While I’m trying to calm down enough to write my recap of Travelers season 3, episode 1, I’ve decided to write a quick, spoiler-free review of the three episodes I’ve watched so far. I need to watch so closely and pay so much attention to detail in order to write recaps that sometimes I forget how much I LOVE THIS SHOW!!
I suppose a review has to be more than emojis and me saying, “I really, really love Travelers,” over and over, though. 😘❤️
Travelers is smart, consistent and filled with amazing acting and characters. The science and technology are fascinating and based on realistic, cutting edge science, but it doesn’t overwhelm the human aspect of the story. With two seasons behind it, the show has developed enough history to refer back to previous storylines in new episodes and to bring back almost forgotten characters. It’s especially exciting to see dangling plot threads from early in season 1 revisited.
If there’s one thing I adore, it’s a show that remembers its history. The other thing is a show that has consistent rules for its science fiction universe, and sticks to them. Travelers succeeds in this aspect, as well, with a few nods to timeline changes and the Director’s omniscience and long-range planning, which leads to misconceptions that can take more than a season to clear up.
After season 2 had McClaren’s team getting bogged down in their hosts’ original lives*, season 3 begins with those lives exploding around them, thanks to Vincent/001. The season picks up within hours of the end of season 2, episode 12, 001. Viewers don’t have to wait long to discover the answers to many of the questions that were left open at the end of season 2.
Episodes 1 and 2 deal directly with the aftermath of 001’s plot and provide the new set up for season 3. They are exciting and fast-paced. Episode 3 slows the pace down a bit to give viewers time to catch their breath, and functions as more of a character study and a look into the way the Director works through timeline changes. As the series continues, timeline changes become more relevant, so this is an important aspect to explore.
The balance of these three episodes continues the show’s history of dividing its attention between larger political and global historical issues, issues that affect Travelers and the team, social justice issues, glimpses into the future and future technology, and the personal lives of the team. We’re introduced to new recurring characters and a few old friends reassuringly appear.
I’ve gotten my flu shot, so hopefully I can stay healthy through recapping all ten episodes this year! As of the first three episodes, some of my predictions for season 3 were spot on, and some were spectacularly wrong, which is great! It keeps the show exciting and unpredictable, but still logical. Some of the characters are already showing different sides of themselves, so my discussion of them will look different as well.
This is a fantastic beginning to the season and I can’t wait to watch and recap the rest of the episodes. The Travelers universe is expanding in new and exciting directions, some expected and some completely unforeseen. The cast and crew continue to bring us a creative and carefully constructed view into a unique alternate reality.
Netflix’s Travelers was created by Brad Wright of Stargate SG:1 fame. It stars Eric McCormack, MacKenzie Porter, Nesta Cooper, Jared Abrahamson, Reilly Dolman and Patrick Gilmore.
Grade for episodes 1-3: A
*This is all a normal part of the bodyswapping process, according to leading researcher Dr Michel Vautier of Transfers. In case you were wondering.
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Protocol 1: The mission comes first.
Protocol 2: Leave the future in the past. Don’t jeopardize your cover.
Protocol 2H: Historian updates are not to be discussed with anyone. Ever.
Protocol 3: Don’t take a life. Don’t save a life. Unless otherwise directed.
Protocol 4: Do not reproduce.
Protocol 5: In the absence of direction, resume your host’s life.
Protocol 6: Traveler teams should stay apart unless instructed otherwise.
T.E.L.L.: The Time, Elevation, Latitude, and Longitude of what would have been the historical death of a Traveler’s host body.
Image courtesy of Netflix.