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Journeyman - (S01E01)

Sci-Fi . Romance . Fantasy . Sci-Fi & Fantasy . Drama

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.

Episode Title: Pilot - A Love of a Lifetime
Airs: 2007-09-24 at 10:00 pm
  • Ray Richmond

    This new NBC time-travel drama is fairly mind-blowing and harrowing, laying out a preposterous scenario that it makes feel nonetheless believable.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    McKidd and castmates Gretchen Egolf as his wife Katie; Reed Diamond as his brother Jack, a cop who used to date Katie; and Moon Bloodgood as his spectral fiance, Livia, play this with just the right mix of credulity and dry wit.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • John Leonard

    San Francisco shifts shapes nicely, and there’s sufficient tension in the pilot to keep our nerves strung out, and since executive producers Kevin Falls and Alex Graves are West Wing veterans, it’s no surprise that the characters pass for adults.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Henry Goldblatt

    Journeyman is an enjoyable romp--one that provides the accessibility of a procedural as well as the continuing mystery of "Lost" or "Heroes." [28 Sep 2007, p.94]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    The pilot still is often clever and engaging, but confusing too.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Nancy DeWolf Smith

    Journeyman has a decent hook.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Adam Buckman

    The biggest question you'll be left with after tonight's premiere is a big, fat "why?"

    New York Post Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Despite promising elements, then, Journeyman has set itself up with the daunting task of mastering a very tricky high-wire act

    Variety Full Review
  • The drama weighs down its hero with domestic crises and creepy glimpses into his past. The show misses its feel-good target.

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    An overly complicated pilot had me feeling that I, too, would like to time-travel, if not actually fast-forward, but a more straightforward second episode made me decide not to cancel my subscription just yet.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    With its pleasing San Francisco locales and McKidd's sympathetic performance, "Journeyman" is entertaining enough.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Aaron Barnhart

    The problem with reviving a time-travel show is there needs to be a really distinctive and appealing twist so that critics won’t just write things like, "This reminds me of "Quantum Leap.""

    Kansas City Star Full Review
  • Mike Duffy

    McKidd's a fine actor and there's promise here for an engaging romantic drama. But it's a bit too tangled, confusing and erratic in the opening weeks.

    Detroit Free Press Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    Time travel looked so cool and carefree in "Back to the Future" that you wonder why it seems to become so difficult and often downright unpleasant when TV characters try it. In the case of Dan Vassar, the time traveler in NBC's new Journeyman, it also gets unreasonably complicated for the viewer.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Doug Elfman

    The dramatic structure is overorganized around the linear detective-ing, and the show's too Dan-centric without a "Quantum Leap"-like partner to spice things up.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    It allows McKidd to shine as Mr. Fix-It, even though he never wanted the task. Some of the subtext needs more episodes to provide breathing room.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Lesley Smith

    Once freed from the scaffolding and backstory constraints of a series premiere, Journeyman may find itself.

    PopMatters Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    It's one thing when a TV show sets up a concrete mystery whose resolution you have faith will come, something like, "Who killed Mr. X?" But it's quite another when the show is so abstract that you aren't even sure what questions it asks. Kevin McKidd ("Rome") is an excellent actor, and it's only his skill that makes Journeyman tolerable.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Ginia Bellafante

    The series follows the supernaturally themed "Heroes," but it is to its predecessor what a cookie made with Splenda might be to a mille-feuille. Journeyman just feels squeamish.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • It certainly looked good on paper. Alas, like some seductive Internet suitor, Journeyman seems perfect until he actually shows up, weedy and uncertain, at your door. In an effort to keep things grounded in "real life," as opposed to groovy sci-fi counterculture, writer-producer Kevin Falls relies on an earnestness that grows irritating.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    Spend an hour with Journeyman and you'll wish you knew how to time-travel.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    Everything about this time-traveling drama seems rote and stale. The show is a pallid, uninspired execution of ideas we've seen done better elsewhere.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Jonathan Storm

    The next time McKidd hits the time warp, he should take his producers with him. Maybe they'd bring back a better show.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    Journeyman doesn't do anything especially interesting with its time-twisting premise. It's competently produced, but unless you have a tremendous amount of affection for McKidd left over from his work as the insane Lucius Vorenus on HBO's "Rome," it's skippable.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Melanie McFarland

    The only thing dull, disappointing Journeyman can do is lower our pulse rates to ready us for beddy-bye.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Tom Shales

    The premise is weak and leaky, the star is dull and dreary, and the only trip Journeyman ought to take is right back to the shop for repairs--or off to the dump for a decent burial.

    Washington Post Full Review

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