|Released:||October 03, 1982|
Phineas Bogg was one of a society of time travelers called "Voyagers" who, with the help of a young boy named Jeffrey Jones used a hand-held device called an Omni (which looks much like a large pocket watch) to travel in time and they ensured that history unfolded as we know it.
"When the omni is red, it means history's wrong. Our job is to get everything back on track." – Phineas Bogg
A red light on the Omni creates a parallel world where history is skewed because of some interference or contrary thought or idea. Once the Voyagers find out what's wrong, they travel back to before the history-altering event occurred. The light will remain red until history is fixed. A green light ensures them that history is "on track." The Voyagers are not supposed to reveal their true purpose, but they do all they can to support and encourage people accomplish what they're supposed to.
One night, Bogg crash lands onto the balcony of a high-rise apartment. Orphan Jeffrey Jones lives there with his mean aunt. Bogg was supposed help Columbus in 1492. His omni's circuits only go up to 1970, but he is sent outside the omni's normal parameters in the 20th century – 1982.
Jeffrey's dog Ralph attacks Bogg and struggles with him for his Voyagers Guidebook. When Jeffrey tries to pull Ralph off, he is knocked out of the broken window.
Bogg immediately dives to save him and the voyages begin.
Jeffrey Jones was the son of a history Professor, William Steven Jones. He reveals to Bogg that his parents died in a burning camper wreck while on a family vacation. Jeffrey carries guilt for being unable to save them. Bogg's manner softens towards him and the duo form a strong bond. Bogg matures from a grumpy pirate who works alone to a father figure for Jeffrey.
All Voyagers carry a Guidebook, which contains an accurate history of the world. Bogg was not top of his Voyagers class, and paid more attention to the ladies, so his knowledge of history is comically limited.
Jeffrey, with his near genius knowledge of world history, becomes "The Guidebook in pants" on all their voyages.
The Trial of Phineas Bogg Edit
Bogg and Jeffrey are recalled back to a courtroom in Voyager Headquarters. Bogg is charged by a sharp Prosecutor for many code violations. Voyager Drake was Bogg's school rival, and Bogg had caught him cheating on his major exams.
Drake rigidly adheres to the Voyager code. He applies the philosophy, "The ends justify the means," claiming to be Machiavelli's best pupil. A manipulator without charm, he believes in discipline and order above all else and has had strong influence in falsely accusing Voyagers in every rank of code violations. The sentence is banishment to an uncharted island with no Omni.
Drake has a state-of-the-art silver Omni with open-time calibration.
With help from his Defense Lawyer, Susan – a former classmate and school crush – Bogg is exonerated because the evidence on his Omni memory banks had been tampered with by Drake.
During the trial, a very steampunk machine called the "Omni Memory Reader," shows the courtroom all Bogg and Jeffrey's past adventures that applied to Drake's list of charges, but they'd been cleverly edited to make Bogg look guilty.
Jeffrey is very scared that he'll be separated from Bogg. The Tribunal's final decision will send him back to his own time-zone with no memory of Bogg or their adventures.
Susan uncovers Drake's diaries, where he boasts of all the ways he'd manipulated evidence. Drake uses his omni to escape. Bogg and Jeffrey attempt to wrestle the omni from him and they all wind up in Mexico, 1836. The Voyagers must help Sam Houston escape capture so he can go on to win the Texas Revolution. Drake manages to escape again in the fray.
Back at the courtroom, Bogg learns that Jeffrey was destined to be a Voyager and go on to great accomplishments. Bogg and Jeffrey are given the new responsibility by Councilman Garth to track down Voyager Drake and stop him from corrupting history and gaining world power.
Main Cast Edit
Jon-Erik Hexum as Phineas Bogg
Meeno Peluce as Jeffrey Jones
Stephen Liska as Voyager Drake
Related Links Edit
- The character Phineas Bogg's name is an homage to Jules Verne's character Phileas Fogg, the protagonist of Around the World in Eighty Days.
- The omni landings sometimes consisted of 10-30ft drops from the sky. Jon-Erik Hexum and Meeno Peluce were allowed to perform the 5ft landings, but the rest were left for the stunt people.
- Mabel Hubbard's blue flowered dress in episode 19, "Barriers of Sound" is the same dress worn by Princess Victoria in ep. 12, "Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley play the Palace."
- In episode 14, "Sneak Attack" – there's a scene where a Soldier is sitting at a radio, and on the wall behind him there's a poster that 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.
- In episode 16, "Pursuit," there is a storefront named "Steinhauer's" – It is a nod to Robert Bennett Steinhauer, a Producer on the series.
- Mabel Hubbard's college in "Barrier's of Sound" has a building called "Thiel Hall." It is a nod to Voyagers! writer Nick Thiel.
- In the Pilot episode, Mary Murphy is meant to be actress Mary Pickford. Presumably, her estate wouldn't allow producers to use the Pickford name.
- In the episode "Cleo and the Babe" a time-displaced Cleo pawns her jewelry at "Sherman Jewelers" –named for scriptwriter Jill Sherman.
- The episode "Voyagers of the Titanic" used deleted/unused footage from the movies "Raise the Titanic!" (1980) and "Titanic" (1953)
- A very early draft of the Pilot script was adapted into a seventy-six page novel written by Joe Claro and published by Scholastic Books in 1982. "Voyagers: The Junior Novel."