Travelers: 001
December 28, 2017 3:07 PM - Season 2, Episode 12 - Subscribe

Traveler 001 stays one step ahead of MacLaren's team... (Season finale)

Traveler 001 stays one step ahead of MacLaren's team by taking each of their loved ones hostage and forcing the travelers to divulge their identities. (Season finale)

*In a recorded video, MacLaren tells Kat about his true identity as traveler 3468.

*MacLaren arrives at the designated coordinates and another car approaches. Vincent tells MacLaren he wants a truce, and when he refuses shows him a video of a kidnapped Kat and drives away.

*MacLaren calls the team and tells them Vincent claims he will face the Director himself once he's made arrangements for the safety of Taylor, but none of them buy it. He tells Philip to try to trace Kat's phone, and for everyone to call their loved ones. Marcy and Carly get no answer from David or Jeffrey, though Trevor's parents say they're fine.

*Vincent tells captive Dr. Perrow, after letting her call her daughter, Ava, and confirming that she is unharmed but guarded, that he needs her to do one more thing.

*In a room alone, Vincent watches home videos of Taylor.

*At the FBI, MacLaren tells Wakefield they need to launch a joint agency investigation on Vincent, but he refuses, saying that multiple law enforcement agencies worldwide are onto the travelers, thinking they're some kind of terrorist organization. Philip coms that he's found a final location of Kat, David, and Jeffrey's phones.

*Kat is brought to a room with Perrow, and the guard puts a monitor on her wrist which transmits her pulse to a tablet, and leaves. Perrow says she's a captive too, showing the monitor on her own wrist, and says if they cooperate and work together they'll all be let go. Looking at her tablet, she asks Kat when she first noticed changes in her husband.

*We see a recorded message from Carly to Jeff, saying everything she's done has been for the greater good.

*Marcy, Carly, Mac, and Trevor enter location Philip sent them to and find 4 phones, one of which Trevor recognizes as Grace's. A TV activates, with "YOU BROKE OUR AGREEMENT" onscreen.

*Simon is working on another device, as Vincent demands more progress.

*David is questioned by Perrow next. He lets slip that Marcy works for Grant MacLaren at the FBI, and she tells him, reading incredulously from her tablet, about Marcy being a time traveler.

*David is put in room with Kat, and unconscious Grace, Ray (Philip's lawyer from last season, who also helped David with the killing in his apartment), and Jeffrey. David recognizes Ray and Jeffrey. David says Perrow said Marcy was a time traveler, Kat says she said her husband was too. Jeffrey wakes up, recognizes Kat. Grace wakes up, and the guards come back for Kat.

*At Ops, the team returns to a message from Kat saying that if MacLaren doesn't send a recorded confession of his being a time traveler within one hour to the provided IP address, she will be killed, and Vincent ends with the text "IT'S TIME THE WORLD LEARNS WHO YOU TRULY ARE."

*Ray wakes up, thinking he's been kidnapped by Vargese (loan shark? bookie?), then asks David if it has something to do with the killing in his apartment.

*MacLaren is willing to make the confession. Carly says if he violates Protocol and reveals himself, the Director will overwrite him through the camera before he finishes. Philip says he thinks he can install a virus in the video that will let him track it to Vincent and destroy his network. MacLaren starts recording the confession we saw at the start of the episode.

*Simon activates the device but it overheats after a few seconds, and Vincent yells/asks if he can fix it, saying "This was all for you."

*Ray's turn with Perrow - "I'm his only friend? Man, that is tragic. The guy travels through time, becomes a junkie, and his only friend is a lawyer with a gambling addiction who uses him?"

*Jeffrey's turn with Perrow, the guard pours him a tumbler of liquor which he doesn't drink. Perrow asks how things are at home, asks him to cooperate so they can both see their children again.

*At the FBI, Wakefield tells MacLaren his NSA contact blocked the confession video when she saw it while on lookout for traveler activity. Wakefield says there's a target on their backs, and Mac says they need to work together to get ahead of it.

*Philip's confession: "Those with my specialty are chosen as infants in order to develop their minds to specifically serve the traveler program. Some days, I felt like and experiment. Other days, like a superhuman. Today, I'm... The Director has kept watch over me my entire life... knowing the outcome of every decision, crafting my path forward. But here, I see people every day who still believe in free will. They don't know any better."

*Jeff and Ray are returned to the room. Kat asks if anyone believes any of this time travel stuff can be true, and Grace spouts such a stream of technobabble explaining the impossibility of time travel that she may as well have said "Hi, I'm a time-traveler."

*Leaving the FBI office, MacLaren gets a message from a beat-up David saying they know MacLaren's confession was tampered with, and now all of the team has to record a confession or all the hostages will be killed.

*Ray tells Jeff they should take the guards next time they enter. Beaten David is thrown in, and Grace is taken out.

*Marcy's confession recording plays, apologizing to David for causing him harm, when all she ever wanted to do was save lives.

*Simon works on the device and Vincent monologues:
Vincent: "For two thousand years, mankind believed that God was created in His image, guiding our lives, hearing our prayers. But when those prayers weren't answered, they just chalked it up to His divine will. But then mankind created the power to build God, a machine more powerful than any human mind could ever be. The fate of our existence just handed to an AI with the ability to monitor each and every shifting time line, while we blindly obey its orders, with the belief that salvation will come. The problem isn't the fact that we believed in God.
Simon: It's that we didn't believe in ourselves. Fine. I'll get [the screwdriver].
Vincent: It's time to pull back the curtain and take control of the present--to fight for our future.
Simon: [activates device successfully] It's working.
Vincent: Simon. We can finally fix you.


*Grace's turn with Perrow. Grace sarcastically parrots back every question Perrow asks, until Perrow names her as Traveler 0027.

*At the FBI, Beth shows MacLaren an article about him being a time-traveling terrorist.

*At Ops, Philip says he lost control of the videos, and Vincent has defeated his virus/tracking attempt. He recieves a message with a string of UDIDs, mac addresses, and possible coordinates. Later, Philip sends MacLaren coordinates of the likely location, and MacLaren recognizes it.

*Back in the room, Kat, David, Jeffrey, and Ray watch their traveler's confession. Grace is returned to the room by Perrow, who tells them if they have any questions to ask Grace, as she is another traveler. Perrow is let out of the house to a waiting car, gets a call from Ava who says the man with her says she's coming home, and she tells her she is, as the car drives off.

*Simon lies in the device chair. Vincent says goodbye, tells him that he did it, the device works perfectly. Simon says he's scared and asks Vincent to stay with him, he says he will, but we see that Simon is alone in the room.

*Trevor's message plays. He says he was part of the original test program for consciousness transfer before time travel started, making him one of the world's oldest humans. He remembers looking at his vacant body old body from his new one.

*Vincent sits motionless in front of the TVs playing home videos, as flies crawl over his face. A guard wheels him over to a computer screen, where he comes awake saying "Traveler 5692, arrival successful".

*Multiple guards enter the captive room, zip tie everyone's hands behind their backs and take them away in a van.

*A serene Perrow watches news reports saying that Vincent Ingram is responsible for bringing to light what may be a new terrorist group with cells positioned around the world. She gets out of the car and tells the guard to tell her when he has confirmation that the device has been moved, and that she's going to speak with her son. Perrow finds Taylor playing with a toy boat in a park fountain, and asks if his father explained he was going to be living with her for a while.

*The hostages are let out of the van and freed in a field (at the coordinates where MacLaren met with Vincent previously?), and Jeff Jr. is returned to Jeffrey. A helicopter approaches and MacLaren and team get out, but David doesn't want Marcy to touch him, Jeffrey doesn't want Carly to touch the baby, and Kat says whoever MacLaren is her husband is dead, and she slaps him, as multiple police cars approach.
posted by oh yeah! (26 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
well that's a hell of a finale.

fuuuuuuuck i wanted Vincent dead so bad. he's just the worst.

so I'm still confused what Simon's device does. Is that what Vincent used to put himself in Katrina?
posted by numaner at 3:20 PM on December 28, 2017 [1 favorite]


fuuuuuuuck i wanted Vincent dead so bad. he's just the worst.

Agreed on his worst-ness, and yet, I find myself believing that he would have held up his side of the truce if MacLaren had left him alone to finish his plans for Taylor's safety.

so I'm still confused what Simon's device does. Is that what Vincent used to put himself in Katrina?

Yeah, it must have been a consciousness transfer device, like what Trevor described in his video confession. 001 transferred himself from Vincent Ingram into Katrina Perrow, leaving Vincent's body in a vegetative state, and had it moved into camera view so the Director would overwrite it with a new traveler and think it had eliminated 001, while actual 001 could safely start a new life in the digital age with Taylor. I don't think it entirely works long-term (doesn't the Director know that Taylor exists, since it sent a Messenger through him that one time? won't it become apparent at some point that Perrow's personality has drastically altered?) but that seems to be where we've ended for now.

I was thrown by Vincent's repeatedly telling Simon "this is for you" - I thought maybe there was some connection/transfer between Simon and Taylor to be revealed, but I guess that was just a misdirection
posted by oh yeah! at 4:01 PM on December 28, 2017 [3 favorites]


You know, I really don't mind when one or even two characters or even a whole team get stuck with the idiot ball for a bit to make a story work, but in this one it seems like all of them who have the capacity to hold the idiot ball were hanging on to it for dear life. And apparently have been guarding it jealously for half a season.

Of course, Philip has been carrying it off and on since maybe day two of his trip. I mean the man can't take medications on a schedule for anything. And apparently has no idea what Suboxone is, despite clearly knowing what buprenorphine is when it's listed as an ingredient in the magic future eyedrops of manipulation.

The sad thing is that if they're going the way I think they are, it could be interesting, but I have a sinking feeling that the idiot ball is going to be the only ball for an episode or two. I suspect they'll go a slightly different way that will instead retcon the idiot ball into being the plan from the beginning. I guess I just got cynical last night when I was finishing up the last few episodes.
posted by wierdo at 3:52 AM on December 29, 2017 [1 favorite]


Oh, and only now does David throw down the "who the hell are you?" card, after all the shit she's put him through, her miraculous recovery, and everything else. What. The. Fook.

Not that the others particularly make a lot of sense given how they reacted and processed the personality changes back in S1, but at least they're less out of nowhere.
posted by wierdo at 3:59 AM on December 29, 2017 [3 favorites]


This isn't this in episode but I don't won't to spoil earlier episodes... In the episode where Vincent and our group of travelers are set to kill each other Vincent's son turns messenger to tell Vincent to stand down. After his son gives him the message Vincent must know that the director kenw where he was and had not acted against him. I thought the whole deal with Vincent was that he was hiding from the director because he was afraid that the director would kill him. Also, whay does Vincent obey the order to stand down?
posted by rdr at 6:29 AM on December 29, 2017 [2 favorites]


I don't really see the "idiot ball" that you keep mentioning. I see a bunch of people who chose to listen to their emotions. The one thing that the Director AI can't understand and probably can't predict is that the humans it sends back have to adjust to the 21st, and to man of them it's a whole new lease on a life they have only dreamed of. Good food, fresh air, children, long term relationships. These are things that each of them have violated mission protocols to hang on to. I don't really fault them for that. This is no where near the level of idiocy that other shows put their characters through for sake of plot (see: The Flash).

Oh, and only now does David throw down the "who the hell are you?" card, after all the shit she's put him through, her miraculous recovery, and everything else.

He's been under the assumption the entire time that it's the same Marcy he met when she was still mentally challenged. In his view, she got better and stayed with him. As opposed to some other person that took her body. Someone he think he's known for the past several years turned out to have been someone else for the past year.
posted by numaner at 10:22 AM on December 29, 2017 [1 favorite]


rdr, that is one of the things I found jarring also. I totally get his reaction to the message in terms of the GTFO with prejudice, but why he and the Travelers are still giving each other shit after being explicitly told to knock it off, I cannot fathom from either side.
posted by wierdo at 10:36 AM on December 29, 2017


I was thrown by Vincent's repeatedly telling Simon "this is for you" - I thought maybe there was some connection/transfer between Simon and Taylor to be revealed, but I guess that was just a misdirection

I think 001 leveraged Simon's mental illness to condition him to build the device, and used 'fixing Simon' as the motivator.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 4:02 AM on December 30, 2017


I think 001 leveraged Simon's mental illness to condition him to build the device, and used 'fixing Simon' as the motivator.

Oh, definitely. I just meant that the show distracted me from the 001-to-Perrow transfer by making me think there was some impending reveal about Taylor.

I kind of figured that they'd pull a cliffhanger for the finale again. I do hope that they get more seasons, and that they know which season is the last before they start it, but, I felt oddly satisfied by both seasons' endings despite the cliff both times. I just really enjoyed this season, especially for all the little comedic moments - from Grace especially, but David too, and there was a level of farce in the finale that was such a great contrast with the dire circumstances.
posted by oh yeah! at 9:38 AM on December 30, 2017


I was fully expecting a 001-to-Simon transfer, but the transfer to Perrow is stone cold evil. The knockon effects on Perrow's kid as well as Vincent's own...

What a great villain, though.

Enrico Colantoni (001/Vincent) is incredible and did good work for this show, as always. I have less exposure to Amanda Tapping (Perrow) but it seems like she has the chops (and the fandom) to be a fantastic villain.

Appreciated that they clarified that consciousness transfer is really a (one way) transfer, but a transferred husk can still act as host to another consciousness. Really wondering if Simon got "fixed" or if he's going to be some backup plan or something for Vincent (conspiracy theory: Vincent managed to clone his consciousness and is now in both Perrow and Simon, but remain completely separate entities).

The implications for consciousness transfer echoes very strongly the myth-arc in 'Dollhouse', down to transfer of a baddy into a host of the opposite sex to avoid detection. Incidentally, the upcoming 'Altered Carbon''s central theme is consciousness transfer* (and functional immortality) and the novel it was based on explicitly (but not deeply) touches on "cross sleeving," but in an icky sort of way (not gender dysphoria related). Potentially lots to unpack there.

No resolution on the relationship between Vincent/Faction.

Well, that was a satisfying season finale and look forward to S3 but won't feel "betrayed" if there isn't one.

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I found it really endearing that Vincent uses oldschool CRT monitors with an obviously fake static-ey no-signal screen with sounds and everything!

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Many thanks to oh yeah! for the fantastic synopses!


*but with full body cloning and synthetic sleeves/hosts and Catholicism
posted by porpoise at 5:20 PM on January 2


I have less exposure to Amanda Tapping (Perrow) but it seems like she has the chops (and the fandom) to be a fantastic villain.

I've been a fan of hers since Stargate SG:1, I have no doubt she can. And she directed 4 episodes of this season (11:27, 17 Minutes, Traveler 0027, and Update) and the season one finale. I'd noticed her 'directed by' credit onscreen at one point, but hadn't realized she'd done one third of the season.

No resolution on the relationship between Vincent/Faction.

I don't think there is one though. Vincent came to the 21st from the original timeline where Shelter 41 had collapsed and there was no Faction yet. Once they did exist and start traveling, I don't think he had any particular interest in them, aside from how their plans might interfere with his - which was mainly in "17 Minutes", where Vincent wanted the meteor so that he could get some of that special element for Simon to complete the consciousness transfer device, while Faction wanted to get it in order to prevent the various scientific breakthroughs that led to the creation of the Director & time travel technology. (I mean, I'm assuming that the scuba gunmen were Faction, they really weren't Vincent's style.)
posted by oh yeah! at 5:32 AM on January 3 [3 favorites]


It only just now occurred to me to question:

What was 001/Vincent's motivation to be the first traveler - with a mission parameter that dictates that he allows himself to die, knowing that transfer is just that - not duplication?

Was he super old/ terminal illness and going to imminently die anyway?

Was he a criminal slated for death? If so, the judgement of the time travel research team is abysmal.

Trevor was one of the early guinea pigs for consciousness transfer because he was super old. Who was the host that he was transferred into, and who would willingly let themselves be taken over by another consciousness? Or was it willing? A criminal slated for death? Same question applies to any of the early transfer test subjects/ hosts.

The original transfer experiments almost certainly predated 001/Vincent proving that information transfer into the past is possible, so Trevor's host logically must not have been in the past and known to meet a decision-based death.

Is simultaneous reciprocal transfer possible? ie., Trevor goes into volunteer, volunteer goes into Trevor's old decrepit body. Trevor signs up for a transfer into the past, volunteer transfers back into their original body?

Given Trevor's backstory, sequential transfer into subsequent hosts is given as possible.

The whole premise of the show is that consciousness transfer is possible, and consciousness transfer into a host in the past is possible. How about consciousness transfer into the future? (My take is: unlikely, but given the premise of being able to transmit information into the "past" that definitely affects the "future," there's no reason why information can't be transmitted into the "future" assuming not-multiple-universes - but if the intervening time is altered by decisions in the "future," there might not be a correct "future" for the present information to be transmitted into.)
posted by porpoise at 6:12 PM on January 3 [1 favorite]


rdr: I think the Director knew roughly where Vincent has been, but a combination of no camera pictures and a radiator system that doubles as space time blocking field were enough that they can't get his precise location / TELL to overwrite him. (Why not kill him? That's a much harder question to answer - certainly, when the wife took the selfie, they should've been able to overwrite him rather than break his wife's brain, so maybe the Director wants him around for something?)

Having Vincent doing a big monologue and ignoring Simon asking for the screwdriver makes more sense when it turns out he's hallucination-Vincent.
posted by rmd1023 at 8:55 PM on January 3 [1 favorite]


Not that actual Vincent wouldn't ignore the request.
posted by rmd1023 at 8:59 PM on January 3


What was 001/Vincent's motivation to be the first traveler - with a mission parameter that dictates that he allows himself to die, knowing that transfer is just that - not duplication?

Was he super old/ terminal illness and going to imminently die anyway?

Yes, he was already dying - he tells Perrow in the episode where they have their first session that he spent the latter half of his life 'wasting away from a disease that hasn't been discovered yet'.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 10:21 PM on January 6 [2 favorites]


Trevor was one of the early guinea pigs for consciousness transfer because he was super old. Who was the host that he was transferred into, and who would willingly let themselves be taken over by another consciousness?

The same kind of people who transfer into a falling skydiver knowing that 3 previous attempts at transferring to that same skydiver have failed and those travelers all died within minutes of transferring. The culture of the future is built around self-sacrifice for the greater good of all mankind.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 10:54 PM on January 6 [2 favorites]


Aw, I like David being curious and summarizing everything for the other captives. It's a nice break from uncurious peeps who don't bother mentioning the weird shit they see in other shows. *coughlostcough*
posted by Pronoiac at 5:37 PM on January 8 [1 favorite]


He's been under the assumption the entire time that it's the same Marcy he met when she was still mentally challenged. In his view, she got better and stayed with him. As opposed to some other person that took her body. Someone he think he's known for the past several years turned out to have been someone else for the past year.

Come on, dude. A mentally challenged woman that as far as you know was never a doctor suddenly has mad medical skills that she's always trying out on herself? You had far more idea that Something Was Fishy Here than anyone else in that room (except for Ray, apparently). Hell, the Traveler thing makes more sense than what you think was happening.

I think the show just had to have them all mad at the group regardless of logic in some cases.

Much as I'm not really into Kat (and as far as we know the Traveler didn't actually kill Grant), yeah, that was a justified slapping.

I wonder how Jeff is going to react to finding out he literally did murder Carly.
posted by jenfullmoon at 6:14 AM on January 29 [1 favorite]


In David's mind, she suddenly had more cognitive ability but was still "off", can be seen more of a medicinal miracle that freaking traveler from the future. No matter how much you think your loved one might be acting different, unless you have hard proof you'd still give them the benefit of the the doubt that they're still the same person you care about.
posted by numaner at 12:58 PM on January 29 [1 favorite]




Yeah, but those are all good questions. Why not overwrite Vincent? And why allow this to get out to the world, when it could so easily be fixed by overwriting people? If they used Vincent’s wife as a messenger, the Director clearly doesn’t have thaaaat many qualms about overwriting.
posted by corb at 8:24 AM on March 8


I think what is supposed to be going on is that Vincent's wife has documented/recorded time/location available in the future.

Vincent has been careful enough to avoid having his particular time/location recorded/available in the future.

So while Vincent can't be temporospatially located, his wife can still go "find" him. The Director is deducing that the wife knows where Vincent is and can access him, during a particular time/space that has been recorded, so rides the wife as a carrier to deliver the message even though Vincent isn't directly accessible from the future (for overwriting).
posted by porpoise at 9:20 AM on March 8


I think my favorite line of the entire series is David's: "Lady... what the fuck have you been smoking?!"
posted by zarq at 7:27 PM on June 5


Nearly time for DragonCon again, and this year there will be Travelers panels - Leah Cairns (Kat MacLaren) and Jennifer Spence (Grace) guesting. Though I guess there must have been cancellations, because I'm sure they had announced Marcy, Carly, and David too previously. But as long as Jennifer Spence makes it I'll be happy, of all the cast she's the one I most wanted to see.
posted by oh yeah! at 4:30 PM on August 24


Just saw Jennifer Spence at her autograph table, and got to tell her how much I love Grace. :-)
posted by oh yeah! at 1:16 PM on August 31 [1 favorite]


And just finished watching a Jennifer Spence solo panel. She said that Season 3 is even better than 1 and 2. Someone asked what has been her most difficult scene of the series, and she said it’s an S3 episode she can’t talk about because spoilers, but it’s one with Trevor.
posted by oh yeah! at 9:54 AM on September 1 [1 favorite]


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