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Voyagers!

Voyagers! is a time travel-based television series broadcast in the 1982-1983 season on NBC, starting on October 3, 1982.

Plot

Phineas Bogg (played by Jon-Erik Hexum) was one of a society of time travelers called Voyagers who, with the help of a young boy named Jeffrey Jones (played by Meeno Peluce) used a hand-held device called an Omni (which looked much like a large pocket watch) to travel in time and ensured that history unfolded as we know it. For instance, in the first episode Jeffrey ensured that baby Moses' basket traveled down the Nile where it was met by Pharaoh's daughter.

Bogg and Jeffrey first met when Bogg's Omni malfunctioned and took him to 1982 (the circuitry of Bogg's Omni was set to allow him only as late as 1970), landing him in the apartment of Jeffrey's aunt and uncle, who were caring for him after his parents' death. Jeffrey accidentally fell out of a window, causing Bogg to jump out to rescue him by activating the Omni. Bogg's Guidebook - which contained a detailed description of how history should unfold - had been grabbed by Jeffrey's dog Ralph, and so Bogg had to rely on Jeffrey (whose father was a history professor) to help him.

Running jokes

There are several running gags in the show, like Phineas' lacking knowledge of important historical events, which emphasizes his dependence on Jeffrey; his fear of dogs; and his poker playing habits, where he relies on the rules of an old Hungarian card game called Schnibbitz, yet he usually wins doing so. Phineas is also a great womanizer and manages to fall for a beautiful woman in almost every single time period he is in.

Cast

Voyagers

Actor Role
Jon-Erik Hexum Phineas Bogg
Meeno Peluce Jeffrey Jones
Stephen Liska Voyager Drake
Tracy Brooks Swope Voyager Oliva
Jenny Neumann Voyager Susan

Guest cast

Actor Role
Ed Begley Jr. Wilbur Wright
Donald Petrie Orville Wright
Gregg Henry Teddy Roosevelt
Steven Keats Thomas Edison
William Lucking Babe Ruth
Andrea Marcovicci Cleopatra
John Anderson Abraham Lincoln
Alex Hyde-White Charles Dickens
Keye Luke Kublai Khan
Peter Donat George Washington
Robert Donner Buffalo Bill Cody
Nicholas Pryor Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Michael Ensign Arthur Conan Doyle
Jonathan Frakes Charles Lindbergh

The Voyagers

The Voyagers are a group of humans who help correct history when it goes wrong. Bogg says "We travel through time to help history along. Give it a push when it's needed. When the Omni's Red it means history's wrong. Our job is to get everything back on track" They can be recruited from any point in history, for example, Phineas Bogg was a pirate from a few hundred years ago when he was chosen to be a Voyager. Voyager Recruits attend Voyager Academy and upon graduation was given an Omni and a Voyagers Guidebook.

Voyagers who tamper with history for their own benefit or violate the Voyager Code stand trial at Voyager headquarters, where they have a Defense attorney to defend them, and a prosecutor called the Voyager Tribunal-Code Violation Prosecutor. Evidence is generally presented using the Omni memory banks of Voyagers.

The Omni

The Omni is a small device used by Voyagers to travel in time. It is shaped like a small pocket watch, although for purposes of disguise it can apparently be custom configured by its user. The control panel features a small display of the Earth surrounded by associated control dials for use in selecting the target time period. The Omni also features two indicator lights — one red, one green — to indicate whether the flow of history had been tampered with: a flashing red light meant history had been altered, and a steady green light meant that history was as it should be. The Omni must be closely guarded by its owner, as anyone who finds an Omni can use it to travel in time.

Once, Thomas Edison, while struggling to invent the electric light, even attempted to disassemble an Omni to find out how its lights worked, but was unable to discover how the device functioned. However, he was able to reassemble it back into working order.

Phineas Bogg's Omni was made of brass and was hardwired to take him no further ahead than 1970, but it malfunctioned and took Bogg to 1982 where he met young Jeffrey Jones. It is unknown why the hardwiring was originally done though it is interesting to note that Jeffrey's birthday happens to be October 3, 1970 and it is insinuated that Jeffrey may eventually succeed Bogg as a full-time Voyager someday. The Omni's cover bore the Voyager logo, an elaborate letter V, as well as the inscription "Time Waits For No Man".

The Guidebook

The Voyagers Guidebook is to be carefully guarded, as it contained secrets of the past, present and future. The Guidebook is key in helping a Voyager find out what needed to be fixed when the Omni displayed a red light. The Guidebook is referred to throughout the series, and is actually used by female Voyager Olivia Dunn in the episode "Voyagers of the Titanic". (At the conclusion of that episode, in Paris, 1912, Dunn uses her guidebook to show Bogg and Jeffrey the outcome of their now-completed mission.)

The pages of the Guidebook were never shown in the series but it is what all Voyagers were trained to rely upon, in order to complete missions. When Bogg was put on trial in the episode "The Trial Of Phineas Bogg", Voyager Drake, the villain of the series, made losing his book the first criminal charge against Bogg in court.

Episodes

Voyagers ran for one season for 20 episodes, during that time many historical figures were featured, among them Babe Ruth, Cleopatra, Thomas Edison, Benjamin Franklin, and Harriet Tubman. Over the closing credits of each episode, actor Meeno Peluce would say, "If you want to learn more about {whatever historical person or event appeared in the show}, take a voyage down to your public library. It's all in books!"

DVD release

All 20 episodes were released on July 17 2007 in a Complete Series 4-DVD set.

References

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