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30 Days Of Telly #2

Day two, a show that you wish more people were watching. That sounds very present tense. I'm not actually watching any TV at the moment, so I'll just have to go for an old show that more people ought to see. And there are hundreds. I've practically made a lifelong hobby of being in a fandom of one, and there are times when it would be nice to have somebody to talk to about a bunch of stuff! But if I'm going to have to choose one, then I'm going to go for Voyagers!.

I've chosen this one because it's one that I think a lot of people would like, if they actually knew that it existed. Although it's American, it bears more than a passing resemblance to classic era Doctor Who, and it also seems very much like a forerunner to Quantum Leap. Phineas Bogg, one of the most unfortunately-named men in television history, is a time-travelling pirate. Take a moment to ponder the wonders of that sentence. He's one of a number of agents chosen from throughout history to travel back and forth in time and see that history goes the right way. Just like in Sapphire & Steel and Quantum Leap, there's some undefined force that likes to meddle, and twist history to its own ends. Problem is, Bogg hasn't got a clue what history is supposed to look like, and neither does he have a clue how to pilot his time machine. The consequence is that he hurtles madly though time and space, landing in ever-increasing amounts of peril each week, and having a glorious time every step of the way. He accidentally acquires an orphan boy as a travelling companion, and their relationship is very nicely done.

Basically Voyagers! is brilliant fun. That exclamation mark in the title is there for good reason, because it shows you how happy the show is, and how happy our two Voyagers are to be doing their job. Repeatedly free-falling through history, and crash-landing somewhere unexpected, up to their necks in trouble, and escaping by the skin of their teeth. If you ever get frustrated by all of the angst in modern day Doctor Who, then this is the show to counteract it. Bogg hurls his little twelve-year old pal into deadly situations daily, and neither of them cares a fig. Danger's so much fun! And the cast is extremely engaging, and okay, the pilot episode is a bit slow. They usually are.

So there you are, world. Watch Voyagers!. It only got one season, so there's not much to watch (and it got axed for being too expensive, not because it wasn't popular, so for once I'm not even recommending something daft). I can't guarantee that you'll enjoy it, but I'd be very surprised if you don't. The internet needs more Voyagers!. Isn't that right, Bogg?



Oh well. Everyone's a critic.

Comments

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jekesta
Jun. 9th, 2013 03:51 pm (UTC)
I find it amazing how much tv you have seen that I've never even heard of. I am adding this to my ever growing list.
swordznsorcery
Jun. 9th, 2013 07:04 pm (UTC)
Watching TV is my one great talent in life! Voyagers! probably just predates you (1982), but I don't think it aired in this country anyway, or at least not in all the ITV regions. I know of it due to the star, Jon-Erik Hexum. Didn't get to see it myself until a couple of years ago, when it came out on DVD.

(And it's selling for less than three quid at Amazon at the moment ;) ).
emeraldarrows
Jun. 9th, 2013 04:50 pm (UTC)
I love Voyagers!! Definitely a show more people need to watch.
swordznsorcery
Jun. 9th, 2013 07:00 pm (UTC)
It really is. It's uncomplicated, and I mean that in a good way. Plus both leads are especially engaging.
sarren
Jun. 9th, 2013 05:07 pm (UTC)
I loved that show! All I remember is waistcoat, kid in stripy t-shirt and one ep they met Robin Hood, which was amusing because of being fictional, iirc.

I would watch it, if I could. Is it available anywhere reasonably priced, or even better, free? I think I remember eyeing it off a few years ago, but was stupidly expensive.
swordznsorcery
Jun. 9th, 2013 07:08 pm (UTC)
I've never seen it available for DL anywhere, probably because it's not all that well known. It's currently available at Amazon UK for less than £3, and my copy says that the UK edition is regions 2, 4 and 5 compatible, so it should be okay when you're back home. Depends what postage rates to Germany are like, I guess! Or eBay might be worth looking at.
sarren
Jun. 9th, 2013 07:13 pm (UTC)
I'll be in the UK for 2.5 weeks in July!

When you live in Australia, all your dvd players are multi region (they may not start out that way, but there are WAYS)
swordznsorcery
Jun. 9th, 2013 07:22 pm (UTC)
Yes, that's usually how it works here, too. A quick Google will fix all! Shame that Blu-Rays don't seem to be following suit.
liadtbunny
Jun. 10th, 2013 02:39 pm (UTC)
\o/ for being in a fandom of one, my natural habitat;p

A time traveling pirate sounds awesome! Another one to add to the list that'll get watched in 2017, it took me about 4 years to get around to watching 'Dick Turpin', fast I am not.
swordznsorcery
Jun. 10th, 2013 07:38 pm (UTC)
So much TV, so little time. :)
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