2016 is fast drawing to a close, but there’s still enough time for an original Netflix series to make its premiere. And so, following the recent stealth release of Zal Batmanglij’s sci-fi mystery The OA, the online streamer is on the verge of debuting Travelers.
Cut from the same sci-fi cloth as The OA, Travelers is a 12-part series hatched by Brad Wright, best known for his work across both Stargate SG-1 and Stargate: Atlantis. Set in the distant future, the elevator pitch involves a crack team of Travelers who possess the ability to send someone’s consciousness back in time to inhabit a body in the 21st century – think of Wolverine’s jaunt back in time from Days of Future Past.
Featuring a cast led by Eric McCormack (Will & Grace), Brad Wright’s imminent series finds humanity on its last legs, and ahead of tomorrow’s premiere, the first trailer has beamed online to give us a sense of the near-impossible task left facing McCormack and the gang.
Comprised of 12 episodes in total, here’s the official logline for Netflix’s new original series:
Hundreds of years from now, the last surviving humans discover the means of sending consciousness back through time, directly into people in the 21st century. These “travelers” assume the lives of seemingly random people, while secretly working as teams to perform missions in order to save humanity from a terrible future. These travelers are: FBI Special Agent Grant MacLaren (Eric McCormack), the team’s leader; Marcy (Mackenzie Porter), a young, intellectually disabled woman in the care of her social worker, David (Patrick Gilmore); Trevor (Jared Paul Abrahamson), a high school quarterback; Carly (Nesta Marlee Cooper), a single mom in an abusive relationship; and Philip (Reilly Dolman), a heroin-addicted college student. Armed only with their knowledge of history and an archive of social media profiles, the travelers discover that 21st century lives and relationships are as much a challenge as their high-stakes missions.
Travelers, also starring Mackenzie Porter, Patrick Gilmore, Jared Paul Abrahamson, Nesta Marlee Cooper and Reilly Dolman, will beam onto Netflix tomorrow, December 23.