It’s About Time Part 1

Back To The Future With Bill & Ted And So Much More


Let’s face it. Our world revolves around two things – the sun and time.

Time is how we measure:

  • the length of our lives
  • when we can work or play
  • the  distance between day and night
  • the shelf life of food, batteries, even child seats now
  • the  past, present, and future

I am sure you get the idea.

There are so many ways to look at “time”. When I came up with the idea to write about one concept of time, others kept pouring into my head so I decided I would make this into a bit of a series and see where it takes us.

Last night Hubby and I were catching up (a time reference) with one of our favorite shows, “The Flash”. It is about a speedster “metahuman” who comes to the rescue of his friends and his city. One reason I think we like it is that it is filmed in Vancouver and we recognize a lot of the places they film. We also catch a lot of their goof ups, but that is for another post… if I have time. 😉

Anyway, I need to stop wasting time and get to my point.

The “Flash” contains both time travel and travel between dimensions (they have many different versions of Earth with different versions of themselves. We are Earth 1). These two concepts have always intrigued me. Hubby loves them as well so we check out any TV show or movie that features them.

I don’t want to give away any spoilers; however, the current arc involves Team Flash trying to change the present to prevent one of their members losing their life in the future. There is a lot of talk about whether it will work or not. Also, the person who is seen to die in the future becomes less careful because they want to make their life matter in case their future fate (seen in nightmares by the Flash) can’t be changed.

There are so many good (and bad) TV shows and movies that deal with time travel. I think the most classic and memorable is “Back to the Future”. One of “The Flash’s” sister shows, “DC Legends of Tomorrow” is all about time travel, back and forth. Currently on TV there is “Timeless” and soon “Time After Time.” And while I never watch it, “Dr. Who” is iconic.

Here is a list in no particular order and very objective:

  • The Time Traveler’s Wive 2009
  • Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure 1989
  • The Philidelphia Experiment 1980
  • Time Bandits 1981
  • Star Trek (TV & Movies) Various episodes & years
  • Quantum Leap (TV)
  • Time After Time (Movie) 1989
  • Time After Time (TV) Debut March 2017
  • The Butterfly Effect 2009
  • Groundhog Day 1993
  • The Terminator 1984 1991
  • Journeyman (TV) 2007
  • Continuum 2012 – 2015

I know I will have missed a lot and these are pretty much North American only so feel free to comment on any you know of. I haven’t even gone to the books on the subject, though a lot of the projects above are based on books that were a part of mine and many other’s growing up! I recently found out that one of my favourite books, Madeleine L’Engle’s “A Wrinkle In Time” is being made into a movie due out in 2018.

The point is, we have a fascination with time travel. Would I travel back or forward in time if I could? I think I would love to go back in time if I could just observe certain events in history without being noticed or changing anything. As for going to the future to see what will happen or going back to change parts of my own past – I have no desire. I love those little and beautiful winged creatures, but don’t want to cause the butterfly effect.

Until next time,

5 Replies to “It’s About Time Part 1”

  1. Lydia, what a terrific and shall we say “timely” post. I have seen several of these. My favorite is the Star Trek episode called “City on the Edge of Forever,” with Joan Collins co-starring. The writing was excellent and the theme that the Enterprise no longer exists since McCoy changed events was classic. The fact Kirk had to let his love be killed to save tens of millions of lives and the course of the future makes it even more compelling as a show.

    I also loved the quirkiness of “Time Bandits” and the plot of “Time after Time.” Nice memories. See you took us back in time with your time traveling post. Keith

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