The Fantastic Journey: Season 1, Episode 1

Vortex (3 Feb. 1977)

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A group of passengers on their way to have a vacation become shipwrecked on a strange island where people from all times and dimensions are trapped.


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Episode credited cast:
Dr. Fred Walters
Katie Saylor ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Enid Jordan
Scott Brady ...
Carl Johanson
Byron Chung ...
Ben Wallace
Jason Evers ...
Susan Howard ...
Eve Costigan
Mike Road ...
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A group of passengers on their way to have a vacation become shipwrecked on a strange island where people from all times and dimensions are trapped.

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Opening scene shows Avenger TBF Flight 19, which disappeared in Bermuda Triangle, but incorrectly dates the flight as January 1945, when in reality the flight Occurred in December 1945. See more »


Varian: In Earth year 2230, I was a musician, and my work was very important to me because in my century musicians do nearly all the healing.
Varian: We use music to relieve pain, to restore harmony and balance to the mind, to the emotions.
Varian: In 2230 man on Earth has unlimited resources because he's tapped the greatest resource of all, which is his mind.
Varian: Our machines are efficient, and silent.
Varian: And our cities are built miles high so that the land outside is free to grow and sustain wildlife.
Varian: The five races have ...
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And So The Journey Begins
18 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

The beginning of '77 and into the summer, one of the most intriguing shows never to be forgotten started and aired every Tuesday night on NBC (or was it Thursday?) It didn't matter. For this 11-yr-old, Fantastic Journey was not to be missed.

While I didn't recall so much about the beginning, I knew it involved a small family and some others who were lost in the fog of the Bermuda Triangle.

They would see a native looking figure with long hair and loin cloth, until it was discovered he actually wasn't a native at all, he was Varian, an alien from the future.

Gradually, the occupants of the boat would be picked off one by one (actually two guys try to sail off the island and are swept back on land, quite lifeless).

The encounter Ian McShane as some pirate or something, then Gary Collins and Mary Ann Mobley as aliens serving a brain in a futuristic setting.

This pilot is most known for those who recall this show as it sent the mother, father and sister in the little family all back where they came from, keeping child fave Ike Eisenmann and Carl Franklin (a very effective racial token) as the main characters of the cast.

The pilot could air as a late movie at times later on, but the other episodes of this show, which I understand have aired on Scifi and other networks, remained unseen by me until I discovered them on youtube.

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