Voyagers!: Chapter 9~Ben Franklin and Richthofen
In the beginning of chapter 9 we get a quick bit of description of the peaceful scene before us. A bombed out barn in France and an old horse calmly eating the hay off the pile. The horse trots off suddenly when it hears the familiar whistle. What do you make of this Voyagers whistle? It ain't Dixie!
Once I described it in a fanfic as a sort of harsh cosmic/sonic and discordant sound that the Voyagers are trained to get used to. Since they are traveling faster than the speed of light and sound, it made sense to me to describe it that way. Just as it reaches the earth's atmosphere with the Voyagers it gently fades to a whistle-The concept is similar to a giant Meteor that wants to strike earth out of orbit, but the moment it hits and passes through our atmosphere it is nothing bigger than a small rock by the time it lands.
However! The author mixes things up here. 'The whistle became louder-louder-ear shattering. But no explosion came. Instead, Bogg and Jeff flew through the air on a pile of hay-the whistling came to an end.'
Say what? It's a wonder Bogg and Jeff aren't as deaf as poor Mabel Hubbard if they have to put up with a noise like that every time. And what about the bystanders in the surrounding area? It seemed to me that the show was oftentimes inconsistent with the whistling business. Sometimes others would hear it and look up like, 'Huh?' Other times they are totally oblivious until the boys literally tumble down at their feet. Continuity, people!...sometimes I often wonder if the 60's-80's tv programs even had Continuity people!
Then swoops in the Red Baron! Shooting at them a mile a minute. Bogg then spews yet another favorite line of mine. "Terrific! Wonderful! We get airplanes into the war so they can blow us to bits!"
Having been present and too close for comfort during the tragic Twin Towers collapse, not knowing if another plane used as a weapon would drop out of the sky and slam into one of the two bridges that hovered over us by the East River...I couldn't agree more with him.
Then Jeffrey throws in even more confusion over who is Richthofen and who is Rickenbacker. I will settle this once and for all. This is Richthofen- and not a bad looking chap, I might add... And the guy below is Eddie Rickenbacker.
When our Voyagers spot Eddie and Mary
The author tells us the type of plane they are flying that Jeffrey recognizes from his WWI Books. 'They were both two seaters. Both had the markings of the 94th Aero Squadron. One of the planes had a machine gun mounted in the rear.'
After watching the pilot episode yet again I am convinced that the pilots traveling with Eddie and Mary were indeed dead...it was pretty obvious. The book describes them as wounded. But, remember how they were just dragged and left face down in the grass? You just don't do that wounded people, now do you?
This was obviously something the show was targeted for by the Censors. After this, no one dies or is seen dead on Voyagers ever again. At least not within the confines of the individual episodes. If you know your history of certain people and events, well, then, ya, many will go on to meet tragic deaths-Spartacus, the Titanic passengers and crew, Cleopatra...among others.
This just makes me want to back track a bit to the beginning of this adventure. Remember when machine guns were firing like mad at Bogg as he jumped the truck with the motorbike? That boy had to have some kind of electromagnetic force field around him from the omni to protect him from all those rapid fire bullets. Shot from no further than fifty feet or less by at least a dozen men!
It was in a red-light zone. These soldiers were trained for ground combat and they surely knew how to use those guns and ammo! Whew! Just had to get that faux paux off my chest!
Okay, now here comes a really corny joke 'replacement.'
"You know how to fly one of these things?" Eddie asked. Bogg Chuckles. "Did Benjamin Franklin know how to write?"
That joke falls flatter than a pancake under a steamroller! So anyway, the answer is yes...and Mary intercedes and still gets her goodbye kiss. Only she doesn't glibly ask Phineas to join her in Hollywood and forgets who Doug is...though after a kiss like that from Bogg I just might forget who I was!
"Why did you lie to him? You couldn't even fly the glider!"
Good one Jeff! Good one!
"I didn't lie." Bogg said, buttoning up his pilot jacket. "I never lie. Did you ever try to read Benjamin Franklin's handwriting?"
Well gee, Bogg, it's not that bad!
Nothing can beat Bogg's admission that he has seen Marie Antoinette's legs and thought they were terrible. They obviously weren't these!
But at least the Bogg in this story universe won't have to deal with Jeffrey's pressing, innocent, and inevitable questions on just how that feat was accomplished!
Adios amigos! Until Chapter 10!