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Time Travel Fascinates, but does it Titillate?

Updated on March 24, 2012

Time Travel in Modern Entertainment

Have you sat down and watched a good sci-fi movie and noticed that the use of time travel is becoming very popular? It is one element that is easy to fall back on when there is not a new idea or concept present. Back to the Future, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventures, Star Trek, Hot Tub Time Machine, & Prince of Persia are just a few movies that have incorporated time travel into their storylines.

It is very easy to make a movie driven by a concept. The movie (and spin-off shows) for Stargate are driven by the concept of technology that allows a person to travel across vast distances as long as the doorway, known as a stargate, is correctly dialed to the location. Sliders uses the wormhole to travel between parallel worlds. The movie Jumper (2008), used the concept of teleportation to move the story along as the protagonist could travel vast distances in a matter of nanoseconds.

Hollywood wants character-driven scripts. They are in crazy demand right now. Will science fiction movies that are concept or idea-driven going to continue on in the near future or do you think they will have to re-think their idea to fit what Hollywood is asking for?

(For more on time travel in modern film, check out my articles linked below. They will be sure to add insight into this very popular subject.)

Time Travel Comic


About the Time Travel Comic

Above you see a comic that was found on It is very interesting because the artist touches on a key element that we often forget when discussing time travel, and that is physical location. The earth is constantly spinning on an axis around the sun, and rotates as it spins on this axis. Time travel is also dependant on a constant location. For you to accurately travel into the past or the future, you would need to have those exact coordinates you would be located at in time and space to set your time machine to. The comic below accurately depicts what would happen if you try to travel back in time but only have the coordinates of where you currently are - but not factoring in your coordinates in time and space of where you were in that point and time.

What do you think about time travel?

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    • carolina muscle profile image

      carolina muscle 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Its a cool concept.

    • KristenGrace profile image

      KristenGrace 7 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      Hmmm... I know I'm one of the VERY few to openly say this, but I believe time travel IS possible... Anything is :)