Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Let's Talk About Time Travel
Let's talk about time travel. It's a great time to be reading if you're a time travel fan. With the explosion of YA titles and science fiction fandom hotter than ever there's a lot of time travel out there. For this post though I want to focus on time travel on the small screen. There are two shows right now that I think really do a great job of exploring time travel- Continuum and 12 Monkeys.
Continuum is on Netflix and is about Kiera who goes back in time when a group called Liber8 are sent back prior to their execution. The future is controlled by corporations and Liber8 wants to destroy that future- they're on a suicide mission with no plans to go back. The show has some great action sequences, two great leads and good writing. All the paradoxes and twists you would expect from a time travel story are here, and Kiera has to make some tough choices. Plus the Liber8 are fascinating, especially Jasmine Garza who is a one woman wrecking crew- she is awesome in every episode she's in.
12 Monkeys is even twistier than Continuum, if that's possible. Cole comes back to the present to stop a virus that wipes out most of the population. Unlike Continuum, he goes back and forth between the present and 2043. The time jumps take a toll on the body and Cole will die eventually from the stress. His partner in crime (literally) is Cassie, a virologist who is important in the fight against the virus. There's a lot of great tension and writing in this show as well, and add to that a simmering attraction between Cole and Cassie and you have a winner.