Timeless “The Day Reagan Was Shot” Review

TIMELESS — “The Day Reagan Was Shot” Episode 208 — Pictured: (l-r) Bryan Friday as SS Agent Jerry Parr, Jefferson Black as President Ronald Reagan, John Clinton Culp as Officer Delahanty — (Photo by Colleen Hayes/NBC)

Timeless “The Day Reagan Was Shot” Review

This review may contain tiny spoilers, but the BIG reveals are NOT in this article. 

On March 30th, 1981, John Hinckley Jr. was writing a letter to Jodie Foster, professing his love and telling her of his intentions to shoot President Reagan to win her affections and attention. While Rufus is telling Wyatt and Lucy about Jiya’s vision of his death, they are interrupted by the alarm. The team is alerted to a jump by the Mothership, and they head back to 1981. The only problem is that Flynn and Mason are too old to travel so Jiya ends up joining them on their mission. The team assumes that they are there to stop John Hinckley Jr. from shooting Reagan but once there, they realize their mission is something different and much more critical.

Agent Christopher was late to work that day and asks where the team has gone, and immediately she knows why Rittenhouse went to that location and time– to stop her from living past 1981, effectively preventing her from ever creating the team, and standing up against Rittenhouse. This was a BIG mission. Apart from trying to stop Rittenhouse from eliminating Agent Christopher, Wyatt and Rufus have to track down the sleeper and stop him, as well as keep an eye on other comings and goings. Meanwhile, Jiya and Lucy are trying to help Agent Christopher discover the truth about who shot Reagan as well as keep her life on the track it was supposed to be on to ensure their survival and the survival of the entire mission of the Time Team. Needless to say, they have their hands full.

TIMELESS — “The Day Reagan Was Shot” Episode 208 — Pictured: (l-r) Abigail Spencer as Lucy Preston, Claudia Doumit as Jiya, Malcolm Barrett as Rufus Carlin — (Photo by Colleen Hayes/NBC)

This episode touches on a lot of topics that warrant extended discussion. Agent Christopher, as a young cop in D.C., is still struggling to find herself and who she is amidst a more conservative culture. Lucy and Jiya must grapple with what to tell Agent Christopher and whether to tell her about her future or not. They handle some tough decisions when faced with the topics of homosexuality in the 80s and parental expectations. Rufus and Wyatt are faced with a similarly tricky issue of whether or not Rittenhouse agents are all deserving of the same treatment. Are they all just killing machines or not? This episode gives up an opportunity to learn more about Jiya as well as Agent Christopher which only enhances our love for the characters.

The costume design in this episode is perfect with really spectacular hair and make-up design for Lucy and Jiya. Everything is perfect from the shoes to the top of their extremely coiffed hair. There is a fantastic fight scene with Wyatt, Rufus, and a Rittenhouse agent in an elevator which is just superbly choreographed. In such close quarters, they manage to have three men fight one another realistically and still provide a level of suspense and excitement.

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 — (Photo by Ron Batzdorff/NBC)

The last few minutes of the episode are filled with intensity and suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat. And just when you think you can relax, don’t! We find out some new details about some long-running topics in the series as well as another way out there revelation,  which I won’t reveal.

This is easily one of the best episodes of Timeless ever. It exemplifies everything that makes this show a fan favorite. Detailed and intricate storytelling create a truly captivating episode with twists and turns and social commentary that remind us of not only our history, and how far we’ve come, but how our decisions continue to impact and shape the future.


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Ashley Menzel is an avid film lover and lives in Los Angeles, CA. She loves foreign films and dramas and reading books that have film adaptations. Her favorite movie of all time is One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. She loves Doctor Who, Supernatural, iZombie, and Grimm.

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