22 July 2018 | SnoopyStyle
concept more problematic than not
This is three points in the life of nerdy inventor Alex Riley. In 1991 at age 14, he moves to California after his stewardess mother marries airline pilot Ron. Ron already has a son named Justin. Alex has a crush on Nori Sterling and makes a friend with fellow nerd Darryl. In 2017 at age 40, Alex (Bobby Moynihan) is a struggling inventor with his best friend Darry (Jaleel White). His ex-wife Sarah is moving away threatening to take their daughter Abby with her. In 2042 at age 65, Alex (John Larroquette) is a successful retiring entrepreneur with Abby (Kelen Coleman) taking over the company. He runs into Nori/Eleanor (Sharon Lawrence) who is the owner of a diner. Justin (Ed Begley Jr.) is now the governor.
The concept of running three time lines with the same guy may be a pitch winner. In execution, it runs into some difficulties. I actually like the kids' story. The problem is that the other time lines reveal the future of these characters. It leaves the kids without the drama of the unknown. The only one without a known future is the Larroquette time line but it only has one interesting reveal possibility. It would probably work much better without the Larroquette storyline. Three time lines are too many. Also, Nori needs to be in Moynihan's time line. This high concept is simply one level too high.