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By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Tense-but-entertaining conspiracy thriller.

TV ABC Drama 2007
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Not surprisingly for a series with this kind of premise, a feeling of urgency and fear permeates the show, along with the sense that friends could be enemies -- and vice versa. There's also plenty of tension and a fair number of (mostly bloodless) violent exchanges. For example, in one episode, the two fugitives are nabbed by the FBI and thrown in the back of a van, which is then hit by another vehicle. As one agent attempts to secure the prisoners, he shoots at Tyler (narrowly missing his head) and is then shot and killed by someone off screen.

With its talented cast and high production values, Traveler is easy to watch, especially for fans of tense dramas like 24. Unfortunately, the situations the guys find themselves in often seem improbable, making it difficult to suspend your disbelief and really get into the action. In one scene, for example, when the two elitely educated, Caucasian American men are trying to decide whether to go to the police with information or go on the lam, one convinces the other that if they're caught they'll be accused of terrorism, saying, "They'll ship us right to Guantanamo Bay!" Probably not.

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