Some of my favorite stories, television shows, and movies over the years have involved the idea of time travel. While so many of the elements of time travel are perplexing and could even cause paradoxes that might destroy the planet, it doesn’t make the idea any less appealing.
I fondly remember sitting down each week with my mom to watch Quantum Leap with Scott Bakula. It brought together two great elements for me – history and time travel. Some of my favorite episodes included those where Sam (Bakula) leaped into individuals where he could display his singing talents like “Memphis Melody” where Sam leaped into Elvis, “Glitter Rock” where he was a member of a rock band that wore makeup similar to KISS, and “Catch a Falling Star” in which he portrayed an actor performing in “Man of La Mancha.” I enjoyed this part of the show so much I even bought the CD.
Some of the time traveling movies I like include the Back to the Future series and The Time Machine with Rod Taylor based on the H.G. Wells’ book of the same title. Both offer different ideas in relation to time travel while Doc Brown’s DeLorean primarily travels to the past with a short trip to the future, the narrator of The Time Machine goes millions of years into the future to see what has become of the earth. (Oddly enough the trip Doc Brown took to the future in the second movie would have already taken place in our real time line. Sadly, we have no flying cars but we do have approximations of hover boards and self-lacing sneakers.)
“Wait a minute. Wait a minute, Doc. Ah…Are you telling me that you built a time machine…out of a DeLorean?” – Marty McFly
And with the revival of Doctor Who with the Christopher Eccleston in 2005, I found another time traveling series to enjoy. (Although I have to admit, I stopped watching with the introduction of Matt Smith as the Doctor.) I collected the books, DVDs, and some of the figures for several years. I also read several of the comics from the series. I really liked the idea of a hero, even if he was not human, who helped protect others.
What about you? Do you enjoy time traveling series? Do you think you might want to travel through time? Wouldn’t it be great to travel back in time to right a wrong like Sam in Quantum Leap? Maybe we could prevent a war or an assassination. Or even just provide encouragement at the right time to a loved one to help them make a better decision.
Just maybe everything has worked out according to a plan. Maybe traveling through time should be left to the world of fiction. After all, how many times in time traveling movies and television series do we see characters making as many mistakes as those they are attempting to correct?
Would you travel with Doc Brown or the Doctor? Sometimes the answer seems really clear for me but then there are days when, even with things going wrong, life is perfect.
Note: As part of my reading challenge for 2018, I read Doctor Who: Twelve Doctors of Christmas. I enjoyed the majority of the tales in the book but I think I would have been able to appreciate all 12 stories if I was more familiar with all the Doctors from the series. I think my favorites were “Sontar’s Little Helpers,” “The Red Bicycle,” and “Loose Wire.”