with another woman…God, Abigail Spencer killed me in that scene. Her expression conveyed Lucy’s complete loss at what to do and how to react and it was heartbreaking.

And still, through everything that happened, with Wyatt being a jealous douchebag — which he had absolutely no right to be — back in 1863, she still tried to put it behind her and hug him, and defend him and just being generally the wonderful person that she is.

But during Chinatown, Wyatt was the least of her problems. She watched her mother die. No matter what transpired between them, Carol Preston was still Lucy’s mother and there’s no on/off switch to simply turn those feelings off. Despite being royally pissed off that Carol’s last wish was that she hadn’t raised Lucy in the Rittenhouse ways, she still lost her mother. She still watched her mother die. Can you even imagine what that does to a person? Because I don’t even want to.

And as if that wasn’t enough to completely shatter someone, she still had to run from Emma and she lost Rufus in the process. Now that I think about it, Lucy is going to feel her fair share of guilt about Rufus’ death. Emma was only there to kill her and Rufus got caught in the crossfire. So Emma killed her mother, erased any possibility of Lucy getting Amy back, and then killed one of her best friends.

Oh yeah, and Wyatt is supposedly going to be a father to his evil Rittenhouse ex-wife’s baby. Lucy Preston has lost everything. So that scene where she takes a gun and runs after Emma was completely justified and absolutely glorious. We had all heard about an epic showdown between Emma and Lucy in the finale, and let me tell you, it does not disappoint. Abigail Spencer and Annie Wersching have always worked really, really well together, but this scene really surpassed anything they have ever done before.

When Lucy breaks down and says, “What do you do to someone who has taken everyone that you love? My mother, my sister, Rufus!” God, the sheer rawness in her voice, how broken she sounds… Spencer really brought her A game to this episode, but she hit it out of the park in this scene. That moment right there is where the Lucy that wrote the journal was born. At that moment, she had no qualms about killing someone in cold blood, avenging a loved one’s death, even if it meant taking a life. Right there, that’s where Lucy 2.0 first graced our screens and I am praying to everyone who wants to listen that we will get the chance to see this fantastic woman grow even more.

TIMELESS — “Chinatown” Episode 210 — Pictured: (l-r) Malcolm Barrett as Rufus Carlin, Claudia Doumit as Jiya — (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)

Jiya and Rufus. I love our badass techie. I really do. From the moment she first appeared on my screen, I knew she would be a fantastic character, and I am so glad we got to see her development throughout this season. Claudia Doumit has done an amazing job portraying her, but she really, really shone in this finale. If Abigail Spencer was stellar, Claudia Doumit was right there beside her.

Jiya is relentless in finding a way to save Rufus and I love that she confronted Connor about Stanley and made him take her to see the former pilot. That scene only added more questions to our already super long list, but it looks like Jiya’s visions are something that will be explored further in season 3, and I absolutely can’t wait to see it.

Now, the last time we saw Jiya in “The General” — before the whole Jessica fiasco — she was trying to access her visions. And that makes me think that maybe Jessica got the jump on her while she was doing that, and forced her to power up the Lifeboat, so she could get the hell out of the bunker. And if she took the Lifeboat and a pilot, then that would only do her good.

But once Jiya was in Rittenhouse’s HQ, she was fierce. That entire sequence of her telling Carol Preston what a raging psycho she really is had me cheering out loud. But what I did not expect was that, in trying to escape, she would end up in the late 1800s and have no choice but to live there alone for three years. And she would also, unwillingly, lead her boyfriend straight to his death.

Every single scene she was in and how fiercely she tried to protect Rufus, even at her own expense, only proved what a fantastic human being she really is. When Emma finally shot him and he died in her arms, it felt like her entire world had just ended. While that scene was powerful, and so was the moment they arrived back in present with the news that Rufus was dead, what truly broke me was the scene where she breaks down in Connor’s arms.

Claudia Doumit shot me right through the heart in that moment and I sobbed along with her — because it truly felt like we just had lost someone we loved — but Jiya had just lost possibly the love of her life, despite trying valiantly to protect him. In the end, all her efforts were for nothing and Rufus still died anyway.

I can only imagine that she’s the one who is going to crack the mystery of travelling into their own timeline and that she, Lucy, Wyatt, Agent Christopher, Connor and Flynn will work like hell to get our Rufus back.

Now Rufus, on the other hand, fought bravely to get his girl back and he was willing to die to get her home safe. I don’t even know if I can talk about this already. I can’t believe they did it. I can’t believe they actually killed him, and that hurt more than I expected.

I loved his entire rapport with Harriet Tubman in “The General”. Everything about that episode, every conversation he had, felt like he was saying goodbye. From every interaction with Harriet to his talk with Wyatt, in hindsight I should have known things would not end well for him.

I can only hope that we get a season 3, so we can see Lucy, Wyatt and their future selves save our favorite engineer.

Flynn. I’m still not entirely sure what his deal with Lucy was in this episode. For a couple of weeks now, I’ve been getting this vibe that he has a crush on her and that it’s completely unrequited. Even though I absolutely loved all his sassy quips in both episodes — I am still giggling over “Captain Sunshine” — I was left scratching my head in confusion at what the hell they were trying to do here. Why introduce an unrequited love, when Lucy already has so much on her plate and clearly loves Wyatt? Even Jessica knows that and told Carol Preston about it. I’ll bet you whatever you want that Lucy definitely talked about her chaos of a relationship with Wyatt when she sought him out for a drink, so Flynn knows she’s hung up on the soldier.

So what gives? Has he idealized journal!Lucy? Is he projecting her in the Lucy that is with him now? Am I seeing things and this entire paragraph was a waste of time and space? What do you guys think?

TIMELESS — “Chinatown” Episode 210 — Pictured: (l-r) Annie Wersching as Emma Whitmore, Tonya Glanz as Jessica, Evan Lai as Feng Yunshan, Michael Rady as Nicholas Keynes, Susanna Thompson as Carol Preston — (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)

Emma and Jessica. So now we have two (?) new heads of Rittenhouse? Or is Emma just going to lead and Jessica is going to follow her orders? I honestly think that Emma will now run the evil organization as she sees fit and — despite her unspeakable actions in these two episodes; YOU KILLED RUFUS, EMMA. THAT’S UNFORGIVABLE! — I still think she’s a badass villain and she’s not allowed to go anywhere just yet. See, NBC, we need a season 3 so Lucy and Jiya can kick Emma’s ass in an epic showdown in the next finale. Come on, please?

As for Jessica, I am still trying to understand how far up in the hierarchy she is, but she seemed to be relatively close to Emma in terms of power. Right? Regardless, to Wyatt’s absolute horror, she’s now a trained assassin who is supposedly carrying his baby, and who completely fooled him and ultimately had a part in his best friend’s death. So you’re definitely on our black list, Jessica.

The Lyatt of it all. Sigh. These two have been through so much, but these two final episodes really put them through the wringer. Wyatt didn’t quite know what to do with his feelings until Rufus’ death served as one hell of a wake up call for him. But until then, he was in denial about Jessica, but acting like a jealous idiot around Lucy.

TIMELESS — “Chinatown” Episode 210 — Pictured: (l-r) Matt Lanter as Wyatt Logan, Abigail Spencer as Lucy Preston — (Photo by: Patrick Wymore/NBC)

Every scene they were in together spoke loudly of the baggage they already have and everything they have been through. From that first scene where AC tells him about Jessica, to the reveal that Jessica is pregnant, to all their conversations in 1863, everything was full of confusion and hurt and love and affection and so many feelings in between that neither of them knew what to do.

And despite everything that happened in “The General”, Lucy still loves him so fiercely that she gave him a hug at the end of that hour, even though it probably killed her to know that Jessica was pregnant and possibly a Rittenhouse agent. And when zombie wife finally kidnapped Jiya and stole the Lifeboat, Lucy was still determined to protect him at all costs, even if it completely shattered her heart.

That entire first sequence in “Chinatown”, when everyone is confronting Wyatt, and then Flynn and Wyatt are punching each other, she still tries to protect him, to save him from himself. Even though that ended horribly, with Wyatt accidentally hurting her, that only cemented how she feels about him. If that is not love, my friends, then I don’t know what is.

But then, it took Rufus dying for him to finally get his head on straight. And I’ll be honest here, the first time I watched this episode, I was still so shocked by Rufus’ death that I couldn’t even appreciate the fact that he finally told Lucy that he loves her. But upon watching it again, that scene was absolutely beautiful. The tone, Abigail Spencer’s and Matt Lanter’s performance and their out-of-this-world chemistry, everything about it was gorgeous.

And it was so bittersweet because, yeah, he finally told he her loved her, but their best friend was just murdered; Lucy watched her mother die, Wyatt’s zombie wife was an evil Rittenhouse agent and possibly pregnant with his kid… I mean, will their timing ever not suck?

They have been through so much now, that I’m pretty sure this isn’t their happily ever after just yet. They have a long road of healing ahead of them, but I know things will end up great for them. After all, their future selves did pop up in the bunker with a future, improved and enhanced Lifeboat and they looked GOOD. They looked confident and like they had been to hell and back together. But what really gave me hope was that they looked like they were definitely together and have been for a while. So whatever happens in the future, the road leads to those two war-torn individuals. It won’t be easy, clearly, but they stick together and that’s all that matters.

So things will be okay. If only we can get a season 3. Please, NBC. PLEASE. If you want to get rid of anything, just get rid of that god awful thing on Future Wyatt’s face. Kill it with fire. But never, ever let Matt Lanter wear that THING again. Ever.

Timeless‘ fate will most likely be decided in the next few hours, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed for a season 3. Come on, NBC. We have to save Rufus!

 

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Luciana Mangas

30-something Brazilian journalist. Crazy about TV. Currently in love with DC and Marvel superheroes, that tattooed lady from NBC, clone conspiracies and dystopian futures. You can reach her at @lucianamangas on Twitter and talk about how much you love TV as well. Or puppies. Puppies are cool too.

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