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Journeyman: Emily

by JJ Hawkins, posted Nov 20th 2007 8:01PM

Kevin McKidd(S01E09) Dan's been traveling a lot lately...- Katie Vasser

And the understatement of the year award goes to, Katie Vasser!

Watching the show, it seems like Dan makes multiple trips through time over the course of a single day. He has to be gone 3-5 hours daily and from what I understand his trips are only going to start lasting longer and longer as the show moves along.

I'm actually quite amazed Katie has stuck around for this long. How could any relationship sustain this kind of disruption? The disappearing part is bad enough, but when you add in the fact that Dan repeatedly sees his ex-fiance during his journeys, it's even more amazing that Katie has stayed put this long. My wife would've gouged my eyeballs out and thrown another set of balls out the window of her car so she could repeatedly run over them.

Katie Vasser

Speaking of Katie, she got absolutely pissed this episode, didn't she? When she was having the conversation with Dan about the situation getting worse and he disappeared mid-sentence, I thought she was on the verge of self-imploding. Can you think of anything more frustrating than confronting someone about their constant vanishing and having them vanish?

Katie goes back and forth from being a really patient, supportive wife (i.e. hiding the money in his coat last episode), to teetering on the edge of insanity (i.e. hurling the coffee cup against the wall in this episode).

As far-fetched as the whole situation is, I find myself wondering how my wife would react if she was in the same position. Something tells me she would have poisoned me right around the time I told her my ex-lover was floating around the ether with me...

Katie has a ton on her plate at the moment. She's got a husband with a perplexing (albeit fascinating) condition, she appears to be be consistently fighting latent feelings of affection for Jack, she's attempting to re-embark on a difficult career in broadcasting, and she has a son with a behavioral problem.

Which leads us to Zach.

Zach Vasser

Zach typically doesn't get a whole lot of face time on the show (mostly because he's not that great of a child actor...yet), but he played a pretty important role tonight. More specifically, Zach is acting out because his dad hasn't been around performing fatherly duties. Oh yeah, he also might be a little freaked out by the fact that he saw his dad disappear into thin air.

Zach's been talking back at school, he's been mouthy at home, and he got into a fight on the playground. It's all typical stuff that a child goes through, but does anyone else think there's a chance that Dan's condition has been passed down to his son, and that Zach is also behaving badly because he doesn't quite understand the strange powers?

That's the first thing that popped into my head when Zach complained about having a headache. Of course, Dan ended up finding him beneath the cupboard, but I wouldn't be surprised if at some point it's revealed that Zach can also travel through time. Hey, if it can happen on Medium with Alison's kids it can surely happen on Journeyman.

Jack Vasser

Just when you think Jack's starting to believe Dan's plight, everything goes and gets messed up. More on that in a minute.

I go back and forth between liking Jack's character and finding him way too overbearing. Tonight's episode I leaned more towards liking him which is exactly the opposite of how he made me feel the last two episodes, particularly with the entire hundred dollar bill fiasco.

Also, what's the deal with Jack's quasi-girlfriend? She really seems to have it out for Dan, and I can't really think of a reason why this is the case. She badmouthed Dan multiple times during the episode and even said that Dan should seek out some professional help. Like I said, I can't seem to pinpoint why she dislikes Dan so much, but I do know I find it incredibly annoying.

Olivia and Dan

Tonight's case-o-the-week wasn't all that interesting and really seemed to be more of a setup for the next few episodes than anything else.

Dan was transported back to the early 90's where he found a girl named Emily behind a brick wall. On a side note, he also came in contact with Olivia before they started dating, and I must say she can wave a glow stick like a pro-raver.

Dan and Olivia had a pretty big argument regarding the best way to approach these trips back through time to help people. Olivia thinks that Dan should "stay on the rails and trust his instincts."

The problem is, Dan is a really good guy and wants to help everybody that he can. Case in point, he identified the person responsible for holding Emily hostage and wanted to track him through time to prevent him from kidnapping another girl in the future.

Dan eventually thwarted the second kidnapping, got the guy arrested and ultimately changed the time line. Olivia's position was that he should have remained focused on helping Emily. While Dan's plan seemed like it worked (Dan went so far as to say, "See, Olivia. I was right!"), the end of the episode proved that not to be the case.

Since Dan stopped the second kidnapping from occurring, he prevented him and his brother from ever having the very conversations that were helping Jack believe Dan's tales of time travel. On top of that, the guy who Dan got arrested (Bennett) served 6 years of a 10 year sentence and was released on good behavior.

Guess who's making an appearance next episode?

Should Dan "stay on the rails" or should he deviate from the script and improvise when he sees fit?
Stay on the rails. He's going to screw up the timeline and get himself killed!108 (33.9%)
Improvise all the way. It sure makes the show more interesting.211 (66.1%)

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Maybe this has been parsed already but what about the present day scientist who called Dan on his Cell phone when dan was back in the 90's ? This guy has alot of knowledge that his is holding on to. I will be very disappointed if this show is cancelled , unless there is sex all over it or dirty humor it seems like the network thinks we are too dumb to follow a good story line. I am really sick of crap shows like greys anatomy and Law and order beating out good programming .Why not listen to what the people want and why not trying to put shows like journeyman on tuesday night or earlier monday night so it gets a better audience , I live in the midwest and 9:00 is my bedtime , I cant stay up that late and function the next day , so I tivo . The networks should stop forcing crap down our throats and actually set up a marketing division that gets its info from normal people in normal markets.

November 24 2007 at 11:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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November 24 2007 at 11:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michael Leeling

Since NBC owns SCIFI Channel I doubt there is much chance of the show being picked up by it besides SCIFI doesn't seem real interested any original and high brow programs anymore. Journeyman is also one of my favorite shows and I hope NBC will give it a chance and not do what they have always done in the past and cancel it because it doesn't beat out the "Reality" themed shows a lot of people for some reason find so compelling. I am looking forward to this week's episode as well. It looks like Jack will finally have the evidence he needs to believe Dan, provided the arrogant b*stard doesn't convince himself he is dreaming or hallucinating or something.

November 24 2007 at 6:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I read online that this past weeks episode and next weeks episode needs to get good ratings or NBC will pull the plug. You can see (or not see) there hasn't been any promotion of it by NBC. If they decide to cancel it maybe scifi might pick it up.

November 23 2007 at 6:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Marianne, it only means that she's MIGHT still be alive in 2007 - making her about 2007-1948+30ish = 89 years old in 2007.

Dan might be able to find her in the now BUT we haven't been told whether she is still alive in the now but only that she left years ago, around 2000 when her plane crashed. So at that time she would've been 80ish, alive somewhere on the planet while Dan was together with her 1948 self.

November 21 2007 at 9:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Still love this show. BTW, did anyone pick up on the fact the Livia might be very old. If they only travel in their own lifetime (still not sure if thet is true), then Livia is much older the she appears. She "bought soup from the vendors great-grandfather" and the newspaper was from when Israel became a country. I thing this show gets more intersting every week - I hope it's not cancelled before it's time!

November 21 2007 at 3:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Just an interesting thought about the last episode. It is an example of why Livia is there. She can't screw her life up because she changes things in her future. Dan will run into all of the paradox scenarios because he changes his past.

November 21 2007 at 2:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Will: There were 13 episodes scripted and produced, so four are left.

Chances of a full season pickup or a second season seem very slim. The ratings are now running below any of the four shows that ran in the same time slot last season, including "The Real Wedding Crashers."

November 21 2007 at 1:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rex from Ars

Who is "Olivia"??

Oh... you mean "Livia"... OK, then...

November 21 2007 at 11:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I LOVE this show. Its about so much more than just time traveling. I love the interaction between the members of the quadrangle and can't wait until Livia surprises Jack in the elevator.

I only hope that this show doesn't get cancelled, as I read recently that NBC is thinking about pulling it if the ratings don't improve. On the good news side I also read that the ratings improved by one million viewers last week over the week before, so if the trend continues, perhaps we'll have Journeyman to enjoy for some time.

November 21 2007 at 10:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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