Travelers back-to-back episodes on Dec. 11

You don’t want to miss this: on Monday, Dec. 11 Showcase is airing two new Travelers episodes back-to back.

At 9 pm ET – Ep 309: Update

Philip’s timeline receives an update with some unwanted side effects, Trevor makes a disturbing discovery about his host’s past, and MacLaren deals with the return of a traveler he thought had gone away for good.

At 10 pm ET- Ep 310: 21C

While MacLaren, Carly, Trevor, and Philip work with another traveler team to protect a child important to the future, Marcy takes measures to remember her past life – but uncovers more than she bargained for.

Catch up on episodes of Travelers online or Showcase On Demand.

What’s coming to Showcase in the fall?

Grab your popcorn, Showcase is bringing you the best dramas for fall!

Travelers
Season 2 premieres Monday, October 16 at 9 E/P
This season, FBI Special Agent Grant MacLaren (Eric McCormack) and his team of time-travelling specialists attempt to navigate their 21st century lives while tasked with the mission of saving the future from a dystopian existence. The Travelers will face their most difficult obstacles yet, including the Faction, a deadly virus, and a mysterious new Traveler (Enrico Colantoni), all while continuing to live the everyday lives of the present-day host bodies over which they’ve taken.
Get a recap of season 1
Watch the trailer for season 2

Transparent
Season 4 premieres Friday, September 29 at 9 ET/PT
The fourth season of Amazon Studios’ Transparent debuts with two back-to-back episodes. This season, the family embarks on a spiritual and political journey as they dig deep into their family’s history. Maura heads to Israel to speak at a conference and makes a startling discovery, but before long, the rest of the family joins her for an explosive adventure. Adrift in the desert, Maura, Ali (Gaby Hoffmann), Sarah (Amy Landecker), Josh (Jay Duplass) and Shelly (Judith Light) ultimately set off on their own paths to find acceptance, love, and truth.
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Supergirl
Season 3 premieres Monday, October 9 at 8 E/P
Born on the planet Krypton, Kara Zor-El escaped its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin. Now at age 24, Kara Danvers decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.
Watch the trailer
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Mr.Robot
Season 3 Premieres Wednesday, Oct 11 at 10 E/P

The series follows Elliot Alderson (Emmy®-winner Rami Malek), a cyber-security engineer who became involved in the underground hacker group fsociety after being recruited by their mysterious leader, Mr. Robot (Golden Globe®-winner Christian Slater). Season 3 picks up following last season’s cliffhanger, and explores each character’s motivations and the disintegration between Elliot and Mr. Robot.
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Star Wars
Star Wars Episodes I – VI. Thanksgiving weekend
This Thanksgiving weekend, you can also look forward to our Star Wars marathon featuring the following titles: Star Wars: A New HopeStar Wars: The Empire Strikes BackStar Wars: Return of the JediStar Wars: The Phantom MenaceStar Wars: Attack of the Clones, and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.
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Channel Zero: No End House
Coming Soon
The series continues with another terrifying viral internet tale. Channel Zero: No-End House centres on Margot Sleator (Amy Forsyth), a young woman who visits an eerie house of horrors featuring a series of disturbing rooms, each more frightening than the last. Upon returning home, she discovers that everything has changed.

Marvel’s Runaways
Premieres Nov 22 at 9 E/P
Rounding off our epic fall is Marvel’s Runaways. The 10-episode series follows a group of six diverse teenagers who can barely stand each other but who must unite against a common foe – their parents. Based on the Marvel comic books, the action series explores the younger side of the Marvel Universe in a coming of age action tale.

Showcase announces thrilling Fall schedule!

Today, Showcase announced the premiere dates for its show-stopping fall 2017 programming lineup.

Executive producer and star Jessica Biel kicks off the powerhouse schedule with thrilling new limited series The Sinner debuting Monday, August 21 at 10 p.m. E/P. Based on the international bestselling novel of the same name, the eight-episode thriller follows a young mother (Jessica Biel) who, when overcome by an inexplicable fit of rage, commits a startling act of violence and to her horror has no idea why. The event launches an inverted and utterly surprising crime thriller whose driving force is not the “who” or the “what” – but the “why.” An investigator (Bill Pullman) finds himself obsessed with uncovering the woman’s buried motive. Together, they travel a harrowing journey into the depths of her psyche and the violent secrets hidden in her past.

Also this fall, new buzzworthy series Marvel’s Runaways premieres Sunday, November 26 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The 10-episode series follows a group of six diverse teenagers who can barely stand each other but who must unite against a common foe – their parents. Based on the Marvel comic books, the action series explores the younger side of the Marvel Universe in a coming of age action tale.

Then, from acclaimed creator Jill Soloway comes the Canadian broadcast premiere of the fourth season of Amazon Studios’ Transparent, debuting Friday, September 29 at 9 p.m. ET/PT with two back-to-back episodes. The Golden Globe®-winning series follows the life of retired college professor and transgender woman Mort Pfefferman (Golden Globe-winner Jeffrey Tambor) who tells his family his lifelong secret that he will live openly as a woman named Maura. But as Maura starts anew, she can’t escape the messy lives of her three grown children and a larger-than-life ex-wife with challenges of her own. This season, the family embarks on a spiritual and political journey as they dig deep into their family’s history. Maura heads to Israel to speak at a conference and makes a startling discovery, but before long, the rest of the family joins her for an explosive adventure. Adrift in the desert, Maura, Ali (Gaby Hoffmann), Sarah (Amy Landecker), Josh (Jay Duplass) and Shelly (Judith Light) ultimately set off on their own paths to find acceptance, love, and truth. Fans can watch the first three seasons of Transparent Fridays at 9 p.m. ET on Showcase leading up to the season four premiere.

This Thanksgiving weekend, you can also look forward to our Star Wars marathon featuring the following titles: Star Wars: A New Hope, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.

The fall schedule continues with the season three premiere of Supergirl on Monday, October 9 at 8 p.m. E/P. Born on the planet Krypton, Kara Zor-El escaped its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin. Now at age 24, Kara Danvers decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.

Also in the fall, Travelers returns with the highly-anticipated season two premiere on Monday, October 16 at 9 p.m. E/P. This season, FBI Special Agent Grant MacLaren (Eric McCormack) and his team of time-travelling specialists attempt to navigate their 21st century lives while tasked with the mission of saving the future from a dystopian existence. The Travelers will face their most difficult obstacles yet, including the Faction, a deadly virus, and a mysterious new Traveler (Enrico Colantoni), all while continuing to live the everyday lives of the present-day host bodies over which they’ve taken.

Showcase’s slate of premium dramas continues this October with the season three premiere of critically-acclaimed hacker series, Mr. Robot. Starring Emmy®-winner Rami Malek and Golden Globe-winner Christian Slater, the edge-of-your-seat drama welcomes Emmy-winner Bobby Cannavale this season as Irving, a laconic, no-nonsense, used car salesman. BD Wong also returns as a series regular for his role as Whiterose, the leader of the Dark Army, a Chinese-based hacking organization.

Rounding out the schedule is a chilling new installment of the critically-acclaimed anthology, Channel Zero. This fall, the series continues with another terrifying viral internet tale. Written and executive produced by Nick Antosca, Channel Zero: No-End House centres on Margot Sleator (Amy Forsyth), a young woman who visits an eerie house of horrors featuring a series of disturbing rooms, each more frightening than the last. Upon returning home, she discovers that everything has changed.

 

Eric McCormack talks season 2 of Travelers

At the recent Corus Upfronts, Eric McCormack sheds light on what it’s like to be acting as both Special agent Grant MacLaren in Travelers and Will in Will & Grace. Eric expresses that there has always been a gay and straight man inside of him, and this is the year he lets them both out. 

Check out Showcase’s 2017 – 2018 lineup! 

Eric also reveals that he will be directing the last episode of Travelers, which is currently in production. Season 2 of Travelers picks up on the group’s haunting realization that their missions may have altered the future in ways they did not predict. Joining the new season is Enrico Colantoni.

Read more about Travelers including series news, recaps and more!

Showcase’s 2017/2018 schedule has been announced!

Showcase has announced its 2017/2018 lineup!

Bolstering Showcase’s lineup is the captivating new fall series, The Sinner. Executive produced by and starring Jessica Biel, the series follows a young mother (Biel) who is overcome by an inexplicable fit of rage and commits a startling act of violence, and to her horror has no idea why.

Also coming soon to Showcase, is the gripping new scripted drama Absentia, which stars Canadian Stana Katic (Castle) as an FBI agent who disappears without a trace and is declared dead, only to be found barely alive six years later with no memory of the years that have passed, and soon finds herself implicated in a new series of murders.

As well, based on the comic book series, the all-new drama for 2018 is Marvel’s Runaways, the story of six diverse teenagers who can barely stand each other but who must unite against a common foe – their parents. Also finding a home on the network is the fourth season of the Golden Globe®-winning series Transparent 

Signature hits returning to Showcase this fall include: season two of Travelers, featuring an all-Canadian cast led by Eric McCormack and new this season, Enrico Colantoni; the third season of the suspenseful Golden Globe-winning hacker series Mr. Robot; and season three of Supergirl.

Enrico Colantoni joins season 2 of Travelers!

Showcase announced today that Enrico Colantoni (Remedy, Person of Interest, Veronica Mars) will join Season 2 of the time-travelling sci-fi drama series Travelers. Colantoni will play the character Vincent, a mysterious individual who may or may not be a friend of the travelers.

With production now underway in Vancouver, Colantoni broke the news from the Travelers set with series star Eric McCormack. Stephen Lobo (Continuum) will appear as a recurring character and Amanda Tapping (Sanctuary) will return to direct multiple episodes and guest star.

Travelers-season-2-cast-announcement
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“Travelers is an exemplary original production bursting with Canadian talent on screen and off,” said Lisa Godfrey, VP Original Content, Corus Entertainment. “We attribute this talent to the series’ success here in Canada on Showcase and are very proud to be working with this incredible team on a second, action-packed season.”

As previously announced, series writer and creator Brad Wright returns, along with leads Eric McCormack as FBI Special Agent Grant MacLaren, Jared Abrahamson as Trevor, Nesta Cooper as Carly, Reilly Dolman as Philip, Patrick Gilmore as David, and MacKenzie Porter as Marcy.

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Travelers has been renewed for season 2!

Showcase announced that Travelers, the #1 new Fall series, will return for a second season with production beginning this March in Vancouver!

Season 1 of Travelers followed a group of people from the future who have discovered how to send consciousness back through time, directly into people in the 21st century. These “travelers” assumed the lives of seemingly random people, while secretly working as teams to perform high-stakes missions in order to save the world from a terrible future. Starring Eric McCormack as FBI Special Agent Grant MacLaren, MacKenzie Porter as Marcy, Patrick Gilmore as David,  Jared Paul Abrahamson as Trevor, Nesta Cooper as Carly, and Reilly Dolman as Philip, Season 2 of Travelers picks up on the group’s haunting realization that their missions may have altered the future in ways they did not predict.

Read more about Travelers season 1

I couldn’t be more proud of the Canadian team who worked passionately to bring this new series to life,” said Brad Wright, Writer and Creator, Travelers. “We are so excited to reunite in Vancouver this spring and start our work on the sophomore season for Showcase.

Travelers Recap Episode 12 – Grace

The first season of our new favourite sci-fi time travel show has come to an end and what an ending it was. Leaving us wanting more and wondering what in god’s name is going on. The cliffhanger at the end of the episode was more than a little suspenseful. It was all of the suspense jammed into a five minute scene that had every character and viewer gasping in shock and awe. As per usual, it also left us wanting more answers ‘cause the questions were flowing post-finale. Questions like: who’s evil and who’s not evil? Who’s actually loyal to the director and who’s just pretend-loyal to the director? Who’s trying to assassinate the travelers and who’s preventing the assassination of travelers? Who’s giving assassination orders and who’s taking them? Who’s dead and who’s not dead? Who’s going to jail and who’s not going to jail? Who’s having sex with MacLaren here on out and who’s single and ready to mingle?

Sadly, many of those mysteries were not solved before the credits rolled. In fact, seconds before said credits rolled the whole situation quadrupled in intensity, adding more fuel to the already large question fire. So, what went down exactly? How did this question fire ignite? Why is who MacLaren is having sex with suddenly up for debate? Well, it all begins at the beginning and in Marcy’s case it literally begins at her beginning in the 21st. In the previous episode all of her recent memories from the present day era were wiped in order to repair her broken brain and save her soon-to-be-over life. When a traveler consciousness swooped in and took over the controls of Grace Day’s body there was no stopping the lead programmer of the organization from working her magic and using the methods of Quantum Entanglement and re-transferring of consciousness to make sure Marcy wouldn’t wind up in the hospital again or even worse the cemetery. Unfortunately, she makes this decision all on her own before the blonde doctor has any time to ruminate and weigh the many pros and cons and have a goodbye cuddle with David.

The Marcy & David Cuddles are out the door at the top of the finale and have been replaced by awkward sipping of tea on his couch as he attempts to locate the Marcy he once knew within her black hole of amnesia. He realizes quickly that it’s impossible. She won’t be remembering the many smooches they shared or the surgery they performed or even what tea is since she is quite perplexed by the hot beverage. She also still thinks David is a reporter like she did back in the premiere and that casual nudity is totally cool and that kissing someone as a thank you is a completely normal way to show gratitude. After she discovers that David assisted in sticking scalpels into her body, she plants her lips on his lips. Maybe a greeting card would have been more appropriate, no? David is a tad uncomfortable with the gesture, for several valid reasons.

Kat is equally as uncomfortable (angry) when her beau shows up to her place of sweating (the gym) to say hi (beg for forgiveness) and do some sweating (begging) himself. MacLaren doesn’t see the problem with them building muscle side by side but she knows what he’s up to and quickly gets to interrogating him once again about his potential affair. But, this time, the FBI agent responds in a different manner. He does not deny the adultery but admits to it and promises that he is now present and smitten and ready to work on rebuilding their marriage. Kat doesn’t react as positively as he hoped she would which results in him not acting positively when Carly calls him to ask for a favour regarding Jeff. She wants the man she sleeps with to use his FBI authority to thwart Jeff getting custody of their baby boy. MacLaren is in one heck of a mood though and has zero interest in lending a helping hand, especially since Carly is the reason that Kat is angry with him. He rudely tells her to deal with it on her own and ends the call.

We feeling the intensity yet? Those melodramatic emotions continue into the next scene which features Charlotte, the teenage host who was a misfire a few weeks back, grabbing her noggin’ and shrieking her voice as that misfire error is corrected. Once the traveler has landed, another traveler in the house, who plays the role of Charlotte’s mother, rushes into the teen’s bedroom to console her fake daughter after what she thought was a nightmare. Turns out, the nightmare isn’t in Charlotte’s dreams, but in Charlotte’s using of a sharp pencil to murder her fake parent. And then using a second pencil to murder her remaining fake family members. Boy, does that girl know how to use a writing instrument! I can only imagine what she would accomplish with a ballpoint pen or a permanent marker. It would be a full on massacre, which is kind of what she hopes to achieve. She’s the lead traveler assassin and she has been given the mission to take out her colleagues one pencil at a time. Her next target is high school counsellor Grace Day.

But this time Charlotte isn’t wielding a pencil. Her weapon of choice for this murder is a knife. Classic! Also ironic considering how many pencils there for sure are in that school. She slithers into Grace’s office claiming to be a student and then rapidly transforms into action movie star. She performers some impressive, acrobatic stunts and almost succeeds in stabbing Grace but heroic Trevor comes to the rescue of his former counsellor, teacher and mentor. Charlotte then disappears down the hall before announcing that she is on a mission and Trevor needs to seriously back the f up. Trevor does just the opposite though. He backs the f forward and calls a team meeting at the hideout. When the champions are together he explains what went down at school that day and correctly identifies the violent rebel soldier as Charlotte, the teenage misfire.

Philip says that he can’t see a single SOS that was sent out but maybe, just maybe, there wasn’t one sent out because there was no one alive to send it. The crew brainstorms about why the director would order to have Grace killed. She clearly must have done something terrible, right? Or is it possible that the director wasn’t the one who told Charlotte to sharpen her pencils. Maybe, just maybe, it was something else. Something from the current version of the future that MacLaren and his team know nothing about. Something that Grace calls “The Faction”. SHE then does some explaining. Apparently, in the days to come, the director isn’t the only tough guy in town. There’s also a group of rogue travelers that were tired of their former boss bossing them around. Since the director is a highly advanced quantum AI program, he makes his decisions purely based on logic and fact and world saving ability. Stuff like emotion and relationships and the tragedy of human sacrifice are not present in his no compromise mandate.

So, they said tata to the ruthless robot and kick started their own organization which either came before or after kick starting a corruption in the director’s software. In order to protect her almighty leader, Grace then did something MacLaren and his team also knew nothing about. She reset the director. Say what? It’s true. Since she was the one who programmed him in the first place so it’s completely in her ability to do so and she did so without anyone’s permission. She rebooted the director’s OS through a virus while transferring Marcy’s consciousness, which means that she had ulterior motives for salvaging the cranium of the blonde doctor. She sees it as saving two birds with one command but MacLaren sees it as betraying two birds with one lie.

The FBI agent simply cannot fathom why she would want to reset an AI that’s been running every facet of their lives for decades. Grace on the other hand can’t fathom how nobody is thanking her for a job well done. Sure, doing so has resulted in a temporary power struggle but The Faction doesn’t believe in the grand plan anyway. Before deflecting Helios, these vigilantes were already in the process of abandoning ship and they are very capable of brutality. Grace then reveals that they were the ones responsible for capturing the travelers and putting them in those cages and grilling them via inquisitive, old fashioned TV screens. They did so to test the travelers’ loyalties and to prevent a mission that they did not agree with. That was the first sign that their agenda was being fulfilled and therefore Grace had to come to the 21st to stop ‘em.

She reassures the panicked team that the director will come back online more secure than ever and normality will be fully restored. But, before that happens, Ms. Day needs to get to a more reliable hideout since the teen killer is following her scent. She requests that Trevor take her to Ellis, the elderly traveler and programmer with the farmhouse in the middle of nowhere. She can guarantee her safety because the farmer has taken precautions and she’s less likely to die out there than in the city where travelers could be overwritten by The Faction and stick a pencil through her skull. Unfortunately though when she pulls up to the reliably not dangerous farmhouse with Trevor, Ellis isn’t home. When he returns and they’re all “Dude! Where the hell were ya?” he shows them a truckload of supplies he was picking up around town. Supplies that he needs to build a quantum frame device which is all apart of the director’s “contingency plan”.

Say what? Contingency plan? What contingency plan? The contingency plan that the AI thought up when The Faction started throwing shade. This device would allow the director to send itself to the 21st. He’s had teams working on the core elements for months. Ellis has been keeping some secrets from Grace and she’s been keeping some secrets from him, mainly that she rebooted the director. When he hears about this very unnecessary rebooting, he criticizes the programmer and scoffs that only she has an ego big enough to make a move like that. He then shows Grace and Trevor his little project in his giant barn. And boy is that quantum frame a thing of beauty/work of art/massive glowing machine with tons of buttons and knobs and parts.

As the trio adds the final touches to the director’s contingency plan, back at the hideout in the city, a confused, forgetful Marcy discover’s Philip’s heroin stash hidden in the bathroom and she criticizes the addict. He explains that he was only using again in large quantities because she wasn’t around to ween him off of it. She limits how much he gets and orders him to not use above it. There’s a new Marcy in town and she is not playing around. She’s especially not playing around when David calls her cell to say that a man with a gun is in his home and he is pointing the gun at his head and will continue pointing the gun in that direction until Marcy returns. Looks like we have another rebel assassin in our midst! But, this unnamed armed dude isn’t the only one who knows how to shoot and aim. Marcy proves her shooting and aiming abilities when she fires a bullet into the brain of the assassin. She does so through a vent in David’s neighbour’s apartment. Afterwards, a traumatized David thinks he should call the police since there’s, you know, a dead body lying on his floor. Marcy thinks otherwise. She advises that he leave the corpse, claim ignorance and buy a one way plane ticket to literally anywhere else.

Silly David doesn’t listen to Marcy’s wise words and dials 911, which results in him being heavily questioned by the authorities. Carly’s ex Jeff oddly enough finds himself in a similar situation. When he goes to drop off their baby at a sitter’s house, he doesn’t know that Carly is lurking in the shadows of her car, watching him hand off her flesh and blood to another person. She looks on sadly and grieves about losing the one thing that she loved most. Her grieving is cut short though when the teenage killer Charlotte comes around the other side of the car with a gun as well. Oh, she’s upgraded from knife to gun! Good for her. Carly gets a glimpse of this image in her rearview mirror and immediately switches into savage, ultra tough, fight-to-the-death mode.

Carly gets in a few good hits but the adolescent assassin is just too strong and too gun-holding. Moments before Charlotte pulls the trigger to end Carly’s visit to the 21st, Jeff pulls out his weapon and sends a bullet straight into the teenager’s youthful heart. Yup. Jeff saved Carly’s life. That’s what I’m talking about when I ask: who’s evil and who’s not evil? It’s hard to tell these days in the world of Travelers. Even abusive, corrupt, selfish police officer Jeff is helping out. It’s a bizarro world and Carly does not want to stick around for it. She leaps into the driver’s seat of her car and speeds away. And as the only witness of the shooting, that puts Jeff in quite a sticky situation. He’s got a dead teenager on his hands and no one around to verify her criminality.

Speaking of guns and shooting guns, we have another almost instance of that. As MacLaren heads to his car in a parking lot, Officer Boyd steps forward with a pistol as well. Seems to be the trend these days. Everyone’s got their own personal revolver. When MacLaren is all “What the shit are you doing, girl?” Office Boyd informs him that she was ordered to perform this mission via a messenger. The director told her to kill MacLaren and she does not question the grand plan. Although she insists to know what he has done wrong and doesn’t fully trust him when he says nothing, she’s got a soft spot for the handsome gent so she spares his life, stages a shooting and then takes one in the bulletproof vest from MacLaren so he can swiftly escape.

And where does he instantly go? To his adoring wife who hates him of course! He locates Kat in a restaurant and instructs her to exit the city because he’s got some “work” related problems going on and she’s in danger. Although they were bickering only earlier that day, she knows that he’s serious and worries for his safety. She SHOULD be worried. The assassin collective is growing and they have located the traveler hideout. Looks like Grace was right about it not being the hottest place to hide. More guns make an appearance as bullets begin piercing through the walls of the homebase and MacLaren, Marcy, Philip, and Carly have to run for their saves. They specifically run towards Ellis’s farmhouse because they’re all a tad suspicious of Grace AND Ellis and wonder if Trevor is in danger too. While on the road, Philip and Marcy have an intimate talk about how this Marcy is colder than the previous Marcy and Carly and MacLaren have an intimate talk about how they can’t be kissing or doing sex anymore.

MacLaren lectures her about how the mission needs to come first and the future needs to be left in the past and they can’t complicate things with more melodramatic emotions. Carly passive-aggressively agrees but clearly she’s not pleased at all to hear this. Trevor is not pleased to read a text message he receives from the director which orders him to abort the mission. He wonders if Grace is indeed the evil one but she assures him that The Faction is likely behind that order and to ignore it. The director wouldn’t send a text when communicating something that important. They would send a messenger or he would deliver it directly like he did with Ellis. But, wait, Grace wants to know if Ellis received that message BEFORE the reset because even then the AI was vulnerable to corruption. Ellis doesn’t see a problem with him receiving it at any time but Trevor has a problem with all of it and intends to destroy the quantum frame using an axe. Ellis replies to Trevor’s axe with a… wait for it… GUN! We got another gun!

And here comes Carly with her gun, followed by MacLaren, Philip and Marcy. Carly is curious to know something too. She asks Ellis if he was told to assassinate Trevor. Interesting question, Carly. What inspired this inquiry? Oh. I know. SHE was told to assassinate MacLaren so naturally she’s assuming that everyone’s been sent a “kill the love of your life/Trevor” text. There is a lot of miscommunication happening here. The travelers all hold their respective weapons and debate about whether the director is behind the quantum frame or The Faction is and if Grace Day is a good guy or a bad guy and if Ellis is a good guy or a bad guy and if text messages are an effective way to communicate. It might have been easier if the director just called them on the phone or at least sent an email with more info. Something highly interesting that we discover during this debate is that in the current version of the future Shelter 41 did not collapse and the thousands of people who died didn’t die because history has been changed.

They are very alive in Ellis and Grace’s future and are running an underground movement under the name of The Faction. Woo, baby. This is one complicated back story! The complications continue when Carly points a gun at MacLaren, Trevor moves to chop up the quantum frame, Ellis accidentally shoots Grace instead of Trevor but the bullet goes through Grace’s chest into Trevor’s chest anyway which means they’re both injured, the quantum frame begins to power up, Ellis becomes a messenger and tells the team to abort the mission and destroy the work of art, and MacLaren’s partner, FBI agent Forbes, storms into the barn with back-up just as the massive glowing machine with lots of buttons and knobs and parts does it’s glowing thang.

Allow me to end this final season one recap with how I began it: what in god’s name is going on? Fingers crossed we find out at some point in the future. Hopefully before the apocalypse.

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Travelers Recap Episode 11 – Marcy

As the first season of Travelers continues on the members of the superhero mega team grow closer together and closer to their new lovers/friends/teachers/parents/lawyers. We watched a couple of episodes back as MacLaren sacrificed himself in order to save his wife Kathryn’s life and then we watched last week as his crew worked as a unit to save HIS life. Marcy slipped into her scrubs to do some operating. Philip grabbed a pair of keys and moved his boss’s car. Trevor grew a second heart inside his body. And by the end of the hour MacLaren was back in a suit, fake interrogating Philip and pissing off Forbes. Everyone was safe and sound once again.

Except for Marcy, who has an ongoing serious medical issues that as she informed David could result in her life ending. Thus, this episode is dedicated to helping Marcy survive another day and it’s much trickier than anyone could have imagined. She assumed that her fate was doomed but that’s not quite accurate. There’s one solution….and it’s very complicated to say the least.

But, before we reveal what it is, let’s talk about the dating euphoria at the top of the episode with Marcy and David canoodling in bed like blissful newlyweds. He’s watching her sleep and she’s loving that he’s watching her sleep. When they begin to smooch a whole lot their makeout session is interrupted when Marcy gets a fierce nosebleed that rapidly progresses into a dangerous seizure which lands her in the hospital against her will. Someone else being held against their will is Grace Day, Trevor’s teacher who was apparently on Philip’s list of soon to be dead hosts. And the person holding her against her will is her rebellious, traveler student Trevor who she is shocked to see in the backseat of her car. She was moments from her demise, so in order to protect her Trevor renders her unconscious using one of those high-tech doohickies.

Then he ties her up and relocates her to the middle of the forest where no one can hear them chatting for miles. He cares for Ms. Day and doesn’t want to attend her funeral OR find out that her consciousness has been replaced by another as ordered by the Director. He explains all of this to her and more when she wakes up and demands to know why she is being held hostage in the wilderness. Trevor goes into serious detail about the traveler organization and their missions and how the whole time travel thing works. Then of course he has to remove the last few hours from her mind as they did with MacLaren’s wife Kathryn so she won’t be running around spreading science fiction gossip. But, that is easier said than done. Grace is smarter than Trevor thinks and she preys on his surgical wound which he keeps touching in agony.

She knows that the forgetful serum would knock her out and he’d have to carry her to the other end of the forest which might be impossible with his throbbing injury. She suggests that they walk to the car and then once they arrive he can give her a dose of amnesia. He agrees and unties her legs so she can stroll for a bit but it backfires as soon as she fake falls, grabs a rock, smashes his noggin’ and makes a run for it. She manages to get to her automobile, start the engine and call her old pal 911. But that’s when the Director steps in and takes control of her brain. After Trevor hears her scream he knows that something is up. A disgruntled traveler in Grace’s body steps out of the car and reprimands the teen for attempting to change history.

Trevor is confused as to how the Director located him and Grace because they were off the grid and the upset traveler informs him that his former teacher made a phone call. Then by using the tricks of GPS and voice recognition they were able to zero in and correct Trevor’s mistake. Now traveler Grace is ready to complete her mission which involves fixing Marcy’s broken brain. And in order to do so she needs to meet up with one of her colleagues who goes by the name of Traveler 0014. Unfortunately though 0014 isn’t the most available guy because he is also off the grid in a farmhouse. He prevented his host body from dying by way of a tractor crushing him and didn’t seem to know how to contact the outside world so he just dilly dallied around his greenery.

When MacLaren is visiting Marcy in the hospital, and promising to think of a solution to her medical problems, he bumps into a child in the hallway who delivers a message from the Director. MacLaren has been given the same task as Grace and that task is to find Traveler 0014. This is one important dude! Everyone is on the lookout for him. MacLaren also breaks protocol and reaches out to officer Boyd to ask for assistance with the Marcy in hospital situation. Boyd happens to be her team’s medic as well as team leader and although at first she is hesitant she agrees to do what she can to help Marcy. Now the only problem is getting Marcy out of the hospital. It’s unlikely that she’ll be released after a doctor tells her that her MRI scan was not great and they’ll have to do another one to be sure. So, MacLaren puts David to work.

David takes Marcy’s place as patient attached to a ton of wires and Marcy slips out of the hospital without being detected, until of course an employee of the hospital arrives to find a smiling David all hooked up. At the hideout, Boyd does what she can to keep Marcy going for a day or two but that’s the limit of her abilities. Hopefully this Traveler 0014 and Grace can perform a miracle and keep Marcy living and breathing in the 21st. Meanwhile, Carly is dealing with her own rather serious issue. After she left her baby in the hands of her abusive ex Jeff to perform a mission, Jeff informed child services of this who, although they were on Carly’s side, are now recommending that her ex get custody of their kid. Carly is in a rage when she receives this phone call and her rage is directed at Jeff who is claiming that she “abandoned” their son.

She heads to the police station to confront him and he leads her around to corner to have an intense talk which involves him hitting a wall when she yells the truth in his face. Carly is attempting to rile him up so he does something violent and she gets it on the security cameras nearby but Jeff is onto her and won’t take the bait. Carly isn’t having very many wins but Grace and Trevor aren’t doing too badly. They succeed in locating Traveler 0014, with a little help from MacLaren and Philip and the important dude who almost died by tractor, joyfully welcomes them both into his quaint farmhouse. He says a familiar hello to traveler Grace who he knows from back in the future. Apparently, Traveler 0014 is a genius programmer/hacker and Grace needs his code to help Marcy. Also, someone evil in the future is trying to get the code as well to fulfill their own evil goals so Traveler 0014 is keeping it safe in the past where the evil can’t grab it.

Grace takes a seat at Traveler 0014’s computer and immediately gets down to work. She types away on the keyboard as the highly confusing, seemingly unreadable numbers flash across the screen. She knows what those numbers mean and needs to be left alone to type. She suggests that Trevor go prepare food for her and Traveler 0014 (and MacLaren and his team who are on their way to the country). Trevor turns on the stove and cooks up a feast as MacLaren and Carly stroll through the front door. Grace barely says hello before aggressively asking where Marcy is. She is apparently not known for her people skills or her patience skills or her… being nice skills.

A handful of minutes later Marcy and Phillip arrive, just in time for dinner. But, before she can eat, Grace wants to have a private conversation with Marcy. The other travelers leave the room and the two gab in front of the computer. Grace asks Marcy if she knows what Quantum Entanglement is and then launches into explaining how it is connected to Marcy’s cure. See, Grace plans to use Traveler 0014’s code to do some transferring of consciousness of sorts. Grace then makes Marcy look at the numbers on the screen for a bit because this solution can’t be successful unless Marcy is “locked in”. After a few seconds, they retire to the dining room.

Over delicious fresh grub that Trevor masterfully whipped up, Grace expands on this solution to the whole group. When she speaks of transferring consciousness, she’s not going to transfer Marcy’s consciousness into another host body. She’s going to transfer it back into Marcy’s body and her adjusted consciousness will not be using the damaged parts of her brain. It will avoid those areas thus saving Marcy’s life kinda forever. Sounds great, right? But… what’s the catch? This is too good to be true. Indeed it is. The hook is that Grace only had access to Marcy’s consciousness pre-her getting to the 21st. So, she will still 100% be Marcy but she will not be the current Marcy sitting in front of the computer. She will be the Marcy who beat up those guys in that parking lot in episode 1. She won’t have any recent memories of her recent existence.

And that includes memories of David and more specifically memories of her falling in love with David and even more specifically memories of her canoodling with David in bed earlier. Marcy says that she needs some time to think about this before she decides to go forward and MacLaren allows her to do so. Grace is not thrilled by this development and neither is Carly who can’t believe that the FBI agent isn’t putting the mission first and forcing Marcy to go forward with the procedure. Carly criticizes his leadership in a speech where she is clearly projecting her own problems onto this situation. She speaks of how they have all had to make sacrifices and Marcy shouldn’t be given the option to follow her emotions instead of the Director’s orders.

 

The travelers escort Marcy back to her apartment so that she can rest and think and speak to David who has been trying to contact her ever since she disappeared from the hospital. She texts him to say that she’s on her way home and he replies that he will be there so very soon. Unfortunately though, Grace doesn’t wait for Marcy to make the decision on her own about the procedure and she puts it into action without the traveler’s consent. Out of nowhere Marcy grabs her skull, falls to the ground and shrieks out in pain. Her colleagues know what’s up and they are not happy. Neither is David. Upon returning to the apartment, he meets the new/old Marcy who has no recollection of her former affection for him. She greets him with “You must be David. I hear we are close”. Marcy did have to make a sacrifice after all. She had to sacrifice true love. Now the question is, how meaningful can a healthy life be without your soulmate by your side?

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Travelers Recap Episode 10 – Kathryn

Every loyal viewer of Travelers was waiting with bated breath to find out if FBI agent MacLaren survived the plane crash that he should have escaped with Congressman Bishop. But, instead he gave up his seat in the energy stasis field to save his wife Kathryn. She wasn’t supposed to be on the flight according to factual history yet she ended up there as a result of her growing paranoia that her husband is cheating on her. And where did this paranoia stem from? MacLaren’s suspicious traveler related late nights and disappearances obviously! Therefore, the lead time jumper felt responsible for his host’s partner’s potential demise and he sacrificed himself in order to prevent that demise from happening. Now the question is… did he succeed?

He did! Woo! Yipee! Three cheers for MacLaren! Kathryn is all safe and sound (along with Bishop) and MacLaren is all on his deathbed and being operated on. That’s right. We discover that the suit wearing traveler didn’t 100% perish when his aircraft plummeted into the ground. But he isn’t in good shape and the only thing that can save him are the efforts of futuristic doctors with futuristic technology and futuristic skills. It’s not clear at the beginning of the episode though if Eric McCormack is still the main character of this sci-fi series. The first five-ish minutes feature Marcy, Carly, Trevor and Philip in a panic as they drive back into town from the crash site with MacLaren’s wife Kathryn (or Kat for short) on board. She is in even more of a panic than they are because she has no clue what is going on or who they are or where her hubby went. As the team discusses possibilities of MacLaren’s whereabouts, Marcy injects a terrified Kat with some of her “go to sleep” serum and Kat’s line of questioning quickly halts.

Once she’s unconscious, Carly grumbles that she doesn’t know how MacLaren STANDS her (somebody sounds jealous). She also makes an important observation: the FBI agent MUST be alive because paramedics showed up and immediately abducted him so clearly they were travelers sent by the director and the director wouldn’t be treating anyone who was beyond treating. Although Marcy is skeptical that their boss man could have survived the injuries he likely incurred Philip affirms that those dudes with the stretcher had to be their colleagues. When he tries and fails to reach out to MacLaren via their communication devices Marcy dials his number instead. And to her surprise a calm voice answers the call and instantly provides the location of their missing captain. He’s at the hideout with them and he’s in critical condition.

But, who’s them? Them are the futuristic doctors mentioned above! One of ‘em is named Derek (making the letter D in his traveler label appropriate for both his profession and his legal name). Before we get to meet them though, Derek advises the crew to take care of Kat which translates to “wipe her memory and make it look like she just got super wasted and forgot what happened in the last 24 hours” so they do exactly that. The four warriors carry the limp wife lady into her home, use another handy tool to erase some memories, tuck her into bed and proceed to empty bottles of wine into the sink in hopes that she’ll think she and Grant (MacLaren) had a wild night.

And it works! Although, she doesn’t awake from her slumber without another line of questioning. This time her inquiries are targeted towards MacLaren in text message form. She wants to know what the heck happened the previous night because she can’t remember a single detail. MacLaren rapidly replies saying that they drank a ton of vino hence why she’s supremely hungover. Forbes is also curious as to why his partner is late once again so he shoots the agent a text himself and also gets a rapid reply. MacLaren lies to Forbes and says that he’s with Kathryn at the bank. Or should I say Philip lies to Forbes that MacLaren is with Kathryn at the bank since he’s the one controlling the agent’s cell until the agent is no longer on his deathbed.

It’s actually more like a death-operating-table than a bed per say but you get the idea. The travelers didn’t know what they would be encountering when they entered their hideout ready for a brawl. But as soon as they saw the pop up hospital room in their headquarters they knew that their commander was in good hands or as Marcy qualifies the best possible hands on earth. Derek and his coworker trust that they can mend MacLaren’s broken parts as long as they stabilize him and stop all brain hemorrhaging and repair his cerebral cortex and replace a few major organs in a limited amount of time. No big deal! They totally got this. Nothing is impossible when you’re a genius from the future and you have amazing nanotechnology backing you up!

Well, apparently that’s not exactly true. Even geniuses from the future with cutting edge gadgets and doohickeys can’t move mountains or build human hearts out of nothing. They need a body to grow it from within and Trevor volunteers to be that body. So, Doctor Derek strolls over to the shirtless teenager to install the new tiny heart into his chest so that it can finish developing. But luckily for Trevor they don’t need to cut him open in order to do so. All they gotta do is drop a parasite-esque creature onto his belly with the heart attached and it will find its way inside. Meanwhile, Marcy slips into her scrubs and lends a helping scalpel in the operating room and Philip assists the team in his own way. Not only is he on phone duty but he responsibly remembers that MacLaren’s car is at the airport and since he wasn’t supposed to have ever been on the flight it needs to be moved. He goes off to play valet and Carly supervises the docs.

When Philip arrives at the airport parking lot and attempts to unlock the door with MacLaren’s key he accidentally sets off the car alarm which gets the attention of security. When he tries to drive the vehicle through the barrier gates said security demands to see his license and registration. He shows MacLaren’s paperwork but that isn’t enough to quell suspicions. Philip knows he’s in trouble when the man of the law goes to put handcuffs on him so he does some kicking and punching and suddenly those cuffs are on the man of the law not him. Then he boots it out of there, so naturally the car is reported stolen. As soon as Forbes is told about the theft he goes into investigation mode hoping to do his pal a solid. He also wants to soothe Kat’s emotions ‘causes she begins to worry when Forbes calls her to ask if MacLaren is with her.

She of course thought that he was chilling with Forbes who tries real hard to brush it off as an innocent miscommunication. Kat doesn’t buy it though and heads straight to the FBI offices to get answers. Unfortunately Forbes doesn’t have any but that won’t last for long. His first piece of detective work is highly effective. He logs into the camera in MacLaren’s car in order to identify which culprit is behind the wheel. When he sees Philip’s mug and when MacLaren’s assistant instantly recognizes him as the almost convicted of manslaughter heroin addict, the FBI agent uses the automobile’s GPS to zero in on Philip and put that crook behind bars for good. But before he does that, he’s given another confusing piece of information. A long list of MacLaren’s former GPS coordinates reveals that he has made numerous visits to an address of interest.

It’s the traveler hideout which was purchased under Philip’s former lawyer’s name. Like the good cop he is Forbes connects the dots immediately and hops into his car to bust the heroin addict and also MacLaren who is maybe working with him? Forbes is wondering if this could be the reason that his partner has been acting so strangely lately. After Kat expresses her own observations about her husband’s bizarre behaviour her beau’s closest friend and colleague admits that he’s noticed differences and assures Kat that she is not crazy and not imagining it.

Philip also isn’t imagining that he’s being followed by the police. That car WAS reported stolen and the feds are 100% on his tail. When he makes the move to abandon the wheels and flee the scene he gets cornered in an alley with a cop car nearby. So it’s up to Carly to provide him with an escape route. She shows up in the traveler van and pretends that she spilled coffee on her lap in order to park and block said cop car from spotting Philip. As she backs out of the way for them to pass by we see Philip pulling a Mission Impossible inspired maneuver and hanging onto the back of the truck. He avoids arrest and arrives at the hideout just in time for MacLaren’s recovery and moments before Forbes charges in wanting answers. When Philip detects that the FBI agent is en route to their homebase he puts a rush on MacLaren’s life threatening surgery.

Trevor would like to put a rush on it as well so that they can remove the extra heart forming within his chest cavity which according to him is excruciatingly painful. Although Carly and Marcy both refuse to move MacLaren to another location they do manage to get him sealed up, dressed and ready to deceive Forbes, who isn’t happy when he stumbles upon MacLaren interrogating Philip in the hideout. Carly steps out from underneath a car when Forbes enters and she tries to convince him that the joint is a simple garage but he can see right through her act. He can’t see through the act of MacLaren though who claims that he has been working with Philip on a hacker case and recently the youngin’ went rogue and stole his car. This all plays out while Derek is in another room sealing up Trevor who continues to be in excruciating pain.

Forbes leaves in a major huff but at least the traveler’s real pursuits were not discovered. Doctor Derek says his goodbyes to the traveler crew and apologizes to Marcy for not being able to assist with her situation aka save her life. They did manage to save MacLaren’s life though and he is forever grateful for them doing so. Before Derek exits, he prescribes MacLaren a dose of serious resting, major sitting down, and zero moving. Also, he is not permitted to have sex for a few days which elicits a disgruntled expression in Carly who is ready to cuddle her soulmate.

Although, MacLaren would possibly not be making love to her anyhow. These days he’s got his eyes set on another lady. Nope. Not a second mistress. He’s got his eyes set on his wife who he is falling for as deeply as his host body did previously. A big reason he has developed a crush on his significant other is because while he is comatosed and being operated on by nanotechnology he has some intensely romantic dreams. Or more accurately he re-experiences a slew of experiences from his host’s memory bank. And these aren’t just any ordinary flashbacks. Each scene stars Kathryn often looking very gorgeous. Even in the sad moments she still looks super pretty. But how does MacLaren have access to these mems at all?

Well, as dream Kathryn explains while in a wedding dress standing in a bright, empty warehouse, these are orphaned neurons of the host’s mind that were cut off from MacLaren. They’re just fragments and he usually wouldn’t be able to get admission to the love story of Kathryn and MacLaren but he’s almost dead which changes the game. MacLaren has to transition between the experiences by climbing a ladder/staircase or answering a ringing phone. The memories include: him and Kathryn moving into their house, him and Kathryn taking a road trip and MacLaren appreciating Kathryn’s beauty while she changes a tire in a nightgown, him teaching Kathyrn how to shoot a gun, him having a convo with Kathryn about trying to have a baby again, him getting into a fight with Kathryn about him working too much, and him packing up nursery stuff after Kathryn loses the baby and almost loses her life in the tragic process.

After watching this highlight reel of their relationship, MacLaren tells dream Kathryn that he clearly loved her so much. She clarifies that the real MacLaren loved her so much but traveler MacLaren feels it now too. He kinda adores Kathryn hence why he sacrificed himself for her. So his heart breaks when he attempts to apologize to her at the end of the episode for disappearing earlier and not replying to her messages and she slams the bathroom door in his smitten face.

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