Premier date: October 2016
Creators: Brad Wright
Starring: Eric McCormack, MacKenzie Porter, Patrick Gilmore. Reilly Dolman, Nesta Cooper
Genres: Science Fiction
Review by Amy Romine
Have you seen this show?
Hundreds of years from now, surviving humans discover how to send consciousness back through time, into people of the 21st century. These travelers assume the lives of others, while attempting to save humanity from a terrible future.
Did you love Stargate and all of its little Stargate Spin-offs well if you did, you might want to check out this new series on Netflix called Travelers. Why you may ask? Simply because Travelers is a product of the creative mind of Brad Wright.
Brad Wright is the writer / producer for Stargate SG-1 (1997), Stargate: Atlantis (2004) and SGU Stargate Universe (2009). While watching Travelers it makes sense and you can feel his signature on the piece.
So let’s talk about Travelers. I was perusing Netflix and saw Eric McCormack’s profile on a the show box and I clicked. Reading the blurb perked the interest and given I had no other plans I clicked PLAY. First episode starts a little confusing, but then the characters, dry wit and inspired story pulls you along. Three episodes later the flower is still unfolding and you are digging the concept.
The concept of Travelers – So we have a new mom, a high school football player, a mentally challenged woman, a heroin addict and a FBI Agent. What do they all have in common? They are all dead. Well, the original versions of themselves died before special agents from the future jump into their bodies. It’s quite a stretch, yet Brad Wright and the cast of Travelers makes the scenario completely feasible.
The future agents are here for an unspecific reason. Everything is very hush-hush, but within the first four episodes they deal with everything from the agents jumping into their brand new bodies and coping with their new lives, to dealing with other existing agents in the same time period, to receiving assignments from the future, and everything that goes along with each scenario. With every episode a new brick to the ongoing plot is laid.
Written as an ensemble cast, the characters are unique and very talented. There is an interesting dynamic written into the show reminding you, without outwardly stating it, that all of these characters are foreign in these bodies. They come from a different time and a different life.
While they’re a team, it’s still unclear about their relationships to each other from their previous lives. The only two who seem to know each other are MacLaren, the team lead played by Eric McCormack (best known for his role as Will on the sitcom Will & Grace, also recently known for Perception and Full Circle) and Carly Shannon played by Nest Cooper known for The Edge of Seventeen and The 100. The show alludes to a romantic involvement before their current assignment.
There are complications with each character and the interwoven plots and narratives are engaging and interesting.
Netflix has already proven itself to be an original hit maker with shows like Sense8, Stranger Things, Daredevil, Luke Cage and Jessica Jones, and looks like we have another. I saw in a recent interview about Netflix relinquishing creative controls to their artists. These seems to be the case and I say keep it up, because its working!Share