Philip, while under the influence of drugs, commits to memory an anti-viral formula sent via messenger. The information is passed on to fellow Traveler Derek via Jenny so it can be synthesized and distributed to other Traveler teams as well as people targeted to be saved in order to minimize the spread and mutation of a flu like virus that historically killed 70,000 people.
However, two weeks after dissemination, people around the world start getting sick with a virus even more dangerous than the original one. With no contact from the Director, and the death toll rising, Marcy and the team rush to find a solution before it’s too late.
With the Faction’s plan to kill 30% of the global population well underway, and medical nanites proving useless as a cure, Grace realizes the only way to solve the problem is to find a way to fix the Director in the future so it can send help back to the 21st century.
So far, the least liked episodes, mainly due to the amount of medicine and people lying on bed, getting stabbed with needles.
Three months after the events with the Quantum Frame, Mac and Kat are working through their issues during her first trimester. Marcy has moved out of David’s apartment and has taken a job as an X-ray technician at a local hospital. Philip has traded one addiction for another, but is in denial about it. Trevor is growing concerned with the lack of communication from the Director. The discovery of a murdered Traveler team puts Mac on the trail of Vincent.
The Director assigns two new missions to the team: Mac, Carly and Marcy must assassinate Congressman Bishop in order to make him a martyr while Trevor and Philip must help a radical environmental activist succeed in her plan to bomb a research facility that is working on a genetically modified seed that has disastrous consequences for the future.
In the Good Place “correspondence center,” the group’s arrival alerts postal worker Gwendolyn.
Michael poses as a neutral Accountant. Everyone in the Good Place is pleasant, un-suspicious, and devoted to obeying rules. A committee takes Michael’s concerns seriously, but to his dismay they intend to spend 1,400 years just selecting investigators.
Eleanor tries and fails to breech a door into the Good Place proper, after which Chidi creates a romantic first date for her.
There is a few pokes at the current American political scene, although mostly it’s about ineffective bureaucracy. A few laughs, but as usual it takes a surprising turn at the end.
Carly loses custody of her son until the trial. Grace is due to die, so Trevor kidnaps her to save her life.
Grace and another newly arrived traveler, Ellis, are computer programmers who have fled an anti-Director faction in the future. Ellis has developed a code that is sought by this faction, and has returned to the 21st century to keep it from them.
In the future, Grace was in charge of social media research and identifying the candidates. She wants to correct Marcy’s condition with an experimental overwrite. She offers to redirect Marcy’s original transfer into the functional part of her brain, saving her at the cost of her 21st-century memories.
Kathryn confronts MacLaren about an affair she believes he is having, leading him to end his relationship with Carly.
Charlotte, the misfire historian, is overwritten and murders her team. She attempts to assassinate Grace, but Trevor stops her.
The team arrives at the farm where Trevor has received a text to destroy the frame. Carly reveals she received an order to kill MacLaren and holds him at gunpoint.
Assassins surround the farm as Ellis shoots Trevor to keep him from harming the frame. Grace jumps in front of Trevor and is shot as well. Ellis shuts down the perimeter shield in the hope that the Director will help them and delivers a message to destroy the frame shortly before he dies. It is revealed that the people surrounding them are not anti-Director assassins, but FBI agents led by Forbes.
END OF SEASON ONE
Good ending to Season One, with unexpected twists. However with all this time travel, things can get very confusing very quickly.
After asking Marcy to move out, David admits he cannot bear to be without her. She tells him she is dying, and they kiss. Trevor tries to connect with his father. Jeff files assault charges, preventing Carly from finding a job. She asks him to take the baby for an afternoon, unaware he has tipped Kat off to Carly’s relationship with MacLaren. Under orders, a traveler murders her host’s Cabinet-member husband, and instructs MacLaren to board a flight as Congressman Bishop’s seatmate. In flight, MacLaren learns he is to activate a stasis field to save himself and Bishop, while all others aboard will die in a crash. MacLaren discovers Kat followed him on board, believing she would witness his infidelity. He instructs Kat and Bishop to use the stasis device, and attempts to survive impact unaided, using only Philip’s knowledge of the crash. At the crash site, the team resuscitate Kat and Bishop, and Bishop is overwritten. To Carly’s dismay, MacLaren is taken away by traveler paramedics before the team can reach him.
Marcy erases Kat’s memory of the crash and of the preceding day, and stages her home to make it appear as if she had drunk too much the night before. Philip removes MacLaren’s car from the airport, but Forbes believes it is theft. Carly extracts Philip, while Forbes and Kat search for MacLaren. An advanced traveler medical team treats MacLaren with nanites to repair his massive internal damage. Trevor undergoes a painful procedure to grow a transplant heart for MacLaren. Unconscious, MacLaren experiences memories of his host’s life with Kat. He discovers that they were deeply in love, and that she very much wanted to have children. She did not because MacLaren feared losing Kat after she suffered a life-threatening miscarriage. He also sees that they began to grow apart due to MacLaren’s work commitments. MacLaren recovers in time to stage a cover story for Forbes, claiming that Philip is MacLaren’s confidential informant and went rogue to prove that MacLaren’s life is insecure. MacLaren returns home, and tries to apologize to Kat, but she avoids him.
1.07 “Protocol 5”
Resuming their hosts’ lives, the team suffer paranoia and hallucinations, side effects of the antitoxin. MacLaren’s coworkers hold a surprise party for his 15th anniversary with the bureau.
After Rene attempts to shoplift some clothes with Trevor and another friend, Trevor confronts the two outside, in an alley.
David reluctantly helps Marcy perform surgery on herself to prevent seizures.
A suicide bomber and his victims are set to become travelers, but the bomb explodes and only Donner, the bomber, survives. Devastated by his failure, Donner tries to betray the traveler program to the authorities, but the entire hearing is populated by travelers who hold a trial and convict Donner of treason.
Philip discovers that gambling outcomes are deviating slightly from the historic record.
1.05 – “Room 101”
A family of four are about to die in a car crash when the mother, father, and son become travelers. Charlotte, the daughter, retains her identity when the team’s historian’s transfer misfires, so MacLaren sends her to stay with her grandparents until the others complete their mission. Trevor, Carly, Marcy, and Philip are abducted and interrogated about the future until Carly kills their guard. David alerts MacLaren when Marcy does not come home, who is able to find and rescue the team with Officer Boyd.
1.06 “Helios 685”
Travelers transfer into a cult preparing for mass suicide. MacLaren’s team, the cult, and many other travelers, including senior engineer Bloom, meet at the antimatter facility. Bloom reveals that the future is not as united as it once was. Dosed with antitoxin, they release a toxic cloud to force a local evacuation. Gleason interrogates Delaney until MacLaren returns her to the facility and explains the nature of travelers. Gleason discovers Delaney’s escape and prepares to return to her lab. Using the antimatter to power an x-ray laser, the travelers intend to deflect asteroid Helios 685, saving millions of lives and preventing the environmental catastrophes and devastating wars that led to their dark future.
The team rescue an abducted child Aleksander Andrieko before his murder.
MacLaren and Forbes stake out a criminal transaction, assisting an older traveler team. The incident’s survivors, whose leader, Rick Hall, reveals that the deal was the assigned transfer of a device with a Russian traveler team.
Travelers is a Canadian-American science fiction television series created by Brad Wright, starring Eric McCormack, Mackenzie Porter, Jared Abrahamson, Nesta Cooper, Reilly Dolman, and Patrick Gilmore.
The show premiered worldwide on December 23, 2016. Currently there are three seasons.
Premise: In a post-apocalyptic future, thousands of special operatives are tasked with preventing the collapse of society. These operatives, known as “travelers”, have their consciousnesses sent back in time and transferred into the body of present-day individuals who would otherwise be moments from death, to minimize unexpected impact on the timeline.
An interesting premise, and one that has been used in Science Fiction before. The first episode introduces the main characters and how they are ‘transformed’ to be travelers.
The second sets the form and gives the team a mission; to shut down an anti-matter device before it explodes.
Well done and it will be interesting to see where it goes with character development and the long story being told.