Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Travelers 03x02 Yates

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Travelers season 3 is here! I've been waiting for this one with bated breath ever since that crazy cliffhanger in season 2. Finally we get some answers- maybe?- about what happens now that the Travelers have been outed. Or- have they? I guess we need to watch and find out! So without further ado, here are my thoughts on episode 2 of season 3. This post will be a little spoilery- just a heads up. 

Fake news! That's the focus of this episode, and nicely interwoven with the morally gray questions facing the Traveler team at this point. We met agent Yates last episode and this time we learn that she's MacLaren's new partner. Oh joy. And the FBI is now a governing body over the Traveler program- hence Yates oversees Mac's team. She expects to be briefed on everything, but he invokes Protocol 2 and says sorry, no. Their partnership, needless to say, is off to a great start. To top it off, they're assigned to protect a purveyor of fake news after he's threatened by a hacktivist group for spreading his lies- resulting in the death of the wife of a candidate for office. 

We also see early on that damage control is still going on with the Traveler program being outed- the fake news guy Rockwell's assistant mentions that the videos the Travelers recorded are disappearing from servers, even government servers. Hmm. Who's doing that? Meanwhile Kat is still suspicious of Mac- she has another vision or daydream of him about to harm her- where is that coming from? She tells David later when they meet in a coffee shop that she has a blank spot in her memory, and that she thinks this happened once before. You know, I like that they're meeting like this- sort of a kidnap victims' support group? Kat and David might play off each other well. Jeff is supposed to show up too but asshole that he is, he can't make time. 

Speaking of Jeff- he really blows it. Carly loses custody of her kid when he manages to convince the court that he would be the better parent, but then he gets drunk and is arrested for driving under the influence- with the kid in the back seat. Nice one. Back to Protective Services for the little one. Seriously, I get that Carly is having mothering feelings for the kid, but how effective is she being with the child? I mean the mission takes all her time. Anyway, sticking with Jeff for a second, I don't know if it's the drinking that offsets the memory inhibitor or what, but he clearly remembers more than the rest of them- and he tells Mac as much at the end of the episode, threatening to talk to Kat. 

Yates and Mac have a nice conversation about Travelers taking over hosts- she is trying to understand how it works, and questions the morality of it- taking over someone's life and body at the moment of their death. She resents the Director using her mother that way, when it took over her body as she was dying to deliver a message to Yates. Can't blame her. Mac of course defends the program and justifies it by the good they are accomplishing, but she's clearly making him think and question. I think Mac is a bit too comfortable with the sacrifices that are required, and things are going to reach a boil sooner or later because Kat is not happy. 

The other thing this episode does well is keep the viewer guessing as to what's going on- the way the mission flows such that by the end you are finding out what's really going on just as Yates is. Mac lets her twist a bit too, keeping her unawares of what is really happening- especially as it is again a gray area. Do the ends justify the means? Sosa, the candidate whose wife died, is supposed to kill Rockwell but the Travelers stop him- and then Rockwell is overwritten by a new Traveler, sent back to assume his life. He immediately makes changes to his news show, which Mac sees as a good thing, and it is, but Yates questions their right to make those decisions, and she has a good point. 

I've long thought that this show needs to take a hard look at what the Director does- and frankly if the Director is even legit- and I hope this is leading in that direction. 

Stray Thoughts

David is working out! Pilates, push ups, you name it- and Grace is amused at this. Seriously David isn't missing a beat this season with the humor, thankfully. 

No Wakefield this time. Boo. 

We also don't see Perrow yet- the new host body for nefarious Vincent. Hmm. 

David has a new blend of coffee- Jurassic Dark- but it doesn't work out. 

Yates asked Mac how long he's been married, and their conversation about how well could he really know Kat was spot on. Mac seems way too comfortable just pretending to be the guy Kat married. 

Can't Wait Wednesday #51/ Midweek stuff

 So here's a midweek round up of what I'm reading watching, etc. Plus Can't Wait Wednesday, hosted by Wishful endings. So sit back, raise a cuppa, and see what's new! And share what you're up to. 

This week my Can't Wait pick is Scooby Apocalypse Vol. 4. This one is actually out already but I don't own it yet.   

Scooby Apocalypse Volume 4

What I'm Reading

Kitty Takes a Holiday (Kitty Norville, #3)

What I'm Watching 

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Monday, December 17, 2018

Top Ten Winter 2018


 Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by 
That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week a new Top Ten list will be posted. Everyone is welcome to join. Link back to The Broke and the Bookish so everyone can check out other bloggers' lists. It's a fun way to get to know fellow bloggers.

This week is the Top Ten Winter 2018 TBR. 
The books I am most anxious to read over the winter. Some of these are new releases, and some are books I just haven't gotten to yet, but all are high on my list of must- reads. So let's take a look!         

Polaris Rising

Watcher in the Woods (Rockton, #4)

Watching You

The Gone World

Love & Luck


Nine Perfect Strangers

Lies You Never Told Me

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe

Two Can Keep a Secret

Tuesday Tagline #122

Immunity (Contagion, #2)

Escape is just out of reach. 

Travelers 03x01 Ilsa

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Travelers season 3 is here! I've been waiting for this one with bated breath ever since that crazy cliffhanger in season 2. Finally we get some answers- maybe?- about what happens now that the Travelers have been outed. Or- have they? I guess we need to watch and find out! So without further ado, here are my thoughts on episode 1 of season 3. This post will be a little spoilery- just a heads up. 

We're introduced right away to agent Joanne Yates, who is at her mother's bedside- she had a stroke and isn't expected to recover- so imagine Yates' surprise when her mother wakes up and delivers her a message. And then dies. The message is apparently from the Director? You know, the AI that runs the traveler program in the future. The whole thing with this episode is our favorite Travelers are taken to an FBI safehouse where their significant others, who were all made aware of their true identities at the end of last season, can be debriefed. However, the Travelers have a memory inhibitor which all the SO's have been treated with- the question now is did it work and can they go back to business as usual, with their SO's none the wiser as to their real identities? 

You know I thought the real kicker from the season 2 finale was the realization that oh my gosh my significant other is someone- a stranger- from the future, inhabiting the body of my husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend/whatever. What would that do to someone? The feelings of betrayal, of fear- I mean you're living with or interacting with someone you thought you knew- same body but different person inside. That would be freaky AF. And that's where the SO's were- but now we have a convenient memory inhibitor. I kind of hope they don't take that question entirely away though- I want them to explore that. 

It looks like they may, as well. Kat seems to suspect that something isn't right- she even has a daydream of Mac dosing her with something to make her forget- and Jeff says he outright remembers something. So yeah. The other thing happening is that a strike team is about to hit the safehouse and take our favorite Travelers out- and the people running the hit are agent Yates' superiors. That's what the message her mom delivered was about- she's supposed to tell Stevenson, the head guy, to abort the hit. It's not just our Travelers either- they're taking out Traveler teams worldwide. What's going on?    

Yates also meets Ilsa- hence the title of the episode- an AI which apparently is cutting edge tech and also just happens to be able to communicate with them from the future. The Director talks to Yates and tells her that the worldwide assault on Traveler teams must stop or civilization- ending events will occur. It also says discovery was inevitable, hinting that it's okay that Travelers have been outed. However... Simon shows up at traveler HQ and thinks he's on a mission from the Director to do damage control on the whole situation. So... there's a question of who's really working for who? 

Bottom line though is the hit is called off- Yates proves her bona fides to Stevenson by telling him something only he knows- what his daughter said to him before she almost died of cancer. The Director spoke through her as well, and then she got better- with the help of future tech from the Director, apparently. Realizing only the Director would know that, Stevenson aborts the hit. Simon meanwhile is in the body of a paranoid schizophrenic, and questions why the Director would do that. Trevor replies that the Director makes mistakes.  

Stray Thoughts

"Would you like to play a nice game of chess?" asks Ilsa when Yates meets it for the first time. Wargames reference!!! I did get it (Ilsa's handler says no one ever gets it). 

Grace is still the best. Also- this show still feels like a Continuum reunion. I count three actors from that earlier show here- Wakefield, Grace and Ray? 

Grace comes on to Phil in this one! 

The seeds are set for conflict as Carly is pissed that Mac and Grace risked the Traveler program for their significant others- she says the Director is just making shit up as it goes along. Mac's response is- stick to the Protocols.

We need lots more Wakefield.   

"Ilsa is an AI that replaces Boolean logic with quantum law on an algorithmic level." Okay then. "A sentient multi-zettaflop quantum frame" speaking from the future, Yates is told. Sure.