Perception was cancelled, your wait is over! He stars in a new sci fi show on Netflix that my husband, son, and I are completely hooked on: Travelers. Our son has been home sick from college a lot the past few weeks, so we have been binge-watching this intriguing, original, exciting show!
premise of the show is that the Earth is dying in the future, hundreds
of years from now. Much of the destruction can be traced back to a
disaster occurring in the 21st century that set off a series of
devastating effects across the globe. Their solution is to send people - Travelers -
back to our present day to try to stop the disaster and change the
course of history. In the opening scenes of the show, we see four
different people almost die and then, within moments of their death,
their bodies are suddenly taken over by Travelers, and they live.
Travelers have been trained to assume the identity of their host body's
life, without letting anyone around him or her know that anything has
changed. This is a challenge because these people from the future are
totally unaccustomed to life in the 21st century. They have studied
their host's life, through official records and social media, but that
only tells them the basic facts. They operate according to strict rules -
called Protocols - designed to keep from alerting anyone to their
presence or disrupting 21st century life (other than saving the world,
Because they are limited to host bodies in the
same region who die at roughly the same time and are suitable to be
hosts, the team at the center of the show is a motley crew. Marcy,
played by MacKenzie Porter, is a mentally challenged young woman who can
barely take care of herself and is under the care of social services (a
bit of an error in planning for the Travelers). Trevor, played by Jared
Abrahamson, is a high school football champion. Nesta Cooper plays
Carly, a young single mother with a baby and an estranged, abusive
husband. And Phillip, played by Reilly Dolman, has the bad luck to be a
heroin addict. Though there is an intelligent, highly motivated mind
from the future inside, he is stuck with his host's addiction. And
finally, Eric McCormack plays Grant, an FBI agent and the leader of this
away team of Travelers.
There are two integral pieces
to the show: each of the travelers trying to fit into his or her new
life and the missions they are given from their leaders in the future
for trying to alter the course of history and save the planet and the
human race. Both aspects are fascinating and ever-changing and make for a
very immersive and suspenseful storyline. All three of us love this
show. Our son was a little slower to get into it, but after a few
episodes, he was hooked, too. As you watch each episode, you learn a
little more about the future world that the Travelers come from (our
future) and the events that lead to such a disastrous outlook. It is
exciting, fast-paced, and completely gripping. I can't wait to watch the
next episode tonight!
Travelers is a Netflix original program, so it is available exclusively on Netflix.
Have you watched Travelers yet? What new shows are you hooked on?