I absolutely loved it, and I am extremely disappointed that it didn’t get picked up for a full season. I suppose we can hope that if the strike drags on long enough, and the networks are starvinf for shows, and there aren’t any new shows in development, that they’ll go back and order new episodes of Journeyman to fill the schedule. It certainly deserves it. It was, in my opinion, the best new show of the season. It was great.
I have some questions, as does everyone who watched it, I’m sure, but the writers did really good job of creating an episode that could be the series finale, and could be continued (See another review here). I liked this last episode veruy much.
One question that I would like to share/discuss, really comes from the second-to-last episode. When Dan changes his future, and changes Zack into Caroline, it makes sense that everyone around him changed as well. But shouldn’t there be an eventual ripple forward that would repair his memory as well? I guess the same applies to Evan in the last episode. Once he alters the past, shouldn’t the ripple effect eventually move forward, altering his memories of the past?
The way I conceive of this is actually presented well in another quasi time-travel movie: Frequency. There’s a scene, when Jim Caviezel is in the bar in the present, that’s happening sort of at the same metaphysical time as the time his father was originally killed in the past. Except now, he’s informed his father, altered the past, and saved his life, that day. We see the ripple come forward, and suddenly his brain had memories that it didn’t have a few minutes ago, and he’s suddenly aware, though he doesn’t know how, that his father survived that father, and for the time being, dies of lunch cancer some year later.
Obviously, time travel shows are inherently difficult to reconcile and understand, no question. You have to accept the concept within a certain framework (or, you know, ignore it completely like Austin Powers).
I guess the simple answer that separates Back to the Future and Journeyman from Frequency is the actions of the time traveler removing himself from the ripple effects. Whereas in Frequency, it was his actions that altered the past, he never traveled, and he never removed himself from the timeline, so he could be affected by the ripple. Marty McFly, Dan Vasser and Evan Patterson, however, were the travelers, so perhaps the ripples didn’t (or couldn’t?) reach them. I don’t know.