Timeless: Season 1, Episode 15 “Public Enemy No. 1” (B-)
I know I’ve written about this at least a few times since this show started - it’s confusing watching multiple shows about time travelers going back to certain points where more nefarious elements are trying to disrupt the timestream and recast events in a way that they weren’t supposed to happen. It’s even harder to keep track when both shows have their characters go back to the same crucial moment in history and air the episodes just a few weeks apart. I have to say that I enjoyed the “Legends of Tomorrow” take on this much more since they commented that Eliot Ness, who they didn’t allow to be killed, didn’t look like Kevin Costner. Obviously we haven’t seen the future that they return to just yet since Rufus decided to pass out and possibly die before piloting the lifeboat back to the present in his delirious state, but I’d have to imagine that Al Capone being killed by his brother the prohibition agent rather than going to jail for tax evasion had to have changed things in some major way. It’s also illogical that, as fugitives from the government and from the program that employed them, Lucy, Wyatt, and Rufus are still trying to stop Flynn rather than really understand what he’s doing to fight Rittenhouse. As Jiya is left to defend all that is good and not shady as the one ally on the team not currently working against orders, Mason is seeming like a serious villain, which is a surprise, and I realized watching the guest credits that I recognize the new boss, played by Jim Beaver, from his memorable role on “Justified.” I have no idea what happens next on this show, but it’s definitely going a bit off course.