Phineas is a Voyager. Plucked out of the 17th century and trained to travel through time. Things go wrong for him when he drops into Jeffrey Jones' apartment in 1982. His Voyager guidebook is taken by Jeffery's dog, and the boy ends up falling out the window. The only way for Phineas to save the boy is to jump after him and use the Omni to travel to a different time where they will be safe.
Phineas' grasp of history is somewhat rudimentary, but that's what the guidebook was for. Lucky for him that Jeffery is a history whiz. So as the introduction says:
- We travel through time to help history along; Give it a push when it's needed. When the Omni's red, it means history's wrong; Our job is to get everything back on track. Green light, kid: We did it!
At the end of each episode, references are given for books that relate to that episode's historical figures and events; books which are available at your local library.
|Jon-Erik Hexum||Phineas Bogg||1|
|Meeno Peluce||Jeffrey Jones||1|
|Season One||October 3, 1982||July 10, 1983||20|
Voyager Phineas Bogg crash lands into the room of lonely and newly orphaned Jeffrey Jones. Phineas loses his precious Guidebook in a tug of war with Jeffrey's faithful dog Ralph and has to rescue Jeffrey from a fall out of the skyscraper window. Ralph is left behind with the Guidebook. And Jeffrey never returns home again. After a few cosmic trips full of bickering and bonding, Jeffrey proves to be an invaluable companion to Bogg. As they travel through the ages keeping history on track, Phineas uses a brass device known as the 'omni'. It tells him locations and dates. Bogg's omni only went up to the year 1970, however an apparent 'glitch' had sent him to Jeffrey's time-zone. When the omni light is red, it means history has hit a snag and it's a Voyager's job to correct it. A green light means success and they can move on to the next assignment. Why or how this occurs is never explained, but it happens.
The omni usually lands them in the midst of their future or current assignment. Along they way they forge memorable friendships and have exciting, dangerous, and humorous encounters with notable historical figures. It's like a history text-book come to life. The Voyagers help inspire the creation of the airplane with the Wright brothers, and save Abraham and Mary Lincoln from Abduction by Rebel spies. They attempt to solve the case of Jack the Ripper and Nellie Bly and Sir Author Conan Doyle, and rescue young Harriet Tubman from a hanging so she could start the Underground Railroad. Jeffrey gives Thomas Edison a push to create the lightbulb, and Babe Ruth the confidence in the game. These escapades are all in a days work for this tireless duo.
- At a Glance: Additional information about the series
|The Complete Series||July 17, 2007||4|