Creator: Brad Wright
2016 was an amazing year for Netflix as it expanded it’s reach to nearly 200 countries and with “Stranger Things” being dubbed as “the breakthrough TV show” of the year, even though it was not through any main stream network. The company has it’s eyes on actually not just cutting cords but cutting the businesses of other prominent studios as well. Although HBO has been doing the same for longer than Netflix & Amazon being the new entrant but Netflix has entirely changed the game altogether.
Travelers may come to many as a typical Sci-Fi / Back to the Future kind of a series but it is much more than that. The concept itself is unique, although some may argue that it has similarities to some ancient shows or movies but then again, which TV show or movie hasn’t got any. The story is about future humans learning to send consciousness of their assigned people back in time and assume identities of those people who are already about to die. They have done their homework about their hosts in order to live their lives jelled among present and complete their given tasks by their future leaders. This is what you need to know to start the show but there is a lot more to it, in terms of action, romance, drama & at times slight comedy too.
Eric McCormack’s performance reminded of David Duchovny from X-Files, although not as unemotional as him but similar.
The lead character, Grant McLaren – a FBI agent, is played by veteran Canadian actor Eric McCormack, who already is well known through hit series “Will & Grace” & “Perception”. His performance reminded me of David Duchovny from X-Files, although not as unemotional as him but similar. His presence is what keeps the team of travelers together. There is a story behind every character who is introduced and how they adjust to the lives of their hosts is the essence of this show.
The most noteworthy character is is of Philip Pearson, played by Reilly Dolman. His host is a drug addict and since only consciousness is inherited by the body, remaining physical problems remains. His skills and emotional range is perfect to the character and at times you will feel for him immensely.
The writers made sure that the stickiness to the characters and the story remains despite seemingly low budget
Overall, the show is super slick with excellent pace and story-line without leaving the viewer missing out on anything. If you think about an aspect of the show in one episode then it will be answered in the upcoming episodes. The writers made sure that the stickiness to the characters and the story remains despite seemingly low budget (CGI – of course). The entire season remains on point and subject with an and ending to match for second season. A highly recommended binge watching worthy show by Netflix!