Thursday, December 31, 2009

Voyagers!: Chapter 7-The Glider

The scene between our boys fixing the glider and preparing it to fly takes all of five pages. My eyes hurt! I'm starting to grasp at straws here...but the first sentence from the get-go already makes me wonder.
'Three nights later, they sat in the back of the cycle shop.'
Three nights? Even the show, bless it's heart, never tells us exactly where or how long, Bogg and Jeff stay in Dayton. I always assumed it was overnight, right inside the shop. Did you ever notice how some of these little mom and pop stores have the 'back room,' where the owner sneaks off to put his feet up to nap or read (these days, watch tv) until the next customer?  See, you've always wondered why these stores have little bells, and now I just told you! 

Since the Wright's were inventors, and apparently built their gliders and wings inside the bicycle shop, they would most likely have that room with a cot to sleep on and rest their weary, brilliant minds. I think that after the Wrights furiously stormed out of the Cycle shop...they never returned, leaving Bogg and Jeffrey free to roam around.  Good thing the Voyagers weren't criminals or worse for the Wright's...rival inventors of a flying machine!
 I'm inclined to believe that Bogg and Jeff squared a deal with Wilbur and Orville, probably letting them know that they only needed temporary Bogg the opportunity to do what he says here,
"I just don't know what they see in her." Jeff said. "I mean, she's the cause of all their trouble."
Oh Jeffy, you are so wise beyond your years, I can't stand it! Bogg, however, says something very revealing.  "Oh, don't blame Agnes." Bogg said, stepping back to admire his work.  "I had a long talk with her last night. The trouble really isn't her fault."

Sorry, I just wanted to add a hot pic of Bogg stepping back to admire his work!

Anyway,  this statement either opens up a can of worms, (Remember, Bogg just met this kid, he still has his old, tried and true methods of Voyaging! Don't forget that 'reputation' he bragged about on the beach!)
OR- it sheds light on why Agnes-who knew Phineas for less than three minutes in the show-winds up completely smitten later and so readily accepts the note she receives as an authentic sign of his 'soaring love.' She surely is in love with romance...though I have to admit-at first, I'd be immediately head over heels if it were Bogg who sent that to me...then my logic would take over and I'd have to grill him afterward. Being the self-conscious, cautious woman I am...I'd have to know why he's pulling this practical joke on me!
So, basically the chapter goes on-exactly like the show. I know it seems I'm just being lazy here, but I'm serious! The Wrights and Agnes get their respective notes from budding forger, Jeffrey...and (I have to imagine this!) While he goes off to sleep (somewhere! We still don't know where they bunked for 3 nights!) Bogg furtively runs around Dayton putting love notes in mailboxes. 
Hey, Mr. Postman...I'd like one of those! That would have been so cute!
I always loved the quiet little scene on Big Rock Creek...just watching Bogg and Jeff standing utterly still (Well, with a little hat wringing) and gazing at the 400ft drop off the cliff. That's the height according to Claro-it's the little details that count! For some reason, it never fails to crack me up when Jeffrey says, "You think it will fly?" and Bogg slightly looks his way with this drawn out gaze...Jon just does it perfectly, as if contemplating..'Why'd you have to say that, kid? To glide...or not to glide?' 

"As long as there isn't a crosswind."
Well, we all know the answer to that one!


I had a quick theory on the glider-Remember that Orville totaled it in the shop...and later we see Phineas fixing it back to great working condition. (Now we know he's quite the handyman!) Could it be possible that Phineas' intervention helped saved their lives...what if there was something faulty with the original glider? What do you think?
I remember in the Titanic episode, Jeffrey kept ranting and raving about the ship going to sink...and then you see a quick scene with the Captain telling his assistant to put extra sea men on watch. This was a direct result of Jeffrey's crying out.  If that guard was not up to top to say, 'Ice dead ahead!' EVERYBODY on board could have died from a head on collision! I know it's just my theories, but it's something to chew on.

On a final note...It always amazes me how calm and still the air is, and after we see the confrontation below with Agnes and the Wrights, we suddenly cut back and it's Hurricane season! If Jeffrey wasn't holding so tightly to that glider, he'd probably be blown straight off the cliff! Wind is funny that way...isn't it?
And lastly, you'll be happy to know that Bogg's 'Bite the bullet' catchphrase is intact...though this isn't quite a catchphrase, he only said it once, just as he only called Jeffrey the 'History book in pants' once. I suppose us fans just have to pretend Bogg's words are as common as- 
"Aaay" (Fonzie, "Happy Days") "Baby, you're the greatest" (Jackie Gleason as Ralph Kramden, "The Honeymooners") "De plane! De plane!" (Tattoo, "Fantasy Island") and "Hey hey HEEY!" (Fat Albert, "Fat Albert") Among thousands of others!

It's time for another 'Oops! My Bad!' moment-One of my faithful readers kindly reminded me, Bogg does have a catchphrase!-Can you guess what it is?

I actually think Jeffrey's whiny 'Aww, Bogg!' is more of a catchphrase than anything too! You can read our comments below for more details. heehee.

Good night! Be safe and be sober you can wake up to a new decade refreshed and ready to...bite the bullet!

Pirate Phineas Bogg-Created by BlueCanvas2

I am in such AWE of this short video I HAD to post it on my blog. This was was highly imaginative and the effects using still footage and clips were brilliant! The soundtrack behind it, perfect for a pirate. I am speechless...and I want a new computer with an updated video program to make masterpieces like this!!
Honestly, this made my pirate day, because just a few days ago, Youtube cut the volume off my 'Origins of Phineas' Bogg video, which also presented Phineas as a pirate. It was designed for my Fanfiction and I'm sure most of you had seen it. So, with a very heavy heart, I removed it with dignity.

Thank you, Martin. Long Live Pirate!Bogg!!!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The writer's ice is swiftly melting!

Hey everyone, as most of you who follow this blog and visit my website know, I am an ardent fanfic writer, with Voyagers being my biggest subject. However, in the last 6 months or so, I had stumbled into a writer's nightmare...though most likely it's all in my head.  It started shortly after the second 'Prisoners of Time' story. (A retelling of the origins of Bogg and Jeff, loosely based on 'The Time Machine' by H.G Wells) I was two chapters into the third installment and my mind just went blank and basically stayed that way for two months. I fought it valiantly, and in between I was able to write two short and simple Voyagers stories, 'The Perilous Journey of Sybil' and 'White flag.'

It's not like I didn't try to write more. I write stories for different fandoms (as they call them) and I was three chapters into an 'Incredible Hulk' story...and took it down, I just couldn't finish it...but yet I know how I want it to begin and end...sort of. Writing is often a delicate process, and you always make changes as you're typing stories out.  That reminds me, I had a weird thought yesterday--I can't remember the last time I used pen and paper to literally write out a had to be back in 2005.  Now all I do is use whatever scrap paper is available to 'outline' and jot down notes and quotes that I think would work.  I find that my thinking/ideas flow in line with my typing, and it's less pressure on my left hand...(Yeah, I'm a leftie!) Not to mention neater and I can actually read what I had just written.

I was three chapters into a story inspired by the show 'Lost'...that came down.  I removed the third Prisoner of Time story as well. I couldn't bear the thought of having a story up there unfinished and I was unhappy with the direction of the plot.  I had started an interesting first person science-fiction themed Voyagers story, called 'Existence' revolving around Phineas' being captured from certain death in his past and held in a destructive/world dominating version of Voyagers Headquarters...want to guess how many chapters I made it into before I said ENUFF!?

I now have the three-chapter rule. If things start getting funky by 3, I know I'm failing somewhere and I either have to let it go or rethink/re-establish the plot.  I have not abandoned all these stories...I just have them on the back-burner for now. Including a long, long...long awaited sequel to my story, 'The Origins of Phineas Bogg.'

All this blockage and Polar mind freeze wasn't so bad, it gave my overworked brain a rest, as I was dealing with family dramas and stuff we all go through...but it also allowed me to focus on updating my websites and create this blog, and I really enjoy writing for this. It's free-flowing (Though my chapter reviews are somewhat outlined!) I'm not extremely pressured to do historical research and all that for the stories...I just write whatever I feel like.

But now onto the point of this blog post...why is the ice melting? Darned if Bogg knows!

Like the scorching lava that will be flowing in one of my future Voyagers! stories, (that's a small hint..) ideas just started coursing through my brain today. It really helps to work in a library. My favorite sections are the historical Non-fiction section and the Juvenile biography section. Two very important places to find ideas and 'historical' people to fill up all these stories.

I prefer the Juvie section because the majority of the adult bios are nothing but half-truth, glorifying, overblown, three hundred or more page waste of trees about modern day celebrities and their often self-inflicted 'traumatic' and messed up lives, overpaid and steroid bombed sports 'heroes,' and other bric-a-brac people I've never heard of -but someone decided that they were important enough to write about. Not that I've never read any of them or been intrigued...I certainly have...but when I feel the burning desire to write my fanfic, there's no time to sift through all the purple prose. 

The Juvie bios get to the heart of the situation and person in question. Once I read over the book (which could take me all of ten minutes tops) I know immediately that this would be an awesome time, place or person of history to incorporate an adventure with the boys....oh how I love the boys!
Today I came home with three books on two different subjects.  When it's time to do my 'adult' research, I pop on the Internet and find as many viable sources as I can on the topic and away I fly.  Writing has become an integral part of my being. As a child I was an avid and advanced reader and devoured everything I could get my hands on...well, it had to spark my interest of course! I veered toward science-fiction, adventures and mysteries...though I unabashedly admit I read every book on Sweet Valley kids, twins, high and the Baby Sitters Club back in the eighties and early nineties. I've also read a lot of horror-Stine, Pike, King and Koontz- but that is a genre I no longer care for.

It was my desire to be a writer since childhood, but life has many directions.  It's not an impossible feat that I could one day write a book, and one day I hope I I currently wet my feet in Fanfiction and improve upon my skills.

Some of the greatest writers didn't actually become 'writers' until well into their thirties and forties...that gives me about ten years to get the pen flowing and the fingers pumping on the keys.  I find I really enjoy writing for what's already franchised, hence my love of Fanfiction. If anyone out there can tell me how to get the Voyagers franchise restarted in book form, I am all over it!

As for my other excuses...uh...reasons... for not writing something 'original' is that I sometimes just feel that everything's been done before. (The Wise King Solomon said that 'Everything has been done under the sun.' and he said that over three thousand years ago!) It's really all just a matter of presentation and creating that little twist on an idea which creates something 'new.'

As I grow into cranky quarter-age...getting months closer to the big 30,  I find I have no real taste for certain genres that are super popular....most notably, immature, im and A-moral teens and big city adults, vampires, witches and zombies...and that's just the tip of the iceberg out there in book land.

So...long blog a little longer...I'm gleefully back in the FF writing game!!! I'll be finishing up my Cover Up story, 'The Depot' by the end of the weekend if not sooner. 

 After that I have two..count em...I said 2 new Voyagers stories to pursue! One, a quirky tale involving Phineas on a voyage..and gasp! It's pre-Jeffrey! Not to worry, I'm always testing the limits of canon, and this one, as I outlined a bit of it on my work break, sounds like fun to me. I get to explore something with VHQ that I haven't thought of before. The other one I hinted at already, so phooey!...alright a few more hints...lava, archeology, a cosmic blip and one very very confuddled pirate named Bogg and a frightened out of his wits and just as confused little partner, Jeffrey. Let's hope I can deliver whatever I'm promising here. get back to life off the box (The name bestowed by my dad for the Computer) Gosh I love, love my Macintosh!!...nobody understands why my hard drive is named 'Mac Harper.'

Obviously, I love this Mac too..

For any of you budding or struggling writers out there, I cannot recommend this book highly enough...

I still haven't finished reading it, but I have seen MARKED improvement in my recent writing because of it and it's a thorough and fun book filled with ideas and exercises.  Clark talks to you like a human being, not a 'struggling' artist, and whittles writing down to not an 'art form' but to fluency in writing. After reading these few paragraphs, I knew I uncovered the best writing book I could ever find...Here's the excerpt that cinched me-
'The ability to read, society tells us, contributes to success in education, employment, and citizenship. Reading is a democratic craft. Writing, in contrast, is considered a fine art. Our culture taps only a privileged few on the shoulder. We are the talented ones,  and you're not. The teacher read our stories aloud in class, or encouraged us to enter an essay contest, or pushed us toward the newspaper or literary magazine. We thrive on such recognition, but think of the millions left behind.
If you feel left behind, this book invites you to imagine the act of writing less as a special talent and more as a purposeful craft. Think of writing as carpentry, and consider this book your toolbox.  You can borrow a writing tool at any time, and here's another secret: unlike hammers, chisels, and rakes, writing tools never have to be returned. They can be cleaned, sharpened and passed along.
These practical tools will help dispel your writing inhibitions, making the craft central to the way you see the world. As you add tools to your workbench, you'll begin to see the world as a storehouse of writing ideas. As you gain proficiency with each tool, and then fluency, the act of writing will make you a better student, a better worker, a better friend, a better citizen, a better parent, a better teacher, a better person.'

And there you have it. Now I've pumped myself up to write! I will hopefully get in 2 more chapter reviews over the course of the weekend.

On an Off topic note: I made a strong personal decision years ago to not celebrate you don't have to feel compelled send me any seasons greetings.
(For those that did already or plan to, I sincerely appreciate your kind thoughts.)

However, to everyone reading, please stay safe and enjoy yourselves with the time off to spend in the loving company of family and friends and lots and lots of food! :D


Monday, December 21, 2009

Voyagers!: Chapter 6 Analysis-The omni is a designer

After poor little Jeffrey's meltdown, Bogg whisks him off to Dayton, Ohio, 1900. Right from the get-go in this chapter we learn something fascinating about Bogg's omni-
'For the first time since he met Jeff, Bogg had the leisure to plan where he was going to show up next. So when he punched the date in the omni, he also punched in an instruction for clothing.'
Punched in? Are we talking about the omni and its turn dials?
Or Ziggy and its buttons?
It seems to me, that being that the omni in this book is a 'wristwatch,' it has buttons rather than dials with tiny ball bearings for easier grip and adjustments.
But back to the clothes...It's no wonder Bogg can get away with such a slipshod, scrappy outfit in this story, he never has to change clothes..the omni magically makes them appear! Granted, the show never tells us how Bogg and Jeff are able to find period clothing whenever they land...(It's never quite known where David Banner finds all his new boots and plaid shirts after his transformation in the Incredible Hulk either!)
Perhaps they were leaving it up to the kiddles imagination...perhaps they were just lazy writers, but this takes the omni cake. (Yes, I can totally see a cake being made in the shape and design of the omni...calling Cake Boss!)

What do you think of that capability? I can only give my own opinion and I find it fairly far-fetched. (Yep, that's a total alliteration!-grammar, grammar!)

When I imagine the world of Voyagers, my mind veers toward the scientific...well, science fiction realm, rather than fantasy. I let my imagination fly with Voyagers Headquarters and try to fathom the amount of electronic and state of the art technological power it would take to monitor Voyagers on their assignments...and how crucial that assignment is...only the best and the brightest for the OCC! I can visualize the hustle and bustle of the Omni Control Center, the Voyager school campuses and all those neat little courses a prospective Voyager must take and pass to join the ranks. You could read my take on VHQ here-Voyagers Headquarters: What's it all about?
The fact that Voyagers are said to be a race far beyond the cosmos is pretty cool. To me, they are all strictly humans-no wookies, jabbas, ET's or any of that third kind roaming around...though a CP30 or R2D2 scurrying by would be too cute!
As I'm writing, I'm also considering another scientific option...holographic illusions from remote micro-projectors in the omni-that can link to human brain waves, like in Jem and the Holograms. (And it's an explanation why people weren't able to see Sam in Quantum Leap.) Jem would touch her earring and tell her computer Synergy to create a hologram of a totally outrageous eighties outfit or virtually anything or anyone. "Show time, Synergy!" Show's over Synergy!" She could have schlepped on stage in her pajamas for all anyone knew!..but watch out if those earrings got wet or lost!

Let's get back to the fashion! 'Bogg wore a pin-striped suit, a white starched shirt with a high, heavily starched collar, and a wide tie. He looked as though he'd just stepped out of the pages of a 1900 men's fashion magazine.'
You have to read this 'Fashion Don't' list for men circa 1899-close enough to the decade! heehee..
So now we know more secrets about Bogg's device... the omni has great fashion sense! So far in this story, Jeffrey is a fashionista of the ages and the omni can work the runway...this gets better and better! While Poor Jeffy is currently stuck in his hot, itchy, no doubt chafey wool knickers-Bogg gets a tailor made outfit that just clings and accentuates every perfectly proportioned muscle in his fine physique. Yowsa! Yowsa! Yowsa!
So sorry, I was lost there for about five minutes! Back to chapter!

When Bogg meets Agnes Spence she is basically given the vague description of a beautiful woman with a parasol. And Bogg's reaction? 'Bogg stepped up to her and smiled, and she smiled right back. He seemed ready to melt, and it wasn't because of the sun.'
Clean up in aisle 8!
 Because we don't know what she looks like, Jeffrey can't say 'Forget it Bogg, she isn't blonde.' when we were clearly able to see that Agnes was indeed a red-head.
Instead, our once again, indiscreet Jeffy says, 'Forget it Bogg, Remember that blinking red light.' A bossy little thing, isn't he? More on that later. This Jeffrey seems slower in getting used to the notion of red and green lights and that a Voyager has to be QUIET!

What can I say about the Wilbur-Orville fight scene? It was so brilliantly crafted in the show. It's entirely similar to the episode, so why not kick back for five minutes and watch it...okay, this is a 8 minute clip, but it's hilarious. You get two arguments for the price of one! Jeff and Bogg in the Beach scene, and the brothers trashing the bike shop...oh yeah, and Bogg looking too gorgeous for words while fixing up the hang-glider.

And now...the end is near...of this chapter...and Lo! We have something very new here! Looks like Jeffrey is large and in charge! Claro gives us an interesting glimpse of the conversation that might have occurred between Bogg and Jeff after the Wright brothers stormed out. You'll read the following passage snippits and decide for yourselves, but I personally think, no self-respecting 25-year old man is gonna take it like that from a know-it-all 11-year old.
"Why don't I just assume that the job is mine," He said, tossing the sign on a pile of debris. "Wish I knew what I had to do though."
"Sit down, Bogg" Jeff said.
"Sit down. I have to fill you in on some elementary facts of American History."
Bogg pulled himself up to his full height. "Who do you think you're talking to, you little tadpole?"........
Ouch! Not even a please! And already insulting his intelligence by saying he needs to learn the elementary things!
"Now, listen carefully, Bogg, because I'm only going to say this once....."
And Jeffrey goes on to carefully explain the time paradox between there being no planes and the importance of them in WW1...and how Eddie Rickenbacker should be flying them...not starring in mediocre sequels to Grease and singing to his girlfriend in a fall-out shelter that she should 'Do it for her country.'
Bogg gets the gist of this and figures out the cause..."It's because those two fools started arguing over a woman. And they're about to let that argument get in the way of their work."
"Congratulations." Jeff said. "You got it..." This is thoroughly and utterly condescending! "Now what do you have to do to get that red light to stop blinking?" And Bogg duly answers..."We have to get them back to work on their invention,"....We have to get them on their way to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina."
Smug little professor over here rubs it in even more with the last line.."There's hope for you yet, Bogg," Jeff said tiredly. "Now let's figure out how to get that done."

Aww, Jeffrey is so tired from dealing with this overgrown man-child. How did Bogg ever survive without him?...Good question, really.

Bogg allowed himself to fall into that one and be patronized...perhaps he was just humoring him. But I get a feeling the Bogg on the show would have somehow reprimanded him for making him look even more stupid than he probably already felt on this voyage...alright, with a little less collar yanking-even if he did feel like choking him!

Which brings to mind the difference between kids of the eighties on television and kids nowadays...I guess even in real life, since TV and movies are somewhat reflections of that.
In a nutshell, kids then respected their elders, parents, and whomever was in charge much more. I know I certainly did. They obeyed-to a degree, (they were still kids!)
They weren't left up to their own devices to make life altering decisions, allowed to live on their own in snazzy pads decked out with expensive cool gadgets for their comfort, have every freedom under the sun, and worst of all, (and my point! oops!) make their parents and guardians look like idiotic, immature buffoons and talk back to them like dogs in the street. Every time I see that on TV..and I'm talking to you, Nickelodeon and Disney Channel! (Worst offenders) it makes me angry...and you won't like me when I'm angry! I don't tolerate that disrespect from smarmy, bratty kids, pre-teens, and teens in real life and I can't stand to watch it on television. So there!

With Jeffrey, I find a happy medium. Sure he's a know-it-all and sometimes he has to tell Bogg what's what...'Barriers of sound' anyone? However, when he gets too big for his britches, Bogg puts him in place. Jeffrey knows when he's done wrong and he sincerely apologizes after some he did to Voyager Isaac Wolfstein. "Just because you're old, doesn't mean you're washed up!" Spoken like a true precocious kid!
And Bogg certainly learned to trust him enough, even after the debacles like in Bully and Bully...and we know Bogg was upset in that episode! Look at that frown line...though this face is mixed with a dash of confusion and a teaspoon of hurt and a pinch! of jealously over Jeffrey's admiration of Billy the Kid.

Up next, Chapter 7 and Bogg's plan-It's a quickie, but we'll see what comes out of it. And I like using this Georgia font, it's bigger, and goodness knows how my vision stinks!


I know it feels like I've been blogging up a never ending storm today...well I have...mostly out of being stuck indoors. New York got hit big time with the first snow of the season. I LOVE snow, and I'm so glad to finally see some after a few years of horribly warm winters. (I could never fully thrive in a hot climate unless forced) 
I figured this winter was going to be a cold one and so far...I'm a popsicle!
Back to the Chapter reviews shortly, 6 is coming up! I just gotta get this omni working...

Sunday, December 20, 2009

More song friviloty! (Time Travel Song #7)

How could I forget Marty McFly's theme song from Back to the Future!?! A little too sparse with the lyrics, I mean, a lot could be said for Marty's adventure...but cool beat and fun nonetheless.

Back in time
By: Huey Lewis and the News
Tell me, doctor, where are we going this time
Is this the 50's, or 1999?
All I wanted to do - was play my guitar and sing

So take me away, I don't mind
But you better promise me, I'll be back in time
Gotta get back in time

Don't bet your future, on one roll of the dice
Better remember, lightning never strikes twice
Please don't drive eighty-eight, don't wanna be late again!

So take me away, I don't mind
But you better promise me, I'll be back in time
Gotta get back in time
Gotta get back in time
Get me back in time

Gotta get back in time
Gotta get back in time
Get back, get back

Get back Marty

Gotta get back in time
Gotta get back in time
Get back, get back

Fun and Frivolous (Time Travel songs #3, 4, 5)

In my continuing quest for time-travel themed songs, I came across these few that are pretty cool, if the lyrics are not directly related to time travel, the videos are!

When Will Smith was at the height of his fame, he wrote this song to ring in the new millenium of the year 2000. (I can't believe we're on the cusp of the next decade!) The video is the stand-out, employing a hand-held time machine and great effects and choreography as Will and his buddies Jazzy Jeff and KC (From the group KC & Jo-Jo) travel to distinct eras of time to party like it's 1999. A lot of fun and a real catchy beat and song sampling that only Will Smith can provide.

Smiley Faces
Gnarles Barkley

The lyrics have nothing to do with time-travel, but it's really funky. The video is cool, somewhat documentary style-with none other than Dean Stockwell (The Observer Al Calavicci of Quantum Leap) making a quick cameo. It shows Barkley and his friend being caught on film/photos throughout historic times in music history...but never aging. This idea brought to mind the Voyagers episode, 'Cleo and the Babe'...remember how the press took pictures of Phineas in 1919, super-pitching for the Red Sox? Where do you think those news clippings went? They must still exist, along with his name in glaring print on the sports page!

It's all been done
By: Barenaked Ladies (What a band name...yeessh!)

It's all been done: Official video This song took me back to my teenhood:P I never considered it's time travel possibilities before today. It's a peppy love song from the late 90's, sang in that fifties/early sixties style. The majority of the lyrics are what make it part of my TT collection. It vaguely reminds me of Phineas and his 'loves' throughout the ages...cheeky boy!
I met you before the fall of Rome
And I begged you to let me take you home
You were wrong, I was right
You said goodbye, I said goodnight

It's all been done
It's all been done
It's all been done before

I knew you before the west was won
And I heard you say the past
was much more fun
You go your way, I go mine
But I'll see you next time

It's all been done
It's all been done
It's all been done before

And if I put my fingers here, and if I say
"I love you, dear"
And if I play the same three chords,
Will you just yawn and say

It's all been done
It's all been done
It's all been done before

Alone and bored on a thirtieth-century night
Will I see you on The Price Is Right?
Will I cry? Will I smile?
As you run down the aisle?

It's all been done
It's all been done
It's all been done before

By: Led Zepplin
Great song and guitar/instrumental solos in this one! The lyrics remind me of Phineas (or to be fair, any Voyager) wearily traveling through time and cosmos, having deep internal conversations of existentialism and dealing with the Council at Voyagers Headquarters. It would be interesting for a video.

Oh let the sun beat down upon my face, stars to fill my dream
I am a traveler of both time and space, to be where I have been
To sit with elders of the gentle race, this world has seldom seen
They talk of days for which they sit and wait and all will be revealed

Talk and song from tongues of lilting grace, whose sounds caress my ear
But not a word I heard could I relate, the story was quite clear
Oh, oh.

Oh, I been flying... mama, there aint no denyin
Ive been flying, aint no denyin, no denyin

All I see turns to brown, as the sun burns the ground
And my eyes fill with sand, as I scan this wasted land
Trying to find, trying to find where Ive been.

Oh, pilot of the storm who leaves no trace, like thoughts inside a dream
Heed the path that led me to that place, yellow desert stream
My shangri-la beneath the summer moon, I will return again
Sure as the dust that floats high and true, when movin through kashmir.

Oh, father of the four winds, fill my sails, across the sea of years
With no provision but an open face, along the straits of fear

When Im on, when Im on my way, yeah
When I see, when I see the way, you stay-yeah

Ooh, yeah-yeah, ooh, yeah-yeah, when Im down...
Ooh, yeah-yeah, ooh, yeah-yeah, well Im down, so down
Ooh, my baby, ooooh, my baby, let me take you there

Let me take you there. let me take you there

Somewhere in Time (Time Travel song #2)

Ahhh, just bask in the beautiful theme song by John Barry. It takes my breath away. I think it is one of the most wonderful scores ever composed for film. This song comes from the movie of the same title, starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour as the love-struck, displaced couple. It is a time-travel romantic fantasy, though I honestly don't prefer it's method of travel-self hypnosis. The ending, which while beautifully lavish and romantic to most, was devastating to me.
The movie fared poorly when it was released in 1980. I'm beginning to think that time travel was just a big no-no in the Entertainment industry of the early eighties. It seemed to be too much for audiences then. They preferred gritty, emotional dramas, sex-crazed 'teen comedies' and over the top soap operatics. Despite the fact that many movies and shows like ~The Twilight Zone~ featured time travel. It was sadly their loss...but the future's gain.

There is a massive Fan Club for Somewhere in time that even has conventions. Here is their lovely website~

I highly recommend purchasing the original soundtrack, it's one of those you play on rainy or like today, massively snowy days with nothing to do but stare at the swirling flakes and find yourself drifting into far away lands and adventures...though never forgetting this is entirely romantic as well.

Below are a few vocal versions I found with all different lyrics...amazing!

Somewhere in Time
Composed by: John Barry
Sung by: Various Artists

Somewhere in time
We met on timeless hills
And in the evening mist we kissed
And time stood still
Before the dawn, we found forever
Moments are timeless when I feel your caress

You'll always be inside of me
And I know when love is true
It's always with you

Somewhere in time
I came to realize
Love never goes

Love never goes
Once it has touched your heart
Just like the strength of wine that's left
As two lips part
A taste of love will linger after
I know the meaning of all that I see

You'll always be inside of me
And I know when love is true
It's always with you

Somewhere in time
I came to realize
Love never goes

And lo and behold-more sets of beautiful lyrics!

Somewhere in Time
sung by: Michael Crawford

Where there is time
there is tomorrow.
somewhere in time,
all sorrows pass to memories.
and so the end is the beginning
somewhere in time,
we are as we are meant to be
Where there is time,
there is a circle
somewhere in time the circle
yearns to be complete
though you may feel this is illusion,
somewhere in time,
i know we're certain to meet
Somewhere in time,
love is forever
a love that's here
a love that's now to last for all time.
somehow i know this moment is waiting
somewhere in time
Where there is time, there is a circle
somewhere in time the circle will be complete
somewhere in time love is forever
a love that's here
a love that's now to last for all time.
Somehow i know
this moment's waiting
somewhere in time ...

Somewhere in Time

Somewhere in time
You came into my world
Love was beyond what I imagined love would be
Now just a dream
I hold till the end of time
Hoping someday we'll find what we left behind

There'll come a day
Our paths will meet again
We'll cross the bridge of time and space to a love that's free
No more goodbye
No lonely waiting
That'll be our day to love,to live all our dreams

If we believe and keep alive
The hope that love will stand the test of distance and time
Then we shall find our new tomorrow
Somewhere in time

Someday there'll be no time between us
There'll just be endless days for us to love and share
We'll rise above the tears of our lonely years
Into a world beyond today
In another somewhere

There you have it. With all the versions of this song, its like asking, 'How many licks does it take to get to the tootsie roll center of a toosie pop?' Hey, maybe I should write one for Voyagers! hehe. While the vocals are great, I prefer to swoon to the fantastic instrumentals and the soaring piano, all the while imagining the beautiful Phineas Bogg...somehwere in time!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Fate's Wide Wheel (Time Travel song #1)

I love this! This song comes from the Season 3 episode- 'Glitter Rock.'  It's a nice video too, using great clips from the series. I always loved those wild blue beams whenever Sam leaped.
The Hunt is on! There aren't many songs about 'time travel' out there, but this one is fantastic. I plan to look for any I find and post them. :D
I had toyed with the idea of using 'Fates Wide Wheel' for a Voyagers video, but after carefully listening to the lyrics~they are just custom made for Sam and his Quantum Leaping. Especially when he says, 'You see my face but it's not mine, what you can't see, you'll never know.' 
Still, you never know...I've been known to manipulate things and make them work! ;) I can even envision this song being used for a 'Lost' video..particularly from Season five...but I don't want to be beaten down for spoiling anything.
Any time traveler can relate to this song in some way, even Phineas Bogg and Jeffrey Jones, as one comment below particular, the lyrics about wanting to go home, the crying, tears, living and loving through the years...

Fate's Wide Wheel
Lyrics by: Velton Ray Bunch
Sung by: Scott Bakula 
As I travel in space and time
I want to stay, I want to go
You see my face but it's not mine
What you can't see, you'll never know
How can we meet, if I'm not there?
Our hearts may touch, our bodies close
But time divides what we might share
And sends us somewhere no one goes
I'm just a traveler, upon the sea
Of time, of life, of fate's wide wheel
Just a traveler, in this mystery 
The me I am, is all that's real to me...
We all begin this life alone
We live, we love, all through the years...
Yet deep inside we long for home
But it recedes, obscured by tears (There's debate over those lyrics, every other place has-'The lib ray seas'..which make NO SENSE to me. After numerous playbacks, I'm convinced it's what I have!)
I've cried the time, it falls past me
The door of faith remains asleep
But in my soul this hope burns free
Oh, please let there be one FINAL LEAP....
I'm just a traveler, upon the sea 
Of time, of life, of fate's wide wheel
Just a traveler, in this mystery
The me I am is all that's real to me
The me I am is all that's real to me

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Voyagers: Chapter 5 Analysis (Sadness!)

(Poor little Jeffy...didn't he seem so tiny in the pilot but then grew up so fast by Titanic? That's puberty for you!)

There's really nothing in this chapter that I haven't already blogged about in my character study called, 'The Bogg & Jeff Dynamic.' In fact, that one is pretty in-depth in regards to the scene. So, this is a short blog post. The differences between what's in the novel and the episode are sparse, so I'll focus on those.

"Can it! You're stuck with me until you put me back in my room where you found me...besides, you don't know anything about history. Without me, you'd mess the whole thing up!"
The author decides to give us a sweet little insight into Bogg's reaction.  As I've stated in a previous blog, we all know that Bogg was already somewhat attached to Jeffrey, he just had a funny way of showing it...well, rather a cranky way, especially at this scene.
'Bogg looked down at him, with a curious gleam in his eye. The anger was gone. He seemed amused, probably more at himself than anything else. Jeff was relieved that Bogg didn't even try to deny what he just said.
That tiny bonding moment is shattered when Bogg makes the accusation that Jeffrey did his own father in, then you have the dramatic chase on the beach with Bogg cradling Jeffrey in his arm sincerely apologetic over the incident.
The series took a nice approach by showing the boys resting on seaside rocks with the gorgeous scenery. The book has them continuing their walk along the beach with Jeffrey telling him about the tragic accident, then Jeffrey decides to plop down in the sand.
So, Phineas tells him gently, "And you've been blaming yourself?...You couldn't have done a thing kid, not a thing."

The novel gives Phineas a chance to relate one of his own stories, about Napoleon (No wonder he wears the shabby coat!)

"You want to talk about blame,...I'll tell you about me and Waterloo. See, Napoleon was never supposed to be there. The guidebook had a plan for the General. This doctor in Paris was supposed to put him in the hospital for his ulcer. The trouble as, I couldn't find the hospital, and..."
This really caught my interest. According to this line, the Guidebook/Headquarters makes its own history and what we know as the correct one, was really wrong? (Okay, did that make sense?) But, now I wonder, if it was such an historical error for Napoleon to be at Waterloo, why didn't they send another Voyager as backup, or go back and try again to fix it? That's a pretty big historical foul up to let slide. Phineas must have charmed his way out of trouble for that one! Interesting. If I'm not mistaken, I remember reading or someone telling me that Guidebook rewrites itself. After thinking it over now, that's possible. I mean, everytime you make a change in history, something in the future is going to change, that means the information would automatically be updated. Cool.

The idea employed here reminds me of Quantum Leap, and a very powerful two-part episode called 'Lee Harvey Oswald.' Sam Leaps into the body of Oswald twice at different times during the man's life. At the pivotal moment where he's supposed to pull the trigger to kill President Kennedy, he leaps. The big struggle there was that Sam's swiss-cheese memory caused his mind to merge with Oswald, taking on his rough and mean characteristics from time to time, right down to that final moment. (Hence you see Al having a panic attack and trying to bring Sam back to his senses!)
Sam's next leap is into the bodyguard behind the motorcade. The shots are fired and he races to the car to save Jackie Kennedy.  Al, his observer, later tells him that by doing that he changed the real history, Jackie was supposed to die too! Thus Sam's intervention created the time line of history that we all know...that's so fascinating.

Back to as every kid would naturally do, Phineas barely gets to the heart of his Waterloo story when Jeffrey is in a tear-stained sleep on the sand. Why are adults so boring? hehehe..Phineas could talk to me for hours..but wait, I'm an adult..

So, he puts his coat over him, checks the blinking red omni and says,  

"Dayton, Ohio, where we will visit the bicycle shop of the Wright brothers."

Just putting this in because I love this image on the rocks, this is a wallpaper I made not too long ago.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Voyagers! Chapter 4 Analysis (These titles are so lame, aren't they?)

Chapter 4 could have been a real snoozer, but as I read through it, the more material I squeezed out of it!
To start, I like these opening lines...
'The street at night looked a lot less threatening than it had that day.  The cart and all its lumber were gone, and the German truck was off doing damage somewhere else in France.'
Those crazy Germans! Always doing some damage! the first two world wars that is... Good thing it's somewhere else people are getting bombed out and harassed!

And here comes Bogg, looking like he had too much nip-Not all perfected and polished in a brand new uniform like the picture above. I wonder if Bogg knew any German to get by as he warmed his hands.
'At least one soldier seemed to have had too much wine. His uniform was rumpled and he looked less than military as he tried to weave his way down the street.'
I can totally picture Jon doing that...weave, weave, weave, to the the right...sway....burp!

Time for the beat down! How I loved this hilarious scene in the Pilot!
Unfortunately in the book, he doesn't get 'broomwhacked.' His kneecaps take one board bashing and he 'fell to the floor, screaming in pain.' I don't remember Bogg quite screaming...maybe a rusty nail on the beam embedded itself in his knee! oooh! That'll do it.

This scene in the Pilot starts with Bogg entering the pitch dark cellar, his shadow looming ominously like a German guard ready to kill. He doesn't say a word, and then slowly stomps his way down the steps. The man is just asking to be ambushed by the frightened people inside. You think he would have said.."Psst..Jeffrey, it's me, Bogg! I'm coming down!"

The rest of the scene, even the dialogue, plays out similar to the show. When Jeff asks, 'Where'd you get the uniform?' Bogg replies, 'You don't wanna know.'

Yes, Mr. Bogg, inquiring minds do want to know! I have three theories, not all of them quaint...had this been shown in the episode, they most likely would've went with cutesy option B.

a) Bogg snagged this suit off a dead German soldier. (How morbid! but it's been done in the past.)
b) He somehow stole this from a bathing German soldier or lifted it off someone's clothing line...cutsey, but again as a commenter pointed out..that's stealing! Not a good lesson for the kiddles. Either way, he had to 'take' these clothes! Whether he knocked a guy out or not.
c) (The extremely least likely, but still an option-Batman never outright kills his enemies, that's a vow he made. They usually die by their own stupidity or accidentally...I'm imagining something similar with Bogg for this one.) He had to kill a German soldier for it! Maybe a straggling soldier he met up with after he got out of the water that would have killed him first! Yikes!
D) Part of the 'Why didn't I think of this answer!'- KNOCK HIM OUT! (This one wins best answer and I put my head in the sand!)

So, what do you think? Why wouldn't we want to know?

Finally, after my mistakes, we now learn that Mary is the actual American silent film star, Mary Pickford. The Mary 'unveiling' scene is positively innocent compared to the show. Instead of popping open her little military outfit revealing just a pink under-dress-she demurely goes behind some crates and puts on a skirt and a blouse that she magically found in some boxes.
She then says, 'Costumes are my stock and trade.'
Lady, in 1918, I wouldn't consider a skirt and blouse 'costumes.' Take a look at these cute sillouhettes~

Anyhoo, I can't help but laugh every time in the Pilot episode when Mary removes her jacket and innocently says, "Well, how about this?" Poor Bogg doesn't know where to look! The camera pans down to her chest, and back to the reaction shot. Sure, Actress Faye Grant is petite, but those baby blues are not on her face! All a stunned Bogg could say is..'Pefect!'
Much of the chatter between Mary and Bogg remain the same as they stroll along in the darkness, until she says, 'modest men are very rare.' To which Bogg juices himself up by saying, 'I'm very modest...extremely modest, that's what I am.' 

Popeye 'yam what he yam' too, Bogg.

So now Mary must break his heart by revealing she's married. She thinks it would be nice for Bogg to meet her 'husband' in Hollwood. He'd surely want to repay Bogg for saving her life.
Hmm..I'm thinking maybe with a bop on the nose, a swashbuckling duel and a fair warning to stay away..all while Charlie Chaplin holds him down-considering Mary and Doug Fairbanks were not married in 1918, only Doug was...enough said!

Back in the cellar, Jeffrey is watching over the injured guy from Grease 2-who unfortunately can't be a cool, cool rider with airplanes...they haven't been invented! Okay, okay, his real historical name is Eddie Rickenbacker.
So instead of just flat-leaving the guy with a quick, 'Oh no!' like in the series, he shouts, 'The red light must be blinking like crazy!' Oh darn, someone must teach this version of Jeffrey the art of discretion and Voyager secrets!

Since there is no kiss & slap...(Boo! Hiss!) This Mary doesn't come up with the ingenious idea to pull a silent film run/cry scene to distract the soldiers. Instead she just calmly walks away and pretends to trip and fall. How boring. I thought she was supposed to be a dramatic silent film star?
In runs Jeffrey to foil Bogg's plan to take the truck for a spin. As they are trying to escape the soldiers once again, Bogg is muttering stuff about, 'What was that they taught us about gear boxes?' Apparently Voyager school has a Truck Mechanics class-how cool! Maybe it's like Apex technical school in NY, 'Don't call us, we'll call you!' I so always wanted to call them in the eighties as a kid.

And as we know, the boys get away in a daring escape with the omni to find the Wright Brothers.

Up next-The heart-wrenching beach scene! Break out the hankies and Kleenex!

My apologies for the delay in blogging, life happens...and so does a break in writer's block! Yay! Apparently, it was more of a 'Voyagers block.' I just needed a break from writing those stories, as I had been like a madwoman for the last three years or more.
So, I immediately started a new Cover Up fanfic and I'm so pleased with how its turning out-
Cover Up: The Depot