What if the moon landing never happened? How much of history can be changed before life as we know it is unrecognizable?
In this episode, the gang was transported to the not too distant past, the moon landing of 1969. It’s always interesting to see this show make reference to real people, let alone people who made these huge achievements so recently.
This episode showed Flynn’s brutal side more than ever. In the present, he went to speak with Wayne Ellis, a man who had a huge part in the lunar landing. After speaking to him, Flynn went back in time to Ellis’s house in 1969, where he shot him dead before the moon landing ever occurred. I don’t know what he was accomplishing with this, but I think the way Flynn does things is brutal and sometimes unnecessary. Case in point, when he called a handyman to come and “fix a pipe,” couldn’t he have just taken the man’s suit and not killed him? Whatever Flynn’s mission is, he does not seem to care about how many lives it will cost, which seems odd to me, considering this all started because his innocent wife and daughter were murdered. Think of all the things these people that Flynn killed were going to accomplish in life and how it could have changed the present, or changed other people’s lives along the way. It’s strange that he wouldn’t consider the people these choices are affecting, since his life was so torn apart by his family’s death.
We also gained insight to Flynn’s softer side, which only seems to come out if the people involved are in some way related to him. He stalked out this Maria Tompkins who worked at Lockman, and when he spoke to her, his facial expressions and mannerisms were downright creepy. I had an uneasy sensation that he was going to kidnap or kill her or her son. When it turned out that she was his mother, and that rather than do something sinister to the boy, he saved his life with epinephrine, this part of the storyline made a bit more sense. It was rather convenient, though, that this bee sting occurred during the same day as the moon landing.
One bone I have to pick with this episode is that they say you cannot go back to any time where you already exist, which is why the team can’t continually go back to the same time and do things over and over again until they get them right. However, Anthony was able to go back to the 1969 moon landing, even though he must have been alive at that time, as he is clearly over the age of 47. How is it possible for him to be in that time twice?
It is abundantly clear that Anthony is working with Flynn, but his reasons cannot be so easily discerned. The lines between who really is the “bad guy” (Flynn or the team) are becoming more and more blurred as Flynn makes more good changes in the past. Don’t get me wrong, he is still doing sinister things (like killing innocent people along the way), but I think the team is just as confused as I am about his actual plans.
There is something to be said about the strong women portrayed in this episode. Maria Tompkins was a single (widowed) mother working at a company that helped build the lunar module and also going to school at night to become an aerospace engineer; Katherine Johnson was a mathematician who helped make the moon landing possible; and Lucy had a very difficult time acting as a secretary to a man who continually sent her on coffee runs, as she was not used to being looked down upon this much simply for being a woman. It was a nice touch that she stood up to the coffee man, defending the women who worked in that office, even though getting coffee for their bosses may have actually been part of their jobs. Nevertheless, this aspect of the show as a whole was a good way to showcase the strength and intelligence of women and how they started to become more and more recognized.
I also find it pretty awesome that the trio can always research their missions and the past events that they visited just by Googling it when they get back. It’s kind of like checking their work to make sure they didn’t change things up too much. As a matter of fact, the team and Flynn are the only ones who know how the events originally occurred after they return from the past, as it didn’t actually happen anymore, so it wouldn’t really make a difference to anyone else. How confusing.
We saw a bit of a character development for Rufus at the end of this episode. At the beginning of these adventures, Rufus was scared all the time and said he never wanted to hurt anybody. During this mission, however, Rufus killed a man, and he came out of it not feeling extremely affected by it. He asked Lucy, “What am I becoming?” This job seems to be changing him and he does not like what it’s doing to him. It doesn’t seem like there’s a way out, though, what with Ritten House breathing down his neck.
The witty dialogue and chemistry between the characters makes this show enjoyable. The only problems I seem to have with these episodes usually pertain to what seem to be plot holes, such as Anthony being able to go back to 1969 and Jiya not even making an appearance in this episode when she had such an important role in last week’s. Other than these things, I think the show has been spot on this entire series.
+ “There’s more computing power in my toaster than there is in all this crap!” Rufus did an amazing job of eliminating the virus, considering the technology he had to work with
+ Lucy: “Man, we live weird lives.” Rufus: “Tell me about it.” They team acknowledging that this whole thing is insane out loud was a bit comical
– What happened to Jiya?
– Anthony can somehow go back to a time when he already existed
– Does anyone know what Flynn’s plans are? Even an inkling? He makes these big plans to change huge events throughout history, and he is almost always completely foiled by the team. There must be something going on that we can’t see now, but will somehow fall into place at the end of the season.
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