|P r i n c i p a l C a s t
|S y n o p s i s
TimeBlazers features 13 year old Shakira (Jasmine Richards) who is curious about "how we got here from there" in social customs,
inventions and institutions. Helping her discover the history behind such diverse subjects such as police forces, money,
and medicine are Jen and Sam (Heidi Leigh and Mike Ackerman)
two time travellers who materialize when Shakira least expects it.
|G e t t i n g A r o u n d I n T i m e
Jen and Sam travel through time at will occasionally taking Shakira with them on their history lesson.
|R e v i e w
TimeBlazers (2003) is the creation of Wilson Coneybeare, whose other credits include Kratts' Creatures (1995) and Grand Illusions: The Story of Magic (1998). Coneybeare conceived the idea for the series Timeblazers after acting out the story of Wolfe and Montcalm on the Plains of Abraham for his young niece who was frustrated with her French language course at school. He wanted to create a series that brought history to life for the pre-teen set, by focusing on the everyday aspect of history and how it relates to young people today.
Jen and Sam travel through time to act out history lessons for Sharkira's benefit tying together developments through out history that lead to today's modern society. Unlike another certain time traveller by the name of Mr. Peabody, Jen and Sam are not expert historians and its often Shakira's own research that sheds light on details that Jen and Sam were previously unaware of.
In the episode The Good, The Bad and the Bread Jen and Sam explore the history of the police force through time with Sam cast as the bread theif and Jen as the long arm of the law. Jen's own romaticized view of the British Bobby and North-West Mounted Police are shattered when Sharkira's research turns up mundane jobs such as lighting gas lamps and chopping wood were part of their respective jobs in the early days.
The series is a lot of fun and even though its aimed at the 7-12 year olds, I found it has a thing or two to teach even the biggest kid among us.
Currently 13 episodes (30 minutes) have been developed and are presently airing on Canada's YTV Sunday's at 3:30 p.m. and repeating at 10:00 p.m. TimeBlazers also airs on the Canadian version of Discovery Kids channel Tuesday's at 6 a.m / Noon / 6 p.m. / Midnight and again on Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. / 4:00 p.m. / 10 p.m. / 4 a.m.
A second season of TimeBlazers is currently under development.
©2004 - A. Taylor
|R e l a t e d L i n k s
TimeBlazers at the Discover Kids
This brief page at the Canadian Discover Kids site has a summary of the TimeBlazers series.
TimeBlazers at TV Tome
This Time Blazers webpage includes a cast list and episode guide with original air dates.
TimeBlazers at CCI Entertainment
The distributor of the series, CCI Entertainment's website with a brief page on TimeBlazers.
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