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I am in sci-fi swashbuckly heaven. :) I don't think I've had more fun all year than I'm having now with Voyagers!. The combination of out-and-out fun and historical settings is a good starting point, but the characters are really making this show. As a lead man, Phineas seriously rocks. He's falling around through time, without a clue where he's going, or what he's going to do when he gets there; and then when he crash lands in some fairly random century, he almost invariably has a whale of a time there. Especially if there are swords, staves and bows and arrows. Jon-Erik Hexum was born to swashbuckle. He should have been around in the fifties - although of course then he couldn't have done Voyagers!, which would be sad. Think of the movies he could have done in the fifties, though! He could have been swinging from ropes and hacking about him with swords to his heart's content. Also, perhaps the fact that he's not around anymore would that way seem less tragic.

I do have one complaint, though. How come, episode after episode, we get lovely, detailed views of American history; but when we wind up in Britain we get, firstly, a bizarre Dickensian fictional London... and then secondly, Robin Hood. Complete with Errol Flynn Hollywood costumes, and Maid Marion. Yes, it is possible that there was an historical figure who was the basis for the legends. Marion, however, was added to the tale centuries later by a Frenchman. You only need do a tiny piece of research to get that one. British history is just as important as American history, Universal. And if you employed a few more British actors, rather than Americans with lousy fake accents, then you might just be able to ask them a few questions about it. :p

It's all too much fun to gripe, though. Way, way too much fun. 'Cause of the swashbuckling, and the time travel, and the swords, and the swashbuckling, and the playfulness, and the merriment, and the swashbuckling. And Jon-Erik Hexum. Always, always, Jon-Erik Hexum. Hard to believe that this year sees the twenty-fifth anniversary of his death.


Laurence Of Arabia!Voyaging!


Prohibition Gangster!Voyaging!


Obligatory Baseball Episode!Voyaging!




American Civil War!Voyaging!


Victorian Urchin!Voyaging!


Eep!Voyaging!


Intense Moment!Voyaging!




Have At Thee, Foul Fiend!Voyaging!


Persian Horseman!Voyaging!


Robin Hood!Voyaging!


Nobody Will Notice Me Dressed In This Subtle Gay Pride Robe!Voyaging!


Further Having At Thee!Voyaging!


Random Nineteen Twenties!Voyaging!


Prohibition Gangster In A Bush!Voyaging!


Oops, I Just Destroyed Harry Houdini's Career!Voyaging!


Damn, I Think They Noticed Me Even With My Highly Subtle Disguise!Voyaging!

Hurrah!

Comments

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eandh99
Jul. 5th, 2009 02:50 pm (UTC)
Why do I have no memory of this show? When was it broadcast?

Yeah, the Gay pride costuming is pretty funny - the first Civil War pic is a bit like that too. But you'll never get Americans to pay attention to British history - my case in point, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, where you can see the moment Alan Rickman gives up on drama and starts doing Monty Python.
crabby_lioness
Jul. 5th, 2009 03:19 pm (UTC)
Oi! That was Costner's doing, for which I'll never forgive him. Don't blame the rest of us for that atrocity.
swordznsorcery
Jul. 5th, 2009 03:30 pm (UTC)
No, we'll just blame the rest of you for the likes of U-571 instead. ;)
crabby_lioness
Jul. 5th, 2009 03:37 pm (UTC)
Can't deny that. But we will take credit for Rat Patrol. ;)
swordznsorcery
Jul. 6th, 2009 04:02 pm (UTC)
I had to look that one up. Banned in the UK on the grounds of extreme historical inaccuracy. :D

That's brilliant. :)
crabby_lioness
Jul. 6th, 2009 06:21 pm (UTC)
I've been reliably informed that it's the Slashiest Thang Evah, and that anyone who owns a pair of slash goggles has to watch it with their hands over their eyes peeking through their fingers.

Enjoy. :D
swordznsorcery
Jul. 6th, 2009 11:48 pm (UTC)
Slashiest thing ever, huh. That's quite a challenge...
crabby_lioness
Jul. 7th, 2009 01:14 am (UTC)
Isn't it? :D

Of course that was about 5 years ago. There's a lot more contenders for the title these days.
swordznsorcery
Jul. 5th, 2009 03:25 pm (UTC)
It got its first airing in 1982-3. That's in America of course. To the best of my knowledge it never aired in the UK. Perhaps it didn't in Canada either?
ladygretchen
Nov. 8th, 2009 02:13 am (UTC)
I'm finding these backwards!
The captions are KILLING Me. If you seriously give me permission, I would love to post/credit and link them to your Voyagers articles on my website. Please let me know. They are way too funny not to. Of all the things I do on my websites, I've never thought of that one! Kudos to you! Love the blogs.
pargontwin
Jan. 24th, 2010 02:33 am (UTC)
Buckling the Swashes ;D
Slashy? Voyagers? You have GOT to be kidding me! Though, of course, I'm sure the NAMBLA crowd would have a field day with it. :S
swordznsorcery
Jan. 24th, 2010 02:57 am (UTC)
Re: Buckling the Swashes ;D
Slashy?! Hardly! It's possible to see slash in just about any show if you try hard enough, but I don't think anybody could see it in this one. Or at least I hope not!
pargontwin
Jan. 24th, 2010 03:14 am (UTC)
Re: Buckling the Swashes ;D
On another aspect that you talked about, I've always found it a little frustrating that they stuck mostly with American history myself. But then, they were written for American kids, and the only history they teach in schools here is American History and what they call "World History," which really only deals with history that directly relates to the discovery and colonization of the Americas. That course deals mostly with England, France, and Spain, though there's necessarily a very little bit about the Netherlands. Personally, I'd like to delve into Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean countries, and the Far East.

You might be interested to hear I'm currently working on a story set in the post-Cromwellian era...though in the red zone, it's not as "post" as it should be. Stuck on points of research, though. As a fellow writer put it, "Writing about characters you love flows like cream. Doing the research to make sure the history's right pours like cottage cheese."

---Jake
swordznsorcery
Jan. 24th, 2010 03:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Buckling the Swashes ;D
The problem with history books is that so many of them are very dry. Where's your story set? Post-Cromwellian suggests England, in which case I'd recommend this book. It's very good on English history throughout the ages, and the author is always very readable.
pargontwin
Jan. 24th, 2010 06:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Buckling the Swashes ;D
Yes, it is indeed set in England. What I'm stuck on is on conditions in the English navy, such as it was, during that era. (Yes, I know there wasn't officially a navy until later.) I have it from a few sailling-era afficionados that conditions were quite different in the 17th century from what they were in the 18th. I'd love to get my hands on a book called "Cromwell's Navy." Unfortunately, no public library anywhere in the States has a copy! Can you believe that? "Pepys' Navy" is supposed to be an equally good research source, but the libraries don't have that one, either! One of the authors is Dr. J. D. Davies. Yes, he's dry, but extremely informative.

I will have to check out that "Great Tales" book you told me about; at 10 USD, it's very affordable right now. Thanks!
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