| || The Outer Limits (2nd Series)|
created by Leslie Stevens
First episode: 5 May 1995
Sadly, this revival (which outlasted the original by more than 100 episodes) was shown mostly on cable, so I didn’t see many of the first airings. But as I was writing up this listing, I realized that between the two runs of The Outer Limits, three runs of The Twilight Zone, one season of Tales of Tomorrow, and a handful of other miscellaneous episodes of weird anthology series, we could easily put together a full season of a new anthology show: The Time Travel Zone Limts. After one season, the network will be ours, and we can continue for many happy seasons into the future.
- Virtual Future (5 May 1995) time travel or v.r.?
- Stitch in Time (14 Jan 1996) murderer with a time machine
- Falling Star (30 Jun 1996) pop music fan from the future
- Vanishing Act (21 Jul 1996) aliens unintentionally time travel
- Tribunal (14 May 1999) to Nazi concentration camps (Prentice)
- Breaking Point (18 Feb 2000) time traveler to wife’s death
- Decompression (30 Jun 2000) time traveler vs. politician
- Gettysburg (28 Jul 2000) to U.S. Civil War (Prentice)
- Time to Time (11 Aug 2001) woman to father’s death (Prentice)
- Final Appeal (3 Sep 2000) Stitch in Time continuation
- Patient Zero (23 Mar 2001) attempt to prevent deadly virus
- Abduction (18 Aug 2001) teens vs alien (with 2s of time travel)
There is nothing wrong with your television. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are now controlling the transmission. We control the horizontal and the vertical. We can deluge you with a thousand channels or expand one single image to crystal clarity and beyond. We can shape your vision to anything our imagination can conceive. For the next hour, we will control all that you see and hear. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the deepest inner mind to . . . The Outer Limits!
| || The Langoliers |
adapted by Tom Holland
First aired: 14-15 May 1995 (made-for-tv)
As in Stephen King’s novella of the same name, this two-night made-for-tv movie follows the ten people who find that they’re the only ones left on board a transcontinental flight. Even after they land, nobody else is on the ground. In order of importance, the movie’s about (1) the characters, (2) horror, and (3) a little speculative fiction. In the end, the resolution involving time is the same as in the book.
I’ve been sitting here, running all these old stories through my head, you know: time warps, space warps, alien raiding parties. I mean, we really don’t know if there’s anything left down there, do we?
| || The Time-Traveling Terraformers |
by Pauline Ashwell
First story: Analog, Aug 1995
Sandy Jennings, an orphan and a red-headed Ph.D. student in microbiology, is recruited into a terraforming project by a group of several hundred time travelers who work in a loosely defined, non-authoritarian structure that spans years of their lifetimes and eons of the planet’s time. Sandy is not seen in the third and fourth stories, which show nick-of-time recruitments of vulcanologist Simon Hardacre and plankton expert Haru.
I liked these last two stories, especially the character of Haru, but I longed for more development beyond what Sandy had already shown us of their common universe.
- Hunted Head (Aug 1995) Analog
- One Thousand Years (May 2000) Analog
- Out of Fire (Mar 2001) Analog
- Elsewhere (Jun 2001) Analog
Knowledge, absolute and definite knowledge of the future as it affects yourself, is never any use. Whether it is bad or good, you cannot do anything that will change it. It simply takes away your power to decide.
| || A Kid in King Arthur’s Court |
by Michael Part and Robert L. Levy (Michael Gottlieb, diretor)
First release: 11 Aug 1995
This time around, the Yankee is failed little-leaguer Calvin Fuller who’s pulled back to Camelot where we see him with a flashlight, a Walkman, roller blades, superglue, a mountain bike with training wheels, bubble gum, karate, a candy bar, a Swiss Army knife, an aging Arthur and a pretty young princess.
Swiss Army knife! The very name conjurs up greatness!
| || Star Truck: Animaniacs |
by Earl Kress (Audi Paden, director)
First publication: 4 Nov 1995
The Warner kids beam onto the Star Truck ship in the year 2995 where Captain Mr Spork, Squattie, and the rest of the gang don’t realize that they are a mid-twentieth century tv show.
If you don’t get knocked out by the giant Star Truck hammer, you’ll briefly spot Pinky and the Brain in this satire. That pair had their own chronoatypical adventures in separate episodes of Animaniacs and their own show.
N.B. the Warners often visited movie or tv sets in different times in which it wasn’t clear whether the other characters knew that they were actors in a dramatical production. In Star Truck the Warners could well be in the future, but in other episodes (e.g., Hercules Unwound, which costars Pinky and the Brain), the fourth wall is shattered.
Yakko: Come on, Cap, let’s go back to New York in the 1930s.
Dot: You can fall in love with Joan Collins—
Yakko: —and then she’ll die.
Time Travelers 1: Both Sides of Time by Caroline B. Cooney
Romance Time Travel of 1995
Bodice rips are a more workaday mode of time travel than time ships.
Pirates by Linda Lael Miller
Timeswept Bride by Eugenia Riley
A Tryst in Time by Eugenia Riley
Awaken, My Love by Robin Schone
No Time Travel. Move along.
Indian Ink by Tom Stoppard, 27 Feb 1995 [parallel stories from different times ]
“Once and Future” by Mercedes Lackey, Excalibur, May 1995 [reincarnation ]
Time Travel Through the Bible by Arden Albrecht and Don Hall, 23 Oct 1995 [despite title, no time travel ]