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What, in your opinion, is a really cool and fresh twist on the classic science fiction element of time travel? It doesn't have to be something new that just came out recently, just something you thought was a cool idea no one had thought of before.
For me, it was the almost universally hated movie The Butterfly Effect. I actually love that movie and think it's brilliant. Going back in time to memories you blanked out when you were a kid by reading old journal entries was definitely something I'd never seen before.
Well...the Butterfly Effect is based on A Sound of Thunder. Right? Or did I just make that up.
The general concept is old, but they just just picked up the idea and took it to a new extream...
Futurama's forward time machine. Yes, I know. Its just normal time travel at first but I thought how they traveled back by waiting for the universe to reset itself was awesome.
He sees the end of the world and then goes back in time. The universe doesn't reset itself in the end, I believe.
Odyssey 5 immediately springs to mind, I absolutely loved that show. Five people are on a routine satellite deployment mission in s space shuttle, including a renowned geneticist and all round genius, and a journalist. While they're up the Earth is destroyed, they bicker and sink into despair, but as they're breathing their last air an alien ship appears and takes them in. On board they meet an alien AI which is investigating a trail of destruction across the galaxy. It tell them it can transfer their consciousnesses back into their bodies five years into the past, they agree and it does so.
So suddenly they find they're all back at an earlier stage of their lives but with the knowledge they have five years to prevent the destruction of the earth. In some cases they're back in the middle of failed relationships and the journalist has her young son back knowing that in the old timeline he died of leukemia a few years from now. This causes chaos around them, their old partners and friends can't work out what's going on and events start to change, often with quite undesired consequences. They learn about Sentients, self aware AIs inhabiting computer networks, These employ androids called Synthetics to interect with and infuence the physical world.
Only 20 episodes, but in my opinion no other Sci Fi show has ever matched them in quality. Not Dr Who, not Star Trek, not Firefly, not Farscape, not Battlestar Galactica, nothing. I can't recommend this show highly enough. The only proviso is that you'll be furious when it ends.
I've always been interested in this one but was afraid of becoming investing in it due to the reported short run and suspicions that it may have started strong only to later come off the rails. Your enthusiasm has me curious again. My only question is does it have an actual conclusion (no matter how infuriating) or is it left open ended due to cancellation?
It starts well and just gets better and better, but sadly it just ends on the most infuriating of cliffhangers. There is no conclusion and that's beyond irritating for me.
But my friend, I'd still be remiss in telling you not to watch this. It's really that good. Buying it is very cheap now..
I'm not sure how to explain how good this so I'll just give you a bit of dialogue:
Character #1: It's probably just a constuct made to put our minds at ease.
Character #2: How do you know that?
Character #1:Two hundred episodes of Star Trek, darling.
It's clever, emotional, funny and intruiging. For me, it's as good as any series I've ever seen. Buy it and tell me what you think, please.
Wow. I'm surprised nobody mentioned Timecrimes, or Los Cronocrimenes. Spanish movie, released in 2007. You should check it out.