TVstuff: Reaper is not Journeyman

While writing yesterday’s post about scheduling conflicts between SciFi’s Eureka, FOX’s House and NBC’s Journeyman I overlooked one minor (yet arguably important) detail: there is no such conflict. House and Eureka are both on Tuesday night, but Journeyman is (as I discovered yesterday) on Monday night.

The CW’s Reaper, on the other hand, is on Tuesday night and its schedule does conflict with the other, previously mentioned Tuesday primetime shows.

Reaper

L-R: Bret Harrison, Ray Wise and Tyler Labine

On the bright side, several savvy readers have already suggested a solution to my scheduling woes; a solution that does not involve replacing my dual-LNB DirecTV dish and adding another DirecTivo receiver (and television) to the International House of Johnson.

See, if there’s one thing The SciFi Channel is good at (apart from cranking out schlocky monster-of-the-week movies and calling them science fiction), it’s replaying everything on their schedule over and over again. This has allowed me to catch the occasional missed Saturday night movie later in the week—even if the argument could be made that I’m usually better off missing those movies—and will also allow me to record Reaper at 9:00 and Eureka three hours later.

Unfortunately, a quick glance at the upcoming SciFi listings reveals that the replay time for Eureka isn’t consistent week to week: tonight it’s on at midnight and next week it replays at 12:30; and TiVo, for all its magical powers, apparently lacks a single-click “record the later showing” function. We are, it seems, doomed to learn that our heroes are flawed.

As for Journeyman, I watched the premiere in the wee hours of this morning while sitting with my young insomniac. They managed to get a good hook into me, and if NBC cancels the show before we learn why (and how) Dan Vasser (Kevin McKidd, Rome) is traveling through time, I’m going to write at least one very indignant blog post about it. That’s right, NBC; consider yourself warned. You don’t want the kind of heat that I bring to the party.

9 thoughts on “TVstuff: Reaper is not Journeyman”

  1. RE: Journeyman, I don’t want to spoil anything, but the conflict that got resolved in the last bit of the show had me in knots the whole time, even though I figured out what he was up to earlier. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a show with a tighter first episode. So yeah, it’ll definitely get cancelled.

    RE: Reaper, WTF is “The CW”? Where would I find it? ‘Cause Kevin Smith + Ray Wise + The chick who played Candice in Heroes (mrowr) = teh win. Or at least it should.

  2. if NBC cancels the show before we learn why (and how) Dan Vasser […] is traveling through time, I’m going to write at least one very indignant blog post about it.

    You and me both! Now they’re scared.

  3. RE: Journeyman, I don’t want to spoil anything, but the conflict that got resolved in the last bit of the show had me in knots the whole time, even though I figured out what he was up to earlier. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a show with a tighter first episode. So yeah, it’ll definitely get cancelled.

    RE: Reaper, WTF is “The CW”?

    Where would I find it? ‘Cause Kevin Smith + Ray Wise + The chick who played Candice in Heroes (mrowr) = teh win. Or at least it should.

    I’ll respond to those in reverse order.

    The CW is the Voltron of television; it was once two separate networks known as UPN, from whence sprang Star Trek: Voyager, and The WB, from whence sprang…nothing memorable (just kidding, Smallville fan). One night, both networks got really, really drunk after very special episodes of The Gilmore Girls and Veronica Mars; one thing led to another led to the mixing of their programming schedules and The CW was born.

    Oh, and my understanding of Reaper is that Kevin Smith directed the pilot and only the pilot. I’m not sure how involved he’ll be in the rest of the show, if at all.

    Where can you find The CW? In Cleveland, it’s WBNX, channel 55.

    As for Journeyman, I thought the ending played out quite well. I don’t know if I felt it was as tight as you did, but the last 20 minutes were definitely worth the price of admission.

    I’m glad you’re watching it so I’ll have someone to blame when NBC drops the ax.

  4. Wow upgrading to WordPress 2.3 seems to have hosed the comment quoter plugin, at least in IE.

    Jason, I’m glad to have you on board the Pre-Emptive Outrage and Indignation at the Cancellation of Journeyman Campaign.

  5. As for Journeyman, I thought the ending played out quite well. I don’t know if I felt it was as tight as you did, but the last 20 minutes were definitely worth the price of admission.

    I’m glad you’re watching it so I’ll have someone to blame when NBC drops the ax.

    To be clear, I’m speaking relatively. It was tight for a first episode. Even Firefly took a couple of episodes for everyone to really find their characters and chemistry. ST:TNG took about two seasons.

  6. To be clear, I’m speaking relatively. It was tight for a first episode. Even Firefly took a couple of episodes for everyone to really find their characters and chemistry. ST:TNG took about two seasons.

    Gotcha. That’s a very good point.

    As an aside, I should install a BBCode plugin…

  7. Re: Sci-Fi replays and DVRs. Beware! The 12:30 encore is not always shown exactly on time. I have no idea why, but I’ve been burned several times, including this past Eureka in which I lost aprox the last 5 minutes. I suggest setting the DVR to record five or 10 minutes long to be safe.

  8. Re: Sci-Fi replays and DVRs. Beware! The 12:30 encore is not always shown exactly on time. I have no idea why, but I’ve been burned several times, including this past Eureka in which I lost aprox the last 5 minutes. I suggest setting the DVR to record five or 10 minutes long to be safe.

    Oh, goody. I’m a few episodes behind on Eureka, but I’ll check this week’s episode tonight. Thanks for the heads up.

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