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Timeless recap: Season 1, Episode 5

Lucy, Wyatt, and Rufus remember the Alamo

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It’s no surprise time travel is dangerous business, but our trio have found themselves in the bloodiest and most hazardous situation yet.

We’re five episodes into Timeless, and so far, most of the exposition has focused on Lucy and her backstory: her relationship with her mother, her attractive but mysterious new fiancé, her search for her sister. All we really know about Rufus is he’s brilliant and Connor Mason is pressuring him into working for Rittenhouse. We know even less about Wyatt, except he’s a top-notch soldier with a dead wife (and he’s a James Bond nerd).

With “The Alamo,” however, Timeless explores a little bit more of who Wyatt Logan really is — and it’s intense. Even before our trio gets into the time machine, things start to go bad for Wyatt, as a superior officer stops by to remind him his job is to kill Flynn as soon as possible. Needless to say, Wyatt hasn’t been doing a very good job so far, so the military decides to bring in someone else to see if they’ll have better luck. Wyatt is disappointed, of course, but before he can reluctantly step away, Flynn takes out the Mothership again. With no time to train the new guy, Wyatt gets to take one last trip into the past.

And it’s a date he knows a little something about: 1836, just a few days before the Battle of the Alamo. “I’m from Texas,” Wyatt explains. “We all know that one.”

Rufus, Lucy, and Wyatt power up the Lifeboat, don some cowboy hats, and take a trip to 1836 Texas. It takes them a little while to figure out exactly what Flynn’s plan is — “How the hell do you make the Alamo worse?” Rufus asks — but as soon as they find Colonel William Travis shot dead in his office, Lucy puts two and two together.

Rufus, Lucy, and Wyatt meet many of the colorful figures from the Alamo, including Jim Bowie (of Bowie knife fame) and Davy Crockett (the bear-killing, coonskin-cap-wearing King of the Wild Frontier), but of all the heroes who died at the Alamo, Colonel William Travis was one of the most influential. As General Santa Anna laid siege to the Alamo, Travis penned a letter describing the battle and promising to “never surrender or retreat,” signing it, “Victory or death.” It was Travis’ famed letter that rallied the Texan army and encouraged the young nation to fight back against Santa Anna, leading to his eventual defeat and Texas’ future statehood.

Except thanks to Flynn, Travis ends up dead several days early, so he never gets a chance to write more than a few words of that famous letter. As a result, no one will remember the Alamo at all.

NEXT: Davy, Davy Crockett…King of the Wild Frontier