Timeless “The Salem Witch Hunt” Review
Timeless continues to captivate its audience with its ever-changing characters, storylines, and new places and events. This week takes us to the height of the Salem Witch Trials in Salem, Massachusetts. At the end of the previous episode, Wyatt finds out that Jessica is alive now and rushes to her, abandoning the team, and Lucy. This leaves them with no option but to jump to Salem with Flynn. While others are not so sure, Lucy decides that he needs to come with them as the only tough guy with a chance of protecting them. Before leaving Jiya tells Rufus about her visions and what they mean. This puts the idea in Rufus’ head that the vision she has of him killing a man will come true. Once in Salem, Lucy notices a significant problem, someone has accused Ben Franklin’s mother of witchcraft sentencing her to hang. This is not the history that Lucy knows and now she suspects Rittenhouse is behind this.
While trying to suss out the potential Rittenhouse sleeper agent, they come across a tavern where Rufus sees the man he is supposed to kill according to Jiya’s visions. They pursue him thinking that he is the sleeper agent, but he is clueless and petrified of their behavior. This sets up an interesting dynamic for Jiya’s visions. It begs us to ask the age-old question of the chicken or the egg. Did Jiya telling Rufus that information cause him to end up facing off with this guy or was he always destinated to face off against him?
When Abby Franklin is accused of being a witch and is ready to be taken away, Lucy’s mother appears and accuses her of witchcraft and effectively sentencing her to hang. This is the ultimate betrayal for Lucy, and it has probably ruined whatever was left of their relationship.
In this episode we see Emma getting closer to Nicholas and driving a wedge between him and Lucy’s mother, his granddaughter. This sets up an interesting storyline where we may see Lucy’s mother, Carol, pushed out of her cushy place in Rittenhouse and potentially seeing the corrupt and horrible nature of the Rittenhouse organization. We can’t be too sure of this yet because I have a feeling that we haven’t seen the worst that Lucy’s mother is capable of doing.
While the rest of the gang is stuck in Salem, Wyatt reveals to Jess what is going on and what he does. Agent Christopher is less than pleased with him for exposing Jessica to the bunker and what they do. She also informs them that Rittenhouse had jumped back to 1980 and could’ve potentially messed with Jessica or his life to cause her to return. This has the audience questioning many different options of where the story can go from here. Was Jessica recruited in 1980 or was her family, and no she is part of Rittenhouse? Is it less complicated than that and just that Rittenhouse, specifically Lucy’s mother, knew the relationship between Wyatt and Lucy was essential to the dynamic of their team and bringing Jessica back would change all that?
I don’t think we’ve seen the last of some significant storyline developments between Wyatt and Jessica as well as Flynn with Lucy. We may see a love triangle change quickly into something more complicated as the relationship between Lucy and Flynn may develop further, especially with Wyatt potentially occupied with Jessica. Rufus and Jiya may also see some problems in their lives when Rufus tells her not to inform him of her visions anymore. This may cause a rift between them. Our team seems splintered more than ever and we could see this impact their mission greatly and potentially see Rittenhouse gain more traction than ever.