I realized last night that I no longer have a clue what's happening on "Traveler." I don't know who's good, who's bad and who's just creepy; I don't know who's telling the truth and who's lying. And in that way, I guess the show has managed to put me in the shoes of Jay and Tyler, as their lives start to feel even more unhinged.
But what I love most about "Traveler" at this point is the final two minutes of every episode. In the first episode, Tyler's dad reveals that he's been on the phone with someone mysterious. In the second, the scary Homeland Security guy appears. In the third, we learn that Will's alive. And in the fourth ... well, I'll get to that in a second. First, here are a few of my thoughts on "The Out":
- I like that every episode has been set somewhere different so far, each with a new cast of characters to navigate. If this show were going to be a full-out, multi-season series, it would probably annoy me to have to keep track of so many people, but since I'm assuming "Traveler" will be done after its eighth episode, I'm more than happy to meet and then discard new characters every week. This week, Jay and Tyler take off for Deer Harbor, Maine, home of the possibly fictional Will.
- Jay and Tyler bribe a guy and learn that someone named Daniel Taft made the reservation they found the code for on the train schedule. They speculate that Will must have been using the name Daniel Taft. Or maybe Daniel Taft was using the name Will Traveler, you idiots.
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- Luckily, they figure out the Will Traveler pseudonym thing soon enough when they happen upon a Deer Harbor bookstore called "Have Books — Will Travel." I'm glad that's finally cleared up, though I think it's hilarious that these Yale-educated kids never realized their friend was using a name derived from a commonly used phrase.
- How creepy is the video that got leaked to the media with Tyler talking about hating the president? Just goes to show how anyone's random remarks can be spliced together to make you look like a terrorist. The one good thing to come from that, though, was the FBI agent starting to believe — just a little — that maybe Jay and Tyler aren't the bad guys; she's right that they wouldn't destroy evidence if they'd already put it on YouTube.
- You'd think Jay and Tyler would be a little smarter about believing people by now, but they sure didn't question the guy who said he was Daniel Taft. That's how you end up locked in a boat with a bomb on it, guys. It was great shooting by Jay to break the lock without hitting the bomb, though.
- I don't know why the hotel bellhop guy seems so willing to help Jay and Tyler, but he's certainly happy to kill for them. This week's body count included faux-Daniel Taft and the guy who was eavesdropping on Maya's store.
- Any theories on why Jay's dad matters to the story? They keep bringing him up, but I'm still not sure how he ties in.
- So the Department of Homeland Security apparently has hitmen? Conspiracy theorists everywhere are salivating right now.
- I'm still not sure bookstore Maya is trustworthy. Jay tells Maya that Will died in the bombing, and Maya responds "I wouldn't be talking to you otherwise." So either she (a) really thinks Will died or (b) knows Will isn't dead and is leading the guys into a trap. I vote for (b). Meanwhile, the ancient-looking key she gives the guys looks like it would open a treasure chest or wind up a grandfather clock, not give them a path to freedom.
- As for those final minutes: As Jay makes a phone call from the train station to the still-awesome Kim, Tyler sees his car pull up. Jay says they both must be hallucinating, which maybe explains why they're fairly nonchalant when they see Will climb out. Jay and Tyler don't see what happens next because the train cuts off their view, but on the other side of the tracks, a white van comes careening toward Will, and he takes off running. Hotel guy is there, and he shoots at Will, but Will gets up and keeps running. Then, the guys from the van punch Will and throw him into the van. When the train finishes passing, all that's left is hotel guy, staring at Jay and Tyler from across the tracks.
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