Travelers (TV series)
|Created by||Brad Wright|
|Country of origin||
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||24|
|Production location(s)||Vancouver, BC, Canada|
|Running time||45 minutes|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital|
|Original release||October 17, 2016– present|
Travelers is a science fiction television series created by Brad Wright, starring Eric McCormack, Mackenzie Porter, Jared Abrahamson, Nesta Cooper, Reilly Dolman and Patrick Gilmore. The series was an international co-production between streaming service Netflix and Canadian specialty channel Showcase for its first two seasons, after which Netflix took over as its sole production company and exclusive worldwide distributor. The show premiered in Canada on October 17, 2016 and worldwide on December 23, 2016. A second season followed in 2017, and a third season is due in late 2018.
In a post-apocalyptic future, thousands of special operatives are tasked with preventing the collapse of society. These operatives, known as "travelers", have their consciousnesses sent back in time and transferred into the body of present-day individuals who would otherwise be moments from death, to minimize unexpected impact on the timeline. The transfer requires the exact location of the target, made possible by twenty-first century smart phones and GPS. Prepared using social media and public records concerning their targets, each traveler must maintain the host's pre-existing life as cover for the rest of their lives, while carrying out missions in teams of five. These missions are dictated by the Director, an artificial intelligence in the future that monitors the timeline, aimed at saving the world from a series of catastrophic events. One method by which the Director communicates with travelers is via pre-pubescent children used as messengers; unlike adults, any child can safely be taken over for a few minutes and then released from control without risk of killing them. All travelers are required to behave according to certain protocols to protect the timeline.
- Eric McCormack as Grant MacLaren (Traveler 3468), the team's leader, who assumes the life of an FBI special agent.
- MacKenzie Porter as Marcy Warton (Traveler 3569), the team's medic, who assumes the life of an intellectually disabled woman.
- Nesta Cooper as Carly Shannon (Traveler 3465), the team's tactician, who assumes the life of a stay-at-home single mother.
- Jared Abrahamson as Trevor Holden (Traveler 0115), the team's engineer, one of the oldest humans ever, assumes the life of a high school athlete.
- Reilly Dolman as Philip Pearson (Traveler 3326), the team's historian, who assumes the life of a college-aged heroin addict.
- Patrick Gilmore as David Mailer, Marcy's social worker and later romantic interest.
- J. Alex Brinson as Jeff Conniker, Carly's abusive ex-boyfriend and the father of her son; a policeman.
- Leah Cairns as Kathryn "Kat" MacLaren, Grant's wife who works in antiques restoration.
- Enrico Colantoni as Vincent Ingram, Traveler 001, whose host was supposed to die on September 11, 2001.
- Chad Krowchuk as Simon, Traveler 0004, a specialist that set up the Travelers' communications system in the 21st.
- Arnold Pinnock as Walt Forbes, Grant's partner at the FBI, later a faction member posing as Traveler 4112, and subsequently Traveler 4991.
- Jennifer Spence as Grace Day, Trevor's high school counselor, and subsequently Traveler 0027, a programmer who helped create the Director.
- Ian Tracey as Ray Green, Philip's lawyer and later friend; a gambling addict.
- Stephen Lobo as Agent Wakefield, a faction member posing as a traveler.
- David Lewis as Major Gleason, a hotheaded military officer.
- Kyra Zagorsky as Dr. Delaney, a brilliant scientist who developed a method for collecting and storing antimatter.
- Kristine Cofsky as Officer Victoria Boyd, Traveler 3185, a fellow traveler assuming the life of a police officer.
- Giacomo Baessato as Private Wilson, a military soldier who works for Gleason.
- Alyssa Lynch as Renee Bellamy, a high school student and Trevor's girlfriend.
- Tom McBeath as Ellis, Traveler 0014, a programmer assuming the life of a farmer.
- Eileen Pedde as Mom, a fellow traveler who assumes the role of a mother in a family of four.
- Yasmeene Ball as Charlotte, a misfire traveler historian; later a traveler assassin.
- Glynis Davies as Jacqueline, a representative of Child Protective Services.
- Melanie Papalia as Beth, an FBI analyst working for MacLaren.
- Karin Konoval as Bloom, Traveler 0117, a high ranking traveler engineer.
- Louis Ferreira as Sergeant Rick Hall, a jaded traveler team leader.
- Douglas Chapman as Luca, a traveler on Hall's team.
- Jason Gray-Stanford as Aaron Donner, Traveler 4022 (and later Traveler 4024), a bomber.
- William MacDonald as Gary Holden, Trevor's father.
- Teryl Rothery as Patricia Holden, Trevor's mother.
- Dylan Playfair as Kyle, a friend of Trevor, later Traveler 5532.
- Paloma Kwiatkowski as Abigail Paris, a young woman that Trevor befriends.
- Lee Majdoub as Dr. Barker, a doctor with a crush on Marcy.
- Sunita Prasad as Blair, David's girlfriend.
- Melissa Roxburgh as Carrie, Travelers 5001–5007, a skydiver assigned to prevent the assassination of MacLaren's team.
- Matthew Kevin Anderson as Derek, Traveler D13, a traveler doctor assigned to save MacLaren.
- Amanda Tapping as Dr. Katrina Perrow, Traveler 001's psychologist.
- Stephanie Bennett as Jenny, Traveler 4514, a traveler assigned to help Philip with his heroin addiction.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||12||October 17, 2016||January 2, 2017|
|2||12||October 16, 2017||December 18, 2017|
Season 1 (2016–17)
The first season premiered on Netflix on December 23, 2016, before its final two episodes aired on Showcase.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||1||"Travelers"||Nick Hurran||Brad Wright||October 17, 2016|
|Four unconnected people suddenly undergo personality changes at what would have been their moments of death: Marcy, a young woman with severe hydrocephalus, is assaulted but fights off her attackers and is no longer impaired; high-schooler Trevor concedes a mixed martial arts fight after being overmatched; heroin-addicted college student Philip drops his syringe just as his roommate injects a fatal overdose; and young mother Carly stares down her baby's abusive father. FBI agent MacLaren tracks their subsequent communication and confronts them; they reveal that they are among thousands of time travelers sent from the future to avert a global crisis, and that MacLaren was to die that night while pursuing a murderer they have already killed; MacLaren is taken over by a fifth traveler, who happens to be the team's leader.|
|2||2||"Protocol 6"||Andy Mikita||Gillian Muller||October 24, 2016|
|To prevent an explosion that kills thousands, the team steals antimatter from a military convoy. The material's intended recipient is a new traveler who fails to prevent his host's suicide, forcing the team to improvise. After failing to upgrade their containment device, the team returns the antimatter to its origin facility. They form a tenuous alliance with Dr. Delaney, who produced the antimatter; history records her as complicit in the weaponization of antimatter, but she actually opposes Major Gleason's ambitions. MacLaren informs Delaney that they will return soon. Philip retains his host's heroin addiction. MacLaren meets his wife, Kat, but also resumes a preexisting relationship with Carly. Marcy works to build trust with a confused David.|
|3||3||"Aleksander"||Andy Mikita||Tara Armstrong & Mika Collins||October 31, 2016|
|Philip obsesses over the lives the team is forbidden to save, writing the names and T.E.L.L.s of all potential candidates on the warehouse wall. He secretly tips off the FBI to prevent killings. He leads the team to rescue abducted child Aleksander Andrieko before his murder, falsely claiming it as a mission from the Director. As a messenger, Aleksander exposes the ruse. MacLaren decides to abandon the "mission", but Philip refuses, drawing his weapon. Aleksander is saved, his captors are killed, and Philip survives a gunshot wound; Marcy reveals his heroin addiction to the others, and plans to wean him. Jeff investigates the assault on Marcy, and detects the personality changes. David covers for her. The team adjusts to the 21st-century's contrast with the scarcity of their native era.|
|4||4||"Hall"||Martin Wood||Pat Smith||November 7, 2016|
|MacLaren and Forbes stake out a criminal transaction that becomes a shootout. MacLaren's team is directed to assist an older traveler team: the incident's survivors, whose leader, Rick Hall, reveals that the deal was the assigned transfer of a device with a Russian traveler team. MacLaren is shocked by the violence between teams and by Hall's jadedness. Hall's teammates, Carter and Luca, are both dying, but Marcy saves Luca by transfusing Carter's blood; Marcy suspects Luca is her brother due to his suffering from night terrors. Hall demands that he become the leader of a merged team, and demands MacLaren kill Forbes to prevent their exposure. MacLaren and Forbes arrest Hall and Luca, and the team transfers the device. Trevor quits football to focus on his grades, but is grounded. Ray demands more gambling information from Philip. Carly rebukes Jeff, who harasses Marcy. Carly and MacLaren sleep together.|
|5||5||"Room 101"||Martin Wood||Brad Wright||November 14, 2016|
|A family of four are about to die in a car crash when the mother, father, and son become travelers. Charlotte, the daughter, retains her identity when the team's historian's transfer misfires, so MacLaren sends her to stay with her grandparents until the others complete their mission. Trevor, Carly, Marcy, and Philip are abducted and interrogated about the future until Carly kills their guard. David alerts MacLaren when Marcy doesn't come home, who is able to find and rescue the team with Officer Boyd. MacLaren was forced to cancel the team's mission with the family team, and Carly speculates this was their unidentified captor's goal.|
|6||6||"Helios 685"||Helen Shaver||Rebecca Hales||November 21, 2016|
|Travelers transfer into a cult preparing for mass suicide. MacLaren's team, the cult, and many other travelers, including senior engineer Bloom, meet at the antimatter facility. Bloom reveals that the future is not as united as it once was. Dosed with antitoxin, they release a toxic cloud to force a local evacuation. Gleason interrogates Delaney until MacLaren returns her to the facility and explains the nature of travelers. Gleason discovers Delaney's escape and prepares to return to her lab. Using the antimatter to power an x-ray laser, the travelers intend to deflect asteroid Helios 685, saving millions of lives and preventing the environmental catastrophes and devastating wars that led to their dark future. Deflecting Helios has been the Director's main goal, even though it could possibly prevent the travelers' own births in the future. Gleason leads an assault, killing most of the cult travelers and Bloom before she can fire the laser. However, travelers transfer into him and his soldiers, sacrificing themselves to complete the mission. Gleason fires the laser while MacLaren and his team save Delaney from the antimatter explosion on Bloom's orders. MacLaren is unsure of the mission's success, as his team remains in the present.|
|7||7||"Protocol 5"||Helen Shaver||SB Edwards & Ashley Park & Pat Smith & Jason Whiting||November 28, 2016|
|Resuming their hosts' lives, the team suffer paranoia and hallucinations, side effects of the antitoxin. MacLaren's coworkers hold a surprise party for his 15th anniversary with the bureau. Kat confronts him about lying to Forbes; he seduces her, but she is certain he is cheating. During their kiss, MacLaren hallucinates that Kat is a woman with a shaved head, likely from the future. She has Carly's number tattooed on her neck. Their intimacy growing, David reluctantly helps Marcy perform surgery on herself to prevent seizures. Carly rebuffs a representative of Child Protective Services. Trevor reins in his host's delinquency, and he and Renee meditate. Ray takes Philip to a twelve-step meeting for drug addicts and gets him a pet turtle to care for. Trevor and Philip learn the team has a new mission.|
|8||8||"Donner"||Will Waring||Ashley Park & Pat Smith||December 5, 2016|
|A suicide bomber and his victims are set to become travelers, but the bomb explodes and only Donner, the bomber, survives. Devastated by his failure, Donner tries to betray the traveler program to the authorities, but the entire hearing is populated by travelers who hold a trial and convict Donner of treason. Donner is overwritten by a new traveler, who must serve Donner's prison sentence, and reports that things in the future are getting worse. Luca approaches Donner in prison, implying that he has lost faith in the Director. Ken, David's boss, believes David's relationship with Marcy is inappropriate. Upon meeting Marcy, he believes she has defrauded the system. Marcy saves David's job by repaying her benefits. Grace, Trevor's guidance counselor, and Jacqueline, Carly's social worker, genuinely care about them, respectively. Grace tries to help Trevor with his academics, and Jacqueline promises that she will not let the system fail Carly and her child. Philip discovers that gambling outcomes are deviating slightly from the historic record.|
|9||9||"Bishop"||Will Waring||Amanda Smith||December 12, 2016|
|After asking Marcy to move out, David admits he can't bear to be without her. She tells him she is dying, and they kiss. Trevor tries to connect with his father. Jeff files assault charges, preventing Carly from finding a job. She asks him to take the baby for an afternoon, unaware he has tipped Kat off to Carly's relationship with MacLaren. Under orders, a traveler murders her host's Cabinet-member husband, and instructs MacLaren to board a flight as Congressman Bishop's seatmate. In flight, MacLaren learns he is to activate a stasis field to save himself and Bishop, while all others aboard will die in a crash. MacLaren discovers Kat followed him on board, believing she would witness his infidelity. He instructs Kat and Bishop to use the stasis device, and attempts to survive impact unaided, using only Philip's knowledge of the crash. At the crash site, the team resuscitate Kat and Bishop, and Bishop is overwritten. To Carly's dismay, MacLaren is taken away by traveler paramedics before the team can reach him.|
|10||10||"Kathryn"||Andy Mikita||Jason Whiting & SB Edwards||December 19, 2016|
|Marcy erases Kat's memory of the crash and of the preceding day, and stages her home to make it appear as if she had drunk too much the night before. Philip removes MacLaren's car from the airport, but Forbes believes it is theft. Carly extracts Philip, while Forbes and Kat search for MacLaren. An advanced traveler medical team treats MacLaren with nanites to repair his massive internal damage. Trevor undergoes a painful procedure to grow a transplant heart for MacLaren. Unconscious, MacLaren experiences memories of his host's life with Kat. He discovers that they were deeply in love, and that she very much wanted to have children. She didn't because MacLaren feared losing Kat after she suffered a life-threatening miscarriage. He also sees that they began to grow apart due to MacLaren's work commitments. MacLaren recovers in time to stage a cover story for Forbes, claiming that Philip is MacLaren's confidential informant and went rogue to prove that MacLaren's life is insecure. MacLaren returns home, and tries to apologize to Kat, but she avoids him.|
|11||11||"Marcy"||Andy Mikita||Jason Whiting||December 26, 2016|
|Carly loses custody of her son until the trial. Grace is due to die, so Trevor kidnaps her to save her life. Believing he is insane, she flees and is overwritten despite having avoided the accident that would have killed her. Grace and another newly arrived traveler, Ellis, are computer programmers who have fled an anti-Director faction in the future. Ellis has developed a code that is sought by this faction, and has returned to the 21st century to keep it from them. David and Marcy consummate their relationship. However, her condition worsens and Boyd stabilizes her, but Marcy is near death. In the future, Grace was in charge of social media research and identifying the candidates. She wants to correct Marcy's condition with an experimental overwrite. She offers to redirect Marcy's original transfer into the functional part of her brain, saving her at the cost of her 21st-century memories. MacLaren lets Marcy decide, and she decides to speak to David first. However, her condition becomes critical shortly before David returns home, and she is overwritten by her earlier self. Her team introduces her to David.|
|12||12||"Grace"||Amanda Tapping||Ashley Park||January 2, 2017|
|Kathryn confronts MacLaren about an affair she believes he is having, leading him to end his relationship with Carly. Charlotte, the misfire historian, is overwritten and murders her team. She attempts to assassinate Grace, but Trevor stops her. Grace reveals that the anti-Director faction was responsible for the team's abduction. Charlotte is shot by Jeff while attempting to kill Carly. Ellis reveals that he has built a quantum frame that the Director, an advanced AI, can use to travel to the present to escape the faction. David is held at gunpoint by another assassin but is saved by Marcy. The team arrives at the farm where Trevor has received a text to destroy the frame. Carly reveals she received an order to kill MacLaren and holds him at gunpoint. Assassins surround the farm as Ellis shoots Trevor to keep him from harming the frame. Grace jumps in front of Trevor and is shot as well. Ellis shuts down the perimeter shield in the hope that the Director will help them and delivers a message to destroy the frame shortly before he dies. It is revealed that the people surrounding them are not anti-Director assassins, but FBI agents led by Forbes.|
Season 2 (2017)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|13||1||"Ave Machina"||Andy Mikita||Brad Wright||October 16, 2017|
|Vincent Ingram (Traveler 001) recounts his arrival in the 21st century to his therapist, Dr. Perrow. Vincent's arrival was meant to be the first test of projecting human consciousness through time and he was intended to die in the fall of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, so as not to affect the timeline – but soon after arrival, he went off-mission and into hiding from the Director. Meanwhile, Mac and his team are being interrogated by the FBI about the Quantum Frame and its purpose, while David deals with the aftermath of the assassination attempt on his life.|
|14||2||"Protocol 4"||Andy Mikita||Jason Whiting||October 23, 2017|
|Mac investigates a mass arrival of Travelers, while also trying to repair his marriage with Kat. Philip is given assistance with his addiction from fellow Traveler 4514, Jenny. Marcy treats David for PTSD, but is dealing with feelings of detachment and disassociation herself. Carly and Jeff try and clean up their act for Child Protective Services and regain custody of their son. Trevor and Grace bond in the hospital while recovering from their injuries.|
|15||3||"Jacob"||Andy Mikita||Pat Smith & Ashley Park||October 30, 2017|
|Three months after the events with the Quantum Frame, Mac and Kat are working through their issues during her first trimester. Marcy has moved out of David's apartment and has taken a job as an X-ray technician at a local hospital. Philip has traded one addiction for another, but is in denial about it. Trevor is growing concerned with the lack of communication from the Director. The discovery of a murdered Traveler team puts Mac on the trail of Vincent.|
|16||4||"11:27"||Amanda Tapping||Ashley Park & Pat Smith||November 6, 2017|
|The Director assigns two new missions to the team: Mac, Carly and Marcy must assassinate Congressman Bishop in order to make him a martyr while Trevor and Philip must help a radical environmental activist succeed in her plan to bomb a research facility that is working on a genetically modified seed that has disastrous consequences for the future.|
|17||5||"Jenny"||Andy Mikita||Jason Whiting & Ken Kabatoff||November 13, 2017|
|Philip, while under the influence of drugs, commits to memory an anti-viral formula sent via messenger. The information is passed on to fellow Traveler Derek via Jenny so it can be synthesized and distributed to other Traveler teams as well as people targeted to be saved in order to minimize the spread and mutation of a flu like virus that historically killed 70,000 people. However, two weeks after dissemination, people around the world start getting sick with a virus even more dangerous than the original one. With no contact from the Director, and the death toll rising, Marcy and the team rush to find a solution before it's too late.|
|18||6||"U235"||Andy Mikita||Ashley Park & Pat Smith||November 20, 2017|
|With the Faction's plan to kill 30% of the global population well underway, and medical nanites proving useless as a cure, Grace realizes the only way to solve the problem is to find a way to fix the Director in the future so it can send help back to the 21st century.|
|19||7||"17 Minutes"||Amanda Tapping||Brad Wright||November 27, 2017|
|The team is given a mission to collect and safeguard the original power source of the Director, as it will likely be the remaining Faction members' next target. The mission is going smoothly, but the team is ambushed and killed by the Faction. With its very existence in danger, the Director initiates Protocol Alpha – and sends back a Traveler to save the team before they are killed, but the remote location, small time window, and only two host candidates within geographic range makes the probability of success low.|
|20||8||"Traveler 0027"||Amanda Tapping||Ashley Park||December 4, 2017|
|Three high-ranking Travelers are sent back by the Director to put Grace on trial for violating protocols, overwriting a person who was not assigned to be her host, and sabotaging the Grand Plan. Mac and the team must give testimony at the trial that will determine if she should be overwritten or not. Meanwhile, the Faction is trying to replenish its numbers by overwriting people with the stored minds in the Quantum Frame. It transpires the trial was staged by the Director to flush out a Faction member from within the three Travelers judging Grace, which it successfully does, this leading to Mac's team securing the Quantum Frame.|
|21||9||"Update"||Amanda Tapping||Pat Smith||December 11, 2017|
|Philip is ordered by the Director to attend an "update" with various other Historians, which is where the altered timeline's history is imprinted onto their minds, but it comes with physical and emotional consequences. Trevor tries to help a former football teammate with past trauma. Hall returns from prison and has a new mission assigned to him from the Director. Kat has complications with the pregnancy.|
|22||10||"21C"||Will Waring||Brad Wright||December 11, 2017|
|Marcy puts herself in a near-death state to recover her lost memories from when she was reset. While she is out of commission, Mac and the rest of the team are ordered to provide Hall with backup in protecting the future 53rd President of the United States, who is currently a prepubescent girl.|
|23||11||"Simon"||Will Waring||Jason Whiting||December 18, 2017|
|The team track down Simon (Traveler 0004), a specialist who was sent into a host body that developed schizophrenia after arrival. Simon is haunted by hallucinations of Vincent, who convinced an institutionalized Simon the Director sent him on a new mission to help cure him.|
|24||12||"001"||Eric McCormack||Ken Kabatoff||December 18, 2017|
|Vincent asks the team to stand down and let him finish what he has been planning. When the team refuses to comply, Vincent holds the lives of Kat, David, Jeffery, Ray and Grace over them, and forces them to reveal themselves as Travelers to the world. The team must make the choice between breaking protocol and thus risking being overwritten by the Director, or doing what they must to save the ones they've grown to care about since their arrival in the 21st.|
Season 3 is scheduled to premiere worldwide on Netflix in late 2018. Series star Eric McCormack will direct the first episode.
Neil Genzlinger, writing for The New York Times, described the show as "tasty", and "enjoyable science fiction", with "some attention-grabbing flourishes and fine acting". Hanh Nguyen, writing for IndieWire, describes the series as "fun and freaky," finding the series' appeal "in how the core group of five travelers adjust to life in our present," noting the "human nature in the travelers". Lawrence Devoe, of TheaterByte.com, called the series "tautly paced and suspenseful" with "well-developed characters", declaring that "Brad Wright has a real knack for creating futuristic series". Evan Narcisse, reviewing the first five episodes for io9, appreciated the moral dilemmas offered by the series premise and the awkwardness presented by the characters' interactions with their hosts' friends, colleagues, lovers, or caretakers: "This is a superhero show in double disguise, offering up clever explorations of the secret identity concept that touch on the guilt and contortions that come with living a double life." Netflix announced that the series was one of its "most devoured" series in 2017.
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