This week the Time Team travels to 1919 in order to stop Rittenhouse’s plan to end the Women’s Suffrage Movement. We share our thoughts (and flails) in this week’s Timeless roundtable with our friends Fangirlish!
Clockblockers, we have a lot to discuss because “Mrs. Sherlock Holmes” was a fantastic episode on so many levels. The Time Team journeyed to 1919 in order to ensure the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing women’s suffrage. Doing so revealed new layers to these characters and their relationships. Lucy finally told Wyatt about himself, lambasting him for trying to hold on to a non-platonic relationship with her. Rufus and Flynn developed a new camaraderie, while we learned that there are conditions under which Emma will push back against Rittenhouse’s plan.
And by the end of the episode, Jessica is even more suspect…
We discuss this and more in our weekly roundtable with Fangirlish. Team Fangirlish came up with the awesome questions, which I’ve included below along with my responses and Alyssa’s (Fangirlish) and Lizzie’s (Fangirlish) contributions. The full roundtable post includes SEVEN contributors, so definitely go HERE for more thoughts on “Mrs. Sherlock Holmes”.
1. Describe your feelings about “Mrs Sherlock Holmes” in one gif:
2. “Mrs. Sherlock Holmes” shone a light not just on important figures like Grace Humiston and Alice Paul, but on the feminist movement and how very far we’ve come, but also, how very far we have to go. How did it feel to see Timeless tackle this subject and why is it important that they get to continue doing so?
Funmbi: One of the reasons why Timeless is so beloved is that they’re willing to elevate non-white/non-male voices within historical accounts. I’m not at all surprised that Timeless creators would take on an episode about the American Suffragette Movement and Women’s Voting Rights. I don’t want to get super political, but in the U.S., we’re in vital moment where women are asserting their agency in a whole host of arenas. The Women’s’ March (pussyhats and all!), more women than ever before are running for political office, the #MeToo and TIMES UP campaigns bringing attention to sexual assault/misconduct and institutional gender inequities in Hollywood and beyond–this is a remarkable time! I love that Timeless contributes to this by reminding us of the foundational moments and people in history who paved the way for us and our sisters to assert ourselves today. One of the ongoing, contemporary concerns in ensuring that our movements and calls for change recognize intersectional feminism the particular experiences of Women of Color, poor/non-middle class women, LGBTQ women, etc. And history reminds us that this was the case in at the turn of the 20th Century, too. Women of Color (Black Women) were systematically sidelined in the Suffragette Movement and told to wait our turn. In fact, Alice Paul, herself, discouraged Black Women from participating in a Washington DC march she organized in 1913. I would have liked to see the Timeless episode recognize this, at least in passing, but with limited time, I get why they might not be able to. Nothing is perfect. But I call attention to it here, even as we’re praising Timeless, as a reminder to make sure that our feminism is intersectional.
Alyssa: Forget for a moment these amazing characters and the beautiful lessons they teach us. One of the most important reasons Timeless needs to keep on existing is because it continues to teach us important history lessons in a way that even school cannot manage. Yes, I’m here for these characters first and foremost. But I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t live for these important historical moments, especially ones that manage to feel relevant to our current day and age. The women’s rights movement was probably my favorite historical moment to date not only because of the brilliant, raw execution, but because it preached an important lesson about equality, how far we’ve come, and reminded us just how much further we have to go. Timeless manages to choose its historical moments so well — for their characters but also for the audience. I’m thankful everyday for Timeless, which continues to teach me history in a way I’ve never learned it before.
Lizzie: I feel like this show needs 384 more seasons to continue teaching us things. I knew a little bit about the suffragette movement, and about Alice Paul, but I had no idea who Grace Humiston was, and I guess I’d never really given this as much thought as I probably should have. I went into a pretty long spiral after, only to find that the real story is a bit messier (Alice Paul actively discouraged black women from participating) and more complicated, as it almost always is, and that just reinforces the same idea.
There’s so much more they could so. So many more stories to be told, so many more women fighting for equality, most of them not white women. This is why we need Timeless. To remind us of how far we’ve come and really, how far we still have to go.
3. Lucy finally let it out all – expressing to Wyatt not just how hurt she is, but drawing a line in the sand about what she’s willing to be to him going forward. What did you think about Lucy’s arc this episode – not just regarding Lyatt, but with the suffragettes?
Funmbi: I was really happy to see Lucy stand up for herself and *finally* protect her own feelings. I’ve said it before, but one of the things that has so infuriated me, is how Wyatt believes he can still have Lucy in his life… even with Jessica back in his life. It’s completely unfair, especially since Wyatt, himself, has acknowledged that Lucy has been selfless in repeatedly putting his relationship with Jessica first. But for Wyatt to try and call Lucy out for spending the night with Flynn (even as he’s resumed sexy times with Jessica) and then dictate the risks Lucy can and can’t take for the mission… he goes too far! It’s wonderful to see Lucy put her foot down and tell Wyatt alllllllll about himself and his ridiculousness! He isn’t a victim in this situation and he can’t continue to expect to continue his relationship with Lucy as if Jessica never returned. She’s the one who has had the rug pulled out from under her, she’s the one who’s heartbroken, but trying to be the bigger person. Wyatt needs to slide it all the way on back and let Lucy live her life and perform on these missions as she sees fit. I do love that it’s the episode where Lucy witnesses the valor of the Suffragettes that propels her to embrace her own agency and vocalize her pain. Even Grace Humiston warns Lucy away from Wyatt! *SNORT*
Alyssa: Lucy was a damn queen in this episode, not that she isn’t in most, but this episode she was inspired by these courageous and strong women to stand up for what’s best for her. Lucy used that strength and that inspiration to put her foot down when she needed to. Lucy had been bottling her true feelings up for awhile now, and the floodgates finally burst open. Lucy recognized the importance of putting the mission first, but when Wyatt kept hounding her she finally let those walls down and said the things that she needed to say: She’s hurting; he hurt her; this sucks for both of them but less for him; she has to accept the way things are. In that final conversation where Lucy drew a line in the sand with Wyatt, you knew Lucy isn’t someone that’s going to get in the middle of Wyatt’s happiness. Not only does she want him to be happy, but she’s not the kind of person that’s going to jeopardize her moral code in order to get what she wants. I expected nothing less from Lucy in that moment. While it was almost like he wanted Lucy to give him a chance to allow him to choose her, Lucy refused to allow him to do so.
Lizzie: I loved Lucy this episode. I felt like she said all the things that needed to be said – and I don’t mean just for her relationship with Wyatt, but so she could feel content and proud of who she is. That’s why her speech to Grace touched me so deeply, and why I took to heart the lesson that helping other women starts with empowering them, not just leaving them alone to say their piece. We can all do our part to prop each other up.
As for the romantic side, she clearly drew a line in the sand and told Wyatt she would not even consider him, because Jessica was a miracle. The right call? Hell no, but what else was she gonna do, really? This is who she is.
I think, hope, that once they figure out the truth about Jessica, Lucy can finally allow herself to ask for what she wants, reach for it and hold on. That’s what I hope.
4. Wyatt got the verbal slap that he needed – and he finally told Lucy that he cares about her too. What comes next? How does Wyatt get from here to unequivocally choosing Lucy? Does it feel to you like, in a way, he sort of already did? What do you need from him going forward?
Funmbi: The thing is, Wyatt is trying to have his cake and eat it too. He wants to rekindle his relationship with Jessica AND he wants to continue floating in his Lucy feels. But that’s NOT going to be possible. I really do believe that Wyatt still cares about Lucy. But, as the kids say, fuck your feelings–it’s actions that matter! If Wyatt wants Lucy in his life, he will have to affirmatively choose her and set Jessica aside. It’s going to be pretty difficult, because Lucy will have to be convinced that Wyatt really is over Jessica. I honestly don’t know what triggers this. Maybe Flynn is the one to talk sense into Wyatt? Maybe finding out Jessica is really Rittenhouse…?
Alyssa: There’s no denying that Wyatt is conflicted and hurting with this entire situation. And while, yes, he wasn’t the one that got screwed — he did get his wife back — Wyatt’s still not in the right state of mind right now to be looking at things objectively. I feel like there’s this obligation and sense of guilt that comes with staying with Jessica. I keep thinking back to Hollywoodland where we saw Wyatt happy for the first time in this entire series, really. Then, Jessica came back and the happiness disappeared. You’d think that Wyatt getting a second chance with his wife — even after that initial shock in 2×04 — would make the man happy. But it’s the indication that Wyatt has subconsciously already chosen Lucy. I feel like Wyatt wanted Lucy to give him the chance, the opening to choose her. He voiced his feelings about her. He wanted to know where that left them. It was almost as if Wyatt needed guidance towards the decision. But Lucy didn’t give it to him. No, Wyatt is going to have to do this on his own. He’s going to have to, without a doubt and with finality, choose Lucy. No more of this waiting for her to come to him or just hoping that one of these missions they’ll come back and things will go back to how they used to be. No, Wyatt needs to follow his heart on this one. Fight for what you want. Don’t stay in a relationship because you feel obligated. If he does, he’s only hurting himself, Lucy, and Jessica.
Lizzie: I feel like he 100% chose already, and more importantly, he knows it, but his loyalty is keeping him in place. Well, that and the certainty that Lucy wouldn’t accept him anyway. So what I need to see now is actual words that will convince Lucy (AND US), and I’m guessing they’ll come, as will the Jessica/Rittenhouse revelation.
5. Flynn and Rufus was the bromance we didn’t know we needed! What did you think about their interactions? Are you looking forward to more of this in episodes to come?
Funmbi: This Flufus friendship was unexpected, but very much enjoyable! These two were really funny together, but also fearless in stopping Rittenhouse in this mission. It’s like, once Rufus realized that Flynn wouldn’t be the one to kill him, it unleashed an impetuosity in Rufus. Rufus was getting into fist fights, telling Flynn to “Flynn it up” and take a man with a gun down. Rufus’ increasing recklessness seemed to trigger a sort of big-brother protectiveness in Flynn. Yeah, Rufus wouldn’t die in 1919, but he could have been maimed, etc. Flynn was watchful of Rufus and even came to his defense in the midst of the violence with police at the end of the episode. I still don’t trust Flynn, so I don’t know how I feel about him deepening his relationships with the Time Team. Flynn might be Rufus’/Lucy’s friend today, but they certainly shouldn’t count on him for tomorrow…
Alyssa: While I expected to enjoy Flufus’ interactions, I honestly didn’t expect to love Rufus and Flynn’s bromance as much as I did. Whether it was the verbal quirps — “I promise not to kill you today” or “Flynn it up, Flynn!” — or how there was a sense of protectiveness at the march, I loved every single scene these two men had together. The beautiful thing is that this is a dynamic that has so much potential for growth. They’re not friends by any means. If that’s to happen, we’re going to need to see Flynn start apologizing for his actions and we need to see Rufus willing to genuinely accept that and move forward. But as a viewer, I also need Flynn to apologize. Due to the immense amount of season 1 rewatches, I remember all too vividly how Flynn tried to have Rufus killed. As a viewer and for Rufus, that doesn’t sit well with me. These are the first steps of a bromance, of a friendship. We just need the writers to take us all the way.
Lizzie: I feel conflicted about this, because I really, really loved their interactions. I did. I think they were hilarious together, and I would love to see them forced to team up again. That being said, I’ve been cursed with a good memory and I remember that Flynn almost had Rufus killed, and it all stops being so nice. Though I guess that sorta adds to how uncomfortable and delightful this all was?
If this is going to be real, and meaningful, though, instead of just something that makes us laugh, Flynn needs to start with apologizing. It’s the LEAST you can do when you try to have someone killed.
6. Emma went from straight up villain to three-dimensional morally grey character in one episode. What are your feelings about her? Do you think she’s playing Nicholas, is he being played or is that true love? And, did you feel a spark with Flynn?
Funmbi: Emma is 100% still villainous. She’s still on Team Rittenhouse, which apparently includes hooking up with Crazy Nicholas Keynes. In fact, it’s her savagery and single-minded commitment to the cause that likely attracts Nicholas to Emma. He’s the same way. With that said, all this episode told us is that, if push comes to shove, Emma is willing to put herself and her own interests about Rittenhouse. The *only* reason she sides with the Time Team to undercut the sleeper agent is that she needs women (like her own mother) to have sufficient independence to be able to leave an abusive husband. That’s it. It’s not that Emma has a particular love for Women’s rights in the aggregate. With that said, I did enjoy learning this new side of Emma. At her core, she’s a child who loves her mother, just like so many of us. What remains now is to see if the Time Team could ever convince Emma that her true interests would lie in taking down Nicholas and Rittenhouse. This *could* open up other opportunities to collaborate with the Time Team. I wouldn’t hold my breath though. As far as romance, I didn’t really see a spark with Emma/Flynn. I mean, I saw more feeling between Emma and Rufus, after all, they were once colleagues and friends. As I’ve said, I think the attraction between Emma and Nicholas is built upon their mutual desire for power. But these two will always choose their OWN self-interest and self-aggrandizement. So, Emma and Nicholas are probably playing each other.
Alyssa: (insert: It’s been 84 years gif here). No, seriously, I’ve been waiting for what feels like forever to get some real substantial background on Emma. For so long she’s been this one-dimensional villain that was just evil for the sake of being evil. Now, we know that not to be the case, but when the audience doesn’t know the villain’s backstory, it makes it really hard to give a damn. Timeless took a step forward this week shining a light on Emma’s dark past and how she used her hardships to propel her to substantial success. Villains, the truly good ones, are the ones that have layers. The ones where, while we might not necessarily agree with them, we can see their motivations and understand why they’re doing what they’re doing. Getting that background on Emma — how her father abused her and her mother, how Emma fought her way out of darkness — explains a lot about the person Emma is. She’s someone that’s worked her ass off to get to where she is. Sure, she’s evil. She’s killed. But I finally understand her and her motivations. Not that I accept them, but it’s nice to finally know more about Emma than just that she’s evil.
No, Emma and Nicholas are not true love. He’s disgusting and sees her as nothing but property, as evidenced by him wanting to squash the 19th amendment and “stick it to women.” Now, Emma and Flynn, on the other hand, my suspicions are that they’ve already hooked up, but there’s no denying that spark. That was a lot of fire in that hotel room scene. The type of chemistry you feel coming off the screen. I’d like to know more about that dynamic, as well as see some development.
Lizzie: I’m gonna be honest here, I’ve never actually cared for Emma. At least, I never did, before this episode. She was a little too one-dimensional for my liking, and after a Season 1 of Flynn, she just didn’t do it for me. Now? Now I’m all in for whatever it is they want to give me, because they gave her depth and the actress absolutely sold it.
No true love. No. I think Nicholas is playing her, though. Or maybe they’re playing each other? She doesn’t seem the type to just fall for it. This will be interesting to see develop in the next few episodes. As for Flynn, oh yes. I ship that. Give it to me.
7. Use a gif to describe your reaction to Lucy putting Wyatt in his place after he said he didn’t want her to get hurt:
8. Rufus was reckless, a bit of an ass to Jiya and totally handled everything the wrong way this episode. And yet, at the end of the episode, he seemed to be making progress. What do you have to say to Rufus right now? Give him advice.
Funmbi: Rufus, first I need to apologize for lambasting you about asking Jiya to keep her visions a secret. I would never want to know the circumstances of my own death and I can understand why that would cause you to freak out. It’s so scary! With that said, STOP yelling at Jiya and STOP being reckless on missions. We need to come together as a team to figure out this timeline in which you supposedly die and try to come up with an action plan. To do this, you need to have full control of your mental and physical faculties. You also can’t alienate folks and burn bridges. You’re a good man, Rufus. You can do it; I believe in you! (P.S. Timeless Writers’ Room, you CANNOT kill Rufus! Make this right!)
Alyssa: Oh, Rufus. You’re so much better than this. I understand that Rufus is going through some emotional turmoil, but the way he’s handled it it’s like he’s alone in all of this. Except that he isn’t alone. Maybe Rufus has convinced himself for so long that he’s alone in this, but eventually the time has to come when he learns that he can and should lean on those around him. Because Rufus has so much — not just Jiya, but Lucy, Wyatt, Agent Christopher, Mason, hell, maybe even Flynn to a degree. Rufus needs to understand that not only is he not alone, but there are people that care about him and want to help him and he’s shutting them out. The end of this episode gave me hope that Rufus will finally start to rely on those around him and maybe even continue talking about his feelings.
Lizzie: Rufus, my love. Take a deep breath. Take a step back. Now take another one. Now go on a run around the bunker, or go punch something. Take your friend Wyatt. Talk it out. I don’t know and I don’t even care, just stop yelling at Jiya and putting this on her and stop acting like you’re invincible. You’re a smart man – act like one. USE YOUR BIG BRAIN.
9. Riya’s path has been rocky this season, but they’ve been sort of handling it together. How do you feel about how things are looking for them? Can they get through this together? Does Jiya’s vision come true?
Funmbi: I have faith in Riya. It’s so clear that these two care about each other. And they’ve been under a ton of stress, as individuals and a couple. It can’t be easy for them. However, it seems like Rufus and Jiya are on the same page and in communication with one another. This is key. The thing with Jiya’s visions seems to be that contextual circumstances can shift, but the endgame is still the same (like the death of the man with the scar in “The Salem Witch Hunt”). And we, the audience, haven’t actually seen the vision and that Rufus dies. This seems deliberate. I think Jiya’s vision will come to pass, but the Time Team figures out a way to bring Rufus back. And maybe this opens a window for Flynn to get his family back too…?
Alyssa: I’ve appreciated how Timeless has allowed us to see the flaws in Riya’s relationship instead of idealizing it because it’s shippy and cute. If there aren’t struggles — especially struggles that indicate personal issues that need to be overcome — then there can’t be progress. So while I want to slap Rufus and push these two babies together and have them be super cute all the time, I genuinely appreciate this show allowing these two to have a realistic relationship (as realistic as a relationship with a side of time travel can get.) Whatever has happened this season, I think we can all agree that it’s going to benefit their relationship in the long run. Yes, there have been difficult times. But it’s in those difficult times that couples grow stronger. And I certainly see that for Riya.
No way Jiya’s vision comes true — at least in its finality. I could see Timeless making us watch Rufus’ death only to have the team go back and save him. Because that would be the stuff of epic pain and emotion. It’s also the least unexpected of options. But this show has to remain true to Jiya’s visions — all of them have come true to this point in some degree. So while Rufus is supposed to die, maybe there’s a way around the vision.
Lizzie: I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – I really appreciate how real this journey has been, and how flawed the two characters have been allowed to be. We all fuck up, we all make mistakes. That’s real. And I also really appreciate how these two have, despite everything that’s going on, stuck together. So yes, I think they can get through this and come out stronger for it. I believe in Riya. And I wholeheartedly believe this show doesn’t work without Rufus, so no way the vision comes true. No. Freaking. Way.
10. Jessica is… evil? Or a pawn? Either way, she’s got Rittenhouse connections. Speculate about what that means.
Funmbi: I remain Agent Christopher in this Jessica situation: “If Rittenhouse brought her back, she could BE the danger.” I don’t know that Jessica is a sleeper agent, that seems too obvious. But there is a reason Rittenhouse decided to change history to make it so Jessica could be alive. So, even unwittingly, she is a threat to the Time Team. This image recovered from the Rittenhouse headquarters confirms that fact. I’m reallllllllllly looking forward to the big reveal of this Jessica-mystery; it’s going to be juicy!
Alyssa: I came into this whole Jessica thing 100 percent believing that she was evil and that was it. But the more I think about it and the more I watch these episodes, I can’t help but wondering if Jessica is just a pawn like so many others before her. Although that surveillance photo of her — wearing that evil smirk — was damning. And that’s the thing, I keep going back and forth on evil or pawn. Maybe she’s a little of both. Maybe she’s involved with Rittenhouse but she wants out? Most likely, she’s a sleeper agent with her own life that she had to leave behind. This girl had divorce papers and was ready to get the hell out. Maybe there’s someone else? This wouldn’t be the first time we’ve seen a sleeper agent want to stay in the life they made. Maybe Jessica is in a similar position? Also, why does someone have to be evil because they’re in Rittenhouse? Look at Lucy’s grandfather. He’s the perfect example of understanding the depths of this organization and finding a way to survive with morals in tact. There’s also a huge part of me that doesn’t want Jessica to be evil because it would be the obvious choice. And Timeless has excelled in not following the predictable route consistently.
Lizzie: Nothing good. Really, nothing good. And it’ll all come to head at the end of the season. But then again, I’m not surprised. Been here, seen this, it’s exactly Alias 2.0. I remember how that went. She ended up being evil. They always end up being evil. Which could mean the Timeless writers are going to turn this on it’s head and have her be an unwilling pawn, but even if that’s so, I still think she follows Rittenhouse’s orders and wrecks some havoc. That’s just the way it’s gotta go. Drama and all that.
Most likely scenario? She’s a sleeper agent who was activated for this, to come mess with Wyatt and Lucy. Oh, joy.
11. Lucy’s insistence that Jessica is the love of Wyatt’s life and that he’s happy spells doom for Wyatt’s marriage. How do you think this plays out? Is there enough time left in the season for Lyatt to reunite? For a love confession? What’s coming Lyatt-wise?
Funmbi: I will have more to say about the trajectory of Wyatt’s marriage in next week’s roundtable. What I will say now is that there isn’t enough time left in the season for a credible Lyatt reunion or even confession of love. (Lyra’s P.S. is spot on–these two still have a lot of emotional work to do to get back on the same page.) I think the season ends with Wyatt and Lucy realizing the Jessica’s coming back from the dead isn’t on the up-and-up. So I think we’ll have to hang out Lyatt hopes on Season 3… which leads me to the next question 😉
Alyssa: If Lucy needs to tell Wyatt that Jessica’s the love of his life and that he’s in a happy and loving marriage, then homeboy isn’t in a happy marriage. It goes back to what I said about the genuine happiness — or lack thereof, in this case — with Wyatt since Jessica’s return. It’s felt more like Wyatt’s putting on a smile for Jessica and for himself. He feels guilty about her death and he feels obligated to try and make things work because he is her husband. But how long can Wyatt be this noble idiot and withhold happiness from himself, from Lucy, and even from Jessica? I feel like, at this point, subconsciously Wyatt knows his choice. He knows that Lucy is the one he wants to be with, the one that represents his future. But he’s not at the point where he’s been able to verbalize it just yet. He’s going to be put in a situation that’s going to force him to verbalize those thoughts and feelings in a clear way. None of this sidestepping and wanting Lucy to help guide him to that place. He has to do it himself.
Honestly, I don’t think there’s enough time for Lyatt to reunite this season. Not in the way they should. But there is plenty of time to resolve this Wyatt/Jessica relationship and set-up a Lucy/Wyatt reunion in season 3. With that said, I do think there’s time for a love confession of some sort. There needs to be a definitive direction defined for Lyatt in this finale to set it up for season 3. I fully expect Wyatt to choose Lucy and profess his love for her, and I expect Lucy to return the sentiment. But that doesn’t mean everything’s perfect and back to how it used to be. No, this next season is going to be about Lucy and Wyatt working through the events of this season and finding common ground again so that they can take that romantic step. Things have changed since Hollywoodland. They can’t just ignore it once Jessica’s gone.
Lizzie: I HATE WHAT I’M ABOUT TO SAY, OKAY? I HATE IT. I WROTE THE QUESTION AND I KNEW I’D HAVE TO ANSWER BUT STILL I HAVE IT. Okay. We’re clear on that, right?
I don’t think we have time for anything definitive, no. I’d love the love confession, because that’d be coming full circle, but ugh, I don’t think so. I think we’re gonna end the season on more possibilities, but the good kind. I think the Jessica matter is gonna be resolved and Lucy and Wyatt are going to know where they stand with each other, but that’s it. We’re not gonna see any actual anything. Because I think there’s a lot of rebuilding that needs to be done, and that’s likely what S3 is all about.
WHEN WE GET IT, OKAY. WHEN.
12. Why should NBC renew Timeless? Give us your reasons.
Funmbi: NBC must renew Timeless because this is the quality content we deserve. We all deserve to have the stories of women, People of Color, and other marginalized voices uncovered in history AND represented on our televisions screens today. We deserve these opportunities to learn and to watch these incredibly compelling characters learn and grow, too. The Timeless creators, cast, and crew are so adept at telling these multiple and layered stories… so let them do it!
Alyssa: NBC should renew Timeless simply because it’s the best show on television. It’s one of those rare shows that manages to capture the human experience through history and character dynamics in such a beautiful way. It’s a history lesson every week. It’s a lesson in human emotion every week. It’s a reminder of how a show should make you feel every week. There is still so much potential with this show. I feel like I need at least 4 to 5 seasons of this show to feel even remotely satisfied from a storytelling perspective. This show is important for so many reasons: The history, the lessons, the characters, the diversity, the inclusion, the beautiful storytelling. This is a show that needs to be seen.
Lizzie: We shouldn’t have to write odes about why NBC should renew the best show on television. We really shouldn’t. But they should because, ratings aside, this is a diverse, smart and significant show that critics love, the kind of show that will be remembered and re-watched 20, 40 years from now. And because good television deserves a reward. Otherwise, how can we make sure there’s more?