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A brief but intense relationship with Travelers


In a TV interview, actor Eric McCormack talked about the very enjoyable challenge he faced in balancing his role in Travelers, where he plays a very serious character facing life and death situations, and his role on the comedic Will and Grace. That’s all I remember about that interview, yet somehow it was enough to cause me seek out Travelers on Netflix, where it was described thusly:

A federal agent tracks four people who suddenly seem to possess entirely new personalities, leading to a startling discovery about humanity’s future.

That sounded quite interesting to me (despite Netflix’s estimate that it only 70% matched my past interests), and something that Jean might like, also. Having blown through the six episodes of the British The Bodyguard, we needed a new show.

But hat’s all I knew about it. And that was great! Because holy, moley, was this an addictive show. Full of twists, none of them spoiled by the media, who never seemed to mention this show, or by any friends and acquaintances, as hardly anyone else seemed to watch it.

And which likely explains why, after three seasons, it has been cancelled.

But the three seasons remain available on Netflix, and you just might want to check them out. Jean and I started watching Travelers in mid-December and were done all three seasons before the end of January. For us, that’s some record bingeing speed. We’d sometimes watch two episodes in a row! Nothing else seemed as interesting as long as another Travelers episode was available. (70% interest, my toe.)

I want to avoid revealing too much plot, but can say that it involves time travel, with this particular take: the consciousness of people from the future can be transported into people from the past (our time), called hosts. All hosts selected are about to die. The traveler from the future inhabits their body seconds before that death is to occur, and takes action to prevent it. Then lives on in their body.

They are doing this to try to improve humanity’s fate.

But oh, the complication and ethical dilemmas that ensue! Especially as they have rules about when and how they can and cannot act on their knowledge of future events. But also, only a fragmentary idea of what the overall mission is.

The core cast is a team of five, two women, three men, each with particular skills and individual challenges based on their host’s situation. The acting is very good. The characters are compelling. I miss them already. (Especially Phillip.)


You can watch to find out why there are six people in this photo. And which one of them is Phillip.

And I will mention this: Season 3 has an ending. It’s the sort of ending that they could have built on for a Season 4, had Netflix decided to renew. But not the sort that leaves you all frustrated about a cliffhanger—which would have been the case, for example, had it ended with Season 2 rather than 3.


3 thoughts on “A brief but intense relationship with Travelers

  1. A comment received via email:

    Thank you for this! I’m always binge watching shows to get me through my cardio at the gym. This will be next on my list (I’m currently watching Homeland)

  2. Pretty sure I’d mentioned it to you before? If you’re looking for another fun watch, The Last Kingdom just gets better and better from season to season. It’s the opposite of Travelers — it’s about Vikings and Saxons and Alfred the Great, as told by Lord Uhtred, the main character. Based on the series of novels by Bernard Cornwell (also a fun read). For something more like Travelers, Counterpart (available on Crave) is really good — more about a parallel universe than time travel, but really gripping. Russian Doll (Netflix) is super fun too (just finished it).

    • Maybe, but if so, it didn’t stick. I only remember talking to you about “Travelers” at Christmas, when we’d already started watching it.
      We just finished watching “River”, which I think you recommended. And we just started watching “Orphan Black” on Crave (I do mean *just*; only the first episode) – we just got a free three-month trial of Crave. To meet our half-hour comedy needs, we’re also watching “Atypical” on Netflix. I can’t speak to how good a portrayal of autism it is, but we enjoy it. (Globe recommendation, that one)
      I can add “The Last Kingdom” and “Counterparts” to my watch lists. I’ve read about “Russian Doll”–that does sound interesting.
      I watched the Netflix documentary about the Fyre Festival on the weekend. That was pretty engrossing.

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