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04: A Brief History of Time Travel

Ever wondered about time loops, grandfather paradoxes, or black hole time machines? In this episode, we discuss the mechanics and implications of time travel in some fabulous books and especially in the movies, including Groundhog Day, Terminator, Twelve Monkeys, Primer, Looper, and more.

“If time travel is possible, where are the tourists from the future?”

― Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time

SPOILER ALERT for: Terminators 1-2, Twelve Monkeys, Primer, Edge of Tomorrow

After we recorded the show, MJ found the lecture we mentioned from Yale Professor Chuck Bailyn’s Astrophysics class where he talks about how black holes are almost legit time machines, and how time and space get switched when you enter a black hole’s event horizon.

 

Categories of (Backwards) Time Travel stories:

+ Rewind, Rewrite

+ Future Fulfilled

+ Multiverse theory (creating spinoff universes with time travel)

 

Movies we discuss:

Back to the Future

Terminator 1

Terminator 2

T2

Groundhog Day

GroundhogDay2

Twelve Monkeys

12Monkeys2

Primer

Primer

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

GirlWhoLeaptThroughTime

Looper

Looper2

Hot Tub Time Machine

Edge of Tomorrow

Run Lola Run

Sliding Doors

 

Literature we mention:

 

MJ’s Movie Charts (SPOILERS)

Back-to-the-Future

Girl-Who-Leapt-Through-Time

Groundhog-Day

Looper

Primer

Run-Lola-Run

Terminator-1

Terminator-2

Twelve-Monkeys

Join us next episode for a heated debate over the merits of old and new pop culture!



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