The Long Haul: The Star Wars EU

A few years ago, I started the Long Haul project. The goal was to watch a complete series and post about it on an episode-by-episode basis. I started with Journeyman, the short-lived 2007 NBC series about a reporter being thrown through time to fix people’s lives without screwing up his present. I love that show (sadly now unavailable everywhere but a UK DVD release) and wanted to share it with people. It was a rough start, because the line between summary and review can be a hard one to walk sometimes, but I got the hang of it.

I planned to follow it up with Eureka, the quirky USA series about a town of geniuses and weirdness. But I just couldn’t get into it. Not the show — the show seemed like it had a lot of potential — but I struggled mightily to write about it, and never watched past the pilot or published so much as a post about it. And then some of you might have briefly seen the announcement last year that I was going to revive Long Hauls with a rewatch/watch of Once Upon A Time. That came down almost as quickly as it went up, when I realized I just didn’t want to.

I think what it boils down to for me is that, in general, that’s not how I like to consume TV. I’m a fan of the binge watch, and stopping to write in between episodes when I know the next is just a click away kills my momentum and enthusiasm.

But last year I  was reminded of something else that I love: Star Wars.

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The Next Long Haul

I had a lot of fun doing the Journeyman Long Haul project. It took me a while to settle into a style where I was neither recapping the episode scene-by-scene nor just blathering my opinions all over the place with very little context, but I think I figured it out about midseason. And I’m still not sure if it helped or hurt that Journeyman is one of my favorite shows, and I’ve seen it a lot.

Perhaps I’ll get a better idea of that next week, when I start watching the Sci-Fi (excuse me, SyFy) series Eureka. I’ve only seen the pilot when it aired in 2006, and I only actively remember about 5 minutes of it. The only other thing I know is that at one point a character dies (I know the name but not the role the character plays in the universe) and it upset a lot of people. But I’m also not sure how permanent deaths are on this show. So. Should be interesting.

While the Journeyman project was a Monday/Wednesday/Friday deal, I’m going to knock Eureka back to Tuesday/Thursday. The MWF schedule, combined with a 40-hour workweek kind of made me feel like Long Haul posts were all I was doing with my time. And there are other things I’d like to do (and write about). But be sure to check back Tuesday for the first Eureka Long Haul post. If you haven’t seen it either, or would like to watch it again, it looks like the first three seasons and part of the fifth are on Hulu, and Netflix has seasons one through four.

If you have seen Eureka, please don’t spoil me. Seriously.

Lastly, if you’re new to Leisure Time or missed a post along the way, I’ve updated the Long Haul Index (and they’ve mostly all been Long Haul posts) at the top of the screen, which  links to all of those, or if you’d like previews of each one, you can click the Long Haul category to the right and scroll through at your leisure.

Long Haul: Journeyman wrap-up

Thirteen episodes and six weeks to the day of starting the Journeyman Long Haul, I finished it. So, how did it hold up in the years since I last saw it? What were the plans had it not been canceled, and were those plans a good idea? The final wrap-up is here, but first, a gag reel:

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Long Haul: Journeyman 1.12 — The Hanged Man

In this episode, Dan loses a digital camera in 1984 causing him to lose his son in 2007.

I just watched The Terminator and Terminator 2 on Halloween, so The Hanged Man was perfect for my frame of mind. Dan’s mission revolves around getting the camera back, and it’s interesting enough, but once again, the real fun of the episode centers on the 2007 happenings.

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