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Monday, March 19, 2018

Timeless 2.2: The Nod

Timeless has always had a good sense humor about time travel, and it comes through tonight in episode 2.2 with ... "the nod".

That's "A Subtle Lowering of the Head You Give to Another Black Person in an Overwhelmingly White Place" - see Medium - and that's what Rufus does to Wendell Scott (a real African-American stock car driver) in overwhelmingly white south of the Mason Dixon America in the 1950s.  Hey, that's the second week in a row in which Rufus had a key line or move - last week it was his description of the Rittenhouse Manifesto as like "Mein Kampf, by Philip K. Dick" - and tonight it turns out that the nod is not only funny but Rufus may have been the one to implant it in our culture.  Just think about it: had it not been for tonight's episode of Timeless, there may not have been an episode #3 of Black-ish in 2014 with a literal nod that title.

It's enough to give Lucy a headache, but I like it, and that's because she's actually time traveling on television and I'm just writing about it.  And tonight's episode had some other good ingredients, including Flynn reluctantly helping and Jiya seeing the future (which will no doubt figure in some very important way later this season) and Connor moving towards ... I don't quite know what.

But on that point, it almost seems as if Connor might be headed towards some villainy, given his frustrations.  That would be an interesting plot development, given his superior knowledge of time travel.  We'll have to see.

Meanwhile, Emma continues to be a stand-out despicable character - as Annie Wersching is in every role she plays (that is, stand-out) - ever ready to kill, seemingly beyond redemption, and always ready with a sarcastic cut for anyone around her, whatever side they may be on.

Looking forward to next week, and seeing if Rufus still has the best line.

See also Timeless 2.1: "Mein Kampf, by Philip K. Dick"

And see also Timeless 1.1: Threading the Needle ... Timeless 1.2: Small Change, Big Payoffs ... Timeless 1.3: Judith Campbell ... Timeless 1.4: Skyfall and Weapon of Choice ... Timeless 1.5: and Quantum Leap ... Timeless 1.6: Watergate and Rittenhouse ... Timeless 1.7: Stranded! ... Timeless 1.8: Time and Space ... Timeless 1.9: The Kiss and The Key ... Timeless 1.10: The End in the Middle ... Timeless 1.11: Edison, Ford, Morgan, Houdini, and Holmes (No, Not Sherlock)! ... Timeless 1.12: Incandescent West ... Timeless 1.13: Meeting, Mating, and Predictability ... Timeless 1.14: Paris in the 20s ... Timeless 1.15: Touched! .... Timeless 1.16: A Real Grandfather Paradox Story

-> and see also (evidence of original reality):  Time After Time, Timeless, and Frequency Now in the Dustbin of History (and the altered reality): NBC Reverses Decision and Renews Timeless: Lessons for Time Travel

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