First aired: 2000
This was a short lived series that followed the adventures of novelist Jules Verne (Chris Demetral) as he travelled with Phileas Fogg (Michael Praed, who was in poor vampire movie Son of Darkness: To Die For 2), Fogg’s second cousin Rebecca (Francesca Hunt) and Fogg’s valet Passepartout (Michel Courtemanche).
Of course it had a steampunk thing going on – Verne being the spiritual Godfather of steampunk – and had to have, of course, a vampire episode – this being it.
It started with a man, Lord Pontetract (David Schaap), being attacked by a cloaked and fanged assailant. He kills Pontetract and steals a briefcase – ignoring the bullets fired by a guard. He clicks his heels together – touching two electrodes – and a rocket backpack fires up and flies him into the night.
|Francesca Hunt as Rebecca|
|Patrick Duffy as Rimini|
|in a coffin|
|Michael Praed as Fogg|
This was passable entertainment but nothing special. I don’t think the steampunk ethos was captured particularly well. As a vampire episode it was again okay – to be honest they needn’t have been vampires, give a man a cloaking device and he would have been much the same (though alive). The plot to take over the world seemed a little too convoluted – I always think that a spreading of vampirism through key persons is more likely. That said Duffy was rather fun in a melodramatic, gothic vampire sort of way. 4 out of 10.
The episode's imdb page is here.
The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne (2000 TVseries) on Amazon