Timeless Roundtable: Season 2 In Review

Timeless is the kind of underrated show that everyone deserves to hear about. It is well produced,  well written, and has such a stellar cast that we seriously don’t understand why the series isn’t more popular. Timeless is critically acclaimed and boasts a hardcore fanbase, but it’s still fighting for a renewal — for reasons that completely baffle us.

Timeless season 2 delivered an even better story than the series’ first year, teaching viewers history lessons and making us fall in love with its amazingly complex characters all over again. We root for them, we cry with them, we hurt with them, and we most definitely want to keep them around for many seasons to come. The season 2 finale hit us all in the gut with a one-two sucker punch that left us breathless and grieving the death of a beloved character, only to turn around and make our heads spin with the mother of all plot twists.

So, we’re hopeful for a season 3, more history lessons, more Lyatt and most definitely more Rufus Carlin. Come on, NBC. We need to save Rufus!

The Timeless finale was so intense — and we all had so many feelings — that the team here at Writes of the Roundtable decided to sit down and talk it all out. And let me tell you: We had a lot of words. So sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.

That was one hell of a finale, wasn’t it? What are your thoughts about the two-hour event as a whole? Did it live up to your expectations?

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

Luci: Did it live up to my expectations? God, it surpassed my expectations by miles and miles. While the first hour was fantastic because Harriet Tubman is a freaking QUEEN, “Chinatown” had me on the edge of my seat, holding on for dear life, before they sucker punched me with Rufus’ death. Then, they kicked me in the gut with Wyatt’s confession. And then they finished me off with that major plot twist with Hot Beard!Wyatt and LaraCroft!Lucy from the future, casually inviting the Time Team to go save Rufus. Like it’s no big deal. Like we’re not here suffering without knowing if the show is going to be renewed or not.

NBC, for the love of all that is good and holy, PLEASE put us out of our misery and renew Timeless already.  

Jess: On the morning after a Timeless episode, I like to scroll back through my Twitter timeline and reread the carnage I managed to put out into the void. There’s a recurring theme with the 2×09/10 double twofer: Caps Lock cussing, not-so-eloquent name-calling (“YOU’RE DEAD TO ME YOU GARBAGE-PERSON-TRASH-PANDA-RH-CRAZY-CULT-LOSER), a lot of “burn” gifs and several meltdowns. If that doesn’t set the tone for my feelings about that finale, then I don’t know how else to tell you where I was left. Emotionally compromised? Check. Satisfied? 100%.

If you need advice on how to thread and weave a storyline through a season of television, go watch Timeless season two and inhale the meticulous bread crumb trail. Hansel and Gretel, please leave the building. Harriet Tubman? Adopt me. Wyatt’s beard, you, me and a room alone?

Logan: I’m not sure I have collected myself enough for thoughts yet. From the moment it began, the Timeless finale was a wild ride. I spent most of it crying out various emotions and tweeting in all caps. So much happened — especially in the last hour! It’s a lot to process!

But I absolutely loved the note that the Timeless writers ended the season on and the way they chose to bring together all the themes from this season, as it gave purposeful intent to every little thing that happened from 2×01 through 2×08. Honestly, it made me want to stand up, cheer and cry all at once. That’s how you finale, folks! It doesn’t get much better than that.

Melinda: As a whole, I think this finale brought everything that I had hoped and expected — and then some. I am a woman with little patience, so I was really looking forward to “Chinatown,” only for the simple fact that I wanted all of the answers.

Both episodes in the two-parter were equally good and powerful. I can’t even talk highlights because the whole two hours was captivating and commanding. This entire season was so fan-motivated, and you just don’t see that on network television anymore. The writers knew how much the Timeless fandom loves these characters and represented them as Clockblockers saw and loved them.

That ending. Damn. I somewhat assumed there was going to be time travel involved if they did kill Rufus because let’s face it: they kind of told us they were going to kill Rufus. But I was not expecting future Wyatt and Lucy to be the ones to help them get Rufus back.

Also…I am sort of a fan of the beard. Sorry.

Jenna: There has never been a time Timeless hasn’t lived up to — or even surpassed — my expectations. The finale was no different. The first hour gave us:

  • Badass Harriet Tubman!
  • Wyatt dressed like Colonel Sanders!
  • Rufus being the baby badass that we always knew he was,
  • Jiya getting answers about her visions, and
  • Lucy being the HBIC she was always meant to be.

The second hour had the Jessica betrayal, Jiya being the badass we always knew she could be, Carol’s death (thank GOD) and SO MUCH MORE. It was emotional and beautiful. We need more of this damn show!

Lau: Every episode of Timeless has been such a pleasure to watch and surprising in its own right because of the timeline, the ships or even how the team became closer. But after watching the finale, I kept repeating “oh my god” on a loop, not only because of how much pain all the amazing cast made us feel by what transpired in those last scenes, but because of that cliffhanger! It’s everything we didn’t know we wanted, but maybe thought about, ever since Flynn told Lucy about how and when she gave him her journal.

Looking ahead, I have the feeling something really wrong happens, and it might not be just Rufus’ death. Something bigger is making them be reckless like that.

What about Rufus’ death? Did you see that coming at all? Is your heart broken beyond repair?

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

Luci: In a way, I kind of did see it coming. I just didn’t want to believe the writers would actually go there. To be fair, they did warn us that Rufus would die and that some things are just meant to be; so, it was really my own fault for not believing them.

But the thing is, the Timeless writers crafted this episode so well, and I was so relieved that Jiya had managed to save Rufus and change her vision, that when Emma ultimately shot Rufus, I felt like I had just been punched in the gut. And then I felt like I had just — honest to god — lost a real friend. The pain was real, the tears were real and I honestly couldn’t talk to anyone until the next day.

My heart is still in a million tiny pieces.         

Jess:  Recently, I told Luci that I was edging around a 70/30 chance that Jiya’s vision would come to fruition in favor of Rufus’ demise. However, like Logan, I was in that limbo of wishful thinking. Who would ever wish ill on the majesty of Malcolm Barrett and his construction of Rufus?

Future!Lyatt coming to his rescue or not, in this house we protect Rufus at all costs. On the other hand, I’m also an absolute sucker for angst, so the 70% part of me really grabbed those visions with two hands and internalized it as a necessary last kick in the teeth to the Time Team, who had been dragged through hell the entire season. Is my heart broken? It’s mince meat — set aflame to two hundred degrees, then rubbed in salt.

Logan: We should have seen Rufus’ death coming, and even Shawn Ryan admitted that the Timeless writers were hinting at it all series, but it was wishful ignorance for me. I thought surely Jiya would figure it out because Jiya can do anything. I assumed the Time Team would fight “fate” and win and ignored all the signs indicating otherwise. The finale almost gave me that, too; but then just as I let my guard down, it happened. I am not ashamed to say that I sobbed. That scene ripped my heart out of my chest. Claudia, Malcolm, and Matt slayed my emotions.

I desperately need a third season of Timeless so someone can fix this. They have to fix it! The promise of getting Rufus back is the only thing keeping my heart from breaking completely!

Melinda: I assumed that if they did actually go through with killing Rufus, there would be a way to get him back. Rufus is no supporting actor, nor is he just some supplemental comedy relief to the others. Rufus is a part of a trio, and the team cannot exist without him. So no, I wasn’t completely surprised that they went through with killing him, but I always expected they’d find a way to change his fate.

Jenna: They warned us for a while. I was hoping that there would be a way to stop it; and when Jiya shot the Rittenhouse dude with the knife, I thought we might get our miracle. The way Rufus’ death happened was so shocking and so heartbreaking, though. Jiya and Wyatt with him, begging him to stay with them, was horrible.

Let me tell you: Claudia Doumit and Paterson Joseph broke my damn heart. I was holding it together until that moment. They floored me.

My heart is still broken, even though I know there is hope.

Lau: I didn’t think Timeless would go down that road; but when it happened, it broke my heart. That’s all I can say before I end up crying again.

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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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