Sunday, January 03, 2016

Nostalgia Theater: Voyagers! Edition

I've gotten a lot of requests over the years to talk about Voyagers! here in Nostalgia Theater, so I figured I'd avail myself of my very first entry of 2016 to look back at the short-lived time travel skein. Premiering on NBC in fall of 1982, Voyagers! centered on Phineas Bogg (Jon-Erik Hexum), an eccentric "voyager" from the future tasked with policing history and making sure things go as they were meant to.

Created by James D. Parriott (who would dream up vampire cop show Forever Knight in the early '90s), Voyagers! was kind of a forerunner to Quantum Leap, down to a pocket computer (the "Omni" in this case) that let them know when things needed fixing. Teaming with 1980s kid Jeffrey (Meeno Peluce), Bogg got into various adventures throughout time, such as landing in Salem, MA during the witch trials, or in the Wild West. Here's the intro:

You may not be able to tell from that vid, but the show was actually lot of fun. The premise was interesting, Hexum was charming, and ratings were...fine. Certainly fine enough to continue, but for whatever reason NBC sent Voyagers! on its way after twenty episodes. Sadly, Hexum met a tragic end the following year while headlining another series, Cover Up, but we'll talk about that another time. Voyagers! meanwhile retains a cult (read: small) following even this many decades later, and can be seen via DVD and streaming.

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