Voyagers! Chapter 4 Analysis (These titles are so lame, aren't they?)
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!...in 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 left..to the right...sway....burp!
Time for the beat down! How I loved this hilarious scene in the Pilot!'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!'
'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.
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