Clockblockers Rejoice! Timeless Gets a Two Part Finale

TIMELESS -- "The Day Reagan Was Shot" Episode 208 -- Pictured: (l-r) Karen David as Young Denise Christopher, Claudia Doumit as Jiya, Abigail Spencer as Lucy Preston

Much like Sense8 was canceled with a main character missing, the quiet gay-friend show, Timeless, ended their second season with Rufus in peril and their own future selves coming back to help rescue him. And then they were canceled. And, just like Sense8, the fans of Timeless will get a wrap up. That’s right, the Clockblockers may rejoice as Timeless gets a two part finale.

Previously, on Timeless

The idea of Timeless is straightforward. We have time travel, it’s real, but it has serious repercussions. In the first episode, we find out that there’s a group of people changing the past for their own benefit, and as our intrepid Clockblockers find out, correcting those changes doesn’t always work out the way it should. For example, in the first episode, the Hindenberg doesn’t blow up on landing. This ends up causing a series of events that erases main character Lucy Preston’s sister from existence.


These sorts of problems exacerbate, including changing who killed Lincoln and Heddy Lamarr getting the patent on wifi and becoming a tech billionaire. I’m personally for that one. The “Lifeboat” team travels through time, changing history and trying to stop Rittenhouse from doing whatever it is they’re doing, while no one really knows the whole story.

But one of the reasons the show was amazing was the absolutely casual way in which they handled the homosexual nature of Denise Christopher, the Homeland Security agent in charge of the “Lifeboat” team.

The Day Regan was Shot

In the eighth episode of season two, we travel to Washington, D.C., on March 30, 1981, the day Ronald Reagan was shot. The team assumes it’s Reagan they need to save but Rittenhouse is targeting a young police officer. Denise Christopher. Injured from the incident, Denise’s mother is trying to get her to quit the force, marry a polite young man, and accept her life. Of course, Denise knows she’s a lesbian, and in 1981 has only a few choices.

Since the lack of Denise would probably mean the Clockblockers would never exist, Lucy and Jiya pose as lesbian private detectives hired by Jodie Foster, who wanted to discretely handle the John Hinckley Jr. situation. When that doesn’t work, though they do catch Hinckley, they out themselves as time travellers and show Denise photos of her family.

Ever since the erasure of Lucy’s sister, Denise had asked Lucy to carry a USB drive with photos of her family, her wife and two children, just to make sure she’d never forget them. Lucy leaves the USB with Denise, who breaks off the engagement by coming out to her mother, something she had never done in the original timeline.

When they come back to the present, Denise admits that in the new timeline, she’d known they saved her life all that time. She also tells Lucy that the day she first saw a computer with a USB port, she couldn’t believe it. But not only hand they saved her by letting her know it got better, they gave Denise her mother, who had come to love and accept her gay daughter.

We Get a Finale

Of course then the show was canceled. For a second time. I was sad, and had really hoped for a late renewal, because the show had been a bit of a fun sleeper hit. Alas, that was not to be. Instead, on July 31st it was announced there would be a two-part finale wrap up for season ‘three.’

If you can’t tell, they’re going to have to save Rufus, who was left back in 1888 San Francisco. But there’s a lot more to wrap up! How did Flynn get Lucy’s notebook (which she still hasn’t written yet)? Is Wyatt’s wife really pregnant and evil? Does Lucy love Flynn or Wyatt? How did Jiya master her time-visions? What is Rittenhouse’s real goal?

Whew. We have a lot to cover. Me? I just want to see Denise have a happy ending with her family.

Okay, and maybe figure out what Rittenhouse’s goal is!

You have time to catch up!

There are only 26 episodes and they’re a fast watch, so you’ve got the time now to catch up on Timeless. If you like history at all, it’s a fun romp through time with quirky moments and in-jokes. They always use aliases that are hilarious to us and oblivious to the people in the moment. Though even Heddy Lamarr knows that the theme to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is beneath Langston Hughes.

About Mika A. Epstein

Mika has been deep in fandom since she could say 'Trekkie.' With decades experience in running fansites, developing software, and organizing communities, she's taken on the challenge of delving into the recesses of television for queers long forgotten. Making this site with Tracy is nothing short of serendipity. Mika lives with her wife and their cats in Southern California. Of course she has a hybrid, but she'd rather ride her bicycle.
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