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Time Travel Theories

19 Apr

So, there are three main types of time travel. Or, at the very least, that’s the way I tend to classify time travel events in my head whenever I think about it. Which I kinda do a lot, because I’m that much of a nerd. Whatever.

With slight adjustments for the details of a particular time travel event, I really believe that these three categories can be applied to explain and classify every instance of time travel in comics/movies/books/TV shows/etc.

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1. Time is Unchanging: All time travel that happens was always meant to happen. There’s just one timeline; all events are fixed and built into it and can’t be changed. In fact, trying to change or avoid things often means that you, the time-traveller, are the one who makes them happen.

Ex: Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure| Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban| Kate and Leopold| Premonition| Supreme| Timeline.

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2. Time as a River: Time travel can change certain things, but the things that were meant to happen will happen eventually. You might be able to change small details or delay things, but eventually the timeline will correct itself. It’s like throwing rocks into a river: pebbles make ripples, where you can see the tiny effects, but it won’t change the major flow.

Ex:  Doctor Who| Journeyman| Terminator| The Time Machine

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3. Time Changes into Alternate Timelines: The act of time travel always causes a change of some sort, and an alternate timeline branches off from that moment. This is where the most significant changes can happen and so it’s the most commonly seen. This one’s the most complicated just because different ‘verses deal with the role of the traveller and the state of their timeline in so many different ways.

Some ‘Role of the Traveller’ options:

  • merge with your other self and have memories of both timelines (I’ve only ever seen this in Harry Potter fanfiction, but it exists)
  • replace your other self (Batman/Superman Absolute Power)
  • cause yourself to never be born (why Marty fades in Back to the Future)
  • you and the other you(s) can exist simultaneously (old and young Spock in the ’09 Star Trek movie);

Some ‘State of the Timeline’ options:

  • jump between the past and the future making and seeing changes instantly
  • changes in the past create a new timeline, completely erasing yours giving you nowhere to jump back to
  • jump to the future and return to the past to create a new timeline based on what you learned

Ex:  13 Going on 30| Back to the Future| Batman/Superman: Absolute Power| Charmed| Cinderella 3: A Stitch in Time| Eureka| Heroes| Star Trek

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Can you think of more examples of time travel?

Is there anything that doesn’t fit into these categories? Anything that should be reclassified?

OUTATIME!

21 Feb

Hola dudes, MegaWoman here, back from an extended unofficial hiatus. I’ll bet you’re wondering – where’ve I been? You know, the usual – writing other shit, marathoning Party Down (Are we having fun yet?), doing bootyshots (that’s when you do the shot out of the stripper’s butthole instead of the torso). That was two truths and a lie, in case you hadn’t figured that out, you disgusting creeps.

Recently I had the pleasure of purchasing, playing, and completing the first installment (of five) in Telltale Games’ Back to the Future series. As an obsessive fan of both the game production company and the film trilogy I was predisposed to enjoy it – they would’ve had to colossally fuck up for me not to. And lo and behold, I was pleasantly… pleased! Excuse the redundancy, my brain’s been suffering from a bit of retardation lately – my vocabulary hath escaped me.

I was first introduced to Telltale Games when they took over the helm from LucasArts in creating the newest installment of the Monkey Island series in Tales of Monkey Island. My insurmountable love for that franchise is something that’ll be saved for another post. I admire Telltale Games because they’ve proven themselves to have consistently brilliant writing – a high compliment coming from someone like me; I don’t just watch things… I judge them.

Back to the Future – The Game is no exception. The first episode, entitled “It’s About Time” was released on the PlayStation Network on February 15th. The story takes place about half a year after the third film – Doc Brown’s has been missing and, much to Marty’s dismay, all of his possessions are being sold. Suddenly, the DeLorean appears! There’s a mysterious message from Doc – he’s in trouble and Marty has to sleuth his way into figuring out where he is in time. He ends up in Prohibition-era Hill Valley, where Doc is incarcerated and Marty has to save his life! DA NA, NANANA! That was the Back to the Future theme song. It doesn’t translate well into text.

I was able to finish the episode in a very short amount of time – the puzzles are fairly simple and the gameplay is rudimentary – there are very few places to explore. However, these are the game’s weakest links. This is a game based off a movie, and it actually doesn’t suck! The interpretation of the beloved characters is crazily good – as is the voice work. Christopher Lloyd returns as the classic mad scientist figure Doc Brown, and, as Michael J. Fox wasn’t available to contribute, actor AJ LoCascio takes the helm as Marty McFly in a creepily spot on impression of Fox’s voice.

With a satisfying story, fun dialogue, and a tone that exactly matches that of the movies, Back to the Future – The Game is a virtual handjob for fans of the film franchise. So buy it and get your Happy Ending.

Now if you’ll excuse me, it’s time to rip the plastic off my copy of Marvel vs. Capcom 3 to quell this massive anticipatory fighter-game ladyboner I’ve been sporting for the past year or so. PEACE.

GREAT SCOT!

20 Sep

So, it’s my birthday soon. I’m not saying that so I get a shitload of birthday wishes – I’m not an attention whore (love me, please.) I say this because this year, my birthday came early. That’s right. I got a Droid X. Once that beautiful baby comes in the mail, I am going to tear that cardboard box apart like a horny teenage boy tears the clothes off a ready-and-willing chick. I fucking love technology.

I love technology so much that I think the sole reason I like Back to the Future II as much as I do is because of that bit in the futuristic McFly residence where you see all those neat little gadgets, like that ceiling fruit basket and the cell phone glasses and that FUCKING AMAZING HYDRATOR. You know, when Lorraine puts that tiny dehydrated version of a Pizza Hut pizza into that machine and she says something like, “level four” and then a regular-sized pizza comes out? That blows my face off, every time. And the hoverboard! Oh man. I want to marry that entire trilogy; I could watch those over and over again. Or maybe I’d just settle for marrying Marty McFly. He’s cute and funny, I don’t care about height in a guy – we could be good together.

But before I go off on a really uninteresting tangent about Marty McFly’s sex appeal, let’s draw attention to one tiny fact – ELIJAH “FRODO BAGGINS” WOOD IS IN BACK TO THE FUTURE II?! In the scene at the ‘80s diner – Marty goes up to two little kids at the arcade game – Elijah Wood’s one of them. Those beautiful blue eyes have been in so many good movies – Back to the Future II, Lord of the Rings, Sin City, Flipper… yeah, I said Flipper. Yeah, it’s the dolphin movie. Whatever, Flipper pwns Free Willy. Marine mammal battle – won. I feel as if I should mention a cool thing to balance out the Flipper lameness. I’ve seen Terminator 2 too many times to count. That’s cool, right? RIGHT?!

… alright, I’mma distract you now with a fucking hilarious video from the Easter Eggs on the Fellowship of the Ring DVD. Dominic Monaghan plays a prank on Elijah Wood. Enjoy:

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