This week's Journeyman episode had a tough act to follow because last week's installment was fantastic. "Winterland" may not have been as good as "Double Down" but it sure gave us a lot of answers about Livia and had the FBI Agent connect some dots we wondered if someone eventually would.
I don't know about you but as soon as I saw the previews for this week's Journeyman episode I was jumping up and down at the thought of seeing Dan do something in the past that would actually put his future (or present) in jeopardy! Don't get me wrong, I don't want bad things to happen to our hero but it was inevitable to eventually have him screw things up and see the ripple effect his actions while traveling can have on his own family and life.
In this fantastic episode (probably the best so far), Dan and Livia had to protect Past Dan and make sure he got rescued by Katie so that the future would stay intact. What a way for the series to kick of November Sweeps.
(S01E06) "You look the same." - Michael
"Clean living." - Dan
Journeyman is becoming a solid show driven by the characters' relationships. This week's episode will probably have fans start to speculate about the real reasons why Dan was sent back in time to save Steve and who Doctor Langley really is. The latter was not seen on the screen this week but he sure made an impact.
(S01E05) "Time travel is impossible?" - Dan
"No. Just not proven." - Doctor Langley
Again this week, I find myself not caring much about the case of the week but highly interested in the main characters' doings. "The Legend of Dylan McLean" was of great importance for the Vassers as it cemented Zack and Dan's relationship and offered a glimpse of Dan's father.
(S01E04) After last week's lackluster episode, I was afraid Journeyman was headed down a path of predictability on which I never wanted it tread. If this series is going to work there needs to be a consistent sense of mystery as it relates to what Dan is trying to accomplish each episode. Last week, there was no mystery and it caused things to be a tad on the boring side.
This episode was similar from a predictability standpoint but it still managed to work for me in several ways. For one, my curiosity was immediately piqued thanks to the way Dan was introduced. If you ask me, every show should start out with Dan at some undisclosed location in an awkward situation. Things just seemed to get rolling a lot quicker this way.
Another fall, another new fall season. Not all of the new shows can survive, of course, and it usually takes a few weeks to figure out what shows are in trouble of being canceled (or, as they say in network-speak, "on hiatus"). We'd like to see new shows get more time to catch on, but thems the breaks. One show has already been pulled from the schedule, FOX's Nashville, but what about other new shows?
Looks like more and more people are getting into Journeyman. In our first poll, a little over 52% said they were already hooked to the show while, in our second one, 68% said they were loving the show. Will this week's installment keep people coming?
To answer my own question, I'm not sure. Don't get me wrong, the episode wasn't bad and I'm sure viewers (I include myself in that lot) will tune in next week for more, but I share JJ's views on the show when he says "I'm really going to like this show it if I'm kept guessing as to the purpose of Dan's journey through time." This week's episode didn't keep us guessing at all. Yes, they wanted us to wonder if Dan had to save Alan or Charlotte but since the talented John Billingsley played Alan, it was a given he was the one to save.
Oh, that new trend? Talent from abroad is coming here, getting cast on television shows, and adopting American accents. My personal favorite Baltimore's Finest is Domenic West playing Jimmy McNulty on The Wire. He was born and raised in England, went to college in Dublin. In an episode during the second season, he had to speak with a British accent. It sounded fake because I'm used to his American accent.
Dancing with the Stars seems to be unstoppable. The two-hour long episode of the celebrity dancing show led ABC to a win last night (along with The Bachelor) in not only households but also the 18-49 demographic.
NBC was second in 18-49 (tied for third in households) with Chuck, Heroes, and Journeyman. CBS tied them with How I Met Your Mother, Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, Rules of Engagement, and CSI: Miami (which rolled over The Bachelor and Journeyman, of course). FOX was number four in both households and 18-49 with Prison Break and K-Ville, and then The CW, with Everybody Hates Chris, the series premiere of Aliens in America, then Girlfriends and The Game.
By the way, all of the new shows (Chuck, Journeyman, Big Bang Theory, and K-Ville) dropped a bit in their second weeks, in both households and 18-49.
It's a shame too because we'll be sharing reviewing duties this season, and I was really hoping there'd be this great "she likes it, he hates it" thing happening in this space.
No such luck as I've quickly become a fan of the show thanks to some great acting (I've been a fan of Kevin McKidd ever since Rome) and an intriguing premise that didn't take all that long to get rolling.
At first glance, NBC's Journeyman may sound like a few other shows you've watched in the past: a man travels back and forth between the past and present and, while at it, helps a few people along the way. The question is will Journeyman be able to stand out from shows with similar themes like Quantum Leap, Life on Mars, the short-lived Day Break, etc., in order to gather the needed ratings to survive?
What may give this new series a few more weeks to get its own following and find itself is the fact that it has a fantastic lead-in in this little show called Heroes.
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