Friday, July 07, 2006
When I was rather young-- and I'm talking pre-kindergarten here-- my favorite show was Voyagers. It featured Phineas Bogg (Jon-Erik Hexum) and his 12-year old orphan sidekick (Meeno Peluce, brother of Soleil Moon Frye-- aka Punky Brewster). They would travel through time correcting "mistakes" of the past in order to fix the present (the mid-90s show Sliders kind of borrowed from this premise). The show only lasted 2 seasons before it was cancelled by NBC but was briefly in syndication and was shown on WWOR-9 (out of NY City) on Saturday mornings as I continued to watch it religiously-- even the episodes I'd seen before.
This being said, is it any wonder that in grade, middle, high school my strongest subject was history and I graduated with a B.A. in History in 1999.
People ask why I majored in history and/or where my interest in history came from. And as I look back I'm pretty sure the seeds were planted by Jon-Erik Hexum and Meeno Peluce all those years ago.
After re-watching some of the episodes recently the cheese-factor was undeniable. But that didn't stop me from wondering, with better special-effects and writing this would make a pretty solid TV series today. And it certainly wouldn't hurt the audience to gain a little bit of an education when propped in front of the boob-tube. I mean it would certainly be an improvement over the ad-nauseum reality TV drivel seeping out of every single network these days.
Posted by Perplexio at 12:07 PM