Timeless: 2×04 “The Salem Witch Trials” Review

It’s okay, Clockblockers. Just cry it out. I’d love to say that I promise it’ll be okay, but all I’ve got for tonight is that I trust these writers and they haven’t steered us wrong before, right? So even though it’s hard to watch our Wyatt being an idiot and Lucy getting all kinds of hurt, we should have faith that it’ll all work out in the end.

In an episode that brought a horrible, horrible part of history to life, we got to see Flynn joining the Time Team while Wyatt tried to sort out his very confusing and overwhelming emotions after he found out that Jessica is not so dead anymore. Meanwhile, our Lucy just became the universe’s punching bag and I just want to give her a hug, put her in a bubble and protect her from this cruel world.

Tonight’s Timeless could also be titled “Lucy’s really, really, really shitty day”.

Just thinking about Lucy’s expression as her mother accuses her of witchcraft is enough to make me drown my sorrows in a pint of ice cream. Or alcohol. Or both.

Following last week’s ridiculously amazing “Hollywoodland”, tonight we can no longer ignore the giant elephant in the room named Jessica. As much as I would love to live in my happy Lyatt bubble for all eternity — and that’s what fanfic is for, guys. There’s some really good stuff out there if you’d like to forget about the reign of doom that Jessica’s resurrection brought with her — tonight we must face the music and be grown-ups about it.

(Also, nothing will convince me that Jessica isn’t a stinking evil Rittenhouse agent, but we’ll talk more about that later)

So let’s just rip this off like a BandAid, shall we? The quicker we talk about it, the better.

TIMELESS — “The Salem Witch Hunt” Episode 204 — Pictured: (l-r) Tonya Glanz as Jessica, Matt Lanter as Wyatt Logan — (Photo by: Colleen Hayes/NBC)

Jessica’s resurrection. We can all agree that Wyatt just reacted, right? While I think he reacted in the worst way possible, I also can’t really blame the guy. The woman he had been grieving for and blaming himself for her untimely demise for the past six years had suddenly texted him. Of course, getting that godforsaken text when he had finally started to move on — and had allowed himself to feel something for Lucy — was just one huge cosmic joke — or Rittenhouse’s doing.

So he broke out of the bunker and went to find his not-so-dead-anymore wife. I’m assuming that Jess either told him where she was working in that text or that she had always worked in that bar and that was why Wyatt knew how to find her. Either way, she didn’t look super happy to see him, which obviously made us cry happy tears. When she served him the divorce papers, I actually threw my fist in the air and cheered out loud.

Sorry, I am firmly #TeamLucy on this one.

But then, Wyatt had to go and do the stupidest thing he could have possibly done and took Jessica to the bunker to try and convince her that he wasn’t the shitty husband she remembered.

(Yeah, Wyatt. Just tell your already pissed off wife that you’re actually from another timeline and you’ve been traveling through time this entire time. I’m sure that will work out great)

And here’s where it gets interesting. Agent Christopher is obviously not thrilled that Wyatt brought his wife to the bunker, but what she tells him is the first indication that this was actually 100% engineered by Rittenhouse. While he, Lucy and Rufus were in 1941, the Mothership made a quick trip to the 1980s. Whatever it was they did, it looks like their sole purpose was to bring Jessica back.

Now let’s talk about this for a moment, shall we? This makes me think of two possible theories. One, Rittenhouse knows exactly how important Wyatt is to Lucy and they know how close they’ve become, so resurrecting his dead wife would certainly mess him up, which would in turn mess Lucy up. Maybe they expected Wyatt to just up and leave to live happily ever after with his wife, leaving Lucy and the team behind. Without a soldier, the Time Team would be super vulnerable, which would make it a hell of a lot easier to neutralize them.

And two, Jessica has always been Rittenhouse. My first thought was that she had been alive this entire time, but Wyatt said he identified her body back in 2012 and Rittehouse did travel to the 80s, which leads us to think that their sole purpose was to prevent Jessica’s death by eliminating whoever killed her. But that does not exclude the possibility that she is Rittenhouse and her death was really just an accident. But what better way to break the Time Team by bringing her back? Wyatt would either live happily ever after with her or he would lead her straight to the bunker — which he stupidly did.

It’s a win-win situation for Rittenhouse. So my current theory is a mix of those two: Jessica is Rittenhouse, has always been, and she was brought back to either lead Wyatt away or play double agent and break the team from the inside. Whatever it is, Jessica is definitely up to no good.

TIMELESS — “The Salem Witch Hunt” Episode 204 — Pictured: (l-r) Malcolm Barrett as Rufus Carlin, Claudia Doumit as Jiya — (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Jiya’s premonitions. We kind of knew something was going to happen to rock their relationship, right? No TV relationship has ever had a smooth sailing and Riya would definitely not be the first. Jiya did absolutely the right thing by telling him what she saw, but I kind of understand where Rufus is coming from when he asks her in the end to not tell him about her visions anymore. When she told Rufus that she had foreseen that he would kill a man in pilgrim times, it really threw him for a loop. And that begs the question — is everything she is seeing something that is bound to happen no matter what?

Was Rufus chasing a proverbial ghost because she had told him what she’d seen? Yes. But would all that still happen even if she hadn’t told him? Maybe. After all, he did get that burn when they went to 1955. And if that is really the case, then things are even worse than we previously thought. If whatever Jiya is seeing is already bound to happen and fixed in time, then something really catastrophic is coming to San Francisco, which doesn’t bode well for our Time Team at all.

Flynn joins the Time Team. I love Goran Visnjic. I really, really do. My long time crush goes all the way back to 1999 when 12-year-old me watched a young Goran be super evil in Practical Magic, which then followed by my forever love for Luka Kovac in ER. I remember when I first watched the trailer for Timeless, my first thought was “It’s Luka. I’m in”. And he has been doing an amazing job as Garcia Flynn, but I gotta tell you, he was especially fantastic in “The Salem Witch Trials”.

Maybe it was because he was funnier and snarkier than usual, but I just loved every single scene he was in. And yes, his methods are a little unorthodox and violent, but he did get the job done and managed to get everyone home mostly in one piece. Also, Flynn and Lucy work really well together. While I see absolutely no romantic sparks between them (sorry, Garcy shippers. Is that even what they’re called?), I see this as the beginning of a great friendship and I can’t wait to see them working together more.

I also can’t wait to see jealous!Wyatt when he realizes Lucy is hanging out with Flynn, but that’s just the Lyatt shipper in me who wants him to suffer for breaking my girl Lucy’s heart.

Sorry not sorry.

TIMELESS — “The Salem Witch Hunt” Episode 204 — Pictured: Abigail Spencer as Lucy Preston — (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Lucy’s really, really, really shitty day. Sigh. Just thinking about this hurts me. I know this is great storytelling and that what TPTB are doing is actually refreshing in terms of drama, but dear God, why must you make Lucy suffer like that? It’s like the universe just decided to give her the finger and break every single aspect of her life.

Erase her sister from existence? Check.

Find out her dad is not really her dad and that her biological father is one of the heads of an evil organization? Check.

Find out her mother is also one of the heads of said evil organization? Check.

Have said mother kidnap her and then turn her back on Lucy? Check.

Finally getting to be on the same page as the man she loves and act on those feelings, only to have it all ripped away the next day? Check.

Being accused of witchcraft in fracking colonial Salem by her own mother? Check check check.

Can we just hug her and protect her from this evil, cruel world? I know this will all be fantastic character development and growth and she will come out stronger than ever on the other side, but it just doesn’t seem fair. At the end of “Hollywoodland” she was so happy. I don’t think we had ever seen Lucy Preston smile that much, just out of sheer happiness, and having it ripped away so soon and so suddenly just seems cruel.

When Wyatt finally picks up the phone and tells her about Jessica… God, my heart broke in a million little pieces for her. Both Abigail Spencer and Matt Logan were absolutely fantastic in this scene, but Lucy’s expression as it dawned on her that her happiness had been short lived was so gut wrenching that I wanted to hug her and put her in a happy bubble, just so she wouldn’t suffer anymore. Spencer delivered one hell of a performance in this episode and this scene was just the tip of the iceberg.

Then she had to face a trip to 1692 Salem — on the height of the witch trials — without Wyatt, and with Flynn, who she still didn’t trust. Then she had to try and save Abiah Franklin, who had been accused of witchcraft, and if she were to die, Benjamin Franklin would never be born. Then her own mother accused her of witchcraft, sentencing her to death. Then said mother tried to break her out, but only if she would come back with her in the Mothership and take her rightful place as Rittenhouse royalty.

Jesus, TPTB, just give Lucy a break, will you? God.

But something good came out of this and it’s that Lucy is stronger than ever before in her conviction to fight these Rittenhouse bastards. When she says “I would rather be hanged”, that was such a powerful moment and Abigail Spencer and Susanna Thompson knocked it out of the park in that scene. And I’m sorry, Carol Preston, I know you’re trying to save your daughter, but you’re doing it in the worst possible way and I don’t think Lucy will ever forgive you.

Then finally, when all seems lost, Flynn shows up and saves them, but not before a witch hating pilgrim tries to stab Lucy and slashes her arm open in the process.

So to sum up, Lucy had her heart broken, was betrayed by her mother again, was nearly hanged in Salem and got stabbed. And if that wasn’t bad enough, she returned to the present only to see Wyatt and Jessica together in the bunker.

I know, Luce, it’s been a really shitty day. You definitely deserve a drink. Or twenty.

Timeless returns with an all new episode next Sunday, April 15, at 10/9C on NBC.

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