Concept: A family and their associates charter a boat into the Caribbean for a scientific expedition, but after encountering a strange green cloud in the Bermuda Triangle, find themselves shipwrecked on a mysterious, uncharted island populated by people from different times in history, separated by "time zones." The group would travel through these time zones, having adventures while searching for their way home.
Total Episodes: 10
Original Air Dates: February 3 - June 17, 1977
Original Network: NBC
|Jared Martin (Varian) and Roddy McDowall (Willowy) with guest-star Joan Collins,|
from a women's lib-themed episode.
Scott Jordan (Ike Eisenmann): Teenage son of Professor Paul Jordan, he has knowledge of history and events, but is still young and sometimes impulsive.
Dr. Fred Walters (Carl Franklin): A young doctor, just out of medical school. For a doctor, he certainly knows a lot about fighting!
Liana (Katie Saylor): Daughter of an Atlantean and an alien, she possessed greater than human strength and psychic skills. Her character was dropped after the eighth episode due to Saylor becoming ill; the show said she was going to be catching up with the group later, but she never did, due to the cancellation of the program.
Dr. Jonathan Willoway (Roddy McDowall): Similar to Dr. Smith in Lost in Space, he's a rebel scientist from the 1960s with scientific knowledge and was something of a black sheep.
Sil-El: Liana's cat which she can communicate with telepathically.
Two of the 10 episodes were directed by Vincent McEveety. His prior directing credits included an episode of The Man From UNCLE and six episodes of Star Trek, including "Dagger of the Mind" and "Balance of Terror." He also directed the 1974 TV movie Wonder Woman, an episode of Kolchak: The Night Stalker, and later directed two of the Love Bug movie series, three episodes of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, an episode of The Powers of Matthew Star, and 20 episodes of Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color.
Michael Michelin wrote three of the episodes, he'd previously written the scripts or stories for four episodes of Kung Fu. He later wrote an episode of the Amazing Spider-Man and an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, as well as an episode of War of the Worlds.
D.C. Fontana wrote one episode, she is of course best known for writing credits on 10 episodes of Star Trek, as well as episodes of Star Trek: The Animated Series, The Six Million Dollar Man, and Land of the Lost, later writing episodes of Logan's Run, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Star Trek: The Next Generation, War of the Worlds, The Legend of Prince Valiant, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Babylon 5, and several other genre shows.
|Liana caught in an energy cage!|
Ike Eisenmann should be familiar to most of you, he's best known for playing Tony Malone in Escape to Witch Mountain and the sequel, Return From Witch Mountain. He later played Charlie Barry in Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell, guested in a pair of episodes of Wonder Woman, played Preston in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and has done a handful of voice acting jobs. He played Sheriff Antony in the 2009 movie Race to Witch Mountain, a remake of his most famous movie.
Katie Saylor had previously been sen in Invasion of the Bee Girls and Supervan, but after Fantastic Journey, she didn't do any other acting parts.
Roddy McDowall, of course, played Cornelius and later Caesar in the Planet of the Apes movie series (except for Beneath the Planet of the Apes), as well as playing Galen in the TV series Planet of the Apes, playing the Bookworm in a few episodes of Batman, and voicing the Mad Hatter in Batman: The Animated Series, among many, many other great roles.
Mike Road was the narrator on the show, he may be best known for voicing Race Bannon on Jonny Quest, although he's had many other voice roles.
|Ike Eisemann (Scott) with guest-star Cheryl Ladd, still a few years|
away from Charlie's Angels. This same episode also guest-starred
future TV Spider-Man Nicholas Hammond.
DVD Release: A complete series is available on Amazon, but it's not a commercially-released DVD.
Notes: This was, of course, one of those short-lived SF series of the 1970s that my family and I watched religiously, and were disappointed when it was cancelled. A mid-season replacement, it suffered by being put up against popular shows The Waltons and Welcome Back, Kotter, as well as dealing with pre-emptions and time slot changes. I recently watched the entire series for the first time since it originally aired, and while I was expecting to be disappointed, it actually holds up rather well, if one considers some of the standard sci-fi TV tropes of the era (i.e., the Hotel Bonaventure will be used in at least one episode due to its futuristic look, some props will be reused because nobody ever expected you'd be able to watch episodes back to back like we do today, etc.). I wonder if anyone's ever considered reviving this show like Battlestar Galactica was?
It also suffered from half the cast being dropped (Scott Thomas, Susan Howard, and Karen Sommerville) after the pilot. Katie Saylor was added in episode 2 and Roddy McDowell in episode 3. Only 1 director worked on more than 1 episode (Vincent McEveety for 5 and 10). Writers Michael Michaelian and Katharyn Powers, together and separately, contributed 5 of the 10 episodes (they were married at the time). wikipedia's article says a script for the 11th episode "Romulus" floats around on the internet. I found a synopsis at https://web.archive.org/web/20051129041526/http://www.snowcrest.net/fox/journey/index.html : "Written by Calvin Clements Jr. Our group comes to a land inhabited by a purple boy with a large head. As they arrive he cries out in pain and the tranquil day turns into a raging storm. The cat is frightened by the storm and only shows back up again at the very end of the episode. As Scott emerges from the portal he is sucked up by the storm. The rest of the group looks for Scott in a nearby town. Unfortunately the town in inhabited by the undead who have the ability to electricute anyone they touch. The group are herded undergound where they encounter the survivors. Aliens with wild mental powers! Unstoppable undead zombies! Good ol' fashoned backstabing by a guy named Brock! This script had it all. Unfortunatley it was never filmed. It was written with Liana as a character."