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Yes, I am going to wax lyrical about Voyagers! again. Torchwood is over for the forseeable future (be sure to make it even more of a hit, America, Canada and Australia. I want a season four). So for now we're back to Jon-Erik Hexum. Or I am, anyway.

There are many reasons for enjoying Voyagers!. The general sense of fun; the fact that the cast seem to be having just as good a time as I am; the wildly varying historical settings; the odd snippets of historical information; the guest cast; those brilliant costumes that Phineas and Jeffrey seem to find lying around every episode... It's the main cast that's the best bit, though. They're rampaging through history together, two guys having an awesome adventure, and loving every bit of it. It has a matey sense to it that something like Doctor Who, probably the most famous of time travel TV shows, has been lacking for a very long time - arguably since the days of Two and Jamie. Phineas and Jeffrey enjoy each other's company. They're best friends, and it shows. They lurch into hardship and danger all the time; they never know where they're going to end up next. They're having a rollicking good time in the process, though, and it would be hard not to share in that. The pairing of a boy and a man isn't always a good idea in a TV show - perhaps because you can wind up with a father/son dynamic, or perhaps because the actors don't always gel all that well. Jon-Erik Hexum would only have been about a dozen years older than Meeno Peluce, though. They're consequently more like brothers, knocking about through the centuries, and not thinking about danger. Not sure how the matter of age translates into the show, though. Phineas doesn't seem to have an age, any more than he has a nationality. He says to an old enemy that he would be "quite happy to go another couple of centuries without seeing you" at one point, which could just be a reference to time travel - except that he doesn't say it in the context of time travel. He says it on a visit to Voyager HQ. So is he hundreds of years old, like the Doctor? We're never told. If he is, that might explain his complete failure to understand much of society. Supposedly he is human, though. I guess we'd have found out more had there been a second season, but that just wasn't to be.

Anyway, they're having good fun. So am I. Here's part of the reason why.

All in the space of one episode:


Pirate cowboy Voyaging!


Pirate cowboy in a castle Voyaging!


Cowboy in a jungle Voyaging!

Seriously, who could refuse?! ;) Although there is one point when I had to stop and wonder. Episode 1x14 is about the attack on Pearl Harbour:


Cowboys on a motorcycle Voyaging!

Anyway, there's one scene where a technician is sitting at a radio, and on the wall behind him there's a poster:


It says "Make nursing your war job". War job?! What war? They didn't even know yet that the Japanese were going to attack! Talk about advertising early. :) It's the only real glitch that I've noticed, though (Robin Hood's England aside). And in the meantime?




All dressed up and about to sink on the Titanic Voyaging!


Truly ghastly turquoise clothing Voyaging!


Questionable headgear Voyaging!


Saviours Of History. Too cool for buttons.


Espionage Voyaging!

Beware. More will follow. :D

Comments

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eandh99
Jul. 18th, 2009 02:35 pm (UTC)
I'm trying to entertain myself with old TV - so far, unintentional funny is as far as I've got. Half-Blood Prince tonight, which will feed my love for Alan Rickman at least. Not to be a downer - but my current biggest prediction about any more TW is that it will be Jack-free. I don't think the BBC could have hoped for better audience share or AI ratings, so it's a question of do they have the money to make it and do they have the money to make it with this cast. If it does go Jack-free it will stop being TW entirely for me and in a way that'll be good. It's weird - I didn't much like CoE, but it certainly had an emotional impact, which I suppose was the point.
swordznsorcery
Jul. 19th, 2009 08:04 pm (UTC)
If TW returns, I'm pretty sure that Jack will be in it. JB has said that he wants to do more, and is happy to keep doing it for as long as they'll let him, so it wouldn't make much sense for them to make the show without him.

I still think it will be back. :)
eandh99
Jul. 19th, 2009 08:13 pm (UTC)
The two words that strike fear into my heart are "American remake". If they do that, I'm not going along.
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mickeyk
Jul. 19th, 2009 11:08 am (UTC)
Australia's...
... already aired it, they began on Tuesday, July 7th. http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2009/07/letting-rip-with-captain-jack.html

It's an RTD interview.
swordznsorcery
Jul. 19th, 2009 08:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Australia's...
It has? I thought they were planning to synchronise with America and Canada.

I guess that changed when the initial plan for it to be shown all over the world on the same day fell through.
(Anonymous)
Jul. 19th, 2009 01:26 pm (UTC)
Doing my best to rally support for TW on the American side of things. Looking forward to seeing it. Thanks to you, really.
swordznsorcery
Jul. 19th, 2009 08:07 pm (UTC)
Yikes. No pressure for it to be good, then. ;)

I loved it myself. No idea how it might go down with anybody who's not seen an episode before, though.
eandh99
Jul. 19th, 2009 08:14 pm (UTC)
LOL - those are the people who love it MOST!
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zigsternenstaub
Jul. 20th, 2009 05:59 pm (UTC)
Has the show been cancelled, then?
swordznsorcery
Jul. 20th, 2009 08:26 pm (UTC)
No, they're just refusing to say yet whether there's going to be any more. This latest season was a huge hit, but there have been a lot of cutbacks at the BBC lately.
zigsternenstaub
Jul. 20th, 2009 09:32 pm (UTC)
Axing your cash cow strikes me as more than a little silly.
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ladygretchen
Nov. 7th, 2009 11:05 pm (UTC)
Meee again
Okay, I missed this post. These were just great. I'm going to link them to my site, and I'm also inclined to use your little tid bit about the war poster, because I have a brand new section for screwy facts like that, I hope you don't mind. I will credit! Still loving those screencaptions! And you brought up a fascinating plot bunny, Phineas is 'immortal'...That really wasn't answered by the series. Sorry, ranting again, but I love to write Voyagers fanfiction...hey, I even write Cover Up fanfiction! :P

Anyway, here is the link to those other facts that are being found, eventually I get some screencaps up there to prove those points, lol.
http://www.voyagersguidebook.net/notestidbits.htm
swordznsorcery
Nov. 7th, 2009 11:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Meee again
Never apologise for fanfiction! Unless it's really bad. ;)

Feel free to use anything you want. The screencaps are all in a public folder at PhotoBucket, and I have no objection to you using that piece about the poster, certainly. That's a nice page about the things that people have noticed. One small point about it, though - November 13th 1692 was actually a Sunday. The British Empire was still using the Julian Calendar in those days. It would only have been a Thursday under the Gregorian Calendar, which is what we use now. We didn't switch to that until... er... 17... 52?
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pargontwin
Jan. 23rd, 2010 11:27 pm (UTC)
Voyagers (of course!)
Hi, swordz. You know me as Jake from VoyagerG's blog. Now is this how I post a comment to your entry? This is my first time on LJ, so bear with me here.

For me, it's always been about the father/son dynamic between Bogg and Jeff. You say that's a "danger" in casting a man and a boy together, but in this case it's exactly what they were intending, as evidenced by several incidents in the series, and one line in a script that was never filmed. (Is there such a thing as half-canon?) In "Remembering the Alamo," Bogg is going to another time zone temporarily and leaving Jeffrey behind; as he goes, Jeff says, "Be careful, Bogg. You're the only father I've got."

Yes, Bogg is human; after all, he was a pirate in the late 17th/early 18th century, a contemporary of Calico Jack, Blackbeard, and Captain Kidd. I don't think he's really three hundred years old; I think that sort of thing is a running in-joke among Voyagers; hence the "I could've gone a few more centuries without seeing you again" line. And the reason he never says anything about where he's from...it's against the Code, and no, I'm not being facetious. It's in the Guidebook, under the Code section. A Voyager may never reveal details of his identity. Naturally, he's not supposed to tell anybody he's a Voyager, but he's also not supposed to divulge his nationality or family lineage unless it's absolutely essential to the mission. I suppose after all their time together, he's probably told Jeffrey, but we were never privy to it. (More's the pity. Oh, well; I'll just have to write it myself, won't I? ;D)

My favorite bit of trivia has to do with "The Day the Rebs Took Lincoln." See, just for grins and giggles, I looked up the history of the name "Bogg" at one of the genealogy sites and found that it originated in the Berwickshire area. Parts of the family migrated to the New World---specifically, Georgia---right around the time Phineas was busy playing Pirates of the Caribbean, so when he was telling that Confederate about relatives in Atlanta, he WASN'T making it up...except possibly for the names. Those he couldn't possibly know.

Yeah, I know this is an old post, but give me a break, I just discovered it, so it's new for me. ;D

Later!
---Jake
swordznsorcery
Jan. 24th, 2010 12:05 am (UTC)
Re: Voyagers (of course!)
How 'canon' is the guidebook? I've seen it talked about a fair bit on the Net, but we never saw it in the TV series to the best of my memory.

And yes, Bogg is a father figure of sorts to Jeffrey, certainly. I see them more as brothers because of the small age difference, and because of the general sense of fun in their travels together. A proper father might be expected to be a bit more responsible. ;) Either way, they have a terrific chemistry. They play off each other beautifully.
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