For anyone who grew up in the 1970s and 1980s, you knew Ike Eisenmann. He was such a talented young actor that everyone wanted to work with him. He starred in hugely successful Disney movies like Escape To Witch Mountain (1975) and TV specials like The Amazing Cosmic Awareness Of Duffy Moon (1976).
“Time is changed here. Your present is their future. And it’s my past.”
That line of dialogue, delivered by twenty-third century healer Varian (Jared Martin) to an assembled group of time travelers, sums up the concept of The Fantastic Journey. Sadly, it would be one the last lines spoken on the inventive sci-fi series, which was cancelled after that broadcast on June 16, 1977.
The late 1970s was a great time to be a science fiction fan. Star Wars conquered the box office in 1977 and brought nerdishness into the mainstream, launching countless similar (space) ships on film and TV. But one of the underrated treasures of that era debuted a few months too early and missed out on the rubber-suited alien renaissance - The Fantastic Journey. It's too bad because The Fantastic Journey is one of the most thoughtful and inventive sci-fi action series of its time.