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Travelers Season 2

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Netflix released season two of Travelers on December 18 and honestly, the only reason it took me so long to watch was Christmas. I’m not convinced the week before Christmas was the greatest release date, but I won’t pretend to be a marketing expert. 🙂

I watched season 1 of this show back in May and reviewed it here. I enjoyed it a lot, praising the show for its time travel mechanics, but questioning its decision to keep so much of the future shrouded in mystery.

When i settled in for season 2, I still felt the pinch of not truly knowing what was going on. Now we have two groups fighting for control of the timeline — those loyal to the director and The Faction, who want … I’m not sure what they want. I’m not sure what the director wants. I’m not sure what their point of contention is, exactly.

At the same time, they introduced a new antagonist to the series who ended up taking the story in an unexpected direction come the finale. I don’t want to spoil anything, but I will say that I am intrigued and eager for season three!

Season two continued to develop the characters from the future here in the present as they took on their host lives and formed relationships. Most of what I loved about this season was in these moments, and most of why I plan to keep watching is there as well.

I continue to highly recommend this show to scifi fans, especially those who like time travel.

Travelers Season 1

Canada is once more proving that they’ve got game when it comes to science fiction television shows. This joint Canadian/Netflix venture was an easy binge watch with an instantly hooky premise and a great cast.

So sometime in the future, things are bad. “Travelers” jump back to modern time by rewriting the brain of some poor schmuck who’s about to die anyway … in an accident or some other preventable way. The future depends upon the age of computers to accurately record the places, times, and mechanisms of these deaths. (The answer to the question: “Why don’t you kill Hitler?” which did come up.) Not all travelers land safely. The journey comes with risks, and there is a real chance of dying.

Of course, our five heroes have no problems … at least, no problems arriving. One ends up dealing with his host’s heroine addiction while another learns that her host had a serious mental disability which essentially means she’s going to die (host brain can’t handle it).

They’re on a mission to save the future, and they’re not the only ones here. That’s one of the things I enjoy most about this story: You get a sense of a much bigger pictures and of a carefully orchestrated scheme. We’re only seeing the tip of the iceberg.

I have 1 complaint about this show. It’s something I didn’t fully know how to put into words until the very end of the season, although I sensed something a little off nearly from the start.

We know almost nothing about these characters’ lives before they jumped to the present (their past).

There’s a great deal of story and character development in the here and now, but the fact that we don’t have a solid backstory, or any backstory at all, makes it hard to understand the true stakes of the situation. I know they’re intentionally trying to keep the future murky, but this strategy backfires on someone like me who thrives on character motivation. Why did they risk everything to come back? What did they leave behind? Was any of it good? Who they are is more than who they have become; it began in their past (in the future).

I hope season 2 will address this gaping hole. I definitely plan to watch and find out!

I’d give this a solid 4/5 starts and recommend it to scifi fans.