Friday, April 25, 2014
V is for Voyagers!!
I've always been a sucker for time travel shows and one of the most fun and lighthearted was Voyagers!
Running from only 1982 to 1983 on NBC, it starred Jon Eric Hexum (Phineas Bogg) and Meeno Peluce
(Jeffrey Jones) as a couple of time travelers who helped give history a "push where it was needed." Their mode of travel was a device that looked like an souped up pocket watch called an "Omni". The Omni also let them know if the time period they were in was as it should be (green) or messed up (red).
Bogg was a member of a society of time travelers, called Voyagers, who had met young Mr. Jones when he accidentally arrived at the Jones' apartment in 1982 New York. Through a series of outstanding circumstances (as always seems to happen in these type of shows), the two began traveling through history to help give it a nudge in the right direction.
The plots were pretty simple and I always found it interesting that the show was created by James D. Parriot who I had only known as being the brains behind the syndicated vampire series, Forever Knight. Quite a leap there, eh?
Hexum went from this show to a series about a couple of spies posing as models called Cover Up. It was on the set of Cover Up that Hexum was accidentally killed by a prop gun. I've always contended that Hexum could have gone on to be a huge star, had he lived longer.
While Voyagers! never had the slick special effects or star power that Quantum Leap did, it's still fun to go back and watch....even if it's just to, maybe, learn a small history lesson. At the end of each show,Meeno Peluce narrated over closing credits and encouraged viewers to check out the show's subject matter at their local library should they want to learn more.
I bought the box set a few years ago and the show, surprisingly, holds up pretty decently...especially for a show from the 'crazy 80s'.
Honorable Mentions: V: The Series, Vegas, Viper
Tune in tomorrow where I talk about a couple of federal agents who rode around in their own train....