Netflix's Travelers *spoilers*

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  1. Hoffer

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    I'm two episodes in and am enjoying it so far.
     
  2. Bierboy

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    Same here....two eps in and I like it
     
  3. Hoffer

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    I've noticed the show creator was Brad Wright. I googled the name, because it sounded familiar. I see he was the creator of the Stargate TV shows.

    I'm up to episode 5 and am still digging it.
     
  4. CoxInPHX

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    Also Martin Wood and Amanda Tapping, from SG1, SG Atlantis, SG Universe, Sanctuary.
    Travelers (TV Series 2016– ) - Full Cast & Crew - IMDb

    I just binge watched all 12 episodes, and was completely engrossed. There better be a Season 2 soon, HUGE cliffhanger...

    I was LMAO in Episode 12 when Grace returned to school to counsel her first student. Was not expecting the humor aspect.
     
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  5. gossamer88

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    I finished it last night. The story to me was all over the place. And half-way through it turned into another show. Not to mention, the cliffhanger was not cool. Is there even going to be a second season?
     
  6. Timbeau

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    I just finished it today and although I liked it enough to watch through the end of season 1, I was pretty disappointed in the direction they took. After the first episode I was hoping for a sci-fi show, but it's really a drama built around a sci-fi premise. Most of the episodes focused on either the characters internal struggles (Phillip's heroin addiction, Marcy's brain problems) or on problems created when someone slips into another's life (Carly's boyfriend, Trevor's high school life and parents, Grant's previous partner Carly and his current wife). And many of the struggles were made worse by the perfect timing of missions.

    I thought this show could have been sooo much better with a different focus.
     
  7. Bierboy

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    What kind of focus would you have liked?
     
  8. john4200

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    I'm not Timbeau, but I would have liked to see more (maybe 30-50% of screentime) about the future, how they lived, how the people were chosen to be sent back, what the process of being sent back is like, what they are thinking and doing in the future while copies of their consciousness are running missions in the past, what they know about the past, and maybe debates or arguments on the ethics of what they are doing, and about the philosophy of time travel (what happens to the future when you change the past, etc.) Also some background on how humanity decided that having a computer run everything and tell them what to do was the way to go.

    And some background on the history of time travel, who invented it, what went wrong and right in early tests, what are the limitations. Were the people who invented it mostly motivated by going back in time to change the future? Or was that application thought of later?

    There are all sorts of interesting things they could have focused on about the bleak future and the invention and application of time travel.
     
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  9. Timbeau

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    Good question -- I had originally tried to list a few things they could have focused on but wasn't able to explain my thoughts well. I guess something like more missions -- they really only had two episodes about missions, one to stop the military from getting the anti-matter and the other to use the lasar to deflect Helios. They could have had other smaller missions to change the timeline. More backstory (as john4200 said) would have been good, more feedback on what their missions accomplished would have been good.
     
  10. Hoffer

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    I'm on the last episode now. I've enjoyed the show the entire season.

    One thing I've got to say, they really seem to pick people to go into that have problems. Can't they find people that are going to die that don't have any drama in their lives. :)
     
  11. Cainebj

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    I'm watching it now - everybody seems terribly miscast and the characters are all pretty uncharismatic. The first episode was great and then it's pretty much downhill from there.

    The writing is also pretty confused.
    For example: the abusive cop husband - they imply he dies at the office in the first episode during the blackout, then she comes home and finds a note that says I sent the babysitter home - then the next thing ya know she has the baby and he's not dead but in a car looking at security footage. WTF?

    It is also pretty laughable every time they say the F word - it seems out of place and like the actors subtext is OMG I can't believe I can say **** on this d-list show that should have been on the Syfy Channel.
     
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  12. robojerk

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    I don't remember anything about to abusive cop husband supposedly dying during the blackout.

    I thought it was good, I think Continuum was better with it's time travel (cough) "science". It's a good binge show for sci fi fans. The non lethal shots during the big event firing the x-ray laser I thought made things too complicated considering the thing blew up in a crazy explosion killing the military guys anyways.
     
  13. wprager

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    Cainebj I would suggest you try to pay a little better attention when you watch. Also thought the "d-list" comment was uncalled for, and Syfy is not the gold standard for sci-fi television.

    I agree that Continuum was easier to take on the time travel side of things, although consciousness time travel (although not entirely new) is a fresh approach among all the flashing lights time travel.

    12 Monkeys is still my favorite of the current and recent shows, but I'm getting into Travelers.

    P.S. I have not seen the season finale, yet, do my opinion may change a little.
     
  14. TriBruin

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    Just finished watching Season 1. For the most part of it I enjoyed it, but I agree with some of the comments that it dragged at times. I think it took a little to long to get to the main story (pretty much the end of the season). I enjoyed all the main characters. I would have like to learn a little more about the future, but they intentionally instituted Protocol 2 (leave the future in the future) to avoid revealing too much. The reveal of the director in Episode 12 was unique. (I don't want to reveal that, even though it is spoiler thread.)

    Like any time travel story, there is always going to be problems. They didn't do too hard to explain everyhing, so I just ignored any "they are already changing history" problems. Heck, they are specifically sent back to save humanity. Someone continuing to leave long past their expected death is minor detail.

    I think season 2 (if there is one), will be able to pickup where this one left. It did get interesting.
     
  15. SWFan

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    Finished it yesterday. Overall I liked it.

    I'm a sci-fi person so I would have liked to have seen a bit more sci-fi, but I also see the benefit of the personal situations. These are people from the future that are transferring their consciousness into a person in the past. That person in the past has a life and it seems to make sense the transplant should attempt to continue that person's life to maintain cover. There are some aspects of that I like, I especially like the 17 year old kid and his interactions with his hosts' parents. I also enjoyed the abused wife's turnaround with her estranged cop husband. You also get two examples where the data on a host was inaccurate and the consequences of that.
     
  16. john4200

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    FYP. The hosts were all scheduled to die within a few seconds of when the time travelers took them over.

    And the best way to keep anyone from knowing that there are time travelers taking people over is probably NOT to continue living the lives that the hosts had. In most cases, the best way to keep time travel a secret would be to have the host disappear from their old life, never to be seen again.
     
  17. Mike20878

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    I finally finished this and I love it. I think it actually has a slight 12 Monkeys feel with the mission to go back and save the world.

    I also have wondered how they have managed to get future tech back to the 21st (i.e. the surgery center) and how the future can see what's happening in real time (like when the stewardess was taken over briefly to tell McLaren he was off mission).
     
  18. wprager

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    The tech must take many teams being sent back to earlier times (develop various technologies required). Of course they'd have to plan everything to the last little detail because they cannot travel to a date earlier than the last jump.

    Also it appears that there are two types of jump possible -- a complete, permanent take-over, or a quick one-shot messages where the host is only taken over briefly. Neither one makes sense, really.
     
  19. Mike20878

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    I wonder why anyone would be instructed to kill their host's spouse. And it did get pretty interesting at the end where different travelers were getting orders to kill Mac. That can get difficult when you don't know who your orders are coming from.
     
  20. gweempose

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    I enjoyed it. It may not be as good as the best sci-fi shows out there, but it was very entertaining and had some cool ideas. I agree with the 12 Monkeys comparison, although I think that show is a little better. If 12 Monkeys and Continuum had a baby, it would look a lot like Travelers. :)

    I have to say, I was impressed by Eric McCormack. It took him many years to shake the Will & Grace typecasting, but I think he proves in this show that he has a lot more range as an actor than people give him credit for. It kind of reminds me of Brian Austin Green in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Based solely on Beverly Hills 90210, I never would have thought in a million years that he would be able to convincingly portray a badass, but he totally pulled it off.
     

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