Travelers (2016) - TV series

ROLE:Marcy Warton
GENRE:Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
RELEASE DATE:23 December 2016 – present
country:Canada, USA
network:Showcase & Netflix
running time:50 min
number of episodes:32 episodes
created by:Brad Wright
cast:MacKenzie Porter, Nesta Cooper, Eric McCormack, Jared Abrahamson, Reilly Dolman, Patrick Gilmore, J. Alex Brinson, Leah Cairns, Jennifer Spence


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, the team's leader; Marcy, a young, intellectually disabled woman in the care of her social worker, David; Trevor, a high school quarterback; Carly, a single mom in an abusive relationship; and Philip, 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.

    character   (attention! may contain spoilers!)    

Marcy Warton (Traveler 3569) is the medic for the show's core team. The host body is a mentally disabled woman who works as a cleaning girl in a library. The fact that she was mentally disabled was unknown to The Director and others in the future due to fake social media profiles created as an exercise with her social worker David Mailer to help teach her about the world. The fake social profile stated she was a librarian and David was a reporter she had met while he was doing research for a newspaper story.

Traveler 3569 (First Version)

Traveler 3569 was transferred into Marcy's body on the same night as the rest of the team, apart from Grant MacLaren. She defended herself against the attackers who were historically supposed to kill the host. She then walked home.

In the morning, David comes to visit her and she answers to door naked. After getting dresses, David takes her to the doctor due to the cut on her head and the fall from the previous night. On the bus ride to the doctor's office, David said that it's 'reading out-loud day' and begins to pull out a children's book but Marcy reads an article in the newspaper instead.

She waited outside the doctor's office while David and the doctor argued over weather her increased intelligence was a medical miracle or the result of Marcy forgetting that she was pretending to have intellectual disabilities. When she repeated the story she'd been taught in the future, about being a librarian and meeting David doing research in the library where they met, she was told that it was all a lie for a social media experiment. She then has a seizure and ends up in the hospital, though she walks out as soon as David leaves. She ends up staying at David's.

She goes to the abandoned building where she meets her team in the 21st century for the first time and helps to explain to Grant, the host, what what they are in the moments before he dies. She also helps to stop Jonas Walker's shooting rampage. (Travelers)

Marcy goes back to David's after completing the mission. He wants her to go to the doctor but she refuses saying she is one and explaining what happened to her. He gives her a phone and she leaves to meet with Philip, finding that the team leader they're supposed to meet died of an overdose within seconds of arrival. 

Later, she noticed Philip sweating, and later shaking, and realises that his host was a heorin addict, not a one time user as their death certificate showed. She later confronts him about it, as well as the fact that her host was in fact mentally disabled and her whole social media was fictional, and tells him to continue taking heorin in small, controlled doses. (Protocol 6)

Traveler 3569 (Second Version)

Because of the host's mental disability, Marcy knew that she was going to continue having seizures and die fairly soon. Traveler 0027 (Grace Day) said that she would be able to reboot Marcy's consciousness, which would allow her to continue living but would also remove some of her memories, including all the ones she'd created as Marcy. Marcy debated going through with it and wanted to at least talk to David before she went through with it. However, Grace Day tricked her into performing the reboot before she was able to talk to David. Her team briefed her on what had happened, but knew that she wasn't the same. (Marcy)

Marcy goes to some trouble to try to remember what she'd forgotten when she was overwritten. She connects herself to a monitor and bathes in a bath of ice attempting to bring herself to the edge of death since almost dying caused Grant to witness his host's memories. Here, she begins to remember what happened when host Marcy was still alive: how she worked in the hospital ward with Vincent Ingram and where Simon was also a patient; how she was forced to use the machine which caused her brain damage; how she became a patient in an abusive hospital where Vincent would give her “treatment”; and how she was eventually abandoned, which lead to her bumping into David on the street who began looking after her. She also remembered small parts of her relationship with David pre-reboot. The ice bath caused her to have a seizure which Carly rescued her from. (21C)


    filming dates & locations    

Season 1 - 29 March 2016 - 19 July 2016 - Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada)
Season 2 - 27 March 2017 - 28 July 2017 - Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada)
Season 3 - 26 March 2018 - 5 July 2018 - Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada)

    a day on the set as mackenzie porter...    

"I have the earliest call time. If I am in the first scene of the day, then it is hair and makeup. I usually get up at 4 am. This year I am 30 minutes away from the set. I go to hair and makeup and get into my Marcy wardrobe and look. Right away we are jumping into the first scene of the day. If we are in the studio, then we have a pretty well-oiled machine. If we are on location, then everything kind of takes longer. Three seasons in, we move pretty fast. We do the scenes a couple of times, we sit and wait while they change the camera angles. We run around the lines. There is a lot of emotional stuff for my character. I would either listen to music or do whatever I have to do to get prepared for this. It is usually a 14-hour day for me. They are long and can be tired. Especially the emotional scenes are the hardest because it is hard to stay in this state all day long."


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