Timeless Season 1 Episode 16 Review: The Red Scare

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Things all came together, then fell apart again.

Rittenhouse was everywhere on Timeless Season 1 Episode 16, the season finale.

And the surprises just kept coming.

The Red Scare - Timeless

The first surprise was that Lucy's ex-fiance Noah actually answers her calls.

Any self-respecting doctor loves to remove bullets in a warehouse hideout.

And his reward: Lucy telling him "it's not you; it's me" and "don't let the door hit you in the ass."

Not her finest moment. But hey, she didn't choose him, rather history forced him onto her, so her reaction is understandable.

Couple Under Siege - Timeless Season 1 Episode 16

Next up: Christopher smuggles Jiya out of Mason Industries, and she ends up going along as co-pilot because Rufus is woozy and may pass out again.

But it's Jiya that time travel doesn't agree with, as she ends up collapsing and seizing.

It looks like Rufus's job as the Lifeboat pilot is safe. 

And there's something funky happening during Jiya's seizures. Like time's standing still.

At least the two nerds finally expressed their feelings, with their words instead of a text or an Instagram.

And when the quartet goes back to 1954, we find out that Lucy's grandfather is gay.

Not an acceptable lifestyle either in Rittenhouse or the general public during those times.

Lucy and Wyatt followed him to what they mistakenly thought was the Rittenhouse summit Flynn planned to crash.

Is it just me, or is Rittenhouse way more gay than I thought it would be?

Wyatt [to Lucy]

It was an interesting twist to use the grandfather Lucy never knew she had as their spy inside Rittenhouse, gathering incriminating evidence for decades.

Paranoid Senator - Timeless Season 1 Episode 16

It was intriguing to briefly meet Sen. Joseph McCartney, kind of the fear mongering Donald Trump of his day. Only the boogeymen then were Communists instead of Muslims.

You're a coward. You're arrogant and a loudmouth and you're afraid everyone will find out you're a fraud, just like every bully.

Wyatt [to McCarthy]

And it turns out that Mason is a good guy of a sort, gathering information on Rittenhouse with the NSA program he had just weaseled so Christopher could build a case against them.

You were playing checkers while I was playing 3-D chess.

Mason [to Christopher]

Yeah, he's still an arrogant dick, just one on the right side.

Poor Flynn. He finally gets the information he needs to bring back his family, then he gets arrested.

I guess that "shoot first, ask questions later" strategy of his didn't really pay off.

Lucy correctly saw him as a sad, lonely man. Unfortunately, he was also a violent man who caused more harm than good.

Rittenhouse Gathering - Timeless Season 1 Episode 16

And finally, finally, Lucy and Wyatt realized they had feelings for each other, even if they would only admit that to themselves.

Although they're still acting more like brother and sister.

Wyatt: We'll stay in touch. I'll call you if I ever need a bossy know-it-all.
Lucy: I was thinking of texting you the next time I need a reckless hot dog.

I honestly feared the producers had thrown in the towel and were wrapping up the series.

At least until the final 10 minutes or so.

I'd always figured that Lucy's mother Carol had something to do with Rittenhouse. How else would she have come into Benjamin Cahill's orbit?

But it was revealed that Lucy is pure-bred Rittenhouse, and the group itself is a kind of master race.

And, surprise again. Pilot Emma, who was supposedly hiding from Rittenhouse, was actually a member of the group and took control of the Mothership.

So now Rittenhouse will be running around changing history, and Lucy, Wyatt, Rufus, et all, will be trying to stop them, without all the Rittenhouse resources they previously unknowingly enjoyed.

Meet the new boss, same as the old boos.

Now for the biggest question of whether we will get to see the plucky upstarts battling big, bad Rittenhouse.

With the sliding ratings that Timeless has enjoyed, it's iffy.

Producers Eric Kripke and Shawn Ryan took too damn long rolling out the Rittenhouse mythology, and many viewers who liked the time-travel elements got frustrated with the over-arching storyline.

So now there's a reboot, a do-over.

If Timeless survives, it certainly won't be on Monday nights again.

For quite a few years, NBC has counter-programmed with genre programming on Friday nights. That's when the sci-fi nerds are home, after all.

Grimm is finishing up, and Emerald City has had ratings as bad or worse than Timeless. So if NBC sticks with genre programs, Friday would be a possibility for Timeless.

Another idea might be to move it to SyFy Channel, another NBC-Universal channel.

Lord know SyFy could use more hard science fiction instead of zombies and vampires...I just don't know if the production costs would be too much for basic cable.

To figure out if you'd like to see more, watch Timeless online.

Did the season finale answer many of your questions? Has your appetite been whetted, or have you had enough of Timeless? What would make it more palatable? Comment below.

The Red Scare Review

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Timeless Season 1 Episode 16 Quotes

Wyatt: Rufus, are you OK to drive?
Rufus: Totally. Only the room's spinning a little.

Flynn: You want to walk out too?
Emma: No. I just want to make sure you don't kill me like you did Anthony.