(Warning: This article contains major spoilers for Travelers Season One.)
#Netflix have hit the mark yet again with another spectacular new sci-fi series. #Travelers tells the story of a team of time-travellers trying to fix a dystopian future by altering events in the past. With a loveable cast, unpredictable plot twists and an intriguing concept, it's hard not to love this Netflix original.
Season One ended on a major cliffhanger, leaving viewers both enthralled and confused. Here's some major questions we have after watching the season finale of Travelers:
8. How Do They Have Access To Future Technology In The 21st Century?
Time after time, the team manage to wriggle themselves out of a sticky situation thanks to their futuristic technology. They've got everything from communication implants behind their ears, to nanites that can repair a human brain from the inside, to creepy slug-like bio technology that can grow a human organ in a matter of hours. In fact, it's thanks to their portable anti-matter container that they're even able to attempt their first mission.
But if this is the 21st century, then how do they even have access to this kind of technology? After all, they were only able to beam their consciousness into the past via code, not physically travel. It's possible that they were able to build the gadgets they need from parts available to them, but it seems rather unlikely that they would be able to get access to all the necessary materials so quickly.
7. Will Marcy And David Get Another Chance?
Marcy's unwilling-but-necessary reboot wiped her memories from the 21st, as well as her romantic progress with David. Not only has she returned with no knowledge of their budding relationship, but she's come back as somewhat of a cold-hearted bitch. She's no longer the sweet, coy girl that found herself relying so much on David; In fact, her attitude towards him is incredibly cold. Not to mention her judgmental attitude towards Phillip's heroin addiction, which is the complete opposite of her previous kind-hearted concern.
With her sweet nature seemingly a thing of the past, will Marcy be able to open up to David again and allow her feelings for him to develop?
6. Who Are The Real Bad Guys?
Travelers have been sent back to the past to help save a doomed future; An undoubtedly noble mission. But as Travelers progresses, we begin to question just how noble their commanding Director really is. The AI program has no issue with executing travelers who are no longer of any use, and its lack of humanity means its decision-making process isn't clouded by emotions such as compassion or guilt.
It's entirely possibly the the Director is a well-meaning but malicious AI program akin to a government dictatorship. It crowds humans into tiny living spaces like cattle (Phillip mentions that Shelter 41 had a capacity of 10,000 people, but housed double that number), and orders missions that involves saving the lives of corrupt governors and genocidal dictators.
The Faction are said to be a threat to the future, attempting to overthrow the Director. But it's entirely possible that they could be more like the Rebel Alliance of Star Wars, fighting an all-powerful empire for the good of the people. It's also possible that the Director ordered the collapse of Shelter 41 to save resources, resulting the death of 20,000 people. Could it be that the travelers are fighting for the wrong side?
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5. Who Kidnapped Them?
It's possible that The Faction did indeed kidnap them; This would explain why the TV screen asked questions about Shelter 41. The Faction could have been trying to ascertain if they were from a future where the shelter had collapsed or survived, which would help them to weed out which travellers to take out. A group of travellers from a future where The Faction exists may be tempted to convert to the rebels' cause.
But while Grace did suggest that The Faction were probably responsible for kidnapping them, this was never actually confirmed. The kidnapping could very well have been a scheme orchestrated by the Director to determine how weak-minded the travellers really are; A test of sorts. If they managed to withstand the interrogation without caving, they could be trusted to continue with their missions. The Director couldn't risk having liabilities running around in the 21st.
4. Will Trevor Live?
Will Trevor die after being shot in the stomach, or is this the end for our favorite zen teen? His character is confirmed to be older than his entire group put together, which means he was either genetically modified to live longer, or his consciousness has been transferred to younger bodies multiple times. Could his consciousness be transferred to another body to save him?
If Trevor does live, will he be sent to prison or military school? More importantly, will he ever get a chance to watch golf with his dad like he'd planned?
3. Can Grace Be Trusted?
There's something not quite right about Grace, and I'm not talking about her sarcastic attitude. She took it upon herself to take the Director offline without consulting or informing anyone else, and reset Marcy against her wishes. She might be keeping her plan under wraps and calling the shots with good intentions; Or she could withholding some important information from the others, including a nasty agenda. Don't forget: She's the one who invented the murder-happy Director.
2. Why The Hell Is Everyone So Stupid?
They may be only human, but the supposedly highly-trained travelers make some massive errors. Phillip reveals that he doesn't give a damn about the butterfly effect and tries to save countless random people from dying, despite the potential horrible consequences this could have on the future. While tipping off the FBI to upcoming crimes, he does a super lazy job of hiding his IP address, which the FBI traces to the travelers' hideout in just one day. Surely a super-hacker from the future would know how to use a VPN?
Grant saves his wife from the plane crash, putting himself in the tail of the plane and risking his life. He also uses his easily-trackable FBI vehicle to drive to every single top-secret mission, which results in the whole team being busted by Walt.
And then there's Trevor, who tells his teacher every bit of top-secret information about the travelers and the future, and then unties her feet and lets her walk herself out of the forest, allowing her to escape in his car. If she had managed to drive back to town and report her kidnapping to the authorities, he'd be facing far worse consequences than being grounded.
But worst of all is Karly and her uncontrollable rage. She refuses to tell anyone that Jeff is abusive, allowing him to have the upper-hand in their custody battle. She acts impulsively, threatening him during their trial and casting major doubt over her character in front of the judge. For someone who's hyper-aware of how actions can impact the future, she seems to have very little regard to the potential consequences of her actions.
1. Will There Be A Second Season?
Despite its positive rating of 89% on Rotten Tomatoes, Travelers hasn't been renewed for a second season. When questioned about the likelihood of a second season on Twitter, Eric McCormack (Grant) said the following:
While Season Two hasn't been confirmed, it's still early days yet. Hopefully the show will be renewed and our most important questions answered!
Check out the trailer for Netflix's Travelers: