No matter the scenario, I will always see Eric McCormack as one-half of the starring duo in Will & Grace. He attempted comebacks since then, like with the TNT series Perception and that show Trust Me with The Flash’s Tom Cavanagh. But does he have the presence and demeanor to pull off an FBI agent role in a time-traveling sci-fi series?
The first trailer for Travelers, the latest addition to Netflix’s slate of original content, sees the actor as Grant MacLaren, an FBI agent from the distant future when humanity develops the technological to send someone’s consciousness back through time to inhabit a body in the 21st century. (Think what Assassin’s Creed did with the Animus, or Wolverine’s trip to the past in X-Men: Days of Future Past.)
Grant takes a team back in time to inhabit the bodies of ordinary citizens in order to prevent humanity’s extinction, while trying to maintain their covers.
Watch the trailer below:
Much like Netflix’s The O.A., the release of the Travelers trailer comes just days before the series debuts in its entirety on December 23 — because that’s the kind of world we live in now. The cast is rounded out by Mackenzie Porter, Patrick Gilmore, Jared Paul Abrahamson, Nesta Marlee Cooper, and Reilly Dolman.
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. 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.