Time Travel the Old Fashioned Way

  

The Time Machine!

Doc and Marty ready the machine.

Doc and Marty ready the machine.

 Hasn’t everybody always wanted to have a time machine parked in the garage? When the weekend arrives you do your stretching exercises and then strap yourself into this contraption. You flick the obligatory switches and are subjected to a cacophony of canned sound effects. And then- Slowly the garage housing the family car, the lawn mower and every toxic chemical known to man, dissolves from view. You sir or madam are journeying back in time or forward in time whatever your time travelling heart desires.

Unless your Dr. Brown and can warp and grind time within your Delorean you’ll have to settle for writers to do the deed. Hollywood and TV have breached the impossible with their plausible and sometimes hilarious forced marches through time.

Mr. Peabody and Sherman

Mr. Peabody and Sherman

 

 

When I was a kid I really thought Mr. Peabody, that little white dog on the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, went back to historic events and talked with Columbus and the rest of the intrepid bans of heroes. How the little mutt and his kid Sherman (voice of Leroy in The Great Gildersleeve radio show) were whisked to the greats of history was not even a consideration. Many times, we overlook obvious faults and fissures in literature because the material captivates us.

 

 

 

Ed and Wilbur

Ed and Wilbur

 
Rod Taylor in the Time Machine

Rod Taylor in the Time Machine

 

 

 

When I first read and then viewed The Time Machine by HG Wells, I wondered how Wilbur Post from the Mr. Ed TV Show feigned a Scottish accent to go ahead in time to this Wacko time in the future. I forgave the unbelievable- (Pardon d’unbeleiveabilty or P.U.) this weird future because I was blown away by the time travel idea. But why didn’t the horse get to go with him? At least I could understand what Ed was saying. He was pretty direct. Then there was the second time machine. I was older and not as enthralled.   

  So now I’m a writer. What wonderful way of getting back in time will I use? In Red Shift I ca-plunked a government sponsored time travel project into a mountain in Colorado. Reeks of the 1950’s B movies except it is technologically updated. And I don’t want any P.U.’s Red Shift by Robert P. Fitton

Red Shift by Robert P. Fitton

Red Shift by Robert P. Fitton

Cahill stared at his raging eyes, grasped the briefcase handle and motioned Kate forward. They abandoned the control room and sprinted down the ramp to the chamber. The rounded chrome hatch sounded like a refrigerator door opening in higher air pressure and the ubiquitous green glow across the inner walls signaled Meinkewitz had started the process.
” Will we make it, Jim?”
” We’ll make it, Katie.” The displacement had never been started without full power-up.
From the booth Meinkewitz came on the tiny monitor.
” We’re going to activate the lower area now, Jimmy.”

… Cahill was secure inside the chamber, but blinded by the displacement as he shuffled along the board. There was no waiting. Meinkewitz would have told him to jump. With fifteen seconds to optimum level, he took a running leap into the shifting gaseous mass.
He called out for Kate within the weightless green fog and no longer heard the taunting Russian, He sensed movement back in time, but the briefcase lay under the control room panel. Explaining everything to the past Meinkewitz, with no proof, presented a major problem.
Hovering in the timeless mass he worried about Kate’s displacement route. Hours could pass before he emerged and he planned his strategy. Two years ago Meinkewitz was still at Hastings Mountain, but Cahill was stationed overseas in Germany. Dual identities in this time period could compound his problems. He would overcome this dilemma by admitting up front he had come back in time and another Jim Cahill existed in their time at the air base in Stuttgart.

Reeve and Seymour back in time

Reeve and Seymour back in time

Other movies and books approach the idea of time travel in different ways. In Somewhere in Time Christopher Reeve wills himself into a physical and mental devastation, utilizing a coin from the time period, to return to 1914 and his beloved Elise McKenna. Willing yourself back in time is a big P.U. but it works as long because it makes sense and you want it to work. 

Quantum Leap

Quantum Leap

 Quantum Leap showed that that time travel ramifications are relevant and that changing time can destroy the future. The  two episodes, ” Leap Home ” bring in the personal element about Sam’s own past. That personal element (PE) is a nice thing to deal with once you’re back in time. (Discussing the Beatles in the future) Katie: What about John, he’s my favorite. What happens to him?Sam: Katie… John…Al (Suddenly right behind Sam) Don’t tell her! Sam: (after a pause)…John goes on to write one of my favorite songs. I overlook Sam time tripping because some all mighty force orchestrating the Quantum Leap afte he stepped into the project accelerator.  

City on the Edge of Forever

City on the Edge of Forever

My favorite Star Trek episode ( the original series) was Harland Ellison’s City on the Edge of Forever. Nazi Germany takes over the world because the drug induced Dr. McCoy barrels back through the time portal, resulting in the Enterprise disappearing in orbit. We overlook the P.U. that the crew is still alive on the planet’s surface. Yet the (PE) back in 1930 with Kirk falling in love with Edith Keeler drives the story.

 What is my P.U in Red Shift? Cahill is alive as a kid back in 1961 and Cahill is alive as an adult at the same time. So, we can create matter now, Mr. Fitton P.U.?  That is a subject for another day or another time and place.

Fitton signing off.

 

TIME TRAVEL TELEVISION SHOWS

TIME TRAVEL MOVIES

My Favorite Mr. Ed  Sequence

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~ by timetraveler1951 on March 29, 2009.

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