Timeless Movie Review: The Miracle of Christmas Indeed

I don’t even know where to start with this review. The Timeless movie was everything I had ever dreamed of, with plot twists that blew my mind and the untold story of an unsung hero. The character of Garcia Flynn was written to absolute perfection. I can’t even begin to express how amazed I was at that twist, and how humbled and touched I am by what a true hero Flynn really was.

Ultimately, he saved Rufus and paved the way for a beautiful, beautiful future for our Time Team. The parallel to the character of Severus Snape from the Harry Potter series was eerily on point and, just like when Snape died in the books, I was absolutely devastated by Flynn’s death. A lot more than I ever thought I’d be.

This exactly what good writing is all about. They presented us with a character that was, on the surface, seemingly a villain. Then they humanized him for us, gave him layers and feelings and emotions, and made us genuinely care about him. Regardless of any ship preferences, I had always liked Flynn. I especially liked him in season 2 when his sassiness was always on point. But after “The Miracle of Christmas”? I can’t even put into words how much I love him and what a beautiful, complex, broken, and so fundamentally human hero he really was.

But before I make myself emotional again over this, let’s discuss the ins and outs of the Timeless series finale and break this baby down in parts. Hold my hand, Clockblockers, this is going to be a long ride.

Future Lyatt, the journal and Saving Rufus

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I was actually pretty surprised at how little time we got to spend with Future Lucy and Future Wyatt. I wonder if we had actually gotten a season 3, how different things would have turned out to be. Were they always going to be these, estranged, unhappy versions of themselves? Because the impression that most people had gotten from the season 2 finale was that they had been through hell and back, yes, but they had done that together.

So to suddenly have them be super unhappy makes me think that this may have been an executive decision because of the movie. To use GI Joe Wyatt and Tomb Raider Lucy as a cautionary tale and give them the motivation to build a better, more hopeful future.

That being said, I was so relieved when Future Wyatt immediately shot down the idea that Jessica was pregnant. The way he says that she had just done it to manipulate him was so bitter, that it makes me wonder how long the Jessica in that timeline tried to keep up the charade, and just how badly it hurt his relationship with everyone, especially with Lucy.

As for the journal, I absolute loved that the “previously on” part was told by Future Lucy, as she wrote in the journal everything she had been through. That was such a clever way of introducing the grim reality those versions of our heroes had faced, and why it was paramount that Present Lucy and Present Wyatt changed things and figured out how to get Rufus back together.

When she pushes the journal into Wyatt’s hands, she does it with such contempt that you can’t help but wonder what has happened between those hardened versions of themselves. But they’re gone before we can even blink, and they leave the new and improved Lifeboat behind, in order to help our heroes get Rufus back.

The entire sequence that followed with Wyatt and Lucy talking in his room about Jessica, and then reading the journal together showed us just how far these characters have come — especially Wyatt. Nothing like inadvertently causing one of your best friend’s death to put things in perspective and making one reflect on their actions and the consequences of those.

Let’s not forget that, while it’s been months for us, this picks up right where we left off. So they have literally just lost Rufus, it’s been mere hours since he died. It had only been a few short minutes since Wyatt had confessed to Lucy that he was crazy in love with her.

I believe that up until they return from 1848, everything was a blur for all of them. They had barely had time to catch their breath, or even process the fact that Rufus had been murdered, before they were being shoved into the new Lifeboat to go on yet another trip, just because Emma and Jessica decided to go on another joy ride on the Mothership.

So to have Lucy snapping at that guy for catcalling her was, of course, hilarious, but it was also so on point for her emotional state at that moment. She was reeling from having her world turned upside down. It had been only a few hours since she had lost her mother, her friend; had the man she loved, but who had deeply hurt her, tell her he loved her back; then getting a visit from a battle worn, incredibly unhappy version of herself from 2023; then finally reading her own fateful journal, only to find out that that version of herself also had an affair with Flynn, a guy she was really starting to respect and enjoy the company of.

I mean, give the girl some room to breathe. And that was not just Lucy. Wyatt and Jiya were also going through something very similar, so it’s mind boggling that they hadn’t yet collapsed from sheer exhaustion and grief.

So when Wyatt figures out that the only way to get Rufus back is to eliminate Jessica from the timeline, it is heartbreaking, but it also felt like it was a little liberating for him. It was his mess and he was determined to clean it up, no matter what. But Flynn beats him to it, and I can’t stress enough how much I loved this twist. We’ll get more into this when we discuss Flynn, but having it all come full circle was tragically poetic.

When they meet Zorro again the next day, but end up getting captured by bounty hunters, it seems that all is lost. And I love that they’re expecting Flynn to come barging through the door — and I love it even more that Jiya says “sounds like he’s really flynning it up out there” — but they get Rufus instead.

His dramatic entrance saying “Merry Christmas, you filthy animals” was just so fundamentally Rufus, that it had me grinning like an idiot. He obviously doesn’t remember dying and is absolutely confused when Jiya pretty much attacks him, followed by Lucy and Wyatt. They are so ridiculously happy that their friend is alive and well, that it only registers that Flynn had taken Jessica out of the timeline a couple of minutes later.

And Matt Lanter played this moment so beautifully because it really was a confusing mix of emotions running through Wyatt. He had gotten his friend back, but also had just lost Jessica again, but it had never really been his Jessica. Instead, it had been someone who had used and manipulated him into betraying his friends and the woman he loved. You can tell he still feels absolutely guilty about everything, as evidenced by the moments he shared with both Lucy and Rufus later in the episode.

But Flynn saved them all and that realization is both exhilarating as it is heartbreaking. Because if he did that, then that means he also sacrificed himself for them, and they would never see him again. When they return to the present and Agent Christopher tells them about his death, the toast they make in his honor is so bittersweet. Because this was a man that they had all thought the worst of for so long, but who ultimately, had given them the chance to have a future.

Jessica

Oh, Jessica, Jessica. You filthy little traitor. If there was something we learned in this movie was that, one, time travel is super confusing and so are time loops; and two, how mind blowingly awesome was it that Flynn had been the one to kill Jessica all along? If this was a closed time loop, then it was exactly like Wyatt said: “I spent all this time trying to find the person that had ruined my life, that I’d never even considered the fact that he was actually trying to save it”.

The fact that Wyatt comes to that realization is just so beautiful and cathartic, and it makes me wonder if Flynn had known it all along. Because Future Lucy tried to tell them which page specifically they should start with, and I’m willing to bet that it was that one.

But back to Jessica, if this was really a time loop, then that probably means that Jessica had been a Rittenhouse agent all along. Even if the first time we learned about her death, she had apparently been strangled, this was still a time loop. There is room for change, as long as the outcome is still the same. So maybe that first time she was strangled, but this time, Flynn shot her.

And honestly, she was a fully trained Rittenhouse agent by then. She knew exactly which buttons to push for Wyatt to blow up — I laughed out loud when she yelled that they were on a break. Okay, Ross Geller, good for you — and right before she jumps out of the car, she gets a text message from someone, who I’m assuming was the Rittenhouse agent sent to retrieve her.

But what really proved that she was Rittenhouse was how well she kicked Flynn’s ass. If he hadn’t found his gun, she would have handed his ass to him. And Flynn isn’t exactly an untrained, delicate guy, so the fact that she was able to take him on hand to hand combat was very telling.

Also, that fight to the death between Flynn and Jessica was everything I never knew I needed until it was playing out on my screen. And then he shot her twice. And then one more time for good measure.

So long, Jessica. You will not be missed.

Emma

TIMELESS — “The Miracle of Christmas Part l ” Episode 211 — Pictured: Annie Wersching as Emma Whitmore — (Photo by: Darren Michaels/Sony/NBC)

The only character that I was actually on the fence about was Emma. I felt like her demise was kind of underwhelming, but I’m super glad that she was shot and left behind in the dead of winter in North Korea. I understand that there couldn’t possibly be any super intricate action sequences, because Annie Wersching was super pregnant when they shot this, but this was the only aspect of the movie that I felt was kind of…not exactly rushed, but just not super well developed.

loved that she was ultimately betrayed by Benjamin Cahill, who only wanted to protect his daughter and his teenage son. But I wasn’t really sold on what her game plan was about before this. Did she want to get rich? Collect art? Gold? Jewelry? It just felt kind of undefined and like she was flying by the seat of her pants.

That being said, I got a kick out of the fact that they inserted Jan into one of her scenes and that Jan turned out to be a Rittenhouse agent.

In the end, Emma died alone in the cold, and if you ask me, she deserved more punishment for everything she did.

The Ultimate hero: Garcia Flynn

TIMELESS — “The Miracle of Christmas Part l ” Episode 211 — Pictured: Goran Visnjic as Garcia Flynn — (Photo by: Darren Michaels/Sony/NBC)

I can’t get over how amazing the writing for this character was. I had no idea how devastated I would be about his death, but that is just a testament to how well they developed him and just how well thought out his storyline really was. If you think about it, Flynn was the villain of season one, but most of us learned to like him and enjoy his sassy one-liners in season 2, as he became a part of the team.

I already thought that he was amazing for sacrificing himself in order to save Rufus and restore the timeline, but it was really that last scene in São Paulo (and as a Brazilian, I definitely appreciate the correct spelling of the name of the city) that really broke me. His encounter with Lucy at that bar was so bittersweet, because it was clear that she was feeling so overwhelmed and emotional to see him again after five years.

But her entire speech to him was just so beautiful, especially when she tells him “you’re a hero. Maybe the greatest hero of us all”. And he really, really was. Knowing now that he went on this mission fully aware that he wasn’t going to get his family back made me see him in a whole new light. How selfless do you have to be to go on what’s basically a suicide mission to take down this evil organization, knowing that it won’t bring your family back and that the world is going to think you’re a monster?

Of course he slipped up at first. I mean, if you had a time machine and you desperately wanted to bring your loved ones back, wouldn’t you owe it to yourself to at least try? Wyatt did it. Lucy had every intention of doing it. So why wouldn’t Flynn? He’s only human and he has the power to change history at his disposal. Sure, he went about it violently and did some terrible things, but he eventually got his head on straight.

He saw the bigger picture, and that was the fact that this was so much more than just seeking revenge for his family. So now in hindsight, Flynn was this terribly broken man who was visited by an angel, who gave him the roadmap to take down his family’s murderers, and a super power.

No wonder he put Journal!Lucy on a pedestal. No wonder he fell for Present!Lucy. She gave him a purpose, a reason to live. And he took it, even though she told him he would never see his family again. So to have met this broken man in 2014, and watching his journey until he ultimately decided to sacrifice himself for the people he had once fought against, was absolutely beautiful. I couldn’t possibly have asked for more.

Rufus and Jiya

TIMELESS — “The Miracle of Christmas Part II” Episode 212 — Pictured: (l-r) Claudia Doumit as Jiya, Malcolm Barrett as Rufus Carlin — (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

How adorable are these two? I am so incredibly happy that two brilliant POC, who are badass scientists got the chance to have their love story told in such a beautiful, touching way. From Jiya’s desperation to save him, to her elation at seeing him alive again, their love was shown as so pure and so true that it truly warmed my heart.

However, not everything was sunshine and roses, because Jiya spent three years in 1888, coming to terms with the fact that she was probably never going home again. And when they met again, they spent less than an hour together before Rufus was murdered.

Rufus, on the other hand, now comes from a completely different timeline, so they have to navigate these troubled waters. But I loved how they handled everything between them. And as much as I loved all their scenes together — especially the one that he awkwardly asks her to move in with him — the one scene that truly, truly touched me was the conversation Jiya had with Lucy in the church.

That was just so beautiful and I loved how quiet it all was, and how Jiya felt comfortable enough to confide in Lucy her fears and how she loves him so very much, in spite of being terrified that she’s changed too much.

Their flashforward was just so very satisfying and the fact that Jiya is front and center in a company that they run together is so fantastic, that I was smiling like an idiot when the girl asked for her autograph. They’ve been through so much together and they deserve this happy, successful life and all the wonderful things that come with it.

The Lyatt of it all

TIMELESS — “The Miracle of Christmas Part II” Episode 212 — Pictured: (l-r) Matt Lanter as Wyatt Logan, Abigail Spencer as Lucy Preston — (Photo by: Darren Michaels/Sony/NBC)

Oh, where do I start with these two crazy kids? This movie was pretty much one huge love letter to these amazing characters, and I can’t tell you how much I love that their love story was the guiding thread through this series finale. Lucy and Wyatt have been through so much together, but season 2 was a special circle of hell for both of them.

They only had two episodes of happiness before all hell broke loose and Jessica parachuted into their lives and ruined everything. The angst that we had to endure from “Salem Witch Trials” to “Chinatown” nearly broke all of us, so it was so incredibly satisfying to see them both working this out like adults and actually using their words to communicate to each other what they were feeling.

Was it easy? Nope. Throughout season 2, Lucy tried to make it seem like she was fine, but the truth was that she was so incredibly hurt by his actions at the end of “Hollywoodland” and everything that followed. Of course she wasn’t going to forgive him that easily. Even though she understood that he was just trying to do the right thing, he still broke her heart.

While I hate that it took Jiya being kidnapped and Rufus dying for Wyatt to realize the error of his ways, everything that happened really put things in perspective for him. So much so that he finally coughed up those three little words to Lucy, even though at the time it seemed like it was too little, too late.

But the visit from their future counterparts was what really shook them both — especially Wyatt. After that, he really learned how to use his words and it was so good to finally hear him say that he never meant to hurt her, that he was only trying to do the right thing, even if he hated doing it. That it had always been her.

Was it tropey as hell? Yes, it was. Do I care? Not at all. I am just so incredibly happy to see my OTP finally on the same page and in love and just so blissfully happy. And of course, they sure as hell had some help along the way. As I had always suspected, Flynn was always firmly on team Lyatt, even if the journal said that he would hook up with Lucy eventually. When he tells her that he knew it was a lost cause, because her heart had always belonged to someone else, I felt devastated for him, but also so elated and grateful that he told her that. Maybe another man would’ve just jumped at the chance to be with her, but Flynn just wanted her to be happy, even if it wasn’t with him.

And then, of course, there’s Rufus. Our official Lyatt Captain and cheerleader. When they were in North Korea, he finally told Lucy all about those six weeks she was missing and how badly Wyatt reacted to that:

When you were kidnapped by your mother, we thought you were dead. We all lost hope. Except for Wyatt. He never gave up on you, he always swore you were out there. He even tried blow torching his way out of the bunker to find you. I know there was a Jessica, but he was willing to give her up to find me. And I’ll tell ya, the guy likes me, but if he had to give you up? I know for a fact that I’d still be dead. Doesn’t sound like a second choice to me.

I loved that scene so, so much because this was exactly what Lucy needed to hear. She was never a second choice for him and she needed to know that. But it wasn’t until they were separated — when she and Rufus went in search of a doctor and Wyatt stayed behind with Jiya to help that young woman in labor — that everything finally fell into place for her.

When she saw that explosion, her entire world shattered. Abigail Spencer played that scene beautifully in what was probably her best performance to date on Timeless. That gutural scream that left her when she realized Wyatt was probably dead gave me chills. I could feel her pain and desperation and utter dispair at having to even consider the possibility of living in a world without Wyatt Logan in it.

TIMELESS — “The Miracle of Christmas Part II” Episode 212 — Pictured: (l-r) Abigail Spencer as Lucy Preston, Matt Lanter as Wyatt Logan — (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

That right there was the moment she knew she would never be able to live without him. And then, when she saw him walking towards them with a baby in his arms, she probably felt like she was about to collapse from sheer relief and happiness. He was alive and well, and she didn’t want to waste any more time.

But of course, nothing is ever easy with these two, so after saving the young woman and helping her reunite with her family, they walked straight into a massacre. And that is what finally prompts her to actually use her words, knowing that they’re probably going to die and she didn’t want to go without him knowing how much she loves him.

Was it straight out of fanfiction? Yes, it was. But I was so, so happy to see them finally using their words and telling each other how they feel. When she tells him how she’s loved him since the Alamo (the freaking Alamo, episode 5 of season 1, remember?), and then he tells her that it had always been her and how sorry he was about bringing Jessica into the bunker, and that he wishes so badly that he could take it all back…my heart, you guys.

This was everything I’ve ever wanted for them and I can’t even put into words how ridiculously happy I am. But then Agent Christopher of all people come to their rescue, Emma dies, and we go back to the bunker to those blissfully domestic scenes. The mistletoe, the bunker sexy times, the Christmas morning, the kiss by the tree, Lucy’s silent support of Wyatt’s taking up his post with Agent Christopher…everything was perfection.

And then, as if this hadn’t already been everything I had ever dreamed of for my OTP, we flashforward to 2023, and Lucy is back to being a kickass history professor, teaching her students all about the amazing women she met through history. Her line that she meant to get to the men, but just didn’t have time had me cheering out loud. Here she is, our badass historian, making a difference in these students’ lives, showing them how important women are to history and how they can be important too.

But the icing on the cake was to find out not only that Lucy had gotten tenure, but also that she and Wyatt were blissfully married with twin little girls, named after the people they had loved and lost — Flynn and Amy. I think I completely overdosed on how sweet and fluffy it all was, but I don’t care, because it was perfect.

The show must go on?

This fandom has fought so hard to save the show, but honestly? As my friend and fellow editor Shana Lieberman said, this movie is what saving Timeless looks like. How rare is it in this industry that a show has a chance to end on their own terms? To wrap this beautiful story up and give these brilliantly complex characters some closure is such an amazing gift.

Sure, they left the door a tiny bit open for a season 3, and if it does happen, you can sure as hell bet I’ll be here for it, because I love these characters. Lucy, Wyatt, Rufus, Jiya, Connor and Agent Christopher have become our family and I’m so incredibly sad to see them go. But if I’m being completely honest, this finale was already so perfect that it would also be a shame to disrupt their happy endings.

For now, I say goodbye to Timeless with a mixture of feelings. I’m absolutely elated that we got to see them be happy and defeat Rittenhouse, but I’m devastated that we won’t see them again. Whatever the future holds, I will be forever grateful for this amazing show and the world of difference it made in my life.

So thank you, Timeless and its cast and crew. You have all been amazing and I’ll never forget this experience. It has been one hell of a ride.

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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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