Journeyman

Tagged: TV

US tv series (2007). Left Coast productions/20th Century Fox Television for NBC-TV. Created by Kevin Falls. Produced by Neal Ahern Jr. Directors included Andrew Bernstein, Leslie Linka Glatter, Frederick King Keller. Writers included Dana Calvo, Falls, Tracy McMillan, J R Orci. Cast includes Moon Bloodgood, Reed Diamond, Gretchen Egolf, Kevin McKidd and Charles Henry Wilson. 13 42-minute episodes. Colour.

In San Francisco, California, newspaper reporter Dan Vasser (McKidd) begins experiencing temporary "jumps" backward in time with no advance warning besides a headache of a few seconds' duration. He initially lands several decades in the past, but progressively nears his own time in subsequent Timeslips. Between jumps he returns to his normal present-day life, sharing the secret only with his wife (Egolf); his absences complicate his life and arouse the suspicions of Gretchen's brother, police detective Jack (Diamond). Though given no actual instructions, Dan realizes he is meant to change various people's lives in a positive direction on each journey; it is never revealed who is behind his travels, or those of other time travellers he meets. Dan meets "Livia" (Bloodgood), whom he had thought killed in an aeroplane crash years before, and learns she is a fellow traveller originally from the 1940s. In the final episode aired, Dan meets a man who he thought had died in the first instalment, and who reveals he too is a time traveler. The suggestion is that Dan is the chosen replacement for this individual, and that his own experiences will continue if he wishes.

Journeyman had mixed reviews, with comparisons to Quantum Leap (1989-1993), but never achieved respectable ratings and so ended halfway through its first season. [GSt]

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