Timeless” finally takes on an event teased in the series premiere -- the “Space Race.” Flynn sets out to ruin the moon landing, and Rufus, Lucy, and Wyatt have to seek out some help in 1969 if they want to stop him.

'Space Race' shows both sides of the mission

Typically, the audience watches “Timeless” from the point of view of Lucy and her team. This episode does something a little different though -- we don’t just see Flynn when Lucy does.

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Instead, we get to watch him do his research and act out his plan.

Flynn is much better prepared for time traveling warfare than Lucy, Rufus, and Wyatt are. He actually goes and interviews a NASA employee that worked at the space center in 1969 so he can get all the ins and outs of security -- all under the pretense of writing a book, of course. Interestingly, as he and his team make their way to 1969 and start killing people to get themselves into position, he looks like he regrets at least some of what’s happening.

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Flynn isn’t enjoying himself, but doing what he thinks is necessary. Of course, he also isn’t happy to find that the lifeboat team isn’t stranded in 1754 either.

The secretary and the janitor

Timeless” continues to demonstrate just how much women and people of color are overlooked in history by having two-thirds of the lifeboat team as people fitting those descriptions. When traveling to 1969 and having to infiltrate NASA, Lucy is a secretary, while Rufus is a janitor.

We might not be able to change the past, but seeing how hard Lucy and Rufus work to fit in while being completely dissatisfied and wanting to prove themselves as more than the what the people around them see them as, reminds us of how far the world has really come. Some days, it might not seem like it, but Lucy and Rufus are proof that progress moves in fits and starts. I love that the show continues to touch on that in every single episode.

Katherine Johnson

Katherine Johnson really was a “number cruncher” at NASA, and no, she really didn’t appear in any of the big movies -- at least not yet. The tiny bit of her audiences get to see in this episode is better viewed in the upcoming big screen venture “Hidden Figures,” which explores the work black women did behind the scenes at NASA that they saw little to no recognition for.

Yet again though, having Rufus and Lucy go to Katherine for help is another way “Timeless” has been pointing out just how whitewashed history lessons are.

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Just as Rufus was the one who knew what to do in “The Watergate Tape,” he’s the one who points out that Katherine is really the smartest person in the building while Lucy is still trying to find a way into restricted areas. It’s so important that “Timeless” is exploring the historical figures that many students don’t learn about in history classrooms unless they go seeking out that specific information.

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Flynn puts family first

It’s a little strange that Flynn leaves the historical mission behind to pursue a young woman who works for an engineering company -- until of course you remember that for Flynn, all of the missions are personal. Flynn set out to change history because of what Rittenhouse did to his family, so it really shouldn’t be quite a shock that his trip to 1969 has a personal touch.

The woman he spends so much time following is actually his mother, and he even saves the life of her son -- his half brother -- from a bee sting that would have killed him. While Lucy and the others are trying to do the most good for the most people, we have to remember that Flynn is solely out for his family -- everyone else is collateral damage.

The verdict

One of the most intricate episodes of the season so far -- the episode blended real news footage and speeches from 1969 with their own takes -- and definitely one of the most revealing when it comes to Flynn, this episode certainly ranks with some of the best of the season so far.

4 out of 5 stars

What’s next

The team takes on “The Last Ride of Bonnie and Clyde” in 1934.

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