Travelers: Netflix’s Answer to Time Travel
CREATED BY: Brad Wright
STARRING: Eric McCormack, MacKenzie Porter, Nesta Cooper, Jared Abrahamson, Reilly Dolman, Patrick Gilmore
NO. OF EPISODES: 12 episodes
GENRE: Science Fiction
COUNTRY: Canada, United States
A team of special operatives, sent back in time from the future, are tasked with preventing the collapse of society. These operatives, known as travelers, enter the body of a 21st century individual moments before the individual’s “recorded time of death” (although the transfer is not limited to only that moment). This process is referred to as a “transfer of consciousness” and requires the exact position of the target. Due to lack of precise location records prior to the 21st century (made possible by smart phones and GPS), this limitation prevents transmitting someone to an earlier year. For example, the travelers cannot stop World War II, because the technology of the 1940s did not provide sufficient data to determine the exact location of recorded death, thus preventing the possession of hosts by a traveler. Social media is also used to gain knowledge of the individual who will be dying, which helps the traveler prepare for the life they will inhabit.
The travelers must maintain their hosts’ pre-existing lives to avoid attracting attention while performing missions aimed at saving the world from a series of catastrophic events. As the series progresses, changes in the present make significantly unanticipated changes in the future.
- Great chemistry.
- Not overly scientific.
- Balance between drama and comedy.
- Fantastic main cast performance.
- Some episodes feel “Mission of the week”.
- Tackle heavy issues with a light touch.
SCORE: 8.5 / 10
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