Miss(ed) Manners

October 2, 2007

The Death of Subtlety

Filed under: Idiots,Journeyman,Kevin Mckidd — missedmanners @ 12:39 pm

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.



  1. lol, k i didn’t even make it 10 mins in….you outdid me brother. i’m sticking with what i know. CSI, Prisonbreak, and Jericho. and if there’s time, southpark. other than that, it’s discovery lol….at least they know they’re lame

    Comment by matt k — October 7, 2007 @ 4:17 pm | Reply

  2. I think I caught a good episode, and so I started watching but yeah, it’s a little mundane. It doesn’t pull you in, and I think it’s for the reasons you mentioned.
    I wish they were more subtle. It makes me feel smart when I get something that’s not so obvious, not that I’m dumb . . . you get my point. Hehe, I like it better than The Dead Zone, which Anthony Michael Hall was also in.

    Comment by Margarita — November 13, 2007 @ 2:05 pm | Reply

  3. Well, it’s a fine line. For example, did either of you catch that show, “John From Cincinnati?”

    It was intriguing in that it was impossible to figure out. There were all these questions that went unanswered, but there were TOO MANY of them.

    The show got canceled like six episodes in and I still have no idea what the fuck the show was about.


    Comment by missedmanners — November 13, 2007 @ 2:12 pm | Reply

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