Time Travel

May 12, 2009 · 7 comments

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.

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Cheryl May 12, 2009 at 06:57

Time travel is one movie device that will get me to show up nearly every time. I’m even looking forward to “Land of the Lost” this summer. :)

Butterfly Effect is actually a pretty good movie. I thought it was more horror, so I didn’t go see it in the theater, but Irish convinced me to see it and I really liked it.

Time travel as an actual concept? No thanks. Too much room for error there.

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scott May 12, 2009 at 07:21

Time travel makes my mind wiggle. Quantum Leap best show ever. Where the fuck are the flying cars already and why can’t I press a button on some machine and get an instant hot vegan meal with no work dam scientist are slacking

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Katie May 12, 2009 at 09:03

Butterfly Effect was a pretty good movie and I would recommend you see it. I think you would enjoy the movie.

In real life though… time travel not possible. But it does bring to my mind the thought of destiny. Are we fated for a certain outcome, or do we make our own paths?

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DarthTraya May 12, 2009 at 13:01

Time travel and the concept thereof is one of the many What Ifs that can drive you insane. If such a thing was possible, would we? Could we preven World War II? A war that consumes over 2 percent of humanity is worth preventing. What would the alternative be? Perhaps far more grim, or even a landscape scarred with nuclear detonations.

I think as mortal beings, we tend to view time as a straight line. Seconds, minutes, hours etc. Only natural when our time on the mortal coil is so short. I have often viewed time overall as more of an ocean, with currents, ebbs and flows. The past, the future constantly swirling around us. But neither matter if we are not paying attention to the present.

Until the possible, becomes the actual. It is only a distraction.

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BRIAN May 12, 2009 at 14:05

If I could travel back in time I would go back and Jerkoff hitler. I would keep his spunk and have him cloned either in the present or the future. Then I would torture the shit out of him, Then I would probably charge all the jews of the world a small amount to spit at him or kick him in the balls or something.

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scott May 12, 2009 at 14:36

If I could go back in time I would by brians dad a condom

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Avia Venefica May 13, 2009 at 11:39

TY for the recommendation of Star Trek. I live under a rock, and yours is the first review I’ve encountered. Ergo, I shall look forward to eventually seeing it (when I come out from under said rock).

When not in Rockland, I’m in Never-Never Land…that is, a state of presence completely non-local, non-physical and way out there where the buses don’t run.

There, time travel is quite possible.

I’m still working on the efficacy of action/thought/behavior executed whilst indwelling a specific coordinate of time (gawd, did I really say that? It made sense in my head).

And, of course, there’s the body thing. Mine won’t come with me when I travel (hence, “non-physical”).

I appreciate (and tend to concur) with your observations about the exponential nature change…one change being amplified over the passage of time.

I also like what Darth Traya wrote:

Only natural when our time on the mortal coil is so short. I have often viewed time overall as more of an ocean, with currents, ebbs and flows. The past, the future constantly swirling around us.

Being kind of neurotic about duality, I tend to think moving from past to future is as simple as dipping our mental toes into the waters of yin and yang energies.

Both are equally accessible…it’s what we do when we’re submerged in one or the other that makes waves.

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