Review of Travelers

60 minutes

Hundreds of years from now, the last surviving humans discover the means of sending consciousness back through time, directly into people in the 21st century.
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Jan 19, 2017 9:54PM EST
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Full disclosure - I adore time travel shows. Although (as has been pointed out in other reviews) this is as much an espionage show as it is a time travel show, I really enjoy that angle. This particular show has it's own spin on time travel, and does a reasonably good job of exploring various facets of it. At the end of the first season there are still a couple of possibilities which haven't been touched on, but they do play around with it at least a bit.

The characters are intriguing, but slow to develop. It's fun to see the actors portray characters who are acting, and they avoid dwelling on it too much (because that could end up feeling like looking down an hall of mirrors).

The science is a bit weak. Causality, quantum physics, antimatter, computer networks... all are cheerfully bent, folded and mutilated in the interests of creating a good story. Although, at the end of season 1, we're not completely sure about causality because we don't know anything about the future beyond what the characters tell each other, so we only get glimpses of what happens with that... Neither what the protagonists expect to happen nor what actually happens with regards to paradox are ever spelled out, though there is some allusion to it. This both keeps the story from being too dumbed down (if you're an SF fan, you know what they're talking about) or too slowed down (if you're not an SF fan you wont' get bored by it, though you might get a bit confused).

It has plenty of grim, gritty and dark to go around, but the characters are (mostly) likeable. I'm looking forward to the next season (fingers crossed).

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