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Traveler: The Tells

by Erin Martell, posted Jun 21st 2007 2:26AM
Matthew Bomer
(S01E05) This week's episode shifted the focus away from Jay and Tyler's perspective to that of Will Traveler. After several weeks of watching the guys figure out how they were framed, it was time to learn more about the people behind the set-up. Neal McDonough still doesn't have a name, but we did get the name of someone who could be a bigger threat to Jay, Tyler, and even Will.

This week's episode was pretty heavy on the violent action scenes: cutting the tracking device out of Will's leg, Will strangling the other Drexler bomber with his own coat, and Will stabbing Kate. I still believe that this show is at its best when these scenes are kept to a minimum. I'd much rather see Jay and Tyler try to get to the bottom of things than watch Will get tasered by a lady terrorist (although that was pretty cool).

In between all of the car chases and shootouts, the guys managed to find another big piece of the puzzle. After a bizarre scene with a Boston tour guide in full colonial costume, Jay discovered the source of Will's mysterious key. The contents of Will's research locker--the man loves libraries, doesn't he?--included the name of an investment company in New York. I think going back to New York is a terrible idea, but in terms of the plot it's the best way to bring the FBI and Kim back into the mix. Kim was completely absent this week, and the FBI scenes felt a bit disconnected from the real action.

The terrorists took center stage during this episode, and it was great to get a better sense of the group's hierarchy. Will may have played a large role in setting up Jay and Tyler, but he has not turned out to be the mastermind behind the Drexler bombing. Now we know that Will went against orders by letting Tyler and Jay out of the Drexler Museum alive. After the flashback of Will and Joseph's conversation, I'm not clear on what Will thought his mission was. If he didn't know that he was framing his friends for the bombing until three weeks beforehand, what did he think he was setting them up for?

Now that Will's colleagues have officially turned on him and killed Maya I wonder if he'll somehow end up joining forces with Jay and Tyler. The terrorists want them all dead now, and it might take all three of them to defeat Neal McDonough and Joseph. Am I the only one who was amused by the fact that the big boss looks like he just walked out of a Dockers ad? With the exception of the creepy guy who escaped from FBI custody, these are the most clean-cut terrorists I've ever seen.

Jay and Tyler's cute-guy-stupidity never gets old. I loved Will's remark to Kate that the guys "couldn't buy a clue." So true. It took them forever to realize that The Porter was after Will, not trying to save them. And what was with Jay confronting the tour guide and opening with "I want to show you something"? You don't throw around phrases like that to some stranger in a bar, even if it is a historic bar. Tyler does deserve props for thinking ahead and stealing The Porter's car keys, though. I hope they do more than remove their Cubs hats before they reach New York. If the alcoholic tour guide recognized Jay, how long will it take for the guys to be recognized in New York City?

We still know very little about The Porter and who he may be working for. I'm willing to bet that he made it out of the shootout alive. Without either of his tracking devices (Tyler threw out his watch, right?), how will he track down the guys now? The Porter's remark to Jay about knowing that there were others involved in the Drexler bombing implied that he knew the bombing was going to happen. If he never intended to stop the bombing, why is he after Will? Perhaps he hoped that Will would lead him to Joseph, but it's anybody's guess at this point. I don't care if the writers ever give Neal McDonough's character a name--I want my Porter questions answered before the season ends.

Next stop, NYC!

Will Jay and Tyler outsmart the terrorists?
Sure, they've done well so far!38 (35.2%)
Not without help.64 (59.3%)
No way. These guys "couldn't buy a clue."6 (5.6%)

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Kate's big mistake was telling Will about his tell. But I did really like learning more about Will and his organization this episode.


June 28 2007 at 6:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I loved the "movie set" thing. I've read so many espionage novels about things like that. Making someone think they are in a hospital or hotel, in a public space in a fake city and stuff. Really cool to see that on TV.

June 21 2007 at 3:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How could you have not even mentioned the movie set that Wills "hotel room" was in?

June 21 2007 at 12:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I give Kate a lot of credit. Any girl who can slug a guy like that gets five stars from me. Go girls. :D As for the violence... even if we don't like it, it happens in these circumstances.

And Tyler and Jay (finally) got some sense in chucking their Cubs gear. Honestly, that always got me— how on earth could they not even disguise themselves beyond baseball hats???

I loved seeing Will have some of his own time on the show, or should I call him Conrad? X_X I can't wait for next week!!

June 21 2007 at 11:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yeah, the ending was a little... er, okay. But yeah a really good episode. You didn't like the violent bits, but I absolutely loved them. Will is a little badass, isn't he? Pretty awesome.

I'm sure the endgame is for Will, Kim, Jay, Tyler, and the FBI working together to bring down the Big Bad. But it's going to be so much fun to see all these reunions and confrontations before that!

And I know Jay and Tyler have had some help from powerful people, but holy crap they "allegedly" committed terrorism in a major city and they are STILL on the loose even though the FBI *and* a rogue government agency are after them? Not really a complaint, just a funny way of looking at it.

June 21 2007 at 11:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Austen S.

WTF was with the ending, though? Apparently, will got out but it almost looked like... A movie set? I'm not sure.

June 21 2007 at 10:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"Now that Will's colleagues have officially turned on him and killed Maya I wonder if he'll somehow end up joining forces with Jay and Tyler"

I think he was always on their "side", in a manner of speaking. He never wanted them to die in the blast, which is why he made them get out of there. I'm guessing he was essentially "torn" b/w helping his bosses(??) and helping his new friends.

June 21 2007 at 10:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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