The following contains MAJOR SPOILERS for “Journeyman’s” episode “The Hanged Man.”
Theresas pregnant. – Katie
Ok, did I cause that? – Dan
God, I hope not. – Katie
I cant believe there is only one more episode left. Sadly, as Airlock Alpha reported, NBC appears to be ending this shows journey. Ok, it isnt really an official cancellation, but NBC did let a deadline pass for picking up more episodes for the season. So there is a little (I stress little) hope for you diehard fans out there. There are groups like Save Journeyman! who are trying to pull a “Jericho” and save the show, but it is going to be an uphill battle … especially since this episode looks to have had another drop in the ratings. This is not surprising considering the lead-in was “Clash of the Choirs.”
The sad thing is, this episode was a great example of science fiction at its best, more on that below.
“The Hanged Man” starts off as Dan (Kevin McKidd) is playing around with a new digital camera and things get frisky between him and Katie (Gretchen Egolf). The clothes start coming off, just as Dan gets zapped to the past. Where he pops up in a mobile home hanging off a cliff.
With a little quick thinking he saves the mother and son, but is stuck in the tumbling vehicle. Good thing Dan zaps back to the present. Too bad he dropped his digital camera.
Back at home, Katies sister, Annette (Melinda McGraw), is visiting and Jack (Reed Diamond) is still trying to deal with Theresas (Lisa Sheridan) pregnancy. Annette is quite a character who calls it as she sees it, which is always a trait that makes people uncomfortable.
Almost as awkward as popping into an office in a nightgown like Livia (Moon Bloodgood) does. Dan finds something for Livia to wear as he fills her in on his major booboo with the camera. They are back in the past soon after the accident. The mothers son, Christopher (Jordan Garrett), has the camera and is refusing to give it back. Not good.
Zap and Dan is back to the present. Surprise! His son Zack (Charles Henry Wyson) is now his daughter Caroline (Ellery Sprayberry). Yikes. Caroline drew a butterfly for her dad, which is a nice way to allude to the major butterfly effect that has happened to Dan.
The child sex change is just the beginning as Dan learns that computer tech has jumped a few decades.
Dan and Livia eventually manage to not only get the camera back, but save Christopher from being killed in a little company espionage. Meanwhile, Katie has a reading by a psychic who uncovers that Dan was born under the Joseph Lee Comet.
Guess who had the only other birth in 100 years coinciding with said comet? Yup, Livia. An interesting twist that leads Dan to bug the mysterious Dr. Langely at his workplace. Jacks FBI contact dug up a picture with a young Dan and the doctor. But when confronted, the doctor claims not to know him. Has time changed or is the doctor just lying? If he is lying, then why? So many questions, so little time.
I loved how the storylines kept going and still continued to exist despite the changes in the timeline. It is a wonderful way to keep the subplots going while showing the effects of the journeys.
This episode tied the present and past so well. It was probably the most science fiction-y to date, showing an example of a butterfly effect with advanced technology left behind in the past. We see some interesting technological advancing and see a time traveling parents worst nightmare. Well, one of them at least.
Plus, the camera work that I sometimes complain about was great this time around. No half cut off faces. Yeah!
What Didnt Work
One question about Dan and Livia remain: how can they be the only people in the world born at the time of the comet? The world is a big place and births are very common. Did the Joseph Lee Comet only appear for a few moments? If so, how did she know the exact time of Dans birth? Unless he called her off screen, he never told her. If the comet appeared for more than a few moments during those two days, there would be many more people zapping in and out of time.
Also, some may have found the psychic to be a little corny, but I think she worked well.
Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due
“The Hanged Man” was written by Tracy McMillan and directed by Steven DePaul (“NYPD Blue”). “Journeyman” airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.
Marx Pyle is a staff writer for Airlock Alpha, writing out of Vancouver, B.C. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.