If you’ve been jonesing for a time-travel series with the spirit of some old-school Stargate SG-1, this could be just the ticket.
Netflix has picked up Travelers, a new sci-fi time-travel series from longtime Stargate SG-1 producer Brad Wright (he also worked on Atlantis and Universe, for the record). The series follows a team of time travelers who go back in time via body-jumping to try and avoid a terrible future. So, kind of like Quantum Leap meets 12 Monkeys, from the creative mind of a Stargate SG-1 alum. Yeah, color us intrigued.
Here’s the official synopsis:
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. 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.
The cast is led by Eric McCormack (Perception, Will & Grace), who will play FBI Special Agent Grant MacLaren. The rest of time-travel team includes 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.
It’s an interesting pitch, to be sure, and looks to be a very serialized concept. The contrast of having these characters trying to dive into modern-day lives should be ripe for drama (Again, see 12 Monkeys as a great example).
The series is entering production now and will debut on Netflix later this year.