Original air date: Monday, October 13, 2014
Time Travel and Immortality – These themes are popular because they resonate with people of all ages and cultures. Working with the concept of mortality is something we do throughout our lives, and Pop Conscious is ready to explore that and find other life lessons that can be gleaned from tales of time travel and eternal life. We want time travel! And we want it now and forever! Or do we?
Malayna recently contributed a piece on this topic to Beliefnet.com, and found she had so much more to say about it!
Why the resonance and popularity?
• They allow us to see history with a twist of fictional fun, enjoying the contrast created by the passage of time and sometimes, alternative paths through the evolution of culture and technology. (Steampunk is a genre based in alternative history.) (Fringe has an alternate present with zeppelins! Sliders, and Dr. Who too….)
• It also offers a way for us to grapple with our own mortality. We yearn for the ability to see beyond what our years normally allow, to have more time to travel, and of course, with unending youth and strength to enjoy it all.
• Learn about who we are from our ties to our ancestry — our families, our tribes, and our nations, and the family of humanity.
• Perhaps learn reasons for gratitude for the rarity of this moment.
• What we love! What we’d like to add to our lives in the here and now to live them to the fullest.
Voyagers! – 1982-83 – A member of a league of time travelers (Phineas Bogg) and a boy travel through time repairing errors in world history. (Aaron was stunt double for Meeno Peluce
Quantum Leap is a 1988-1993 NBC Cult Classic series about a scientist, played by Scott Bakula, caught in a malfunctioning Time Travel experiment that bounced him back and forth in the past; the only way for him to move on from any time period he landed in was to change the life or lives of someone there for the better.
Time Trax is an American/Australian co-produced science fiction television series that first aired in 1993. A police officer, Darien Lambert (Dale Midkiff) sent through time into the past, has to track down and return convicted criminals who have escaped prison in the future. This was the last new production from Lorimar Television.
Twice in a Lifetime (1999–2001) – Canadian production – Various judges from the Old Testament’s Book of Judges, preside over the court of judgment of the recently deceased. The judge in question evaluates their life and decides their fate, specifically if they deserve a second chance at their life. For those who had a questionable life but whom he deems deserves a second chance, the judge sends them back to a pivotal point in the past where their life path was determined. However they are sent back as someone other than themselves but with the full knowledge of their mission of their own redemption. In addition, they only have three days to change that life path. – GREAT MEDITATION EXERCISE!!! (Other Canadian prod that I love, love, love – Murdoch Mysteries/Artful Detective)
Tru Calling 2003 to 2005 – The show starred Eliza Dushku as Tru Davies, a woman who works at the city morgue. In the course of her job, the bodies of dead people start talking to Tru, asking her for help. Tru then finds herself reliving their last day alive, trying to keep their death from happening. Her morgue assistant: (Zach Galifianakis), her socially-challenged but loyal friend, confidante, and supervisor at the morgue.
Timelines of Time Travel Movies & TV!
from Information is beautiful:
• Methods of time travel: Alien tech, Forces of Nature, Time machine, Deep Freeze, Unknown
• Intersections = paradoxes:
• The Terminatrix encounters Evan from Butterfly Effect pursued by Timecop Max Walker
• Marty McFly meets the Star Trek crew and both battle The Terminator (1985?)
• Time Bandits meet Evan from Butterfly Effect
• DCI Sam Tyler (Life on Mars – 1973) arrests Miles Munroe from Sleeper