Television, your portal into time (#SFWApro)

TIMECOP was a 1990s series spinning off the Jean-Claude van Damme movie, with the same premise: protagonist has to investigate when someone tampers with the time stream and set things to right. I remember watching the first episode, being massively unimpressed by the acting, and annoyed that despite the premise, the roguish lead is allowed to make a small but definite time change to help out a pretty girl. Watching a couple more episodes didn’t change that—fortunately it’s the kind of formula show that’s enough viewing for. “Once you’ve murdered, you’ve touched the face of God.”

SAILOR MOON was the first anime to hit really big in America without the kind of heavy rewriting that Robotech received. Rewatching the first season, it’s hard not to be won over by the charm, imagination and a season-ending arc that’s both epic and grim (the deaths get edited out in the dubbed US version). Technically I’m watching this for the book but I probably won’t get to the time-travel parts before deadline (memory and research should do the trick, though) so it’s pretty much for fun. “There is nothing worth fighting for in this vile and putrid world”

I suppose I have to count LOST as a time-travel series since much of fifth season is taken up with it, even though it turns out it’s completely irrelevant to the actual resolution. Despite jumping through time and trying to change the present by detonating a nuclear bomb, it wouldn’t have made any difference if the cast had just skipped all that and gone straight to season six, which involves two plotlines that come out of nowhere (one that turns out to be an afterlife story, and one where  a mysterious golden light has to be protected or the world is doomed).  As I’ve noted before, it was an unsatisfactory finish. “It’s a nice foot, Richard, but what does it have to do with Jacob.”

CATWEAZLE was a 1970s kids’ show from England in which the eponymous medieval wizard accidentally magics himself into the 20th century, then spends the rest of the season goggling in anachronistic amazement at the world while trying to find a way home with the help of a young boy. I can see why this ran two seasons, but at my age I’m not the target audience.

Nothing in COME BACK LUCY is as creepy as the opening credits, unfortunately. The story involves orphan girl raised in an old-fashioned way and now forced to live with her boisterous, very modern relatives. Hanging with the time-traveling Victorian girl Alice seems almost a relief by comparison, except sometimes Alice gets a little stalkery … this falls right on the border of ghost story and time travel but that’s good enough. “I do this sort of thing ten times a week.”

wxmen_ocard_4.inddAnnoyingly I waited so long to stream WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN (all rights to image with current holder) that Netflix removed it from streaming, so I had to resort to DVDs and YouTube. A good series in which the apparent death of the Professor and Jean Grey sunders the X-Men. A year later, with anti-mutant activity intensifying, Wolverine starts rebuilding the team … and then discovers Professor X is trapped in a dystopian future where the Sentinels rule and cage mutants like animals. How did it happen? Can they fix it?  I would have enjoyed watching more. “Ah, but Wolverine, you did come looking for trouble.”

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  1. Pingback: More on arcs: Rewatching Lost (#SFWApro) | Fraser Sherman's Blog

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