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You don't know Jack Hexum!

 

 

"We travel through time to help history along, give it a push where it's needed. When the Omni is red, it means history's wrong. Our job is to get everything back on track."

 

 

With that rousing theme song, and those words words spoken in that smooth bass voice, the world was introduced to Jon-Erik Hexum.  Voyagers! was a kids oriented time travel show, in which Phineas Bogg (Jack) and his sidekick Jeffrey Jones (Meeno Peluce) would travel through time to help history remain on the right track. 

Aided by their trusty Omni (their time travel machine), Bogg and Jeffrey meet up with legendary figures in history and help assure that historic events unfold as they were originally meant to.

 

Voyagers! debuted on October 3, 1982, on NBC.  The show was put in a time slot in direct competition with CBS's wildly popular 60 Minutes news show. 

Despite Voyagers! popularity among young viewers, it never quite found the audience it needed to sustain ratings and was canceled after only 20 episodes. 
 

 

 



 



 

 

 

Now, I could go on with trivia and tidbits, and try to dazzle you with episode information and insider secrets, but truthfully, no matter what I come up with, it would never be as good as what you can find from visiting our sister site, Voyagers! Guidebook.

Voyager G. has done a phenomenal job with her site, she has anything and everything you could ever want to know about Voyagers!  And then some.

 

So when it comes to this amazing show, she's our "Go To Girl."  Check it out, and be sure to allow yourself some quality time to browse her site, as there is a ton of fantastic stuff there, you won't want to miss a single thing.  And I know you'll love it, I guarantee it. 

As for us, well, you know I have to add my favorite photos, episode comments, sarcasm and humor, and all that stuff you've grown to expect from me at this point.  

What a great show!

I have to say that Voyagers! was really a great show.  Now I know, some of you will say, "Well, duh, she is a bit partial."  Okay, yeah, I am partial, but not so fast with the judgment.  I can honestly look at Voyagers! and tell if it's a great show or not, and I would give my honest opinion if it stunk, like Just Men did, in my opinion.  This is different.  First, it was a time travel show. And hello? Who doesn't like a well made Time Travel adventure?  But there is a lot about Voyagers that was different.

Sure, the best part of it was Jack, he was so absolutely adorable that you can't help but fall in love with him in the role of Phineas Bogg. 

But he also did a pretty good job of acting here, and this was his very first role ever.  But the whole idea of it was just a lot of fun. 

Bogg's character was a sweet, lovable, affable guy, who adored woman, and took to the role of pseudo father to Jeffrey in a very heartwarming way.  He may not have been the best role model, with the way he almost always had eyes for the women, but one thing he did have was a lot of love for that kid.

 The idea of correcting mistakes in history was brilliant, and the show appealed to men, women and children alike.  Women (and even men) swooned over Jack's looks, yet Bogg was such a cool guy that even hetero men felt like he'd be cool enough to have a beer with.  And kids identified with the recently orphaned Jeffrey, and wished they, too, could fly through time with their very own Phineas Bogg.

One important trait is that the show held up well.  I can watch it now, and yes, I can see where Universal used stock footage of things like the sinking of the Titanic spliced in with the newer scenes with Jack and Meeno, but beyond the amateur special effects (the flying through time sequences are pretty trippy) someone can sit down and enjoy the show now, 29 years later.  I'm sorry, but even Cover Up didn't age the same way, it's so completely stuck in the 80s it's ridiculous, and I say that as a person who grew up in that era and still loves that decade. 

When I watch Voyagers!, I can't help but wish they'd tried a little harder with it.  Moved it to another day/time, and sunk a bit more money into it, then just stood back and watched it succeed.  And it would've, no doubt in my mind.  All you need to do is hop over to Amazon.com and read the reviews of the show to see how many people still enjoy it.  It's all four and five star ratings, and as of the time I am writing this, there isn't a single one or two star review, nor even any threes. People remember Voyagers!, and they remember it fondly. 

And now these fans have bought the show on DVD and are sharing it with their own children, who have become the next generation of fans of the show.  Universal just didn't know what they had, I'm sure of it.  I wish they'd had a crystal ball and could see into the future, then they would've known it was a show worth saving.

And okay, I'm going to address the elephant in the room: how many of us, in musing over the thought of the show being canceled as quickly as it was, haven't at least once thought that if Universal had kept the show going for another 2 years, minimum, that maybe we'd still have Jack? 

Come on, confess, you're amongst friends.  I know you've thought that.  I've entertained that idea quite a few times myself.  Probably more times than I'll admit to, at least publicly. 

Now I have my own confession to make: even though I loved Jack while his career was red hot, I didn't watch a single episode of Voyagers! back then. Why?  Well, do you want the truth?  Or a good lie? 

Okay, here goes:  Being a member of the highest level of the CIA then, our weekly meetings were always held on Sunday nights in Paris, and it was mandatory that I attend. I couldn't possibly be bothered with TV.

                            

 No?  Ah well, I tried.                

The truth is, I came from a very religious family, we were at church every time the doors were open, and I had to have my butt planted firmly in a church pew on Sunday nights, whether I wanted to or not.  That WAS mandatory in our household.  Yeah, I know, not nearly as exciting as the CIA tale.  So let's go with that instead and make me sound a bit more glamorous, okay? 

I didn't watch the show until it came out on DVD, and even then we rented it through Netflix first.  My husband is an avid Sci-Fi buff, but he was shocked that he didn't remember ever seeing it before.  We invited our then pre-teen son to watch it with us, he took one look at the psychedelic time travel sequence and said "No thanks." 

Well, he was my Star Wars kid, I guess I couldn't blame him.  But he saw dad and I watching an episode every night, and actually enjoying something so antiquated that he had to pop in and take a peek, just to see what was so exciting to us.  And not only did he stay, but he asked me to start the episodes over from the beginning so that he could watch them all with us.  And on viewing nights, he'd beg us to let him watch "just one more episode."  Yeah, he was hooked, and so were we, so we bought the DVD. 

My son loved it so much that he took it over to watch with his grandmother, and she, too, fell in love with the show, and found her 70+ year old self with a crush on Bogg.  There's proof right there that the show appeals to people of all ages. 

Now Retro TV Network used to play Voyagers! every Saturday night, until they changed it to I-Spy.  I-Spy?  Are you kidding me? 

You didn't want to be in the same house with me when I found out about the change.  I was NOT a happy camper, or a quiet one.  I made quite a fuss. Good Lord, you'd think the world was ending.  Well, darnit, it WAS!

Anyhow, let's get started talking about the episodes, so you can read my opinions on them, good and bad. I know you're so looking forward to that! LOL! I know there are many sites around the internet that will go into great detail telling about each episode, so I don't feel the need to do it here.  What I will do is point out things I loved, and hated, and different tidbits along the way.  Check with Voyagers! Guidebook for more detailed plot summaries.

Before I get started, though, I have to send a HUGE thank you out to Voyager G, for all her wonderful screencaps, to pepper my reviews.  Without her, the updates would be utterly boring.  So thanks, G!

Now, are you ready to fly through the cosmos with us?  Then follow me, to read about:

Episodes 1 and 2

Before you go, take a look at a great video our dear friend Margarita did, in tribute to Phineas Bogg's kisses.   Wow.*Swoon!*