Timeless: Season 1, Episode 11 “The World’s Columbian Exposition” (B)
The cliffhanger that this show left off on when it signed off the air in December for a brief hiatus suggested that big things might be happening when it came back, but that’s not really the case. Instead, we saw Lucy being reunited with Wyatt and Rufus within the span of just one hour, and not too many stakes during that time. Sure, they were nearly murdered by the first recorded serial killer and she almost suffocated in a box, but then she mustered up some courage and managed to pose as a witch to distract him long enough to be saved by her pals from the future. The best part of the episode was inarguably the affable Michael Drayer as Harry Houdini, who in addition to being fairly down to earth also came through in a big way when Lucy advised him to pull one of his signature moves and pickpocket Flynn’s gun to put him at a disadvantage and turn the situation in a different direction. H.H. Holmes was quite the villain for our heroes to encounter, and apparently the real guy is believed to have killed over 200 people, which is nuts. Speaking of murder, Flynn calling to deliver the identity of his wife’s killer was an interesting development, and I’m tentatively curious to see what he’ll do with that information. Rufus’ show of defiance doesn’t strike me as a great plan, and Mason seems like he’s doing absolutely nothing to help other than just stand there sheepishly.