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ABOUT THE SHOW
When a laboratory accident leads to electrocution and the accidental discovery of time travel, Doctor Petronella Sage, alongside her faithful friend and companion, Erasmus Savant, seizes the opportunity to make her mark in the annuls of history.
WHAT IS SAGE AND SAVANT?
Sage and Savant is a retro-futuristic, sci-fi, time-travel podcast. The main plot of each monthly episode centers on the Transmigration studies of Doctor Petronella Sage. Think of it as Frankenstein meets Quantum Leap. Before our story begins, Dr. Sage is attempting the galvanization of cadaverous flesh to advance the science of limb replacement. A laboratory accident leads to her electrocution, the accidental discovery of Transmigration (the moving of consciousness separate from the body), and time travel. Each month Sage and Savant travel to a different place and time, inhabiting new cadavers. Their journey always begins with waking up in newly deceased bodies, conducting emergency triage to render them capable of life, and finding their way in unfamiliar places and times. Each journey inevitably ends in death, which is how they return to their own bodies.
WILL I LIKE SAGE AND SAVANT?
The tone of Sage and Savant is formal, imaginative, and explorative, and is largely set by the narrator — a smart, curious and dedicated man with a fiercely independent mind. Themes include freedom, humanity, truth, ambition, feminism, philosophy, and death. One of the best things about Sage and Savant is the changeable mood. Similar to Doctor Who and Supernatural, our mood is dictated by the whereabouts of the heroes’ travel and the characters they encounter there. If you’re a fan of Frankenstein, Quantum Leap, Doctor Who or Penny Dreadful, you will enjoy Sage and Savant.
IS SAGE AND SAVANT FOR KIDS?
Most Sage and Savant episodes maintain a Clean rating, and our show was intentionally created for all ages to enjoy. However, we also deal with several adult philosophical and ethical issues, drawing on the scientific and meta-scientific thoughts of the enlightenment and Victorian eras. The vocabulary of the show is quite high, and we discuss quantum theory and anthropological method. There are no recurring child characters in the show, though more than once our heroes have found themselves in the company of children. Parents may wish to listen to the first three or four episodes to get a feel for whether the material is appropriate for their kids.
There is some slightly disturbing imagery throughout (e.g., descriptions of wounds, blood on hands) and episodes of violence, including battlefields, swordfights, and murder. Death is central to the story, and our scientist uses electrocution as a method to separate consciousness from flesh and fling herself through time and space. For the greater part of two seasons, the only way to return to herself is through the death of the body she inhabits. In addition, individual episodes deal with subject such as cannibalism, rape, jealous rage, mental health, sexism, and racism. Though suicide as a method to return from travel is discussed, Doctor Sage discards the idea as not viable. The show always seeks to treat these subjects with sensitivity and violence rarely occurs on mic.
Sage and Savant releases on a monthly schedule, August thru May, with new episodes available on the First. In December and May, a special double episode is released, part one on the First, and part two on the Fifteenth. Full transcripts are available on the Sage and Savant website with every single episode release.