Season 3 of Travelers continues the efforts of the team who came from the future in hopes of changing the path of history to improve the future of humanity and planet Earth.
If you enjoyed the first two seasons of Travelers, you can trust that you’ll like season 3. The series found a winning formula and keeps it going.
A terrific ensemble cast lead by Eric McCormack as FBI agent and traveler Grant MacLaren struggle to carry out their mission to save the world. Other key characters on the team of travelers from the future are Marcy (MacKenzie Porter). She’s a doctor. Carly (Nesta Cooper) is a crack shot and brilliant fighter. Trevor (Jared Abrahamson) is a very old soul in a young body. Phillip (Reilly Dolman) can see future and alternate timelines. Grace (Jennifer Spence) is a traveler and hangs around doing computer programming quite a lot of the time, but she isn’t part of the team.
Returning in season 3 is Marcy’s love interest David (Patrick Gilmore), Carly’s problematic husband Jeff (J. Alex Brinson), and Grant’s wife Kat (Leah Cairns). Dr. Perrow (Amanda Tapping) returns as a therapist, briefly. Amanda Tapping also directed in season 3. These characters are humans in their own time. Unless maybe they aren’t. Bodies can be taken over by “The Director” and a new traveler’s consciousness slipped into that host’s body. People change on a dime in this series.
The Director is a machine off in the future making decisions about what the travelers are told to do in order to change history and make things right with the world. The world has a lot of problems in the 21st Century. The most important is climate change. That’s the one that’s destroying the future. Talk about art imitating life.
Grant has new boss in the FBI. She’s Joanne Yates (Kimberley Sustad). Like most people who learn what the travelers are, she’s a skeptic at first. But she can be convinced under the right circumstances. Her job is to supervise Grant because the FBI knows he’s a traveler.
A chief source of conflict in season 3 comes from “the faction.” The faction is another group of travelers from a future time. They cause all sorts of mayhem.
The science aspect of the science fiction in this time travel drama isn’t front and center, but the show does use the idea of nanites. In the series, nanites carry information to the future in the blood of travelers called archivists. There’s an issue called temporal aphasia in one of the travelers. It seems based on fake science, as far as I can tell. The way the gigantic computer named Ilsa communicates with The Director somewhere in the future is not tied to any scientific theory either.
The relationships among the travelers and the people around them drives much of traveler’s behavior and choices. The people and their lives create more drama than any sci fi gadgetry. Caring is against the protocols the travelers are supposed to follow, but people are human no matter what, aren’t they?
The Director and the travelers make a mess of things. Nothing goes right. It looks pretty grim for saving the future, but our intrepid heroes never give up hope and never stop trying. I absolutely loved the last few moments of the final episode of the season. It’s beautiful and leaves the door open for a new season. And it made me smile.
Amanda Tapping and Eric McCormack both took another turn at directing in season 3. Travelers was created by Brad Wright. All three seasons are available on Netflix.