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Gone Too Soon: Journeyman

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 24th 2009 2:02PM
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I was trying to figure out what show to spotlight for the second "Gone Too Soon" column. As a general rule, I want to give a show a few years off the air before I delve into it. That gives the creators and producers a chance to try and continue the story, if they're interested in doing so, and it gives the actors a chance to move on. Then I read the news that they're going to adapt The Time Traveler's Wife to television, and it hit me.

A man disappearing from his wife to travel through time, and struggling to fix his home life as he went along? That sounded awfully familiar, and to a lot of you, as well, if your comments are any indication. So even though Journeyman's finale aired less than two years ago, it's time we honored it for the great show it was ... a show, unfortunately, about two years ahead of its time.

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The Arrested Development Award: Winner - VIDEO

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jun 6th 2008 11:59PM
JourneymanThere were plenty of choices for The Arrested Development Award, a.k.a. The Show Least Deserving of Cancellation Award. Among them, Las Vegas, New Amsterdam, Miss Guided, Aliens in America, and Women's Murder Club.

The Readers Choice Award goes to Moonlight, the vampire-themed crime-drama-romance that amassed an insane amount of fans during its short run. And it still might come back on another network, so we'll keep our collective fingers crossed on that.

The TV Squadders' pick is Journeyman. Here's why:

1. Time-traveling is cool.
The idea of time-travel is always intriguing, as evidenced by other shows like Quantum Leap and Sliders. What's cool about Journeyman is that Dan Vasser, played by Kevin McKidd, is just a normal guy who could be any one of us. At first, he hates the time-traveling. It interrupts his life and causes undue stress, both at home and work. But later, when given the opportunity to make it stop, he chooses to keep time-traveling. He knows he's been chosen for a reason, and feels it's his calling to help people right the wrongs of history. Never mind that every episode made me wonder how much of history he changed by leaping into the past. I can only imagine that even the smallest of events might drastically alter the space-time continuum.

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Journeyman: Perfidia (series? finale)

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Dec 20th 2007 7:18AM
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(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.

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Journeyman: The Hanged Man

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Dec 18th 2007 2:01AM
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(S01E12) "I need to get our life back tomorrow." - Dan

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I'll say it again: I can't believe Journeyman may get canceled when it's giving us fantastic episodes. After a nice Christmas-themed episode last week, we now move one step closer to what may end up being the series finale. NBC will air the last completed episode, aka episode 13, this Wednesday at 10 p.m.

"The Hanged Man" not only had Dan face off a major change in his present time after leaving 2007 technology in the past but he also learned what Livia and he share in common besides being travelers.

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Journeyman really over?

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Dec 12th 2007 7:01AM
JourneymanKristin from E! Online reports that sources revealed that Journeyman is officially done. That news won't surprise many fans because the cancellation ax has been hovering over the show for a few weeks now. We were first made aware of the possibility that Dan Vasser's travels through time would probably come to a premature stop about two weeks ago.

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Journeyman: Home By Another Way

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Dec 11th 2007 12:27AM
Journeyman(S01E11) "I'm not my father." - Dan

After episodes like this one, it's difficult to understand why people aren't watching Journeyman. It looked like the writers knew the cancellation ax was hovering above their heads when they wrote this week's episode because it was a payoff for loyal viewers and paved the way for episode 13, to possibly serve as a series finale.

Not only was Frank (played by The 4400's Joel Gretsch) back and Jack getting more likable this week, but we saw Livia in her "present" time and Dan's actions have once again an impact on his family and friends. What more can we want for this Christmas-themed episode? Okay, maybe answers on why Dan and Livia travels and how, but that was probably a gift that was too big to put under our Festivus pole!

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Journeyman's 12th episode will air after all

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Nov 29th 2007 12:41PM
JourneymanAin't It Cool News reveals that Journeyman's 12th episode (that is if you count the pilot as 1.00 and not 1.01) will air after all. If you've been following the show's behind-the-scenes drama, you know that there are talks of cancellation due to so-so ratings, and that this twelfth episode could very well be the series' final episode (13 episodes were ordered at first; NBC later ordered three more scripts but, because of the strike, episode 12 (episode 13 for us fans) was the last one completed).

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Journeyman: Blowback

by JJ Hawkins, posted Nov 27th 2007 8:22AM
Katie talks to Bennett.

(S01E10) So what, trying to get a kidnapper behind bars gets me shot? Who in the hell are we working for? - Dan Vasser

His line may as well have been, "So what, we have an interesting eight episodes capped off by an excellent ninth and tenth show, only to get hit with rumors of being canceled after this season? Who in the hell are we working for?"

That would be NBC Danny boy, and I'm none two thrilled that Journeyman probably won't be showing up on the schedule when spring rolls around.

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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.

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Journeyman: Winterland

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Nov 13th 2007 8:38AM
Journeyman(S01E08) "I have one brother. He's messed up but he's not a crook." - Jack

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.

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Journeyman: Double Down

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Nov 6th 2007 7:22PM
Journeyman(S01E07) "You're here to protect you." - Livia to Dan

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.

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Journeyman: Keepers

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Oct 30th 2007 12:21AM
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(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.

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Journeyman: The Legend of Dylan McClean

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Oct 23rd 2007 12:42AM
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(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.

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Journeyman: Friendly Skies

by JJ Hawkins, posted Oct 2nd 2007 12:15AM
Dan eyes a 70's stewardess.(S01E02) I tend to agree with most of the points Isabelle made in last week's review of Journeyman.

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.

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Journeyman: Pilot (series premiere)

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Sep 25th 2007 12:16AM
Journeyman(S01E01) "I'll always come home." - Dan

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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