Sunday, March 30, 2008

The Best 11 Time Travel Tales of All Time

My new friends over at InfoAddict posted a great article about time travel and hoped we'd join in the discussion. ~Written by Matt Butrovich, Chris Jensen, Phillip Radke, Christiaan Allebest, Daniel Espinoza Today we present to you our picks for the greatest time travel stories ever created. All mediums were considered, including film, television, print, and video games. Some of them are timeless (no pun intended) classics and known by all, but we've got a couple of surprises in store for you as well. Tell us your favorites that we might have left out in the Comments section! Let's get the ball rolling with some choice selections from the small screen. Television Futurama Alright, it's open for debate whether Futurama counts here, and it probably depends on your definition of time travel, but I'm including it anyway. If you've somehow missed out on one of the greatest cartoon series ever made, Futurama focuses on pizza delivery boy Philip J. Fry's experiences in the 31st century after being cryogenically frozen for 1,000 years. Over the course of five seasons, Fry works as a delivery boy for the Planet Express service and tries to come to terms with an Earth that bears little semblance to the world he left behind, all the while leaving viewers laughing hysterically. Though cryogenic freezing might not be time travel, the series does focus on proper time travel on several occasions, including the recently released Futurama movie 'Bender's Big Score.' However, the greatest instance of time travel on Futurama has to be the third season's 'Roswell That Ends Well,' which won the 2002 Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program (Less Than One Hour). In a fluke accident caused by Fry microwaving a metal container of popcorn at the exact same moment a star goes supernova, the crew of the Planet Express ship is propelled over 1,000 years into the past to Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. You can figure out where the story goes from there. The crew arrive at the shocking realization that the crash-landing of their delivery ship is in fact the catalyst of the infamous Roswell UFO incident. A discombobulated Bender is captured by military forces along with Dr. Zoidberg, and mistakenly identified as a spacecraft and autopsied respectively. At the same time, Fry encounters his own grandparents, which leads to one of the most surprisingly hilarious moments the series has ever produced, and it forever changes the way we look at him. To spoil it would be criminal, so if you've never seen this episode, you owe it to yourself to track it down. -mb Doctor Who I've only recently gotten hooked on Doctor Who with the most recent seasons featuring the ninth and tenth Doctors, but I can already claim it as one of my favorites. No doubt Doctor Who holds a special place in the hearts of thousands of others, being the longest running science fiction TV series of all time. If the series isn't ringing a bell then you're probably not living in the UK, as the show is produced and aired by the BBC. Watching the series in the United States requires you to be a frequent PBS viewer to catch the odd airing, or to keep tabs on the Sci Fi Channel's schedule and view it there. The show centers around the adventures of an alien time-traveler known only as "The Doctor" who voyages through space and time in his ship the TARDIS. I suppose I should mention that the TARDIS looks like a blue police phone box. Trust me, it's cooler than it sounds. Along his journey he picks up human companions and travels between past ages like Victorian England, depression-era New York, and ancient Rome. The Doctor's travels aren't restricted to the past era, as the show goes on to provide wildly entertaining visions of the future thousands, and even millions of years from now. The latest season is set to begin shortly, and you can catch the trailer right here. -mb Read the rest of the article HERE

8 comments:

furiousBall said...

You know, Futurama never did it for me, I know lots of folks dig the show. I do like Doctor Who though.

Fab said...

Doctor Who is back next Saturday on BBC! whoohoo!

...sorry, got a little exited back there...

Charles Gramlich said...

James P. Hogan wrote a good time travel novel with "Thrice Upon a Time."

As for movies/TV, I like Futurama a lot, and very much enjoyed "The Terminater" and "12 Monkeys."

Jean-Luc Picard said...

So many 'Star Trek' & 'Stargate' episodes had time travel.

Chris, The Book Swede said...

Next Saturday?! Woop! ;)

Carl V. said...

Not sure this is the best or most comprehensive list ever made, especially in the book area. Even setting aside The Time Machine, which should be there just because of the classic status it maintains, how could they leave off Jack Finney's classic Time and Again? :)

SQT said...

Carl

That's the risk of a "best" list. I usually like to list my favorites rather than try to categorize anything as being the "best."

I did a post on time travel awhile back and my list was pretty different from this one. "Time After Time" always sticks out in my mind. I mean really, Jack the Ripper and H.G. Wells in one movie? What's not to love?

Chuchy said...

doctor who is my favorite show of all time!!
I herd they were ending the show. I hope not.