Travelers is a science fiction television series created by Brad Wright , starring Emmy Award -winning actor Eric McCormack .   The series is a co-production between Netflix and Showcase . The first season included 12 episodes and premiered on Showcase on October 17, 2016; the Entire Series premiered globally (outside of Canada) is Netflix, on December 23, 2016.  On February 8, 2017, Netflix and Showcase Renewed the show for a second season. Season 2 production begins in March 2017 first of fall 2017 on Showcase, followed by a Netflix release. 
Thousands of special operatives, sent back in time from the future, are tasked with preventing the collapse of society. These operatives, known as “travelers”, take over the body of a 21st century individual via a transfer of consciousness; To minimize impact on the timeline, it is performed moments before the person’s recorded time of death. The transfer requires the exact location of the target; Smart phones and GPS have made this possible only from the early 21st century onward. Prepared using social media and public records for their targets, small teams of travelers should maintain their hosts’ pre-existing lives as cover while carrying out missions, dictated by their director in the future, . The Director communicates with travelers via pre-pubescent children used as messengers; Unlike adults, any child can safely be taken over for a few minutes and then released from control. The show focuses on one team of five travelers, starting from their transfers of consciousness. As the series progresses, travelers affect the present and future in unanticipated ways.
- Eric McCormack as Grant MacLaren (Traveler 3468), the team’s leader, who assumes the life of an FBI special agent. 
- MacKenzie Porter as Marcy Warton (Traveler 3569), the team’s medic, who assumes the life of an intellectually disabled woman.
- Nesta Cooper as Carly Shannon (Traveler 3465), the team’s tactician , who assumes the life of a stay-at-home single mother.
- Jared Abrahamson as Trevor Holden (Traveler 0115), the team’s engineer, who assumes the life of a high school athlete.
- Reilly Dolman as Philip Pearson (Traveler 3326), the team’s historian, who assumes the life of a college-aged heroin addict.
- Patrick Gilmore as David Mailer, Marcy’s social worker .
- Ian Tracey as Ray, Philip’s lawyer and later friend; A gambling addict.
- Arnold Pinnock as Walt Forbes, Grant’s partner at the FBI.
- J. Alex Brinson as Jeff Conniker, Carly’s abusive ex-boyfriend and the father of her son; A policeman.
- William MacDonald as Gary Holden, Trevor’s father.
- Teryl Rothery as Patricia Holden, Trevor’s mother.
- David Lewis as Major Gleason, a hotheaded military officer.
- Kyra Zagorsky as Dr. Delaney, a brilliant scientist who developed a method for collecting and storing antimatter.
- Leah Cairns as Kathryn “Kat” MacLaren, Grant’s wife who works in antiques restoration .
- Kristine Cofsky as Officer Boyd, a fellow traveler assuming the life of a police officer.
- Giacomo Baessato as Private Wilson, a military soldier who works for Gleason.
- Alyssa Lynch as Rene Bellamy, a high school student and Trevor’s girlfriend.
- Jennifer Spence as Grace Day, Trevor’s high school counselor, and later 0027, a programmer who helped create the Director.
- Tom McBeath as Ellis, Traveler 0014, to program assuming the life of a farmer.
- Eileen Pedde as Mom, a fellow traveler who assumes the role of a mother in a family of four.
- Yasmeene Ball as Charlotte, misfire traveler historian; Later a traveler assassin.
The non-Canadian Netflix release was on December 23, 2016, before the final two episodes of Season 1 aired on Showcase.
|No.||title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||“Travelers”||Nick Hurran||Brad Wright||October 17, 2016|
|Marcy, a learning disabled young woman, is assaulted but fights off his attackers and is no longer impaired; High-schooler Trevor concedes a mixed martial arts fight after being overmatched; Heroin-addicted college student Philip drops his syringe just as his roommate injects a fatal overdose; And young mother Carly stares down her baby’s abusive father. FBI Agent MacLaren tracks their next communication and confronts them; MacLaren was a killer who had been kidnapped in the past. MacLaren is taken over by a fifth traveler.|
|2||“Protocol 6”||Andy Mikita||Gillian Muller||October 24, 2016|
|To prevent an explosion, the team steals antimatter from a military convoy. The material’s intended recipient is a new traveler who fails to prevent his host’s suicide, forcing the team to improvise. After failing to upgrade their containment device, the team returns the antimatter to its original facility. They form an alliance with Dr. Delaney, who produced the antimatter; History records her as complicit in the weaponization of antimatter, but she really opposes Major Gleason’s ambitions. Philip retains his host’s heroin addiction. MacLaren meets his wife, Kat, but also resumes a preexisting relationship with Carly. Marcy works to build trust with a confused David.|
|3||“Aleksander”||Andy Mikita||Tara Armstrong & Mika Collins||October 31, 2016|
|FBI to prevent killings. FBI to prevent killings. He leads the team to rescue abducted child Aleksander Andrieko before his murder, falsely representing it as a mission from the Director; As a messenger, Aleksander exposes the ruse. Aleksander is saved, his captors are killed, and Philip survives a gunshot wound; Marcy reveals his heroin addiction to the others and plans to wean him. Jeff investigates the assault on marcy and detects the personality changes; David covers for Marcy. The team adjusts to the 21st century’s contrast with the scarcity of their native era.|
|4||“Lobby”||Martin Wood||Pat Smith||November 7, 2016|
|MacLaren and Forbes stake out a criminal transaction That Becomes a shootout . MacLaren’s team is to assist an older traveler’s team: the incident’s survivors, whose leading Hall of Fame is the transfer of a device. MacLaren is shocked by the violence between teams and by Hall’s jadedness. Hall’s teammates Carter and Luca are both dying, goal Marcy saves Luca by transfusing Carter’s blood; Marcy suspects Luca is her brother. MacLaren kill Forbes to prevent their exposure; MacLaren arrests Hall and Luca, and the team transfers the device. Trevor quits football to focus on his grades and is grounded . Ray requests more gambling information from Philip. Carly rebukes Jeff, who harasses Marcy. Carly and MacLaren sleep together.|
|5||“Room 101”||Martin Wood||Brad Wright||November 14, 2016|
|A family of four is a crash when the mother, father, and her become travelers; 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 questioned about the future until Carly kills their guard. David alerts MacLaren, who rescues the team with Boyd. MacLaren has canceled the team’s mission with the family team; Carly speculates this was their unidentified captor’s goal.|
|6||“Helios 685”||Helen Shaver||Rebecca Hales||November 21, 2016|
|Travelers transfer into an entire cult preparation for mass suicide . MacLaren’s team, the cult, and many other travelers, including senior engineer Bloom, meet at the antimatter facility; Dosed with antitoxin, they release a toxic cloud to force a local evacuation. Gleason interviews Delaney until MacLaren returns to the facility and explains the nature of travelers. Using the antimatter and a Xaser , the travelers intend to deflect asteroid Helios 685, saving tens of millions of lives; This has been the Director’s main goal, even though it is possible to have the travelers’ own births in the future. Gleason leads an armed assault, but it is a transfer to him and his soldiers, sacrificing to complete the mission, While MacLaren and his team save Delaney from the antimatter explosion on Bloom’s orders. MacLaren is unsure of the mission’s success, as his team is still present.|
|7||“Protocol 5”||Helen Shaver||SB Edwards & Ashley Park & Pat Smith & Jason Whiting||November 28, 2016|
|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 office. Kat confronts him about lying to Forbes; He seduces her, but she is certain he is cheating . Their intimacy growing, David reluctantly helps Marcy perform surgery on herself to prevent seizures. Carly rebuffs Child Protective Services . Trevor reins in his host’s delinquency; He and Renee meditate . Ray takes Philip to a twelve-step meeting for drug addicts and gets him a little turtle to care for. Trevor and Philip learn the team has a new mission.|
|8||“Give”||Will Waring||Ashley Park & Pat Smith||December 5, 2016|
|A suicide bomber and his victims are set to become travelers, but the bomb explodes and only Giving, the bomber, survives. Devastated by his failure, Donate to the authorities, to the authorities, and to the authorities. Giving is overwritten by a new traveler, who must serve. Luca approaches Giving in prison. David’s boss believes David’s relationship with Marcy is inappropriate, then believes Marcy has defrauded the system; Marcy saves David’s job by repaying her benefits. Trevor’s guidance counselor and Carly’s social worker genuinely care about them, respectively.|
|9||“Bishop”||Will Waring||Amanda Smith||December 12, 2016|
|After asking Marcy to move out, David admits he can not bear to be without her; She tells him she is dying; They kiss. Trevor tries to connect with his father. Jeff files assault charges, preventing Carly from finding a job. She has a lot to do with her. Under orders, a traveler murders her host’s Cabinet -member husband and instructors Congressman Bishop’s seatmate. In flight, MacLaren learns he is to stasis field to save himself and Bishop; All others aboard will die in a crash. MacLaren discovers Kat is on board, believing she would witness his infidelity; He instructs Kat and Bishop to use the stasis device and attempts to survive unaided impact, Using only Philip’s knowledge of the crash. At the crash site, the team resuscitate Kat and Bishop; Bishop is overwritten, and MacLaren is taken away by traveler paramedics before the team can reach him.|
|10||“Kathryn”||Andy Mikita||Jason Whiting & SB Edwards||December 19, 2016|
|Marcy erases Kat’s memory of the crash and the previous day. Philip removes MacLaren’s from the airport, but forbes believes it is theft; Carly extracts Philip, while Forbes and Kat search for MacLaren. MacLaren with nanites . Trevor undergoes a painful procedure to grow a transplant heart for MacLaren. Unconscious, MacLaren experiences memories of her host life with Kat: they were deeply in love; MacLaren feared losing Kat after she suffered a life-threatening miscarriage; MacLaren’s work commitments. MacLaren recovers in time for a cover story for Forbes, claiming that Philip is MacLaren ‘ s confidential informing and Went rogue To Prove That MacLaren’s life is insecure . MacLaren returns home; Kat avoids him.|
|11||“Marcy”||Andy Mikita||Jason Whiting||December 26, 2016|
|Grace is due to die; Trevor kidnaps her to save her life; Believing he is insane, she is flees and is overwritten, despite having the accident that would have her killed. Grace and another newly arrived traveler, Ellis, are computer programmers who have fled an anti-Director faction in the future. David and Marcy consummate their relationship; Her condition worsens and Boyd stabilizes her, but Marcy is near death. Grace was in charge of social media research and 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. MacLaren lets Marcy decide, and she decides to speak to David first. HOWEVER, Her condition becomes critical shortly before David returns home and she is overwritten by her earlier self; Her team introduces David to her.|
|12||“Grace”||Amanda Tapping||Ashley Park||January 2, 2017|
|David struggles to deal with the new Marcy. Kathryn confronts MacClaren about an affair she believes he is having. A new traveler arrives in the form of a teenage girl. Traveler 0014 reveals his mission, and the team realizes earlier missions have already made some changes in the future.|
The TV show has garnered positive reviews. The audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes shows a 91% approval for the first season. 
In his very positive review, Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times said that while it’s hard to find a fresh take on the time-travel concept, since it’s been around so long and has been so heavily mined, Travelers have some attention-grabbing flourishes And fine acting. 
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