| || Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. |
created by Josh Whedon, Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen
First time travel: “Spacetime,” 5 Apr 2016
This show had the episode (“Spacetime”) that pushed me over the edge in the matter of whether to include precognition/premonitions in my time travel list. But when Fitz has quotes such as “You guys, there is no time—” how could I not? It may take me a while to pull in other visions-of-the-future stories, and I won’t include obvious non-examples (such as predicting the future based on elements that are available in the present moment), but I shall persevere. Here’s the reasoning behind my new ruling: If you (or Daisy) are actually getting a picture of the future, then Occam’s Razor says that information about the future is most likely traveling through time. Case closed.
Coulson: Like, in Terminator, if John Connor’s alive and able to send his friend back in time to save his mom to make sure he’s born, doesn’t that mean he doesn’t have to?
Lincoln: I, uh, never saw the original Terminator.
Coulson: You’re off the team.
| || Paradox |
by Michael Hurst (Hurst, director)
First aired: 15 Apr 2016
Unless it were your job, nobody would ever watch this movie beyond four minutes, and yet, alas, such is my job. So: A mysterious, wealthy boss and his dysfunctional group of twenty-somethings build a secret time machine while the NSA surveils the affair. But when they send their first
victim traveler forward, he comes back with the news that someone is murdering them all, after which the story turns into teen slashfest with bad acting, worse writing, and no interesting turns. Nevertheless, the movie does an almost perfect job when it comes to creating a single, nonparadoxical timeline.
Jim: We have a time machine. We have a time machine! None of this has to happen, okay? Somebody goes back and they warn us not to come. So whoever the killer is, he doesn’t get to kill anybody, not today.
Bubbles: Yeah, that’s good.
Randy: No, we can’t do that. We’ll cause a paradox!
| || The Infinite Time Series|
by H.J. Lawson
First book: 26 Apr 2016
The cover blurb for Infinite Time, the first short book of a series, says Save the girl. Save the day. Save yourself. Not only that, but in the opening pages, Parker (the high-school Hero) blames himself for the death of his
Uncle Ben father at the hand of a robber many years ago. Eventually Parker will get a time-travel opportunity to save his father and stop his mother from remarrying the lazy step-father, but not until the second book or later. In the first book, Parker must deal with the high-school bully, a well-written crush on a cheerleader, and a time travel setup that has him meet other time travelers who are given mysterious missions to complete.
It’s not a game, and it’s not a dream. I can time-travel. Clint can. Bruce, too, when he’s not writing on the ground, and apparently so can you.