Netflix's New Hauntingly Relevant Series

Netflix's New Hauntingly Relevant Series

"Don't think the future doesn't get its hands dirty."
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Netflix's new sci-fi drama series "Travelers" arrived to the popular streaming service this past December with 12 action-packed and emotionally-charged episodes.

The series, which was renewed for a second season last month, follows the lives of five strangers who all have one thing in common: their consciousness belongs to that of someone from the impeding apocalyptic future.

Years from now, humanity is on its last leg of survival. Under the strict instructions of their mysterious Director, volunteers have their consciousness transmitted to the body of someone in the 21st century. Their mission? To team up and fix the mistakes of generations past. Wars, terrorist attacks, natural disasters — you name it.

These teams of travelers work to prevent or change historic events that their Director has calculated as being pivotal moments in humanity's downfall. It's believed that if enough of these pivotal events can be altered, humanity has a chance of escaping its looming demise.

But of course, tampering with fragile timelines always comes with complications. Don't let this typically predictable trope turn you off, though. "Travelers" takes an incredibly unique and refreshing twist on the butterfly effect and succeeds in constructing a haunting and gripping narrative about the future of humanity.

The series asks many complex and profound questions that don't always have a clear answer. The travelers' protocols instruct them to neither take lives or save lives unless explicitly told otherwise. Their missions typically aim at saving a large group of people; saving one life can only do so much for saving humanity. Their loyalty and compliance to the mission and the Director must always come first — but can they really be expected to sit idly by while people they know they can save are dying?

The narrative is incredibly relevant in the way we perceive value of human lives in this day and age. Is it ethical to sacrifice one life to save many? Is there a human obligation to help those who we can, even if it puts others at risk? Their mission dehumanizes people as variables in an equation, and the travelers' entire belief system starts to shift when they start recognizing the people around them as tangible, real human beings.

And isn't that our problem? We turn humans into variables, objects, numbers, and statistics because it makes it easier for us to ignore those who need help. That's how discrimination works — viewing people as less than human. That's how we're able to ignore the voices that need our help; the voices of refugees or starving children. We view them as entities separate from our own, as an entire species separate from us that we aren't connected to and have no obligation to help.

"Travelers" challenges that. It asks us to think of people complexly and recognize all humans as having equal value. It inspires the belief that within us all is a deep and resounding fundamental connection between humans that can't be stripped away.

The show also has a multitude of important underlying themes and subplots surrounding addiction, chronic illness, domestic violence, and bullying. Every moment is powerful and perplexing, and just when you think you've caught on to the show's rhythm, a whole new twist gets thrown into the picture.

This series is important and resonating, and I am incredibly eager to see where season two will take us. "Travelers" has managed to take a somewhat tired and predictable premise and make it entirely their own. The characters are fully-fleshed and complex, and every major and minor storyline is incredibly innovative and captivating. Two thumbs up from this sci-fi junkie!

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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21 Inexpensive Ways to Spend Time with Friends

Spending quality time with friends doesn't need to be expensive!

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Need some ideas on what to do with friends today? Low on cash but still looking to have a fun time with friends? Looking for some ways that you can spend some real quality time with friends?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then you've come to the right place! A as college student myself, I understand the feeling of wanting to hang out with friends and doing something cheap but fun. Here's a list of 26 inexpensive ways you can spend the day with your friends!

Sing karaoke or answer trivia questions at a resturant

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This is something that my college friends and I do, and we LOVE it! Order an appetizer or two and split it amongst the party. Sing along to some of your favorite songs or answer questions for possibly some prizes! The best part about this option is that you don't even need to be good at either to have fun.

Play board games, card games, or complete a puzzle

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Everyone has board games lying around! Challenge your friends to beat you in fun games like "Cards Against Humanity", "Clue", or (dare I say it?) "Monopoly"! If you like role playing games, try out "Dungeons and Dragons". If you're looking for some new games, you can check out 5 Below for some deals too.

Have a bonfire

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There's nothing more relaxing than sitting around a fire with friends while roasting marshmallows for s'mores!

Go pick some strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc.!

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What's great about this option is not only do you have fun picking the various fruits with your friends, but you are rewarded afterwards by getting to eat them!

Go to the movies on discount night/ stay in and have a Netflix movie night

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Check your local movies theaters to see if they hold any discount days on tickets. Often theaters will give discounts on student tickets so remember to ask! Additionally, check to see if the restaurants close to the movie theaters will give you discounts on food if you present you movie tickets.

Make a music video/ short film

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Okay, this is SUCH a fun one to do. Find a favorite song and make your own music video to go along with it! If writing is more your speed, write a short drama or a comedy with friends and shoot it on your phone. There is a 100% chance you will create new inside jokes and memories to last a lifetime when you do this.

Spend some time at the park

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Grab some tennis racquets, a football, a baseball, a soccer ball, or any equipment needed for the sport you are your friends are into, and have some fun at the park! If you prefer jamming out to music, check to see if there are any free concerts you and your friends can attend at the park.

Challenge your friends to restyle their old clothing/ Have a fashion challenge at Goodwill

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Find an article of clothing that you don't really wear anymore and restyle it! this can be as cheap as you want it to be, and you and your friends can get super creative with the challenge. If you want to step the challenge up, set a budget (IE: $10, $15) and find clothing to make a new and improved outfit. You could also set a budget and try to flip a single item too!

Go to the Beach!

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The most you would really have to pay for is a parking ticket! Bring some at home snack and spend the rest of the day swimming or making some sand castles with your friends!

Draw what you see!

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Go to the center of town (or really just any place/thing that's interesting to look at) and draw what you see. You don't have to be good at drawing to participate in this at all!

Taste test new foods

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If you're looking for something new and exciting on a tiny budget, go into a grocery store and buy 3-5 sharable items that you have never tried before/you would never think you would consider buying. If you're up to it, record your reactions!

Make a time capsule

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Creating a time capsule is a unique way to spend time with friends while putting history into a box. Put in photos, write letters, and add items significant to this era!

Try to write a song/rap/poem/create choreography to a song

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Similar to the film option, write something new with your friends. This is a fun way to channel your creativity and have endless laughs all day.

Go for a hike, long walk, or bike ride

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Spending quality time with your friends could be as simple as going on a walk with them. Sometimes we don't get to talk with them as much as we'd like to and this is the perfect way to do so.

Bake some desserts or have some ice-cream!

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Baking desserts can be cheap and fun! Cake mix goes for $4, and that's a small price for something delicious to eat. If you're feeling creative, try making your own desserts together with what you have in the house!

Check to see if there are any festivals around!

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Local festivals are always around- street fairs, car shows, and food truck events are just to name a few.

Get tickets to see a local theatre production!

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A great way to support the theatre while finding something entertaining to do for a minimal cost is to go see a local theatre show!

Go French Fry Hopping

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(This might be might personal favorite on the list!) Go to different fast food restaurants and order large french fries. Then, taste test them to see which is the best one. Is this just an excuse to each french fries? Yes.

Give Each other Makeovers

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Pick out some cute outfits and do each other's hair and makeup! (Bonus points if you have a photo shoot afterwards)

Visit some puppies at the pound!

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For most places you need to be 18 or older to do this, but visit some puppies at a pound or at the mall and spend time with them. They're just so cute. You can't resist.

Stargaze/ watch the sunset

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Another relaxing way to end the night, this option is great if you want to speed up the deep talks and stay up late for a goof casual time!

Have any more ways to spend time with friends? Write down below!

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