Fantastic Journey, The

Tagged: TV

US tv series (1977). Bruce Lansbury Productions/Columbia Pictures TV/NBC. Produced by Leonard Katzman. Writers included Michael Michaelian, Kathryn Michaelian Powers and the story editor, D C Fontana. Directors included Andrew V McLaglen (pilot episode), Vincent McEveety. Cast includes Carl Franklin, Jared Martin and Roddy McDowall. One season, pilot episode of 75 minutes plus nine 50-minute episodes. Colour.

The pilot episode has explorers entering the Bermuda Triangle, an ocean area in which planes and ships are reputed to disappear; but, after an effectively eerie opening in which their boat is consumed by a pulsating green cloud, it becomes evident that they are still within the borders of television-formula-land. Reaching an Island that "isn't on the map", they meet a twenty-third-century human, Varian (Martin), and discover that the landscape consists of segments of past and future time and space, a zone of geographical Timeslips perhaps inspired by Fred Hoyle's October the First is Too Late (1966). This concept allows the protagonists to encounter a new (stereotyped) culture every week, each within walking distance. Silly and somewhat repetitive adventures take place. The series was quickly dropped. [JB/PN]

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