LOS ANGELES, December 30, 2016 — Netflix has released a new sci-fi drama called “Travelers,” its latest video import from Canada. The show is cast hundreds of years into the future where humanity is endangered by a meteorite strike.
A group that survived the disaster find a way to send their consciousness back to the 21st century, where they proceed to take over other people’s bodies to carry out missions geared toward preventing humankind’s tragic end.
The premise being that by altering 21st-century events, the time travelers can stop the destruction of mankind, which is, theoretically, a laudable goal.
But like all schemes, the devil is in the details.
The characters from the future are developed carefully but, like all successful films and shows, tension is required to drive the ongoing plot. That tension comes from the future folks being able to inhabit host bodies.
Traveler Philip (Reilly Dolman) finds himself in a drug addict’s body while Marcy (MacKenzie Porter) takes the body of a woman plagued with intellectual challenges, both of them finding themselves challenged with their host’s issues. The remaining characters are do not live as complicated lives as the others. Lucky them.
The remaining characters are do not live as complicated lives as the others. Lucky them. Grant (Eric McCormack) takes over the body of a F.B.I. agent whose wife knows something is off but can’t quite figure out what it is, even suspecting him of cheating on her. Trevor (Jared Abrahamson) is a high school athlete who has to worry about his failing grades while saving the world with his team.
Carly (Nesta Cooper) is a single mother with a baby, who is battling her abusive boyfriend for custody.
As you might imagine, the draw of the series is the opportunity to watch the “Travelers” team, who are each human with their own quirks, to blend into their host bodies’ lives without raising suspicions.
“Travelers” was created by Brad Wright of “Stargate SG-1” fame. It’s an enjoyable sci-fi show if you ignore the characters’ ongoing and sometimes confusing flip-flops that occur throughout the season, however with time and series growth, we might see these
“Travelers” is just the latest small-screen production to focus on time travel. Last fall, Hulu released “11.22.63,” an adaptation of a Stephen King novel that follows the adventures of a time traveling teacher who attempts to stop the assassination of John F. Kennedy. NBC has brought us “Timeless,” featuring a team that hunts a secretive figure though history, while the CW offered “Frequency,” a series in which the female lead communicates with her deceased father across time using ham radio technology., proving that the ability to communicate with the future, and past, remains an intriguing storyline.
Which proves that the ability to communicate with the future, and past, remains an intriguing storyline in the present.