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JOURNEYMAN: Sweet Caroline (So Good, So Good, So Good)

December 18, 2007 by  

Life is so cruel. NBC gives us perhaps the BEST episodes of JOURNEYMAN to date right on the heels of this Wednesday’s series finale? Like I didn’t have reason enough to be unhappy with NBC these days.

So much happened during tonight’s episode I don’t even no where to start, or for that matter that I understood everything I saw after just one viewing. From Dan’s biggest drama to date to hints as to some of answers to his travels, bravo to the writers for being respectful to the audience by beginning to wrap things up with some hint of closure.

The long and the short of it was, Dan traveled back to the early 80’s to help a family in crisis and while he was there he accidentally left behind his brand new digital camera. The camera ended up in the hands of a company that created technology well ahead of its time. Dan returns to an alternate 2007, one with advanced technologies well before their time. But a fancy new Jetson’s computer is the least of Dan’s worries. The simple act of leaving that camera behind had much more dire consequences. It erased Zach from existence! Back in 2000, there was a bug with this new technology that threatened to erase all of Dan’s files at the paper. He took off to take care of it, and in doing so left Katie all alone on the night that Zach was supposed to be conceived. No Dan, no sex, no Zach. Crazy!!!

Dan’s new 2007 is further complicated when he finds out that although Zach never existed, he and Katie have a daughter named Caroline. Katie has no recollection of Zach because he never existed in her alternate universe. Dan’s behavior is disturbing her, and the situation is only further complicated when a psychic doing a reading for Katie has an overwhelming metaphysical connection to Dan. She makes mention of something that Dan is missing and reveals the name Zach. Katie is petrified that Dan will go back in time and alter their world again but this time take her daughter away from her. Dan struggles but his love for Zach wins out and he journeys back into the 80’s to find his camera and get back the life he once had.

Livia joins Dan on his travels and reveals that back in her “present tense”, back in the 1920’s, she was to be married that weekend. Dan wishes her well. Can I just say that I’m pretty happy the writers doused the flames on whatever was going on with Dan and Livia at the beginning of the season. In the early days it felt almost as if Dan were being unfaithful to Katie in his newly discovered relationship with Livia. It made me not trust him. But now, it seems that Dan and Livia have discovered a new kind of partnership and I enjoy their on-screen time much more because of it.

In the end, Dan goes back to the 80’s and rights his wrong. The camera is retrieved before it can be used to creative new technologies and Dan returns to his life…one with Zach present and accounted for (whew). Dan asks Katie if there is anything new he should know about (just in case he altered reality yet again) and she said no, other than the news that Theresa is pregnant. Dan asks wearily if he caused that…ha ha. Oh Vassar – you and your time traveling humor.

But it seems that the psychic has not forgotten about Dan. She ran his charts and discovered that he was born on a date that had some kind of unbelievable mystical power – a power that was so rare it was only found one other time in history. Back in the 1920’s…the day Livia was born. Talk about things that make you go hmmm.

While Jack was trying to help Dan get more information on Garrity, the FBI agent, he discovered a picture of a young Dan with Elliot Langley, from NASA. We knew that Langley knew more than he was letting on, but he seems to want to stay uninvolved. Dan confronts Langley, but Langley feigns not to know Dan and Dan is sent home by security.

So some pretty big and dramatic moments this week, but also the start to some questions being answered. I can’t imagine what the writers are going to give us in next week’s final episode. It’s tricky because as NBC has not opted to order any more scripts of the show, it hasn’t been officially canceled (although if the WGA strike wasn’t going on it would have been). So do the writers give away all the big secrets next week? Will they spill the beans on Dan and Livia’s time traveling? What if they do that and then NBC decides to pick up the show again next season. Oh the dilema!!

No matter what they decide to do, I’ll be there this Wednesday at10pm watching the final episode of this incredible show. Shame on you NBC….booo!!!!!

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9 Responses to “JOURNEYMAN: Sweet Caroline (So Good, So Good, So Good)”

  1. Michele on December 18th, 2007 11:02 am

    Good recap for a GREAT episode! it is SO disappointing that NBC won’t give this a shot – ESPECIALLY since there will be nothing but crappy reality to fill its slot! Sorry for all the caps, but I am enjoying this show more and more, and NBC deserves a little wrath for it!

  2. Patty on December 18th, 2007 11:28 am

    This show is a perfect example of how you can miss a great show if you don’t give it at least have a season to develope! I liked this show when I started watching it but it has turned into a must see for sure! I will be very sad if someone doesn’t pick it up!

  3. Brad on December 18th, 2007 11:43 am

    I’m with you, this is one of my favorite shows on TV these days. It’s a shame to see it go. By the way, I could be wrong, but I think the finale airs TOMORROW night (Wednesday 10/9c) on NBC. I don’t see any Journeyman on the sked for next week. Wouldn’t want you to miss it! My TiVo’s already set to go. 🙂

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  5. Brian on December 18th, 2007 11:47 am

    Brad’s right, the finale is Wednesday. I definitely want to check out the Jericho-like Rice-a-Roni campaign that Journeyman fans have going. That was such a great episode last night. I loved this show from the pilot, but it has kept getting better every week. Not to be sacrilegious but I’ve liked it better than Heroes and Chuck most weeks.

  6. Give Me My Remote on December 18th, 2007 11:55 am

    So right about the finale being tomorrow night…so unfair!! Thanks for the reminder…it’s been fixed in the post above.

  7. Kristi on December 18th, 2007 2:53 pm

    Last nights episode was amazing… I was cursing NBC the entire time I was watching. I loved that we finally addressed what would happen if Dan left something weird in the past.. I’m one of those people who loves to see new types of technology / futuristic things so this episode was doubly amazing. I can’t believe tomorrow is the last episode – this is incredibly sad 🙁

  8. Rayne on December 18th, 2007 8:21 pm

    My mom and I felt that this was the best show so far as well. This is the third time this season that NBC has disappointed me. I won’t even wear my NBC t-shirt anymore. (i’m sure that really stresses them out) Bastards…

  9. Forts on December 19th, 2007 5:38 pm

    Livia lives in the ’40s. She was born in ’23 but her “present” is when she’s in her twenties in the 1940s.