Previewing Travelers Season 2

The Canadians get a two-month jump on everybody else when the excellent Canadian series Travelers, created and produced by Brad Wright (all the Stargate series), launches its second season Monday night on Showcase, before cascading to Netflix on December 26th.

[Warning: General spoilers ahead.]

Season 2 begins where Season 1 ended, with the group (played by Eric McCormack, MacKenzie Porter, Patrick Gilmore, Jared Abrahamson, Nesta Cooper, and Reilly Dolman) in quite the predicament as shots are fired and the barn is raided. As we pick up, some are injured and the rest are in custody, and it’s apparent the Feds have deeply underestimated who they are dealing with.

The new wrinkle is a side entry Traveler, played by Enrico Colantoni, who gets one hell of a backstory about how he came to be in the 21st. That morsel is laid out during terrifying flashbacks and a therapy session with the always-terrific Amanda Tapping. I also have to shout out that Ian Tracey is back as Philip’s lawyer/friend/facilitator, Ray.

Here’s the formal logline:

This season, FBI Special Agent Grant MacLaren (McCormack) and his team of time-traveling 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 (Colantoni), all while continuing to live the everyday lives of the present-day host bodies over which they’ve taken.

It’s a great season premiere, and the closing moments significantly expand the show’s universe and move a number of pieces on the board to kick off the Season 2 arc. I’m definitely intrigued. There’s also a terrific subversive commentary on the dangers of people’s obsessions with their cell phones that’s both hysterical and horrifying.

Travelers airs Mondays at 9pm ET/PT on Showcase. You can catch up on Season 1 now on Netflix. Here are a handful of sneak peeks of what to expect in Season 2.

Photos and Videos Courtesy of Showcase

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