Travelers: Kathryn
December 27, 2016 12:42 PM - Season 1, Episode 10 - Subscribe

Surgeons work to save MacLaren as he hovers between life and death. The team tries to cover up the situation as suspicions grow at work and home.

Trevor: How much alcohol would it take for someone to black out the previous day?
Philip: I don't know. I only use heroin.
Trevor: Let's go with lots.

Trevor: I'm beginning to see that time is like a river... That you can throw the biggest rock that you can find into the river, but the water just goes around the rock. And it continues downstream as if the rock... was never there.

*The team have Kat in the van and race away from the crash site, injecting her with a sedative. When Marcy calls MacLaren's cellphone another traveler answers and tells them to deal with Kat and get to Ops ASAP. They get her home, inject her with a memory inhibitor which will erase the past day, and set up the house to look like she and Grant got blackout drunk.
*Back at Ops, traveler D13 (Derek) and his team are working on MacLaren with nanotechnology.
*Philip continues to cover for MacLaren, replying to Kat and Forbes' texts on his phone, and going to the airport to retrieve his SUV
*D13 needs a replacement organ for MacLaren, puts a leech-looking thing on Trevor which burrows under his skin and starts growing the organ.
*At airport parking, Philip is stopped by security as a suspected car thief, and he fights back to avoid arrest.
*Marcy scrubs in, and they inject MacLaren with stage 3 nanites. Unconscious MacLaren begins reliving Grant's memories of life with Kat, interspersed with visions of climbing a ladder and stairs in darkness. Grant was deeply in love with Kat, and after she had a life-threatening miscarriage he never wanted to risk trying again.
*Forbes is told of the report of MacLaren's SUV theft, calls Kat and discovers they've both been getting texts from MacLaren saying he's with the other one. Forbes turns on the SUV GPS and internal dash cam, texts MacLaren that his car was stolen by some kid, Philip calls Carly for evac.
*Forbes asks for facial recognition of Philip's photo, but the agent identifies him on sight because of MacLaren's searches when the team was kidnapped.
*Forbes takes Kat with him to the abandoned SUV, she tells him about her uncharacteristic blackout drinking. Forbes reassures her, but agrees that Grant has been acting unlike himself lately.
*Unconscious-MacLaren reaches the top of the ladder, finds himself in an empty white loft with Not-Kat, who tells him those were real-Grant's last and most important memories which he would normally never have had access to, but he was given refuge in them since he was near death.
*Agent Beth shows Forbes MacLaren's GPS data which shows his frequent visits to the warehouse (Ops) which Ray purchased for Philip. Philip monitors all this via webcam and tells Carly they need to evacuate.
*Forbes enters the warehouse, only to find MacLaren alive and well and angry at Philip, who he says is actually his secret hacker CI, who stole the SUV and re-routed his texts to prove how vulnerable his security is (while D13 and Marcy quietly finish Trevor's suturing in a closet).
*MacLaren goes home and apologizes to Kat, but she's not having it.

Showcase Blogs - Episode 10 recap
posted by oh yeah! (6 comments total)
The stage 3 nanite special effect was neat. (Though I thought the nanite injection was related to Trevor's leech, and was confused into thinking something had gone wrong with him when he lifted up his shirt to find the strange mass.)

Still not sure why MacLaren was feeling so strongly about saving Kat in the plane crash if it's only now that he got access to Grant's memories of her. But still, a good episode.

2 more episodes left on Netflix, but it looks like Canada doesn't get episode 11 till tonight and the finale next week? I will try to keep the above-the-fold descriptions especially vague, I guess.
posted by oh yeah! at 12:51 PM on December 27, 2016

Did not like the climbing towards the light dream sequences, and the restrictions on using nanites on Marcy seems a bit wrong in many ways, the director's refusal seemed cold and wrong. And it just seemed odd that some teams are virtually independent, some have gone off the book, and here for this plot point it's a regimented true believer team.

But this is the best time travel story to come along in, well, a long time. There's good reasonable plotting and great broken characters that are doing things for reasons, good and wrong, but real reasons for their actions!
posted by sammyo at 7:13 PM on December 29, 2016

stage 3 nanites

Ferrofluids [youtube] are really cool. Here's an Instructible for making your own. Excellent choice by their fx crew.

Trevor's leech, haha bellybutton, but why not apply a topical anaesthetic?

I wonder if physical future tech was time traveled to the present, or if writers are implying that current fabrication techniques are sufficient for recreating future tech?
posted by porpoise at 2:47 PM on December 31, 2016

Last two episodes have been so stressful. I agreed the climbing towards the light was a bit hackneyed but liked Phillip getting a chance to shine a bit more.

And how the heck did Kat still have her suitcase to pack again near the end?
posted by purenitrous at 10:07 PM on January 6, 2017

And how the heck did Kat still have her suitcase to pack again near the end?

Because of the plane crash, do you mean? I think she only would have had a carry-on bag, you wouldn't want to check a bag for a 'spying on my suspected-cheating husband' flight.
posted by oh yeah! at 4:46 PM on January 7, 2017

Am I the only one who thinks that Kat looks eerily like Tina Fey sometimes?

This episode needed to show a bit more difference between old Mac and new Mac. Tatiana Maslany(Orphan Black) has set a high bar, but I am not getting anything from McCormick that distinguishes between the two.
posted by OHenryPacey at 8:07 PM on January 22, 2017 [1 favorite]

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