Oh man!!! I'm so excited to write yet another glowing review about a fall 2016 show. This year in television has been so great!
Travelers might be one of the best new shows of 2016. Syfy is going to be crying itself to sleep when this airs in the U.S. on Netflix and the ratings are tremendous.
Travelers is an extremely well-written, time-tested, formulaic serial drama about a group of travelers from the future sent back into bodies in the present to save the world from a series of catastrophes that lead to devastation in their time.
We know nothing about each of the travelers, but in the pilot, we are introduced to the lives of their host bodies - the very same lives that they must assume, with only the knowledge that has been given to them from files recorded in the history books. 5 Separate travelers with 5 unique situations in which they must blend in makes every minute of this show, even the ones that don't involve saving the world super suspenseful and exciting. So far in the two episodes I've seen, each and every scene has been fun to watch and serves a purpose, and even the characters only present in a particular episode are written to the same high standard.
The cast is full of recognizable array of actors, all alumni from various shows, including Eric McCormack (Perception). Also worth mentioning is Mackenzie Porter, a legendary super cutie whom I literally cannot look at without going, "Geeeeeeeeb!"
Between the script and the music, the other aspects of the show feel well put-together.
Travelers feels right at home with my Science Fiction craving, evoking a similar emotional response to shows like Continuum and The 4400. But at the same time, its extremely fresh.
More and more shows are taking a setup like this, following a group of characters with equal weight rather than a solitary protagonist. We first saw it in 2004 with The 4400, then 2005 with Lost, and it started to become a popular format in 2008 with Heroes. Though more recently with shows like; Heroes Reborn, Sense 8 and Falling Water. It seems to be a format that people like as it adds many layers of character development to the series, without necessarily sacrificing main plot, as was the case with Lost.
I'd even go so far as to say that Travelers may be the culmination of this format nearing its perfection. I just hope that it continues to be as enjoyable as these first two episodes have been. And I can't wait to see Mackenzie Porter next week :D