There is a ton of science fiction on TV anymore, that and superhero shows, which is both a really good thing and a really bad thing. With every network trying to flood the airwaves with whatever is hot, sometimes it isn’t the best shows that make it in front of viewers. Now I liked Travelers last year, but as with so many, the second season is the real test and as with so many, I think this show has lost its way. Why? I guess you’ll have to read on.The biggest complaint I had last season is that when you have so many time travelers running around, it makes things less special. Unfortunately, this year, they started sending hundreds of people back in time. They were killing crowds of people so they could send their own people back down the line. Honestly, they could send every person from the future back to the present, so why care about the future? This is especially silly when they started talking about killing 1/3 of the population and having thousands upon thousands of future people arriving. I thought the whole reason they were here was that humanity was almost extinct in the future!
Now granted, they did explain some of it as a plot by the Faction, but even after that plot was foiled, travelers were still showing up by the dozens. Pretty soon, everyone from the future is going to be here! Why are they here again? We just don’t know.
And that’s my other problem, none of this seems to be leading anywhere. In the first season, they were sent back to stop an asteroid from smashing into the planet. Problem solved, right? Nope, there’s still some grand plan to which we, the audience, are not at all privy, and some unknown problem in the future that still has to be corrected. What is it? Who the hell knows? And while most people are really interested in watching these future people adjust to life in the 21st, I’m more interested in finding out why the hell they’re here in the first place. They keep going on missions, but we have no idea what any of them are meant to accomplish.
My wife’s reaction to the season finale was “why do they always screw these shows up in the second season?” While I don’t think it was that bad, I certainly agree that the show has lost its focus. Sure, I know they have to continue to live the lives of the people they took over, but when half of the season is about Mac’s marriage, when huge parts are about Marcy’s relationship with David, when we’re supposed to care how Carly and Jeff are doing, I’m really not invested in that part of the show. I’m here for the sci-fi, not for the Hallmark Channel relationships.