Timeless S1xE5 Recap: “The Alamo”


It can be so frustrating when you try and try but just can’t seem to seal the deal. Everyone focuses on the lack of results rather than the blood, sweat and tears you’ve invested in the work. But here’s the news flash: accomplishing goals is difficult. Getting the bad guy when you are outgunned and playing catch-up all the time is nearly impossible. All you can do is keep working at it, keep trying, endeavor to make the right decisions, and protect your friends.

Spoilers ahead…

“Sometimes the hardest thing in the world is to do the job.”

Wyatt Logan


We’re at the Alamo four days before the doomed confrontation between rebels Crockett, Bowie and numerous local ranchers and farmers, and Mexico’s General Santa Anna. This time, it’s personal for our Texas native Master Sergeant (Wyatt). Rufus still gets the best line in every episode, wondering, “How the hell do you make the Alamo worse?”

Flynn worms his way into Santa Anna’s camp and graces, persuading the general to crush the rebellion once and for all. He also kills Colonel Travis before the Texan can write his impassioned “Victory or Death” letter, which leads many to join the Texas Revolution and ultimately leads to Texas becoming part of the United States.

Santa Anna responds by increasing his army to more-than-historically-accurate levels and indicating his intent to kill all at the Alamo rather than letting women and children go unharmed. Flynn is furious, finding the latter action to be unacceptable, and gets in a shouting match with Santa Anna, who says that sacrifices must be made to follow Flynn’s directive. Luckily, Rufus uncovers the existence of a hidden aqueduct that could be used to get the civilians to safety. He is charged with figuring out how to get everyone through a tiny hole in the ground while Lucy tries to recreate Travis’ missing letter. Wyatt’s a mess, the combat environment spurring flashbacks to his tour in Afghanistan where his buddies sacrificed themselves so Wyatt could deliver an important piece of intelligence.

TIMELESS -- "The Alamo" Episode 104 -- Pictured: (l-r) Malcolm Barrett as Rufus Carlin, Matt Lanter as Wyatt Logan, Abigail Spencer as Lucy Preston -- (Photo by: Sergei Bachlakov/NBC)
TIMELESS — “The Alamo” Episode 104 — Pictured: (l-r) Malcolm Barrett as Rufus Carlin, Matt Lanter as Wyatt Logan, Abigail Spencer as Lucy Preston — (Photo by: Sergei Bachlakov/NBC)

Rufus bonds with Davey Crockett and learns that the man was human after all. Wyatt and Jim Bowie come up with a plan to funnel most of the invading Mexican army to the mission’s north wall and create a bottleneck that will slow them down. Lucy eavesdrops on Wyatt’s conversation and gets inspired to write that letter, while Rufus remembers that Wyatt brought grenades in a last-ditch effort to blow Flynn up if semi-automatic pistols don’t do the trick. The grenades create an opening to the aqueduct that will now allow the women and children to escape, but Wyatt can’t let these good men die. Lucy helps him understand how important he is to her and Rufus. The trio escapes as Wyatt promises Bowie that he won’t die in vain.


At the beginning of the episode it looks as though Wyatt’s being relieved of duty since he hasn’t been able to accomplish his mission and kill Flynn. The fact that he’s already present and knowledgeable about the Alamo gets him this final opportunity. Lucy’s mom is worried about any job that pulls Lucy to work at midnight, but they end up quarrelling over why mom won’t tell Lucy who her father is.

When they all return, both Lucy and Rufus fight to keep Wyatt on the team; they both threaten to walk if Wyatt doesn’t stay. Mom finally gives Lucy a brief history about her father and his name.

…and Future.

Rufus confronts Mason in this episode, and Mason has the good grace to look shocked to hear that Rittenhouse goons hijacked Rufus’ car and threatened both him and his family. Rufus accuses Mason of selling him out because now he’s on Rittenhouse’s radar. Mason looks exceedingly spooked as he tells Rufus that now both of them have to cooperate.

Time to Talk

This episode frustrated me because I couldn’t figure out why we were here. There was no allusion to the strategic importance of mucking about with the Alamo except that without this particular skirmish there would be no Texas. Rittenhouse wasn’t mentioned, but maybe the TOWG’s (Threatening Old White Guy’s) family line has a Bowie or a Crockett in it. Even the surprisingly unsurprising weekly run-in between Flynn and Lucy was missing. Could Flynn merely have lured the trio to the Alamo to set them up for what Rufus calls a “gory and unescapable death”? It certainly is a fantastic opportunity to hear Flynn’s flawless Spanish and admittedly sexy accent.

Obviously, this locale hits very close to home for Wyatt, and provides us with some PTSD-induced flashbacks that further deepen our understanding of his tragic backstory. But ultimately the Alamo provides a catalyst that allows our heroes to continue to bond, particularly in the face of unsurmountable odds. Hopefully Rittenhouse isn’t their metaphorical Santa Anna.

Next stop – the most infamous 18 and a half minutes of silence in our country’s history. And bell


About the author: Liz Bowen is a long-time Doctor Who fan, Supernatural convention-goer and amateur blogger living in Colorado Springs. She enjoys seeing her childhood recreated in cinematic excellence and will gladly argue the merits of Marvel over DC. She indulges in writing fanfic and is working on her first original book.