Sunday, November 20, 2016

What I’m Watching: Timeless

Timeless: Season 1, Episode 6 “The Watergate Tape” (B)

I didn’t love this episode as much because it didn’t send the team far enough back in time to really represent a different era. What it did do, on the other hand, is enable them to be in a year where Rittenhouse did exist and where Rufus was calling in to report and speaking to a man on the phone who ended up being none other than the mysterious agent sent to intimidate him at the end of last week’s episode. The idea that the lost Nixon tape had him expressing how deep he was in with Rittenhouse is awfully high-minded, but this show is able to be as creative as it wants when it comes to unexplained historical phenomena. Aside from saving what turned out not to be a document but rather a person, the bigger developments of this episode were the dissolution of trust among the members of the team. Flynn mentioning Lucy’s journal and revealing the chats that they had previously had in other time periods didn’t go over well, and Rufus is now going to be a double agent as the only kind of penance he can perform for deceiving Lucy and Wyatt up until this point. It’s strange that Wyatt is the only one of them who hasn’t lied, fully upfront about his intentions and his drive to complete the mission. I’m glad that he and Flynn had the opportunity to talk openly and honestly about why Flynn is doing what he is doing, and I hope that Wyatt will take the right course of action and investigate his allegations rather than just trying to take him out since it seems that Rittenhouse may really be the enemy, possibly even connected to Lucy’s real father.

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