Timeless: Karma Chameleon – The Sting in the Tale (Review)

Timeless - Season 1

This week’s episode finalized, to a certain extent, Wyatt’s story. It also ended another, more peripheral character’s arc quite violently. In many ways the climatic sequence of events, where the sting in this tale is felt by more than a few major characters, feels somewhat preordained. Timeless has managed, in this episode, to hark back the the ’80’s and answer some intriguing questions.

“Karma Chameleon” also opens up a few questions.  We learn, in the closing moments that not only is Lucy’s father part of Rittenhouse but that the organization is in her blood.  Anthony, who was so freaked out by what Emma reveals about the plans of the nefarious organization that he decides to blow up the ship.

Bruhl’s plans come to naught, despite the huge explosion, and the bespectacled cohort of Flynn’s is found dead at the site. The main story, set up back in episode 10, is Wyatt’s desperate struggle to remove his wife’s killer from existence.

While the whole segment feels like an overlong homage to Back to the Future, sans the laughs, it is clear that Rufus and Wyatt both have some morality issues about taking a serial killer out of the circle of life.  Rufus only agrees to help his teammate after he promises not to hurt anyone.

This plan goes awry when the man who sired the killer accidentally dies while running from the man he perceives as a lunatic. That moment when the bartender sits up and blood shoots from the wound in the back of his head like a fountain, we feel as sick as Wyatt clearly does.

It is the combination of this quandary, which follows him back into the present, and the news that Jessica is still dead that obviously sends him over the edge. While Logan may not be removed entirely from the Mason program he will at least get one hell of a timeout.

The sight of the normally taciturn Special Ops soldier leaping and struggling against his captors while screaming that “she is alive,” was poignant enough to produce tears in the eyes of the viewer. This was the heartbreaking sting in this tale that overshadowed Lucy’s news.

The big shock was finding that Flynn was more than capable of killing Anthony. Just as surprising was the knowledge that Mason is all too happy to offer up Jiya as the replacement pilot of the backup time machine.

“Karma Chameleon” was an interesting followup to the Jesse James episode. The reveal that Lucy is part of Rittenhouse and has been all along explains a lot about the feisty historian. It was Lucy, after all, who shot James dead (in the back) when Wyatt was under the gun of Bass Reeves.

On a sidenote: It was fun to see all those old arcade games being referenced with Galaga getting a mention.  While it went towards setting up the time period, it also worked as a nod and wink to Tony Stark’s line in the first Avengers film, where he points out that a crew member is playing “Galaga. He didn’t think we’d notice but we did.”

Timeless continues to be a cracking series that, regardless of the odd faux pas, delivers on a regular basis. The mystery of what Rittenhouse’s ultimate plan is and how Lucy features in it have yet to be revealed. So far Flynn has proven to be a good guy who uses the villain’s methods to win and Lucy is somehow part of the baddie brigade.

The series airs Mondays on NBC. Tune in and see where this show goes next.


Author: Mike's Film Talk

Former Actor, Former Writer, Former Journalist, USAF Veteran, http://MikesFilmTalk.com Former Member Nevada Film Critics Society

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