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September 27th, 2007

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09:24 pm - A couple of notes on Journeyman
Well, I was really hoping this would be awesome and my new show this year, because it looked kind of cool.

I did really enjoy the lead actor--he's gorgeous in a way I don't usually go for, bright blue eyes, hair so blond it's almost white. And when they just focused on him, and his experience of randomly falling around in time, I liked it.

In fact, that was the best thing about this otherwise quite mediocre pilot: they allowed there to be stretches with no dialogue, where you figured things out by watching what Dan did rather than hearing people talk about it. This made for some lovely sequences, and got rid of that most annoying pilot issue: exposition overkill.

The problem is that they took it a little too far. Dan's a reporter; we weren't told that till pretty far in, and not in a way that let us really grasp what that meant to the character. I could have used a couple more details about his time traveling, like how many times this has happened to him. And the climactic scene where he proves to his wife that he traveled back in time by unburying the toolbox with her ring and a newspaper inside, was just not quite bang on.

I shall give it one more episode, and maybe a couple after that if it clears up a bit and convinces me that it's going to be interesting. Otherwise, I'll just go re-watch Quantum Leap and read The Time Traveler's Wife for the third time.

Current Mood: disappointeddisappointed

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Date:September 28th, 2007 04:35 pm (UTC)
Ooo. On one hand: time travel! With hot actor! On the other hand: sounds like they make you really work for your information. I am not good at that. Hm.

But still...time travel. *is conflicted*
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Date:September 28th, 2007 06:12 pm (UTC)
Yeah...I'll let you know if it's worth your time. At the moment I'm pretty disappointed, because it could have been so much better. *sigh*
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Date:September 28th, 2007 06:41 pm (UTC)
It really did feal like a rip-off of those, and didn't do them justice. It didn't have the magic that those wonderful stories told. I remember that episode of "Quantum Leap" where he goes back as the pregant teenage girl, and the heart ache he feels when he becomes her.

And in "The Time Traveler's Wife", Henry doesn't revel in his time travelling... he loathes it, because it ultimately sticks a pick into the marriage with his soul mate. And in it we CLICKED with the characters and what was going on right away, got that they were soul mates from the very first sentence (or at least paragraph, but I'm pretty sure sentence, lol)

Did you catch Chuck or Reaper yet? I know people were skeptical beforehand of Reaper, but I really liked it. And Chuck was my favorite pilot that I saw. Even more than Pushing Daisies which I can't wait for.
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Date:September 28th, 2007 08:46 pm (UTC)
in "The Time Traveler's Wife", Henry doesn't revel in his time traveling...

True, but I didn't feel that the lead here was "reveling" in his time travel either. It was messing up his marriage, and meeting up with his dead finace was really screwing with his head. I have a lots of issues with the show, but this wasn't one of them.

Didn't see Chuck, though I've heard good things. I'm still skeptical of Reaper, though as I have yet to watch the pilot and am now hearing much better things about than I did over the summer, who knows? I might like it.
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Date:September 28th, 2007 10:08 pm (UTC)
RE: Journeyman... i guess not revel, but he seemed to not take it as seriously as Henry does. I guess. I don't know, I guess Time Traveler's just felt actually believable mostly due to how the characters dealt with the situation realistically.

RE: Reaper... Think Buffy meets Ghostbusters as if it were done by the guys who did Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. LOL! And apparently Kevin Smith directed the pilot, though I didn't realize that on viewing it.
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Date:September 28th, 2007 07:37 pm (UTC)
I was excited from promos but my lack of allotted time for TV and gut feeling it might not be up to my half-formed hopes for it had me put it on hold. I'm glad you reviewed it. :-)


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