In episode 5 of Travelers Marcy, Carly, Trevor and Philip were being held hostage in fenced cages in a dark basement by an unseen power that interrogated them about their missions via a 90s retro television set that spoke in caps lock. This unseen power attempted to brainwash the team by showing them false images of loved ones in danger on the screen. And in episode 6 we see another group of vulnerable folks whose minds are also being controlled by an unseen power, but not the same one as the travelers. This influential figure is god or more accurately a cult leader yelling about the upcoming rapture and the group of vulnerable folks are his elderly believers who are about to commit suicide. As they sit by the water, where the leader first welcomed them into his flock, the soon-to-be deceased followers raise their glasses filled with apple-juice-like poison and await their rise to heaven where they’ll get to chill with Jesus Christ.
But, of course, they never get to meet old JC because moments before they sip, they each grab hold of their heads and shriek in pain. Why? ‘Cause they’re becoming travelers of course! When the consciousness transfer is complete without any accidental misfires, the fresh crew of heroes get up and at them. As they march in a line away from the waterfront, the leader stops by a garbage bin to pick up a lunchbox, which we can only imagine is a super important package.
The episode proceeds to switch gears with an update about the condition of that soldier who was injured in that fake antimatter explosion way back in episode two. Through blurred focus we see that he’s been hospitalized and when he wakes up with a large gasp he find his boss, Major Gleason, standing beside his bed, who demands to know what happened the night of the explosion. His forgetful subordinate isn’t very helpful though and thinks that Gleason probably saw more than he did since he was following behind. Remember how you lied about that Major?
Without realizing it, the soldier does become helpful when he reveals that a “car came out of nowhere and a woman walked out”. Hold up dude. WHAT WOMAN? I mean, we know what woman (badass Carly obviously) but Gleason has no clue and he wants more of a clue. Thus, he kickstarts an investigation into who that woman was and what that car was doing there.
After two scenes involving characters who aren’t our beloved travelers, we FINALLY meet up with our core cast of world savers, beginning with the commander of the squad, FBI agent MacLaren who isn’t at the FBI office just yet. He has a sweet chat with his wife Kat about her craft of repairing antique furniture before he heads to work. As she does some sanding, he poetically expresses how impressed he is by her ability to take something broken and make it whole again. Dishing out compliments like this is not normal behaviour from her husband but Kat enjoys it nonetheless. What she doesn’t enjoy is him having to miss dinner once again.
MacLaren apologizes and departs to begin another day of mission accomplishing. Then we catch up with Trevor who is attempting to teach his sexist father a lesson about gender equality when his daddio forces his mom to change into a dress that he prefers. When his mother obliges to avoid a fight, Trevor dishes out a compliment as well about how lovely she looked in the other outfit. She’s touched by this and pecks his cheek as she gets into the car to drive out of town for the night. When Trevor’s parents are out of sight Carly pulls up and he hops in the passenger seat. And where are they headed? To the traveler hideout and headquarters of course to begin their next assignment or more accurately to RE-begin a past assignment since this is something they started back in episode 2. You got it. The antimatter has returned!
MacLaren gives his condolences to his team about their rough condition post-capturing but sadly the mission must go on, regardless of how bruised their bodies are. Getting rid of this antimatter is apparently why they were specifically sent to the 21st since it triggers the beginning of the fall of mankind. Therefore, they have to see it through to the end. In preparation, Dr. Marcy injects her buds with something that will prevent their nervous systems from shutting down and Trevor leads them in a traveler inspired prayer. I smell a recurring religious theme!
Meanwhile, the new-in-consciousness, old-in-age travelers have boarded a school bus to migrate to their desired location and they’re injecting something sweet into their veins as well. Are they participating in mission “get rid of antimatter”? It’s unclear but what is clear is that Dr. Delaney who is currently hosting the explosive material is 100% involved which she learns when MacLaren sends her a curt text that he’ll be dropping by real soon. Delaney is surprised by how soon when two aggressive men stroll in with a firm request that she come with them. Unfortunately she doesn’t know that said aggressive men are not members of MacLaren’s team. They work for Major Gleason. One of them stays behind to guard the antimatter as the other leads Delaney away from her precious invention and towards a giant white warehouse where Gleason resides. She’s shocked to learn that those were his goons but he’s not shocked to hear that she was expecting someone else. Her shock continues when she is held for questioning.
As the busload of elderly travels cruises along the road so do MacLaren and Carly and their van conversation is not an easy-breezy one. Carly is worried about not being able to protect her son from harm and MacLaren tries to keep her focused on the present. When she asks if he’s worried about his wife, he avoids answering and her jealousy grows. We take a break from the lovers quarrel to meet ANOTHER brand spanking new traveler who is literally sitting in their death bed. The host’s name is Bloom and before her consciousness was replaced she was about to receive the service of euthanasia. She rapidly changes her mind though and departs before the deed is done. MacLaren and his team pull up to Dr. Delaney’s place of work disguised as cleaners like in a previous episode… which episode? Episode two of course! See, Delaney was supposed to have told security that there was another leak but because she was abducted by Major Gleason she never got to do doing that. This explains why the guard on duty wasn’t informed about this “leak” and refuses to let the travelers through the secure iron gates.
So, MacLaren takes matters into his own hands, zaps the guard unconscious with one of his cool, futuristic dohookies and then Marcy does the same for the remaining two guards. The other officers turn out to also be travelers and assist in getting rid of their comatosed buddies. Philip notifies MacLaren that police and military radio signals are jammed outside the facility and the wind direction is on target, which is for some reason extremely important. Now, all they have to do is find Delaney and give her the antitoxin and explain what’s going on. Then comes another update: Carly’s reinforcements, which we learn are the busload of senior citizens, have been stopped at the border because of an expired passport. When MacLaren and Marcy enter the facility they discover that Delaney is also missing in action, which is odd because she said she’d be there. But, they don’t REALLY need her and go forward with the mission sans the doc.
Trevor and Phillip get right to work but not before discussing how since the present is constantly changing, the wind direction could change too which would result in a toxic cloud being blown towards the city. BUT, Philip affirms that a controlled release would allow for an evacuation. After they wrap up their convo, it’s right back to work, that is until they’re interrupted once more by a random man with a gun who wants them to put their hands up. He attempts to radio out but his radio signal simply will not work, which Philip tells him repeatedly. Also, that toxic cloud they spoke of is releasing in three… two… and the random man with a gun is dead. Whatever Marcy injected the travelers with earlier on has prevented Trevor and Philip from experiencing the same symptoms of being dead. As the team intended, a warning alarm goes off in the building about an air quality alert and demands that all personnel evacuate or head to their refuge areas.
Carly stands at the gates, pointing cars towards the exit as employees flee the scene. She welcomes a cab with a new traveler in the backseat as well. Which new traveler you ask? The older lady who decided to not be euthanized of course! Who is a rather accomplished engineer. Carly huffs about her being late but she retorts that the “device” hasn’t arrived yet so she isn’t late. She gently grabs hold of Carly and they stroll arm in arm towards the facility. How cute! Dr. Delaney is having less of a cute time being grilled by Major Gleason in a shadowy room. Gleason accuses her of selling the antimatter to a foreign power like Russia or North Korea. She denies the allegation and restates that what she created was a fraction of what she “thought” she created. He in turn threatens to charge her with aiding the enemy and espionage and she in turn calls him an idiot. What a fun game of cat and cat these two are playing! Back at the facility, the travelers are disappointed to learn that the missing Delaney put a biometric lock on the material which requires her retina scan to unlock. Trevor tries to crack the code and Philip begins his search for Delaney, who they suspect was taken against her will by the evil military.
And here comes the sassy Traveler 117 aka the elderly engineer who Carly escorted inside aka Bloom. She kindly greets each member and gives them some juicy gossip from the future. Allegedly MacLaren’s team is quite famous in the time to come, but not in a good way. They’re rather controversial and folks are arguing for and against them in heated debates. Bloom also discloses that it was she (among others) who located the travelers when they were taken prisoner in episode 5. Unfortunately, she doesn’t know who took them prisoner though. Lastly, she reminds the gang that if this mission is successful, this could have massive repercussions, including an asteroid called Helios 685 being deflected. They would save thousands of lives and drastically alter the course of humanity which would eliminate the illness, the shortages, and the wars that manufactured their post-apocalyptic home. It could also eliminate them being born.
While the travelers process the idea of their consciousness never existing, Carly radios in to say that the “device” has been delivered via helicopter. Which device you ask? An x ray laser of course! Which they will use to channel the energy from the antimatter into… you got it, X-RAYS. Now, all they need is access to the antimatter. After MacLaren argues with Bloom about what the best contingency plan should be if they don’t find Delaney, Philip announces a potential lead. He’s got the license plate of a car that arrived at the facility early that morning and goes to find that vehicle while the engineer heads to the roof to check out her adorable laser and Marcy leaves her social worker David an emotional voicemail saying goodbye. She advises him not to worry if she doesn’t return because she might “be relocated” aka she might “never be born”.
It was a painful message to deliver and Bloom is in her own painful state. Her host body was dying from cancer (hence the euthanasia) and she doesn’t have whatever medication she needs. But, she does have marijuana which is for sure one of the best pain killers around. She lights up a joint since her only task in the next few hours is turning a little key. Philip’s much more difficult task of locating Dr. Delaney has been accomplished by tracking down her tablet. MacLaren drives off to get their scientist back which Carly is not excited about. She’s been holding off police officers and firefighters who arrived on the scene to give a helping hand. In order to shoo them away, the travelers set off a second blast which sets off a second toxic cloud which sets off more non-traveler humans evacuating the area. MacLaren confidently walks into the warehouse where Gleason is holding Delaney and uses his FBI authority to casually intimidate, deceive and persuade the grumpy major into releasing the scientist into his custody.
Too bad that when they go to retrieve her, she’s vanished. Woops! Looks like Gleason made another mistake. Maclaren scolds his foolishness and sprints to sniff out Delaney AGAIN. Talk about deja vu. Oh no, wait, Delaney is in the back of the traveler’s van. Nevermind! She’s safe and sound and being injected with that delicious serum by Marcy to protect her nervous system. Delaney isn’t the only one finally disembarking at the facility. Here come the busload of elderly peeps and Carly is thrilled to get them locked and loaded. But, before they can fulfill their duties and assist in saving mankind, they need to empty their bladders. Their bladder control isn’t what it used to be and neither is Gleason’s memory. He forgot for a hot second there that he met MacLaren previously, when the agent was disguised as a cleaner the first time around. Between that revelation and the news reporting a toxic chemical leak, Gleason’s had just about enough. He orders his squad to suit up and get ready to go. Go where you ask? The facility of course!
Marcy, Delaney, and MacLaren arrive with what he thinks is plenty of time to spare but Carly says otherwise. He uses his plenty of time to passionately kiss his lover before she gets into firing position alongside Becky, the best sniper among the grandmas. Delaney is less passionate about the mission and refuses to provide her retina so the antimatter can be used to fuel some laser sitting on the roof that she’s never seen before. MacLaren attempts to get her on board by explaining that there’s an asteroid headed towards earth (Helios 685) which hasn’t been detected yet and when it strikes the Atlantic Ocean in 18 months the wave will knock out most of the Eastern Seaboard resulting in all of the bad stuff that Bloom mentioned earlier. But, if the laser is fired precisely 12 minutes from this chat then the beam will strike Helios and deflect it by 0.7 degrees which is enough of a deflection to miss the earth and bring all of the nations together, Brady Bunch styles. In order to power the laser though they need an antimatter detonation and as Delaney cautions it could be miles wide and would kill innocent people.
Bloom is aware of this factor already and she’s cool with it. She’s also cool with everyone in the facility dying and even dying herself and she’s VERY cool with Gleason and his men being shot at by Carly and the elderly travelers but she doesn’t want them to die, since you know, protocol 3. When Gleason recognizes that the snipers aren’t shooting to kill, his cohort moves forward without fear. An anxious Delaney concedes and provides his retina to scan. As soon as she does, Bloom informs MacLaren that she doesn’t want Delaney to die either ‘cause the future could use her and she orders him to get the scientist as far away as possible. MacLaren insists that they stay until the mission is complete. He’s worried about the soldiers getting in and messing everything up big time but the engineer isn’t concerned. If that happens, it will be in the hands of the director. So, the travelers do as they’re told and guide Dr. Delaney to safety.
Bloom then sets the process in motion. She lights a joint as she watches her invention/the laser glow in triumph. She’s pumped to be able to turn the key of her life’s work and go down as the greatest champion of all time. Unfortunately, she doesn’t get the opportunity to do that because Gleason and his boys come charging in, guns ablaze and take her out before she’s able to finish her joint. But, as Bloom predicted, the director takes control of the situation and suddenly the consciousness of a traveler possesses the body of a solider. When that soldier saunters towards the key Gleason takes him out too. And when another traveler soldier and another traveler soldier and another traveler soldier do the same Gleason executes them as well, one after another, leaving him standing alone in an empty room, which means… you got it. He grabs hold of his skull and cries out as a traveler makes their debut in the major’s brain. When he lands, he smirks, acknowledges his whereabouts and proceeds to stop Helios 685 from destroying earth.
Or does he? MacLaren and his team veer off the road as the antimatter detonates and the laser maybe does its thing and the asteroid is maybe deflected. Delaney asks how they’ll know if it worked and the agent replies that he isn’t sure that it did. Why? ‘Cause they’re still alive of course! Looks like it’s not the end for the travelers after all but it might be the end of humanity.
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