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captwinters1701 09-04-2012 10:05 AM

The Dangers of Time Travel
Got to thinking some of the weirdest storylines I've seen in my favorite Sci-Fi shows that all involve the dangers of Time Travel. Please add as you all see fit

1. Become your own Grandfathter (Futurama)
2. Name your first child after your first child, who you thought was your best friend while growing up. (Dr. Who)
3. Accidently kill yourself in a future Universe (Futurama)
4. Survive an entire very bad year, only to have it never to have happened (Voyager, Dr. Who)
5. Accidently replace a historical figure with yourself (DS9)
6. Accidently remove a historical figure from the Time Line (TOS)
7. Hook up with Marylin Monroe (Dr. Who, Quantum Leap)
8. Be in a marriage, where both partners never meet in the right order (Dr. Who)
9. Potentially interfere with Saturn V launches (TOS, Dr. Who, Men in Black III)
10. Be the reason you society has people investigating alterations to the timeline (TOS, DS9)
11. Try avoiding explaining to your friends why your people look so different from one century to the next (Star Trek in general)
12. Be the reason no one in Maine goes out doors at night, has large dogs, or keeps old cars around (Quantum Leap)

Etc Etc

captainrevo1 09-04-2012 10:09 AM

Become your best friends father (Terminator)

markhawkman 09-04-2012 10:31 AM


Originally Posted by captainrevo1 (Post 5581201)
Become your best friends father (Terminator)


Another example from Terminator is changing the past(Derek Reese) and accidentally making your wife go crazy and try to kill one of your allies(Cameron).

Oooh! you young kids probably don't remember Back to the Future, but... Causing your mother to fall in love with you and then needing to find a way to make her marry your father.

hevach 09-04-2012 11:04 AM

In Trials and Tribblations, Bashir almost pulled a Fry. Let's see if I'm remembering it correctly: He knew he was named after some mysterious man his grandmother hooked up with who may or may not be his grandfather. When we went back in time, he met a woman with the same name as his grandmother and somehow convinced himself that he was granny's one night stand and that now he was required him to sleep with her to fulfill the predestination paradox.

Not quite as bad as becoming his own grandfather, but he will forever be haunted by the memory that he almost tried. Fry was protected from the haunting memory by his defective brain (caused by being his own grandfather), but Bashir's defective brain was repaired, leaving him with a genetically engineered super brain which will never forget the faintest detail of that memory. Presumably his eventual cause of death will be an ill advised self-lobotomy.

anazonda 09-04-2012 11:12 AM

Travel back in time to prevent someone you like from dying, only to return to the present after having failed in the past to find out that you actually succeeded (Back to the future).

Travel forward in time from your normal timeline, and then travel back to a horrible timeline, to find out that by trying to alter the past you helped someone else to alter the past (Back to the future 2).

captainrevo1 09-04-2012 11:25 AM


Originally Posted by markhawkman (Post 5581371)
Oooh! you young kids probably don't remember Back to the Future

Everyone knows Back to the Future. you cant even claim to be a geek if you have not seen that film.

kyeto13 09-04-2012 11:26 AM

A kooky thing I want to try in a short story or something is to have the main character walking down the street, having an average day, when all the sudden this guy comes running out of the crowd claiming to be your childhood friend that you have never seen in your life. He knows SOME details about your life, but other details are completely messed up or never happened.

And.. he is asking for your help...

Do you trust him? OR is he a mad man trying to manipulated you into assisting him with murder and terrorism? :eek:

Just my thought :P My only problem is that I have to establish what the main characters "normal life" and "normal" routine is before the mysterious stranger comes leaping out of the bushes. That way, you know exactly what he is saying that is incorrect as he is saying it. It would be cool as part of an established series though :rolleyes:

captwinters1701 09-04-2012 11:40 AM

13. On an expedition to a brand new faraway place ends in disaster for everybody. But you end up traveling back in time and create the environment for your group to show up and not have it end in disaster (Stargate: Atlantis)

14. BE invovled in any "Groundhog Day" Type Scenario (Stargate: SG-1, Xena)

15. As a Colonel give orders to a young Liuetenant so that his career ends up in the right place to be your Commanding General (Stargate:SG-1)

kobayashlmaru 09-04-2012 11:51 AM

You covered Dr. Who pretty thoroughly. Here are a few more:

  1. Meet your own children's children from where you will travel to the past in the future. Once you escape your destiny / time travel window, they disappear leaving you in a strange sort of paradox.(Enterprise, DS9, Dr. Who)
  2. Have your mother hit on you. (Back to the Future)
  3. After your friends watched you die years ago, they meet your half-Romulan daughter that was conceived by you in another timeline where you were still alive. In that timeline, you agreed to sacrifice yourself by going back in time to save the original timeline where you were dead. (TNG)
  4. Your best friend, Al, uses his experience with multiple wives to save you on several occasions. So in appreciation, you decide to save his first marriage, forgetting the likely consequences of this decision. (Quantum Leap)
  5. In attempt to fix one of the greatest atrocities in the world, you travel back in time to kill the man responsible. While you are lauded for your success, this action results in an even greater atrocity created by a new leader, Stalin, years later that forever changes history. (Red Alert)

f9thaceshigh 09-04-2012 12:02 PM

My personal favorite, Travel back into the body of Lee Harvey Oswald only to be swiss cheesed by the process, resulting in you believing you are actually the lone gunman and killing JFK, but you still changed history, because he was supposed to kill Jackie too.(Quantum Leap)

Going back in time to ancient Egypt, to retrieve an artifact of no apparent value to the enemy in the past, you inadvertently aide the rebellion that freed your planet from the aliens so that it is more successful then in the original timeline, thus undoing the events that brought the team together in the first place. In finding a recording from the original team, the government assembles the same people who steal the time machine and travel back in time, to ensure that the rebellion goes exactly as it had originally, or does it. (SG1)

Your team arrives on an alien planet, finding ruins with a prophecy left by a time traveler that details the events that are about to happen to your team, as well as his time machine, after fulfilling the prophecy and saving the planet from the aliens, you take the time machine with you back to Earth. Then how is the time traveler able to go back and leave the detailed description of these events on the ruins if you took his time machine? (SG1)

You and your time traveling companion are stranded in the past, so you leave cryptic instructions on DVDs for a woman to send your time machine to you. These messages made possible by a transcript of said messages and the woman's responses, which she gave you before you were stranded in the past. (Dr. Who)

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