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Boxset Friday: Travelers (season 3) (Netflix)

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I foresee a future where ultimately, only Netflix makes TV. All TV you want to watch will be on Netflix and that will be the only TV you get to watch.

How can we stop this? More importantly, should we stop this or is the alternative future so much worse?

Gosh, what a smooth segue into this review of season 3 of Travelers. You barely noticed the bump, did you?

When Travelers started, it was a surprisingly decent, low-key Canadian series on that country’s Showcase channel. Yes, it had some funding from Netflix, but as the show’s star and producer Eric McCormack (Will & Grace) pointed out when interviewed at the time, it was still a show that was proudly Canadian and “Canadian first”. Sure, the rest of the world would get to watch it on Netflix sooner or later, but everyone in Canada would get the chance to watch it first.

However, here we are hitting season 3 and it’s now Netflix-only. No initial Canadian airing first any more. Netflix has assimilated Travelers and made it a true original, rather than a ‘Netflix Original’.

Soon, all TV will be like this. But should this future be avoided? Is season 3 of Travelers any different or worse from the previous two seasons?

Travelers - season 3

Well traveled

Season 3 of Travelers picks up where the previous season left off, more or less. There’s a bit of a time jump but not a huge one and the gaps are filled in pretty quickly.

If you recall, when last we left Travelers, our gang of time travellers had been outed by the very first of their number, Traveler 001: they had been forced to confess to camera that their consciousnesses had been sent back in time by an AI called ‘The Director’ to replace those of present day people who were about to die, in order to prevent the terrible future they’d all come from. Yes, they themselves were about to do what they’d tried to avoid for two seasons and expose their mission to the world – and their new, present-day loved ones. What would happen next, could they stop it and how would it affect their mission? And how would being on Netflix affect the storytelling?

Well, there’s more swearing…

Spoilers after this trailer and the jump.

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Every Friday, TMINE lets you know when the latest TV shows from around the world will air in the UK

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Premiere dates

Although I don’t normally do premiere dates for season numbers greater than 1, I just thought I’d point out that season 3 of Travelers is set to hit Netflix on Friday, December 14.

I should also point out that I missed that Belgian body-swap drama Transferts (Transfers) has now hit Netflix:

Usual thanks to Fans of European and World TV Dramas for a lot of these premiere dates:

Xanadu (The Money Shot)

Xanadu (The Money Shot) (France: Arte; UK: Walter Presents)
Premiere date: Wednesday, November 20, 12.00am

For more than 40 years at Xanadu, X-rated films and family life have peacefully co-existed together under the same roof. The business thrived under the authority of Alex Valadine, the flamboyant patriarch and the high priest of the French erotic film industry. Yet, decades later Alex refuses to acknowledge that the industry is now virtually unrecognisable and now the company is struggling to keep up with the digital world. In order to save the business from bankruptcy his children need to step in and take control, but will they be able to overcome fraught relations and past predicaments?

The trailer’s a tad racy (even the preview pic on the YouTube video is a tad X-rated), so click through to view it

Farang

Farang (Dead Man Running) (Sweden: CMore; UK: Walter Presents)
Premiere date: Wednesday, November 27, 11.05pm

Former criminal Rickard (Ola Rapace) has vanished. Fleeing Sweden and the old friends he has testified against, he abandons his name, his life, and his family to start over in Thailand. Ten years later and he still has a price on his head and returning home would be a death sentence, so he ekes out his existence as a small-time crook in the back alleys of Phuket. Life’s tough and dirty, but at least it won’t kill him. That’s the idea anyway.

When his fifteen-year-old daughter Thyracomes (Louise Nyvall) looking for him, Rickard’s self-imposed exile in this gritty paradise is soon under threat. His attempts to push her away only drive her deeper into the dark underworld that Rickard knows only too well. After a momentary lapse in judgement, Rickard’s cover is blown and both he and his daughter find themselves in very real danger. Their only chance of survival is to strike back at those who are coming for them.

Yesterday he was alone. Today he has a daughter to look after. But how can he protect her when he can’t even protect himself?

Memories of the Al Hambra

Memories of the Alhambra (South Korea: tvN; UK: Netflix)
Premiere date: Saturday, December 1

Suspense romance drama. After suffering a setback following his friend’s betrayal, Yoo Jin-woo travels to Granada in Spain for a business trip. There, he stays at a hostel owned by a former guitarist named Jung Hee-joo; and both get entangled in a mysterious incident.

The Protector

The Protector (Netflix)
Premiere date: Friday, December 14

Turkish Netflix original. Given mystical powers by a talismanic keepsake, a young man embarks on a quest to fight shadowy forces and solve a mystery from his past.

Selection Day

Selection Day (Netflix)
Premiere date: Friday, December 28

Indian Netflix original. In a country that loves cricket, lives a boy who doesn’t. Radha and Manju were conceived to be the greatest batsmen in the world, but Manju doesn’t share his father’s dream. Come selection day, the selectors won’t be the only ones making a choice.

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What have you been watching? Including The Americans and Legion

It’s “What have you been watching?”, your chance to recommend anything you’ve been watching this weekfortnight

TMINE was on holiday last week but fortunately, I’ve now managed to review pretty much all the new shows that have started airing in that time:

I’ll be reviewing Killing Eve (US: BBC America; UK: BBC One/BBC Three) in the next couple of days and seeing as Channel Five have gone and bought CTV (Canada)’s The Detail, I’ll be giving that a whirl, too, with next week’s Boxset Monday set to be Netflix’s Lost in Space.

Regular readers will notice that I’ve not yet reviewed Trust (US: FX; UK: Sky Atlantic) or The Terror (US: AMC; UK: AMC Global). They’re a bit of a ‘work in progress’, with Trust being a bit of a slog so far, but I will get round to them at some point, particularly The Terror since I do love a naval story.

I also gave Amazon’s Dangerous Book for Boys a go, but didn’t even make it through the first episode, since it was a bit too ‘US family comedy’ for me, so I can’t really give it a real review.

Spring is officially here, however, which means that as well as in with the new, it’s out with the old. That means that this week’s WHYBW? is not only chock full of new and returning shows, including The Americans and Legion, it’s also waving goodbye to a few shows that have aired their season finales, namely Counterpart, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Magicians and Will & Grace.

I haven’t had the time (or really the inclination) to watch the new season of Plebs, but after the jump, double-helpings (mostly) for the rest of the regulars: Black Lightning, The Crossing, The Good Fight, Harrow, Krypton, The Looming Tower, SEAL Team, Silicon Valley and Timeless. See you in mo – can you guess which show will be getting a promotion?

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