Category Archives: Time Travel

We will, as an ongoing segment, explore time travel – how it works, our favorite uses of time travel, and maybe some glaring holes it leaves behind.

Reaction: The Husbands of River Song

Every year we always try to watch the Doctor Who Christmas Special as soon as we are able and this year was no exception. Even staying out a little later than we probably should have with Geek Baby to watch it with family on Christmas Day…

This year I was particularly curious because I knew that it was going to involve River Song. The dynamic between the Doctor and River Song has always been an interesting one partly because they keep meeting in the wrong order. So the question is when is this in their timeline and how does it fit into their story that we have seen so far? The story of the episode is pretty much secondary to seeing the relationship between the Doctor and River play out. (Spoilers for the Doctor Who Christmas Special after the jump.)

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Building Towards Legends of Tomorrow

As someone who watches both Flash and Arrow I am super excited for Legends of Tomorow. When I first heard that they were doing a spinoff I was extremely curious. Then the first preview came out and I really hope they pull it off because they are fully committing to time travel in the show.

Obviously with us knowing the show was coming and with the advertising we knew who was going to end up on the show, but by the end of the previous seasons of Flash and Arrow I was not sure how they were going to gather all the necessary characters with where they had left off with them. In particular some of them were presumed – or known – to be dead. This season they have done a fantastic job of slowly bringing those characters back to their current shows and giving us an idea of why and how they will end up joined together on Legends of Tomorrow.

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The Future Is Now!

I loved Back to the Future 2 growing up. I made my own Hoverboard out of construction paper. It’s not quite what Lexus has done to make a fake Hoverboard

And the day is tomorrow. And it hasn’t happened. The future’s not what we were told… the future is now. The strongest image, for so many people, of what the future would look like. 30 years on… and it’s not at all the same.

And what did we get instead? The big one is of course The Internet. But did we wile away our time playing MMO’s and Angry Birds instead of inventing Hoverboards and flying cars?

Maybe. But that leaves me thinking that maybe it’s time for a new vision of the future. Maybe it’s time for a return to Back to the Future.

After all, as the trailer today for Star Wars: The Force Awakens shows, there’s lots of returning-to-franchises going on. And people can get excited, and it can be awesome. Or Ghostbusters returning next year. Or a whole bunch of TV shows, with the most recent ones I’ve seen being renewed talks about a return to Firefly, and then Gilmore Girls.

Meanwhile, instead of a new Back to the Future we’re getting a documentary at least this year…

So I don’t at all think a new Back to the Future movie is on the horizon. But I’m realizing… it would be a good one to come back to. The plot: something happened in time that made it so that none of the things Marty saw in the future actually happened. Show our world now. So there’s fixing that… and a chance to go forward, into the future from now. To make a cinema image of our future, of 30 years from now. And to revel in what society was like, 30 years ago, in the past.

So not reboot, not a remake. Not entirely. I guess maybe my idea falls in the “modern retelling” genre? I don’t know. What do you think? Should Back to the Future come back? What would they see in our future? Let me know in the comments below!

Favorite Doctor Who? Blink, Moffat, and graphs! Part 2

Last week I ended up breaking up a post about the fan-favorite episode Blink, and about how its writer, Steven Moffat, doesn’t know why it’s such a favorite. You can read that post here. But to jump back into it, here’s the episode rating graph from Graph TV for Doctor Who:

That’s a big mix, episodes all over, generally some loved more than others every season. And that one, lonely outlier at the top, over 9.5. That episode is Blink.

One of the points in the original Mary Sue article that got me thinking about this was about Moffat trying to re-create the magic of this episode now that he’s the showrunner, and failing. But I think it’s more than just trying to make an episode that good again – but to get through the rest of my thought, let’s take a moment with the graph.

In season 1, there are three episodes higher than the others: the season finale, and then the two-parter of The Empty Child and The Doctor Dances. The two parter was written by Steven Moffat. In season 2, there are again two top dots: the season finale, and you guessed it, another Moffat: The Girl in the Fireplace. Then season 3 with Blink. Then season 4, with the top two being Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead by yet again, Steven Moffat.

We talked before about how it’s pretty clear why Moffat became showrunner. But I would also argue it’s more than Blink that he’s trying to recreate. Instead, I think he has some story ideas, monster ideas, that he is trying to perfect. That he keeps coming back to. So let’s look at a few of these story ideas!

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Thoughts on Seconds

Seconds CoverSo, yesterday I started and finished reading Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley. First off I highly recommend it if you have not read it because it is so good. I love Katie as a character and think that they use a very creative premise to essentially show what it means to grow up.

The basic idea is basically that Katie discovers a way to have a do-over on moments in her life. She keeps getting second chances on what happened, but as she moves further back through her life things begin to get a little strange. One of the big ideas presented in this is trying to make your life perfect, but what does that really mean or even look like? Also, if you could create a perfect life would you even recognize who you are in that new world if the moments that define who you are had not happened? (Spoilers for Seconds after the jump.)

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