Timeless 2×05 “The Kennedy Curse” Review

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Choices. They matter. And I suppose, beer does, too.

Episode Summary | Time in History: A long time ago in a … just kidding, we didn’t actually time travel this week, well we did, but not in the traditional sense. We actually just brought young John F. Kennedy to the present with us — all the way from 1934! Yikes. But it’s still an adventure when Kennedy escapes from the bunkers, finds himself partying, and the Time Team needs to make sure they find him before Rittenhouse does. Flynn’s left behind to take care of the sleeper agent in 1934, and Jessica accompanies Wyatt and Lucy on their mission. Agent Christopher deals with her own little adventure in the hands of Carol Preston, and Rufus and Jiya coordinate things from the bunker.

“The Kennedy Curse” was yet another solid episode authenticating the fact that where there’s good company, hardships are bearable. It’s not only vital to confide in people, but it’s absolutely necessary to speak up about the things that are within us because there’s nothing more therapeutic than conversation. There’s nothing that strengthens people the way that honesty and vulnerability does — they’re traits of great importance that ultimately make for exceptional television, and thankfully, Timeless has got it covered. I know that perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised at how great this season is so far, but I’m a big believer in TV’s terrible two — so kudos to Timeless writers for somehow making this season as great as the first, a genuine rarity in this verse. “The Kennedy Curse” took each of our characters on emotionally moving journeys allowing for their circumstances to be changed based off the choices they made in order to make things better and worthwhile. And all while trying to preserve history, because if Kennedy never became President, who knows what could’ve happened to America.

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This Week’s Most Exquisite TV Moment

March 25-31 
“Hollywoodland” | Timeless

Timeless - Season 2

And now that The Americans is officially back — Spring TV is blossoming exceptionally. (We’re just waiting patiently for the new season of New Girl!) We kicked off with a hugely impactful episode of Madam Secretary, a sweet showcase of marriage on When Calls the Heart, an incredible episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, an exceptional episode of Black-ish, a frustrating, but simultaneously intriguing episode of Riverdale, and a hilarious half hour of Superstore. A Series of Unfortunate Events made its second season debut and we’re definitely intrigued because the first four episodes will be covering my favorite books. But much like everyone and their mothers, we’re still buzzing about NBC’s Timeless

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Timeless 2×03 “Hollywoodland” Review

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Guess who’s back!? Back again …

Episode Summary | Time in History: It’s the 1940’s in Hollywood and Citizen Kane (Secret Code Name: RKO 281) is in development, except Rittenhouse sleeper agent, Calhoun (Teddy Sears), is missioned to take and deliver it to William Randolph Hearst in order to ensure that once a month, Rittenhouse is granted access to publish anything they want, no questions asked. Agent Christopher learns the truth about what’s going on with Jiya and insists that she a doctor. Wyatt and Lucy take their relationship to the next level, but it’s short lived because guess who’s back! Famous movie star Hedy Lamarr (Alyssa Sutherland) befriends our Time Team and Rufus inspires her to rightfully explore her expertise in technology.

When we go on and on about Timeless being the best thing on television right now, we aren’t exaggerating – not even a little bit, and “Hollywoodland” is tangible proof of that fact, a remarkably written episode by Matt Whitney. This is a show driven by its characters, and this week, its character drove one another towards a type of growth that’s beautifully present amongst two people who’ve effortlessly changed one another for the better. It happens in presence of love, whether platonic or romantic, the unification of people who are each other’s halves is often the very definition of a poetic masterpiece. And sometimes, poetry is tragic, it’s unexpected profoundly life altering tragedy. It aches and tears away at parts of the being that words cannot even begin to touch and the places where hope used to dwell, despair and darkness follows. But in the bleak process of said darkness, tremendous, unparalleled growth also happens, and the deepest, most potently heartfelt choices are then made.

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Timeless 2×02 “The Darlington 500” Review

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Race cars and Darlington South Carolina discoveries.

Episode Summary | Time in History: The Time Team travels to 1955 Darlington, South Carolina following the mothership on a quest to stop the plans of their sleeper agent. We meet now renowned NASCAR driver Wendell Scott (Joseph Lee Anderson). It seems that Jiya sees glimpses into the future. Flynn could be extremely useful to the team if he’d just stop the sass for a moment, but at the same time, carry it on. Agent Christopher is 100% for the protection of her team. Wyatt’s past is as dark as some of us imagined. And Emma’s still as frustrating as ever, but not as wacky as Nicholas Keynes.

Timeless is a show driven heavily by its characters and it’s a show that spends each moment it has telling intriguing stories through them. And in “The Darlington 500”, we not only get to learn more about NASCAR racing legend Wendell Scott, but we’re given the chance to learn a little bit more about one of his biggest fans, our very own Wyatt Logan. “The Darlington 500” epitomized compassion gorgeously, it took our characters, and the guest stars through profound growth in moments of quiet, effortless intimacy reminding one another of the fact that they’re not alone. That’s perhaps the sweetest part of this episode, the showcase of just ardently they all care for one another, the great lengths they’re willing to go for one another, and the shared joy that’s a ceaseless presence when the entire time is together.

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Timeless 2×01 “The War to End All Wars” Review

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“FREAKIN’ CLOCKBLOCKER!”

Episode Summary | Time in History: Oh, World War I, the war to end all wars … or begin them. We’re accompanied by mother/daughter duo Maria and Irène Curie who serve as a healthy example of what the bond should be like as opposed to what our heroine, Lucy’s dealing with. After the explosion, Mason Industries has been destroyed, the Time Team are on a desperate quest to get their girl back, and Rittenhouse is even more terrifying than ever. They later became roommates in a safe house that’s in desperate need of finer decor, and Lucy’s great-grandfather is brought to the present. On an incredibly vital note, Garcia Flynn was sorely missed.

Timeless is back and we’re complete again. We aren’t joking when we say that this is the best show on network television, and the only one we’re certain of won’t fall into the season two curse. A premiere episode as promising as this one is already a rarity amongst television and being able to write about it again is a treat of its own. “The War to End All Wars” was yet another deeply riveting episode, which dealt with the importance of free will and the choices people make allowing us to see the significant growth that our Time Team has been on, and the horrific ramifications that are bound to follow the actions of this episodes. This ride is going to be anything but easy, it’ll be anything but beautiful; however, we can be certain of one thing, and it’s that it’ll all be worth it in the end shaping them in ways nothing in their lives could have done before.

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2017 Year-End Reviews: 10 Performers

A character is only as good as the actor/actress who breathes life into them. The actor or actress who puts their blood, sweat, and tears into ensuring that we’re able to understand the deeper nuances, which make the character special. And these 10 performers weren’t difficult to single out this year as they made each of their characters unbelievably relatable, complex, and beautifully evocative.

(A special PSA, you will not see any performers, specifically Elizabeth Moss from The Handmaid’s Tale on this list because while I thought she was unbelievable, and definitely one of the strongest of the year, I couldn’t finish the show to properly write for it. And it’s because of the groundbreaking performances on that show that makes The Handmaid’s Tale too difficult for me personally to stomach. It makes it too real.) But do not fret, Heather over at TV Examined had a lot of amazing things to say.

Also, be sure to check out our Series of the Year | Stranger Things article, as the number one performances, characters, relationships, and moments are all featured there. Essentially, they deserved their own special tribute.

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Timeless 1×14 “The Lost Generation” Review

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The roaring 20’s — the smell of adventure?

Episode Summary | Time in History: Ernest Hemingway, Josephine Baker, and Charles Lindergh. Timeless knows what it’s doing with these guest stars — Brandan Barash, Tiffany Daniels, and Jesse Luken were outstanding. That said, in “The Lost Generation”, our heroes took a trip to the May 21, 1927: Paris, France once again following Flynn on his quest to destroy Rittenhouse. Only Wyatt was still in detention and replaced by Bam Bam — he tragically doesn’t make it back from the past though. (This is why we break the rules, buddy!) Agent Christopher is replaced and the team, now officially reunited with Wyatt, go rogue in order to fight Rittenhouse? Can we call them Rogue Four? No? Okay, that’s cool.

Timeless’ play on fate vs. free will has become the most enthralling part of the series layering the characters beautifully in ways only such a theme could. If Lucy comes from a long line of ancestors who were a part of Rittenhouse, does that mean she needs to join it? Is it truly her fate or could she make the choice to rewrite her supposed future? And in exploring this concept, the series ties each of the characters together in ways that feel incredibly organic. In Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms he states that, “the world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.” And right now, our Time Team is at that broken place — stronger than they’ve ever been, but concurrently destroyed.

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Timeless 1×13 “Karma Chameleon” Review

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The 80s was best for music, but I don’t think I’m down with the fashion.

Episode Summary | Time in History: The 80s — the good ol’ days. The time where people didn’t want to be forgotten. They wanted their finest hours celebrated. The time where they wanted to bless the rains in Africa. But the real question is, is Will Byers missing at this time or no? Oh, wait, wrong show. It’s easy to confuse two really great shows isn’t it? On a more serious note, this week’s Timeless didn’t actually take us back to a significant point in our history, but rather Wyatt’s — more so Jessica’s, but the point is clear. Thankfully, this week Wyatt didn’t have murder on his mind, but rather a Back to the Future reversal. And one I can actually agree with: stop a one night stand in order to prevent a serial killer’s birth.

However, as we all know, things are never that easy, and as much as Wyatt’s plan was practical, it’s safe to assume that a lot of us knew it wouldn’t bring Jessica back. Nevertheless the showcase of teamwork has been superlative. And if all falls apart from this moment on at least we know that the A-Team Time Team will always have each other’s backs. Also, hopefully the lesson has been learned, and the team won’t travel without Lucy anymore.

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Timeless 1×11 “The World’s Columbian Exposition” Review

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And this is an example of a remarkable winter premiere.

Time in History (Episode Summary): After Flynn took Lucy captive at the end of “The Capture of Benedict Arnold”, Wyatt and Rufus set out to bring her home. Still filled with the desire to erase Rittenhouse from existence, Flynn takes them to the time where Harry Houdini was just getting started — Chicago World’s Fair in 1893. An undercover H.H. Holmes sets a thick, oxygen-eliminating trap for Wyatt and Rufus. There’s a reunion. There’s a happy conversation. There’s a victory. But in the end we’re left with what can change the course of a character’s life forever.

Welcome to the very first installment of our Timeless reviews. We just couldn’t stay away from this show. (I tried, I really did.) Here’s how these will work, each week I’ll be choosing a performer and a moment. Some weeks, like this week, each actor will get their time. They’re too good, and essentially why I want to write about Timeless — Rufus, Wyatt, and Lucy are special. And “The World’s Columbian Exposition” was yet another wonderful showcase of the fact that this team is in it for the long haul. Together, they’ve built something more exquisite than a time machine, and no matter how ugly it gets, they’ll always come home to each other.

“Fear isn’t actually happening. It’s just your reaction to it.”

The reason each member of the Time Team deserves their own segment this week is due to how poignantly fear attempted to puppet-master their lives. And in overcoming it, it wasn’t entirely absent, but rather their choices to react differently towards it paved the road towards their mission’s victory. No matter how temporary, for a moment, everything will be alright.

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Farewell Rectify

Rectify truly is the best show no one is watching. And how strange is that concept? We’re not the first to say it, and we certainly won’t be the last. It is remarkable in its entirety but its final season alone deserves endless praise. It’s a series that demands its audience to feel for its characters, and it does so in seemingly effortless ways. By the time I was done with the entire series, I knew it would require its very own segment for Year-End Reviews. Rectify’s cast need Emmys and Ray McKinnon’s poignantly methodic storytelling has been nothing short of exquisite. Rectify didn’t end in “and they lived happily ever after”, but it ended with the kind of hopeful poetry that fills the human mind with profound gratitude. Gratitude for what we’re blessed with and the mysterious ways God works for us. Gratitude for those around us and gratitude for what we find when life throws its curve balls at us.

That said, I knew that if I gave Rectify the chance to, it’d land the number one spot in all our Year-End reviews and for that reason, we decided to give it its own article. To bid farewell in the best way we know how to.

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