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|Voyagers - The Complete Series|
Actors: Meeno Peluce, Jon-Erik Hexum
Genres: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television
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Kaylee Ranger | Ohio | 05/07/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a blast from the past from 25 years ago--I remember it very fondly! Phineas Bogg is a Voyager--a person who is supposed to travel through time and give history a push from time to time so that the proper things take place. The machine that he uses malfunctions a lot, he doesn't have a lot of knowledege about history, and he accidentally ends up in the bedroom of a boy named Jeffrey Jones in 1982, an orphan who knows a lot about history. He ends up traveling with Bogg, going from one adventure to the next. Not as heavy handed and preachy as Quantum Leap (which I loved, too)--a fun series, great family entertainment, kids should like it.
One thing I remember is that whenever Meeno and Jon-Erik did interviews, they always spoke as if they were an equal team. Jon-Erik never spoke of Meeno as just a kid. On screen, they had a very nice relationship. The kid's cute, the guy's hunky, and the adventures are fun.
Generally in each episode, the voyagers drop into one scenario, leave at the first commercial break to another, solve the second problem, then take knowledge from that second scenario back to the first to solve the initial problem. Some of the links are that of situations (Spartacus and Tubbman have slavery in common), and others involve learning a trick to get out of the first (Salem and Houdini)
Here are the episodes--title and topic:
Pilot--Time Traveler and orphan meet
Created Equal (Spartacus and Harriet Tubman)
Bully and Billy (Teddy Roosevelt and Billy the Kid)
Agents of Satan (Salem witch trials and Harry Houdini)
Worlds Apart (Lawrence of Arabia and Thomas Edison)
Cleo and the Babe (Cleopatra is brought to 1920s New York/Lucy Luciano)
The Day the Rebs took Lincoln (Civil War and London/Dickens)
Old Hickory and the Pirate (War of 1812/New Orleans)
The Travels of Marco Polo...and Friends (1930s New York/Isaac Wolfstein)
An Arrow Pointing East (Lindburgh then Robin Hood)
Merry Christmas, Bogg (George Washington then Samuel Gompers)
Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakely Play the Palace (Queen Victoria)
The Trial of Phineas Bogg (Bogg is on trial back home)
Sneak Attack (Pearl Harbor plus young Bill Cody/Pony Express)
Voyagers of the Titanic (plus rabies and Pasteur)
Pursuit (WWII/Werner von Braun)
Destiny's Choice (FDR in 1924 Hollywood)
All Fall Down (1938, boxing, Joe Louis)
Barrier's of Sound (1890s Texas, Ike's mom)
Jack's Back (Jack the Ripper)
Some guest stars: Ed Begley, Jr., Gregory Itzin (twice!), Lance LeGault, Tricia O'Neil, Michael Fox (the reason M. J. Fox had to add the J?), Jonathan Frakes, Anne Lockhart, Dana Elcar, Frank Marth, and Julia Duffy."
Very popular in Brazil
Diego Castro A. Santos | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | 05/09/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"One may think that a series so short-lived (20 episodes only) could not be famous outside U.S.
Well, here in Brazil, back in 1983, 1984, me and my friends used to watch every single episode available. Of course, at that time, we saw it dubbed in portuguese (our language here), with TV commercials and with an image of poor quality (65% of what it would be considered perfect). It was the time when there was no cable TV.
So, I'm very anxious now to buy this DVD, and finally see all episodes with perfect image and sound. Of course, internet over the years could present the episodes, but the image was never that good.
Now I want to own the official set, with all 20 chronologic episodes.
Only the cover of the DVD set is ugly. A better art could be presented.
And let's hope the studio doesn't change any music, as it seems to be usual these days.
Hey! I can't forget to mention Shannen Doherty (with, I suppose, 11 or 12 years old) on the witch hunt episode ("Agents of Satan")! I adore this woman, and it was a complete surprise to find her here. (she plays a small, but crucial-to-the-plot role)
DVD Transfer is Very Good, but no Bonus Features
B. Johnson | New York, NY USA | 07/24/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Just the straight facts about the DVD:
1. Five episodes per disc. Four discs = all 20 original episodes.
2. Although the footage shows a dash of age with a some graininess, it is much much more crisp than any VHS / Beta recording from back in the day. (To give you an idea -- you can freeze frame and read the months and numbers on the omni!) Plus, the colors look pretty good for an 80s show that sat in the archives.
3. Sound is quality is good, especially for what was originally recorded in mono -- no hiss or the like.
4. One reviewer on here complained that the commercial breaks were badly edited out. That is untrue. The DVD transfer is clearly sourced from the original recordings. It is simply a stylistic feature of many older shows that commercial breaks were made to be very obvious; such breaks seem clunky to our eyes because they lack perfect continuity. (I suspect that that was to allow "leg room" for local commercials to be cued in / synced by an engineer in a local station room.)
For an excellent lowdown on the whole set with screencaps and pics of the discs, visit the site "ultimatedisney" and search for Voyagers. The site's review links back to Amazon's page here, so fear not about heading there for more info."
Voyagers on DVD! Somewhere an OMNI has gone GREEN
Kevin J. Loria | New Orleans, LA USA | 09/29/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The show we fondly remember with Meeno Peluce as Jeff the "smart-kid" who listened in school and the well-intentioned but historically inept Bogg played by the late Jon-Erik Hexum. Jeff serves as their only guide through time, fixing history. Much like the "Magic Tree House" series serves today as an elementary students overview of pop history, Voyagers! is flashing or particularly clever, but it remains surprisingly "timely" in the family-sci-fi genre. The music may be as over-the-top as some of the dialogue, at times formulaic, over all, still a great show.
We've got a green light, kids!"