Season 1 Episode 1

Pilot - A Love of a Lifetime

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Sep 24, 2007 on NBC
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Pilot - A Love of a Lifetime
Dan Vasser's life is about to change forever, as he discovers he is being pulled into the past without warning, with no understanding as to why it is happening. As he continues to jump back and forth in time, his past comes into focus as his present unravels before his eyes.moreless

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  • Thank god for the satisfying ending to the pilot

    Thank god for the satisfying ending to the pilot.

    Man, it was frustrating having everyone think Dan was high or insane and seeing Dan helpless to prove otherwise.

    I was so frustrated I was ready to give up watching this series. But when Dan vindicated himself, at least to his wife, that all changed.
  • Reporter Dan Vassar discovers that he can involuntarily travel through time. What is his purpose? Is he fixing or interfering.

    Dan Vassar is a working family man who appears to love his family and enjoy his job. However, throw time travel into the mix, and his life starts to tear at the seams. People think he's slipped into substance abuse or his gambling addiction. However, he does get a chance to see Livia, the woman he was going to marry before her plane crashed. During his second time travel, he is in 1987 what seems to be day. To everyone in the present, he is gone two days. Apparently, time travel is a bit unpredictable. However, Dan saves the life of Neal Gaines, a man who is about to commit suicide and the life of Neal's unborn son. I am reminded of The Time Traveler's Wife when I watch this show, but Dan keeps his clothes when he travels and his present is subject to change when he returns. I enjoy this series very much because who hasn't thought about going back in time to change something bad that has happened?moreless
  • Dan Vassar time travels one day out of the blue and his life is never the same again.

    This episode had everything a pilot should have. It had a fun and interesting story about a man that the main character (Dan) was supposed to save. It had an interesting back story involving Dan's wife, his brother, and his former fiance. This is a story that they will continue to come back to that you have to set up in the pilot.

    All in all, this episode was amazing. You can tell from the first episode that Dan actually has to be careful with what he tampers with in the past as it will effect the present/future. This is something that has been missing in other time-travel shows. An excellent story. I feel bad that this show wasn't given more of a chance on NBC. This network didn't know what it had.moreless
  • A new modern up-to-date a jazzier version of quantum leap - this is how this was explained to me, boy was that person wrong. They should have just said, it's awesome, watch it - and I would have.moreless

    I was so happy that I did watch this pilot episode, even though I was expecting something like an updated quantum leap, thankfully it proved to be much better than this, also much better than anticipated.

    We get introduced to Dan and Katie and a usual type of day, well until after the celebration of their anniversary when Dan wakes up to find himself 20 years or so in the past.

    Very strange, but was he dreaming, was this a Hiro-mode type of approach to time travel, it was time to watch more to discover this.

    It doesn't look like he has any control over the time travelling, as the following day whilst in the car, he travels again, leaving it to be involved in an accident.

    His travels are centred around Neal Gaines, an unborn child and his finance. With each visit back he is closer to finding out and helping the situation.

    His wife is also trying to work out what is happening to him, wether he is telling the truth or just gone crazy.

    Things work out all good in the end, is all i'll say for those who havent seen any of them.moreless
  • First episdoe Reveiw

    Journeyman made a good start with the first episode and did not dull nor boring and made for good TV and not bad TV the characters are likable and are not dull and made the show stand out and did not make it bad TV show the city of San Francisco is a great back drop for the TV show and the first episode looks great in it the first story made for a great start to a fine series my over all rating for the first episode of the TV show Journeyman going to be 9.7 over all endmoreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • The Vassar family home is the same house that Dan Gordon occupied in The WB series, Charmed. It was right next door to the Halliwell Manor (on the left side as seen from the street). Charmed was also set in San Francisco.

    • Goof: Several shots from 1987 show residential permit parking signs. But the residential permit parking program did not begin in San Francisco until 1988.

    • Goof: In the scene when he is in Golden Gate Park they show the Golden Gate Bridge in the back ground. This is fake. You can not see the Golden Gate Bridge from Golden Gate Park.

    • Goof: In 1987 Dan saves Neal from being hit by a streetcar. The streetcar is the F Line on Market street. That did not exist then. The F-Line started service in 1995.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Dan: Happy anniversary. They said it wouldn't last.
      Katie: Here's to getting it wrong.

    • Nicole: Do you regret it? Having a kid.
      Dan: I'd do anything right now to get back to him.

    • Katie: So, were you high when you ran the red light? Is that why you took off?
      Dan: It's not drugs, Katie. If I told you the truth, that I go on these...these trips.
      Katie: Through time. Go ahead. You can say it out loud.
      Dan: See? That's exacltly what I mean. I'd rather people think I'm a crack addict than think I'm crazy.
      Katie: Where'd you trip to this time, Dan?
      Dan: You'd never believe me.
      Katie: Try me.
      Dan: Remember that guy I told you about? His name is Neal Gaines. Now I think I am tracking his life. And I think I just helped him start a family.
      Katie: Well, that's great. How about sticking around here and saving this one?

    • Dan: I saw Livia. On this...on this last trip or whatever.
      Jack: Okay.
      Dan: I wanted to tell her not to get on that plane, but I didn't. I said something about her life that hadn't happened yet. I spooked her. I might've blown my chance of her liking me before we even met.

    • Dan: I'll always come home.

    • Dan: It's the age of the blog, Hugh. You get the story first and get it right second.

    • Jack: Who is this?
      Dan: What do you mean who is this?
      Jack: Well, you're not my brother.
      Dan: Course I am!
      Jack: Ah no you're not because I'm looking at him right now.

    • Dan:(When he comes back after saving Neal's son) I'm not the man you married, and I'm sorry about that.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Songs featured in this episode include:
      -"Point Of No Return" by Expose
      -"Trouble Me" by 10,000 Maniacs
      -"Building a Mystery" by Sarah McLachlan
      -"Champagne Supernova" by Oasis
      -"Look After You" by The Fray
      -"The Mission" by John Williams


    • Dan: What's going on?
      Bartender: We won, you idiot! Owens made an amazing catch!

      This is a reference to Terrell Owens' game winning touchdown in the 1998 NFC Wild Card game against the Green Bay Packers.