We took Mom to see Star Trek on Sunday for Mother’s Day. I thought it was a pretty good movie. I’ve mostly heard hyperbolically positive reviews of the movie. I’m going to reserve judgment until I see it again – that’s the real test for me: whether a movie is as good a second time as it was the first. There was definitely a lot of action, and I thought the character development/backstory was excellent.
While I was discussing the movie with a co-worker yesterday afternoon, I mentioned that I thought the concept of time-travel was a bit underdeveloped in the movie. I rarely see time-travel play kind of a “supporting role” in a movie – when the concept is present, it’s usually one of the main pillars of the plot.
I’d be curious to know your thoughts, dear reader, regarding time-travel. Is it possible? Does it create multiple realities, or do they already exist? Assuming it’s possible, can one actually go back in time and change the future, or is everything already fated/destined, and no matter what one does in the past, the future will stay the same (things will find a way to correct themselves)?
My personal view on time-travel (as a fictional postulate) is that a happy ending is virtually impossible. Different kind of happy ending, sicko.
What I mean is that every single thing that’s happened in the past has contributed to what’s happening now – and everything that’s happening now contributes to the future. Change one thing in the past, and the effect, no matter how small at first, is amplified at whatever rate is more intense than “exponentially”, and the whole now/future is changed.
There’s no way that a protagonist will ever find his/her way “back” to whenever he/she started. Because any teeny change in the past affects so many other things as time marches on, once one thing is changed, everything changes. The protagonist who goes back in time will invariably get “lost” and never return to his/her original “when”.
I haven’t seen the movie “Butterfly Effect” (starring @aplusk), but from what I remember of the trailers, this is kind of what I’m talking about. We also discussed the finale of the tv show “Quantum Leap“, which I haven’t seen, but sounds very Douglas Adams.
If you’re feeling that your brain could use a bit more of a workout than the concepts thusfar discussed, feel free to peruse the Wikipedia article on the Butterfly Effect.