Saturday, March 31, 2018

What I’m Watching: Timeless

Timeless: Season 2, Episode 3 “Hollywoodland” (B)

Sometimes, the comedy on this show doesn’t feel all that comfortable or appropriate. In this hour, Rufus didn’t have to worry about early Hollywood discriminating against African-Americans, but he did easily impersonate Langston Hughes and then spouted the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” theme song as an example of his latest poem, quickly blowing his cover with one very smart Hedy Lamarr. As is often the case with this show, the talented actress and unsung inventor was recently the subject of a film, the documentary “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story,” which I highly recommend. The notable guest star of the hour was Teddy Sears from “The Flash” and “Masters of Sex” as a Rittenhouse sleeper agent not on a suicide mission but just as unexcited about the prospect of going home. We also met his father, played by Josh Randall from “Courting Alex” and “Scrubs,” as the ensemble of Rittenhouse members placed throughout time grows. It was cool to see them use their time in the past to plant something that could, seventy-five years later, enabling Flynn to break out of prison so that he could come work with the team. Gia’s fainting spells got her an oddly clean bill of health in contradiction to what we know about the previous people who had similar symptoms, and it mysteriously healed her heart murmur. The most shocking development is that, for some reason, the team’s actions have made it so that Wyatt’s wife is still alive, which comes at a poor time in his romantic relationship with Lucy and is sure to be much more complicated than it should be.