When I first tuned in, I was lamenting about yet another show that NBC wanted me to jump on board with. I was a bit resistant to the new show. But after watching that first episode I knew something was different about this series.
In that first episode of Journeyman, when Dan proved to his wife what was happening to him, his approach to proving his dilemma seemed so logical. That, combined with her ever slowly developing acceptance of the situation showed a mature, reasonable approach to a higher quality of character development that didn’t instantly resolve everything, but used situations and time to answer and resolve different situations.
Ah, a quality show. That was a refreshing change.
Falls also evidenced gratitude towards the online community, saying their support gave them the reason to keep it strong in the second half of the season, despite the fairly certain realization where things were headed with the show.
The cast of NBC’s Journeyman
As we’ve mentioned before, the writing was great, a planned out storyline helped and it was amazing how they wove the fabric of the human angle on the storyline dealing with the drama, stress and tragedy of a family with a time traveling father / husband. All the while, he still had to struggle to keep his job in a tough competitive newspaper industry as it was.
Some say that NBC pulled a “Fox” on this one, or that it was sounding like a Quantum Leap show. Sure, you can say that if it makes you feel better. Me, I like blaming NBC’s historical failure at presenting Sci-Fi.
I think the problem was that people never gave it a chance. Critics panned the first episode or so and like Falls said, never gave it a second look. Advertisers had their own issues, whatever those might be. Maybe they should learn what to advertise during specific shows rather than forcing a commodity on the wrong genre fans. Helllooo?
A big thanks to AICN for their insightful interview, even though it looks like it may have closed this chapter in the Journeyman saga. For many viewers this will be evidence of yet another failure to retain quality TV by the network.
Now I’m ticked all over again and I feel one of my editorial moods coming on, to be filed away for a future post…