Fall TV premier season is upon us like a pee soaked blanket at Summer camp. One of the shows I was most excited for was NBC’s Journeyman. I didn’t really know anything about the plot, but I was amped to see Kevin McKidd get a shot at big time American TV stardom. He played Lucius Vorenus in the HBO hour long awesome-fest that was Rome.
The idea for the show is a little hodge-podge. The main character jumps around in time, ala Quantum Leap fixing the past, saving lives, etc. I definitely wanted to get into this show.
However, and this sucks, the writers of this show are simply lazy. They employ the most tired and lame technique for showing what time era the main character is in: music.
Here’s an example, Dan, McKidd’s character, goes back in time to 1995 and runs into this little girl that he’s apparently following around through time. She’s in line outside of, you guessed it, a grunge rock club. She’s wearing a flannel t-shirt and the song, “Today is the Greatest” by the Smashing Pumpkins is playing in the background.
WE GET IT, HE’S IN 1995.
When he was in the 70’s on an airplane, everyone was smoking, wearing leisure suits, the stewardesses were in miniskirts and Disco was playing. Overfuckingkill.
In the 80’s some new wave bleepy shitcan of a song was muted in the background and a mohawked punk walked through the foreground.
COME ON. I’m not an idiot, you can be subtle about it. You know what other show uses music to describe their time flashbacks scenes? Cold Case. Yes, that’s a derogatory statement.
When did writers become so lazy? Give your audience a little credit. We’re not ALL that stupid.
It sucked falling out of love with this show after only two episodes. Sorry Lucius.