25 Inimitable Men 23/25
Wyatt Logan (Timeless)
The soldier. Timeless is an incredibly special show for the intricate characters its brought onto our screens and managed to make them ridiculously memorable within their first season alone — 16 episodes to be exact. Within the short amount of time we’ve gotten to know these characters we’ve seen their heart in ways that are often revealed within a during later seasons, and because of that reason, we could be certain of the fact that they’re without a doubt inimitable. To be frank, when we were first introduced to Wyatt Logan, I didn’t think we’d see the heartaches in him until later seasons, but Timeless’ choice to reveal so much so quickly has easily made him a figure who’s easily appreciated. Wyatt Logan isn’t just the team’s leader, but rather a man who’s seen too much and still manages to give his all to those who matter — the missions that matter. He’s also a giant nerd who’s got the perfect Star Wars puns to throw out.
It’s interesting because I didn’t think Wyatt would be such a layered character so early in the season, but I’m thrilled the show managed to prove me wrong. Often, men like him begin to show their emotions a bit later by slowly opening up for the world to see, but Wyatt’s different and that’s certainly made him inimitable in the world of television. Now, by no means is he perfect, but the sole fact that he’s a man who clearly learns from his mistakes showcases just how much he cares about the greater good. He cares about rising up to the image that’s set for him because he believes in the fact that goodness comes from atonement. While he blames himself for Jessica’s death, we can understand that as a man who’s once allowed stubbornness to get the best of him, today, he knows better than to walk away from fights. He knows better than to allow his rage to engulf his entire being. And although he learned the lesson in the most tragic way, the facts are present in his interactions with his team — no matter how angry Wyatt’s gotten, he hasn’t turned his back on the mission. He hasn’t turned his back on his team, but interestingly enough, it’s not the fact that he’s suddenly a Yoda, but rather the battle with control is incredibly fascinating to witness, for it makes him that much more realistic and relatable. These are the facts, at the end of the day, Wyatt’s a leader, and leaders must do everything in their power to set examples, and while he’s certainly not perfect in the matter, diligently trying is more than enough to showcase that he deserves the title.
On top of being a leader, Wyatt’s remarkably sincere — though they’ve only known one another for a short period of time, Wyatt cares about his team tremendously, but beyond that, he believes in them in ways no one else has before. Whatever situation they find themselves in, he believes with an innate fervency that his team is so much more than they believe. He believes in the fact that their greatness is yet to be discovered, and he’s never once shied away from helping them find the strength within to conquer whatever it is that’s in their path. There are a number of things that make a man a leader, but it’s not about how he treats those above or equal to him, but rather the fact that he doesn’t view people as anything other than incredible. Wyatt doesn’t care about the fact that his team isn’t trained in combat, but rather, he believes in the fact that they’re capable of pulling through whatever’s in front of them. And if he needs them, the belief in their aptitudes often helps them find the strength to carry on with the task at front. (An example, trusting Rufus to care for the bullet wound. It worked.)
We’ve seen a number of moments that have authenticated just how kind and sincere Wyatt’s heart is, but the clearest display of that fact was present through the grief he experienced when Jessica’s “killer’s” father was accidentally killed from the fall in “Karma Chameleon”. Wyatt knows that though they’ve saved people from horrific deaths, this man didn’t deserve to die just because his offspring turned out to be a murderer, and it’s that kind of selfless empathy towards humans that allows us to see why he became a soldier in the first place. To reiterate the fact that Wyatt’s sincerity, vulnerabilities, and tenacity are his strengths, let’s take it back to my episode review of “The World’s Columbian Explosion” where we not only discuss Matt Lanter’s performance, but Wyatt’s crucial role in the series.
“At the pinnacle of a team member being held captive, there’s always a leader whose head space is tormented with the paralyzing fears of what if. And in “The World’s Columbian Exposition”, Matt Lanter proves he’s the right actor for the role baring raw vulnerability in the form of a soldier struggling to appear collected. Wyatt’s agony over Lucy’s whereabouts vocalized the magnitude of depth which he cares for this team with, […] Lanter carries the team as a leader perfectly, but I’ve found myself most in awe of the childlike comfort that’s exhibited when they’re all together. He’s the soldier, but without them, this job loses its depth.”
Wyatt is better and stronger, the best version of himself because of his team. When you fight to ensure the safety and happiness of other people, the level of heart that’s showcased is unparalleled. It’s also vital to appreciate the fact that Wyatt understands the importance of teamwork — he isn’t hotheaded enough to believe that one man can carry the whole world on his shoulders. Though he often charges into situations with guns blazing and recklessness, when he’s at ease, he returns to the state of taking on matters with a stiller approach. In Wyatt thus far, we’ve seen a man who’s so unbelievably broken, only giving and receiving love could save him. And slowly understanding that love is what matters in life is bringing out the best in him. He’s compassionate sure, it’s in his veins, but the love that’s growing within for his team and the missions is making him that much more stronger — less broken and certainly happier. It’s always the ones who’ve seen the toughest battles that are the kindest, most loving souls, and Wyatt Logan is proof of that maxim — a man who never in a million years would allow his loved ones to experience the kind of pain and loneliness he lives with every single day. A man who’s learned from the tragedies in his past.
In this first season alone, Wyatt’s learned a great deal about himself and the world around him. He’s learned to open his heart to the possibility of finding love again. He’s learned to believe that maybe, just maybe, fate, God, or the force could be behind the things that occur, and he’s learned that he has people to lean on. A man who’s clearly concealed a myriad of his emotions has finally found a place where he could be vulnerable if need be. He’s found that for the first time, though he’s the leader, he has a team who are willing to fight just as hard for him and with him. Additionally, the adoration and respect he’s received from his team have inspired him to believe in the vastness of life’s gifts — the possibilities and the strengths. Now, more than ever, Wyatt understands just how cautious man must be of the choices he makes in life, and though difficult at times, from what we’ve seen so far, Wyatt’s ceaslessly choosing the honorable road even when he must pass through the prodiguous emotional storms. And finally, a hearty applause to Matt Lanter for the astounding embodiment of such a profoundly layered, inimitable character whose strengths and weaknesses make him remarkably compelling.
- “You want to know how to keep doing this? You figure out what you’re fighting for. And everything will be okay.”
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