Posted on September 7, 2007 | |
In the US: Mondays, 10/9c, NBC. Starts September 24th.
In the UK: Acquired by Sky One
Hoorah! Not only is this another show in which the lead is a British actor playing an American, he's a hero and he's a journalist! We need more shows like this.
At first glance, Journeyman seems much like an update/rip-off of Quantum Leap. Dan Vasser (played by Kevin McKidd) finds himself travelling back in time to help people. He doesn't know why, he doesn't know when it's going to happen and he's not best pleased about it either - for one thing, it's ruining his marriage.
But there the parallels stop. In fact, Journeyman is closer to being The Time Traveler's Wife, with McKidd disappearing at really inconvenient moments and reappearing at important points in his own life, only to return days after he left without explanation. And while the “putting right what once went wrong” is a key part of the show, its main focus is on McKidd's marriage and his former fiancé e, who died in a plane crash. What, the show asks, should he do - warn her and never end up with his current wife and child or let the former love of his life die as she always did?
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Posted on September 6, 2007 | |
In the US: Wednesdays, 10/9c, NBC. Starts September 26
In the UK: Not yet acquired
I foresee this is going to run into problems. I say this, not because it's bad, because it's not, but because I suspect NBC doesn't quite know what to do with it.
The premise is interesting: a cop gets sent to jail after being framed for a crime he didn't commit. Twelve years later, he's finally vindicated and released. As part of his settlement, he gets to return to the police department that he used to work in where he works alongside people who resent him, think he doesn't belong and so on. His wife's divorced him, his mother's died because his father refused to let her see him while he was in jail and he's had over 200 stitches from the beatings he's got while he's been in jail. And just about the only person who rates him is his new partner, who basically drew the short straw thanks to being a recovering drug addict.
So it could be quite dark. And indeed, most of the time it is.
But he's also got $50 million (or some equally sky-high amount - no one's saying) from his settlement, so he lives in a mansion, drives a very nice car, and owns an orange grove. His financial advisor, whom he met in prison, now lives in a room above his garage. And after reading The Path To Zen during his stay inside, he's now trying to achieve oneness with the universe and is a touch whackier than he was before he went to prison.
So how will NBC's marketing department pitch it? Drama? Comedy? Comedy drama?
Oops. They went for comedy.
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Posted on September 3, 2007 | |
Slightly geeky this, I know, but I was a-pondering because I was just marvelling to myself at how much I liked the last three episodes of the last series of Doctor Who.
As we all know, Time Lords can regenerate. The Doctor, who is a Time Lord, has regenerated many times. Each time he regenerates, his personality changes, yet there is some intrinsic “Doctor-ness” that remains the same from incarnation to incarnation. And as viewers, we accept each different incarnation, even if we prefer some (David Tennant) to others (Sylvester McCoy).
The Master is/was a Time Lord, too. He, too, regenerates and has changed personality with each regeneration.
But, he recently regenerated into John Simm, as you all know. But many people thought he did not have enough “Master-ness”. Problems ranged from the trivial (he didn't have a beard) to the not so trivial (he lip-synced to Scissor Sisters).
So, the question is either (depending on your point of view):
- Why is it that viewers are more able to accept the changing character of the Doctor with each regeneration than they are with the Master? Is it because we have more time to get to know him?
- Or, how much does a Time Lord have to have in common with his previous incarnations for us to recognise him as being the same person? Why do some regard Simm's Master as being sufficiently different from Delgado, Ainley, Roberts and co that they can't accept him as the Master?
Alternatively, what is “Doctor-ness” and what is “Master-ness” - that is, what characteristics does someone have to have to be recognisably the Doctor or The Master (assuming they have the same memories as well)?
And just for luck, I throw in the Valeyard to really complicate things. Answers on a postcard or below.