Time Travelers Shack Up Across Decades, Visit Swinger Party


The crazy, makes-no-sense time travel in NBC's Journeyman has been driving away viewers. Every week, Dan slips back in time and has to fix someone's messed up life in the past. Meanwhile, his own life gets more and more messed up. It hasn't exactly made for thrilling viewing. But lately, the show has started to click. (And its ratings are showing an uptick.) And this week's revelations about Livia, Dan's time-traveling ex-girlfriend, add a whole new creamy layer.

It turns out that Livia is actually from the year 1948. She travels forwards in time, Dan travels backwards. When she and Dan got together and dated for several years, she was five decades ahead of her time. Dan's visits to some fucked up era (crazy 70s swing parties! Weird 90s unabombers!) always turn out to be a metaphor for his own freaky past. But Livia visits those same eras from the vantage point of a 1940s woman and sees huge progress. It goes some way towards explaining why she always seems so smug and self-satisfied.

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