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Journeyman: Perfidia (series? finale)

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Dec 20th 2007 7:18AM
(S01E13) "It's not a curse. It's a calling." - Dan

"Time changes everything," says the Journeyman official website. In the TV world, ratings change everything because if it weren't for so-so ratings, Journeyman wouldn't be facing cancellation right about now. Let's hope, Rice-A-Roni can change everything too!

What could be the last (gulp!) episode ever of NBC's time-traveling series aired a few hours ago and I'm still in denial that this could be the last we saw of Dan Vasser. At least the creator and writers got the hint that this could be the final episode ever soon enough to make it a potential series finale. Even if we didn't get answers to all our questions (back to that after the jump), we at least got some closure.

Before I get to my review of "Perfedia," let's review the questions I asked at the end of my review of Monday's episode.
  • Why Dan and Livia travel? How are all the people they save come together in the end? - We don't know what the end game is but we know they travel to change realities. Langley said that no one was "doing anything." What did he meant by that? Surely someone must decide who needs to be rescued, no?
  • How do they travel? - Unknown. We don't know how it is controlled, who decides when they have to go back and for how long, etc.
  • Who is behind time-traveling (aka the puppet master)? - Langley said that people are watching him; therefore he is not the puppet master. We don't know who is.
  • Is Frank a time-traveler or involved with the organization behind traveling? - Unknown.
  • When does traveling stop? Will they have to do it until they die? - It seems sedatives can do the trick. However, it is unknown when traveling stops if you don't take the pills.


JourneymanThe show's creator said that we would get answers and closure in the finale and he was right. Okay, we didn't get all answers but still, I'm satisfied with what he was able to put in the episode and how "Perfidia" ended. If he had crammed everything in a one-hour episode, we would have complained of answers overload and that things were too rushed. Plus, they needed to leave some things hanging in case a miracle happens and the show is picked up.

I already listed above a few of the answers we were given in the episode, so I won't rehash those. It was really interesting to hear Evan explain how he tried to change the future to save his wife and that things turned bad to ugly, thus triggering him to ensure they would never meet. Dan knows how a bump in the past can affect the present/future but hearing how things ended up for Evan was surely a new wakeup call for Dan. I bet he'll be more cautious during his future travels.

Another important piece of information Evan said was that if your traveling self meets your past self, it'll go really bad. This, once again, reminds me of the Back to the Future movies when Doc Brown tells Marty that meeting your other self it could create a tear in the space-time continuum. We know that when Evan bumped into his other self, it ended up having him sent to the cuckoo's nest and that the sedatives prevented him from traveling. Is it what broke the "system" Langley talked about? Yet another thing to ponder on.

Langley also told Dan that he was the last time-traveler. Dan said no and refused to say who else was traveling. After hearing that and remembering what Livia and Dan told each other before Livia last disappeared, I wondered if Langley's statement was accurate at the precise moment he said it. Could it be that this was Livia's last travel? Bear with me a second. I suspect that when a traveler dies another is "hired." So, as stated in the episode, when Evan died, Dan started to travel. So what if Livia's last mission was to be by Dan's side while he helped Evan reunite with his lost love and then die? When she completed that last task, maybe she was freed from her traveling duties? Another theory could be that Livia is part of the system breaking down; she sort of fell through a crack so Langley thinks she's not a traveler anymore when in fact she is. If Livia did indeed fell in one of the system's cracks, maybe that's why she can travel outside of her lifetime? Then again, maybe she is still alive in 2007! She did say "I'm supposed to be dead" when she was in 2007 but we know she never got on that plane so maybe her older self is hiding somewhere around the world.... another unanswered question! What do you think? Let your voice be heard in comments.

Dan and Katie

This was a key episode for Dan and Katie. She wanted to get her husband and life back, yet still be supportive. To make things more complicated for Katie, her sister kept pushing for Katie to buy a new house. He wanted his life back too but, after hearing what Evan and Langley had to say, Dan decided he needed to answer his calling. After talking it over and Dan ensuring he would live up to his "I'll always come home" promise from the premiere, Katie decided to "leave the light on." That couple is definitely one of the best on TV nowadays: they are supportive of one another, through problems and heartaches. We need more of those. And what a fantastic way to end the episode by having Katie finally see her husband vanish?

Other tidbits of interest:
  • Evan recognized Livia as a time traveler because of her shoes. I would have loved to see her shoes at that point to make my own assessment because, most of the time if not always, Livia appears in clothes that fit 2007 and not her own time.
  • "Theresa is a big upgrade over the last one." - Katie to Jack. This statement and his reply make me think Jack never dated someone seriously since he broke up with Katie years ago. Theresa may or may not be an upgrade when compared to Katie but I think she is better suited to Jack than Katie was.

What comes next?

  • We wait. Until the network confirms that the show is officially gone, there is still some hope. Let your voice be heard! Contact NBC, send Rice-A-Roni, and overload NBC.com's Journeyman's board.
  • Another fun thing would be to write up fanfiction about what comes next. Personally, I'll pretend that Livia arrived in the past (her present) just in time for her wedding and that she lived happily ever after with Henry and was traveling free. I want Jack and Theresa to be together and raise their child. As for Dan, I will envision that he continued his travels without altering his own future with Katie and Zack and that they had a second child, Caroline.

Out of 5 (being the highest), how would you rate the entire series?
Fantastic! It needs to be renewed.1630 (84.6%)
Good. I would like to watch some more.255 (13.2%)
Okay.14 (0.7%)
Meh. Nothing to email home about.9 (0.5%)
Terrible show. It needs to be officially canceled.5 (0.3%)
I never watched Journeyman.14 (0.7%)

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The Journeyman site is still up at NBC, as of Feb. 2, 2008, so I guess they haven't officially canceled it yet. They're probably waiting for the strike to end. I'd like to think that there's still some hope, since pilots for the fall are looking very iffy now.

February 02 2008 at 7:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The one time traveler that Dan thinks still exists is his son Zack or Mr. Whysman, Charles Henry. So Elliot Langly's word should really be written as Whysman not Wiseman!

January 31 2008 at 12:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I just recently found out about the cancellation- like 2 weeks ago. I'm furious! This was my favorite new show, i even got my boyfriend interested in it (which let me tell you is a feat in itself because he hates tv). Now I see previews for ABC's new show "Eli Stone" - i really don't know how to explain that show, but if they can put crap like that on TV and cancel good shows like Journeyman, i've lost my faith in television. Since when is 7 million viewers not enough? Especially at a 10pm time slot? Are they kidding me? They need to give Journeyman a better chance, change the time slot- or hell send it over to ABC since they run just about anything these days.

January 12 2008 at 1:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I love this show. I just had chance to read everyone's comments. A lot of great ideas. Maybe they will inspire NBC to renew. BTW, did anyone review the first episode to see if there was an ambulance, etc?

Dan was wearing a suit in the 1st show when he travelled b/c he was celebrating his anniversary.

Keep Journey Man Alive!!!!

December 28 2007 at 4:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bruce Wayne

I was not very impressed by the pilot episode, and did not watch the next several. But, I gave it a second chance and found it to be an excellent show, just as it neared its sad, but nicely-done end.
One question though...where are Sam Beckett and Tru Davies? :)


December 28 2007 at 2:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

A well written, well cast and well acted show.
SciFi Channel please take this one over ASAP.
This show has developed momentum and has so many possibilities open for episodes, why drop it now. It's a shame that TV is all about the bottom line as we are now overrun with the lowest common denominator of "reality" TV shows.

December 26 2007 at 9:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John Stewart

I just re-watched the pilot episode and noticed that at the end it zoomed into Dan's eye, and the 13th episode ended with a zoom into Katie's eye. That was so awesome. It made for a great season (hopefully not series) finale!

This is show is superb! Amazing! Extraordinary!

December 23 2007 at 4:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cross Knights

I don't think Livia is done time traveling. If she was she wouldn't be able to play her same role in the series anymore. I just think Langley didn't know about her maybe because she is dead in 2007 so at that time Dan WAS the only one left or because her mission is different then that of "standard time travelers."

Her mission seems to be (and only be) to make sure Dan is able to carry out his missions. Yes, she did have missions like Dan does now but I believe this was just to get her the experiences she needed to be able to help Dan handle the ins and outs of time travel. She only appears when her presences is needed, if Dan can do it him self, she isn't there.

She even once said "Your going off mission".
Dan said "how do you know"
She said "because I'm here"
or something like that...and she has talked about any mission recently that did not involve Dan.

Her longest trip caused them to meet, fell in love and then, she "died." This caused 2 things to happen. One, Dan fell in love with Katie, which wouldn't have happened without the void Livia's disappearance caused. Katie helps Dan through tough times in the present and makes sure Dan won't mess up the past too much by going off mission since he has a lot to lose if he does. Two, this made sure that when Livia finally would meet Dan in the past he would trust and value her words and help.

If you look at it this way everything Livia has done travel wise could have been to help Dan. I do believe she can only go forward in time which makes her either special or perhaps make her part of a lesser know facet of the time travailing "system." A additional controlling, stabilizing force to make sure things go as planned when a backwards traveler goes back.

It would be interested if all or at least some backward travels had someone like her also. In any case I doubt that Dan will be fine now and thusly allow Livia to get back to her life. I think as long as he travels, she will too.

December 22 2007 at 4:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

@#28 re "Yah, but it was rushed. The man [Langley] was cryptic all the way through the show, and all of a sudden he's going to come out and spill everything in one conversation???"

yeah, but he could have done nothing and had Jack continue to hound him in public, saying who knows what in front of who knows who... made perfect sense here

December 22 2007 at 5:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Alan Cohen

As has been said many times above, this is so obviously the best new show of the season, SO much better than the other fluff shows or the retarded reality shows. One cannot dispute that the ratings, in the slot it was placed, were horrendous, so put it on Friday, like Vegas or Friday Night Lights...or on Sci-Fi, where it probably belonged in the first place!
I was involved in the campaign to save Jericho, so keep trying! How can NBC possibly cancel Lucius Vorenus???

December 22 2007 at 1:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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