Apr. 18, 1995
60 min.
UPN TV Network

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A light-hearted western adventure series set in the closing decades of the 19th century, an age in which the inventive spirit and imagination of America changed in the world forever. Richard Dean Anderson stars as Ernest Pratt, an ink-stained wretch of a dime novelist who, with the aid of an eccentric...

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John de Lancie was raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended Kent State University where he ...

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Janos Bartok, played by John de Lancie, was born in Hungary in 1840. He speaks five languages and is a prodigy in mathematics and electrical engineering. Bartok is fascinated with all aspects of life, from the discovery of new scientific advancements to spiritualism and extra-sensory perception and especially with the idea that man will one day fly.

After winning a scholarship to the University of Budapest, Bartok came to New York to work at Western union where he met the young Thomas Edison. A bitter competition developed between these two brilliant scientists. Eventually, Edison destroyed Bartok's reputation by claiming that Bartok had stolen his ideas. Tiring of the scandal and the resulting media attention, Bartok left New York and headed West, settling in Colorado to continue his experiments.

His financial backing comes from a wealthy widow in Denver with scientific interests and perhaps other interests in Bartok. In his leisure time he reads the humorous novels of Mark Twain and a series of dime novels which chronicle the adventures of Nicodemus Legend. Janos Bartok was inspired by Serbian scientist Nikola Tesla.

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