TV Review: Timeless S2 (Spoilers!)

It didn’t take long for the first season of NBC’s “Timeless” to strike a chord in viewer’s hearts and minds, as it was the power of the fans (and social media) that enabled the show to come back for a second round of time traveling adventures after NBC decided to cancel the show after the first season. Now, with a second chance at things, the second season of “Timeless” allowed itself to firmly figure itself out, explore character dynamics, and expand the rules that bind its universe together with a tighter and shortened season.With the second season’s finale hanging in a shocking cliffhanger, fans are now scrambling to get NBC to listen to them again to give the show a third chance as we are convinced that “Timeless” still has so much to offer.

The second season of “Timeless” ran on NBC from March 11 to May 13, 2018; and just like the first season, was also streamed on Netflix.

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Image Source: Timeless Facebook Page

Picking up from where the first season ended, the second season saw our Time Team in hiding from Rittenhouse, trying to salvage their version of the Lifeboat in order to get Lucy Preston (Abigail Spencer) back. The rest of the series follows our Time Team to different time periods as they travel through history in order to stop Rittenhouse from getting rid of key moments and figures in history in order to bend the world to suit their own needs. While this is all happening, Jiya (Claudia Doumit), tries to get a grip on herself and her now recurring visions; Lucy learns more about her family; and they team up with an unexpected ally.

This season allowed the show to find a strong foothold while trying to expand its mythology and figure out the rules of their universe, especially when it came to time travel. Shortening the episode order allowed the story to be tighter than the first season, which is a good thing as the team had no time to waste at all.

Chock full of surprises with unexpected allies, enemies, and surprises, this season also allowed them to explore character dynamics by allowing the main Time Team roster change in different episodes. This also allowed them to explore particular characters more, and in this case, we able to explore more the characters of Connor Mason (Paterson Joseph), Jiya, and Agent Denise Christopher (Sakina Jaffrey).

Another thing that made the second season interesting was that they were able to show us more about what was going on in the Rittenhouse side of things. Although there were a lot they didn’t show yet, it was interesting how they tried to show us their inner workings, ideology, and the side of the sleeper agents that were stranded in different time periods in history to be activated when the time came.

Matt Lanter, Malcolm Barrett and Abigail Spencer had a lot to work with, acting wise, this season, and they were able to expand and explore their characters more in this season; while still showcasing what they can do. Having Doumit’s, Jaffrey’s and Joseph’s characters as more regular and fleshed out characters than before also helped too.

Aside from this, the time periods that they chose, and the historical figures the viewers met while watching this show was great too.

With this, “Timeless” proved that it is definitely a show worth keeping on the roster, and while there are still more questions that answers, and with that season finale cliffhanger, it is no wonder that the fans are clamoring for a third season, if not only so that the writers can properly tell this story until the end.

Now, you know the drill! Beyond this point, there will be spoilers!

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The second season wasted no time at all in diving into things, and resolved the biggest questions we had coming in from the first season right away. They wasted no time in showing us how the team fared after Rittenhouse blew everything up in the first season finale, and they were able to get Lucy back from the clutches of her mother, Carol Preston (Susanna Thompson) right away.

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The Entire Time Team (L-R) Agent Denise Christopher (Sakina Jaffrey), Wyatt Logan (Matt Lanter), Garcia Flynn (Goran Visnjic), Lucy Preston (Abigail Spencer), Rufus Carlin (Malcolm Barrett), Connor Mason (Paterson Joseph), and Jiya (Claudia Doumit) Image Source: Timeless Facebook Page

As mentioned earlier, this season managed to expand the Time Team enough to change up the roster sometimes, and they also dealt with the issue of Jiya’s visions, which became a recurring main arc for the season.

They also showed us that Lucy’s ties to Rittenhouse run deep as it turns out that her great-grandfather, Nicholas Keynes, was a founding member of Rittenhouse. I did like the fact that he has a manifesto of sorts and that we were able to see how Rittenhouse works and deals with their own this season. There are those that are believers, such as Carol and Emma (Annie Wersching), and those that are following their orders as payment in kind for a debt that they owe to Rittenhouse and as their families are being threatened.

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Our main Time Team, Rufus Carlin (Malcolm Barrett), Lucy Preston (Abigail Spencer) and Wyatt Logan (Matt Lanter), ready for their mission in old Hollywood Image Source: Timeless Facebook Page

Seeing the main Time Team- Rufus, Wyatt, and Lucy- back together and trying to stop Rittenhouse even with their limited resources, was just great to watch, which is why I’m glad that they brought Lucy back right away. I also like the fact that they are now working hand in hand with Garcia Flynn (Goran Visnjic), and it was interesting to see a new friendship start to happen between him and Lucy. Because of this, it makes me look forward even more to seeing that moment in which Lucy does hand Flynn her journal.

Of course, I was just as happy as everyone else that Wyatt and Lucy got together, which is why most viewers were understandably shocked and upset that Jessica (Tonya Glanz) showed up from the dead, but her presence definitely had Rittenhouse written all over it. Unfortunately, Wyatt didn’t see that and didn’t act upon his own suspicions until it was too late.

With regards to the whole Wyatt-Lucy-Jessica triangle, even though Jessica is his wife and is carrying his child, I think that that Wyatt and Lucy should definitely pursue their relationship together. After all, this version of Jessica is technically NOT the Jessica he knew from his own timeline.

I also liked seeing Rufus’ and Jiya’s relationship unfold, and their ups and downs given that Jiya’s visions do come true. I also liked the fact that Jiya did end up taking initiative in trying to figure out her visions and in trying to stop Rufus from dying.

I also enjoyed the episode with a young Agent Christopher because it shows you that even people who aren’t historically significant are important and their existence and the the choices they make do affect others in the long run.

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Rufus Carlin (Malcolm Barrett) and Connor Mason (Paterson Joseph) Image Source: Timeless Facebook Page

How Mason handled with the fallout of his fall from grace and how he was able to step up in the end during a mission with the time team was admirable. I love the fact that the Time Team is a family, and Agent Christopher and Mason are the de facto parents of the group.

Although I did like seeing more of Rittenhouse, I would like to have seen more of the big picture of Nicholas Keynes’ (Michael Rady) agenda. I’m hoping that we’ll get to see more of that in the third season if there is one. Nicholas was definitely something else, but he and Carol didn’t really make compelling victims as compared to Emma (Annie Wersching), and in a way, Jessica as well. I can’t wait to see a whole new Rittenhouse with Emma as their leader and with Jessica as her second in command.

If there’s one thing that “Timeless” knows how to do well, it’s giving us great cliffhangers, and this season’s cliffhanger was nothing less than spectacular, with an upgraded Lifeboat appearing and a bearded Wyatt and a Lara Croft like Lucy appearing and giving them the hope that they needed to start enacting a plan to save Rufus.

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Future Wyatt & Lucy Image Source: Timeless Facebook Page

It was interesting how they incorporated Jiya’s visions as a main theme as it worked into whether you can escape fate or not. As of the moment, it seems like you can’t without bending the rules a lot, as Rufus still died in the 1880s, but that ending proves that some rules can definitely be rewritten as future Wyatt and Lucy are now crossing paths with their past selves, something that shouldn’t really be able to happen.

I also liked how each of the main characters progressed this season, and I like how tough Lucy is getting to be. She’s no longer just that academic that we saw in the beginning of the show.

So, if NBC does greenlight a third season, I’m hoping that we’ll be able to find out about Rufus’ fate right away; how future Lucy and Wyatt managed to pop up like that in the season finale; that we’ll be able to see more of Rittenhouse’s master plan, Lucy handing her journal to Flynn; and intense showdowns between them, Emma and Jessica.

All in all, “Timeless'” second season was well done with a few hiccups along the way, but managed to expand the rules and characters more. Hopefully NBC listens once again to the fans and does greenlight at least a third season, as this story does deserve to be wrapped up in a satisfying and great way.

Have you seen the second season of “Timeless”? What did you think of it? What do you want to see or want to have happen in the third season? Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Image Source: Timeless Facebook Page

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