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.
I’ve never been more stumped on how to title this because this technically isn’t a review so I have no clue how to appropriately label it in a few words. Anyway, I hope the above attempt works in someway. For those who haven’t heard yet, Timeless star Matt Lanter and his wife, the lovely Angela Lanter of Hello Gorgeous are expecting their first child and documenting it for us. Now while the podcast is primarily focused on all things pregnancy, there’s a moment in episode four that needs to be elaborated on here at MGcircles where we’re essentially focused on creating a positive environment for celebrities. (Fun fact, I hate that word. I hate that word with a passion. There should be a new one.)
What the Rittenhouse?
Episode Summary | Time in History: DC, 1954 — the big Rittenhouse summit. When the Time Team follows Flynn back in time, Jiya must accompany them to help Rufus, but since it isn’t built for more than three people, something messes with her psyche. Lucy and Wyatt find her Grandpa then convince him to work as a double agent within Rittenhouse. Mason chooses a side. Wyatt almost says goodbye. And Lucy’s mom drops the biggest bombshell of all.
We’re never going to stop telling you that Timeless is the most exciting show on TV right now. And though it is only in its freshman season, it’s safe to assume the series is headed towards greater places because of what it has already done. Its portrayal of the horrors in America have been done with such poignant accuracy, it’s astounding how the series doesn’t shy away from topics that are either glossed over or treated as taboo. In its first season’s final episode, “The Red Scare”, Timeless gave its viewers the opportunity to see the true horrors of the 50s while showcasing the growth that’s already taken place today.
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.
January 29-February 4
“The Painting” | Suits
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.
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.
We’re fairly certain that we can all agree in the words of Brooklyn Nine Nine’s Captain Raymond Holt that “everything is garbage.” While 2016 may have been an incredibly sad year, it has without a doubt been the best in television. Honestly, it’s difficult to recall the last time we’ve had such a hard time culminating our choices. And that said, performers are the heart of a series. Without them, the characters we cherish and adore wouldn’t be as extraordinary. They wouldn’t resonate with us in the seemingly effortless ways they do. Without their meticulously crafted performances we wouldn’t feel a single thing. Without further ado, it is these 16 performers that have made 2016 indescribable.
And if you haven’t already, check out the first part of our Year-End Reviews as we pay tribute to Sundance’s Rectify.
Before we begin discussing our favorites, be sure to check out the incredible work Nerdy Girl Notes and TVExamined have already done and will continue to do within the next few days.