Journeyman

Season 1 Episode 10

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4
Aired Monday 10:00 PM Nov 26, 2007 on NBC
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  • Why is this show struggling?

    8.0
    The unfortunate truth is that "Journeyman" is a show on the ropes, and it doesn't deserve it. The first ten episodes of this show have been excellent, exploring familiar territory from a mature and satisfying perspective, and it just hasn't gotten the kind of audience that it should.

    This episode provides the conclusion to "Emily", offering a number of surprises along the way. As the situation began to spiral out of control, particularly in terms of the FBI agent and Jack's personal involvement with Dan's ordeal, I was dreading the anticipated "reset button". After all, the writers had already established that changes in the past could erase knowledge in the present, and the standard solution to the complications introduced in this episode would be just that simple.

    Instead, the writers took the less traveled road and let the consequences stand. Jack is now convinced that Dan is telling the truth, which provides Dan with an important ally. Tensions will no doubt continue, especially since Katie and Zach will still be negatively affected by Dan's travels, but the potential for healing and understanding is there.

    Jack is also aware of the fact that the FBI agent's investigation was non-sanctioned. The implication is that someone in the government knows about the possibility of time travel and has been watching for the signs for some time. One begins to wonder if Livia has been on their radar, or if this has a specific connection to Langley's research. The bottom line is that Jack has resources to look into any inquiries, but calling on those resources could cause additional problems.

    This is probably the strongest time travel scenario shown thus far, which could be a result of tying the consequences of Dan's decisions directly to his family's welfare. The paradox at the heart of the story was fun to unravel. Little details, like the constant references to time-appropriate money and the efficacy of antibiotics, added to the realistic exploration of the concept. That sort of thing is easy to miss, but it matters on a practical level.

    I'm saddened by the thought that the writers won't have the chance to explore this new status quo properly. There's one episode left on the schedule, and then the network has no plans to air the final produced episode. They may choose to cancel the show entirely and release the "finale" on DVD. That would be unfortunate, because unlike some shows that have been given a recent lease on life, "Journeyman" is actually worth the time.
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