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David Jansson July 17, 2009 12:29 2 Thumb-ups
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It will never be the same - some details to keep in mind

Time travelling stories are bloody tricky business. Avoiding obvious paradoxes are nigh impossible.

Here are some things that always bug me with time travelling in movies.

1. The moment they show up in the past they start to affect things. You need to invent an excuse for why the time travellers themselves don't change when they go back. Like "When you do this you might never see your family again, because they might not exist. Probably wont in fact. The time travels will in some respects remove you from the effect of the causality line. You will rewrite history, you won't disappear if you change it so you will never be born though. You will overwrite history, but that doesn't mean it never happened. Just like the file on a data disk that gets over written didn't not exist before it was over written."

2. The time machine needs to be something they take with them, otherwise it probably won't exist to pull them back.

3. If they change things back, remember that it can never become exactly the same. They are from nearly 400 years into the future, any small difference, however small, they achieve by simply being there will have had time to diverge and make it a big difference. Some of the soldiers might return and not have a family, and in case they do exist in the future, there would be another, different, them.

4. Remember that unless they kill their former selves (why) when they go to stop them, there will be two of each of them.

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Anna Pekuri November 11, 2009 10:50 Flag

well i meant the tips about the time traveling and even about that i never meant that they have to be used in exactly the same way. but like you pointed out few things that have to be kept in mind with time traveling (e.g. 4) i though of the movie cause they tackle that point of yours. on a personal note i liked the new star trek and can't wait to see the new movies :D. i think they chose the actors quite well (at least in most parts) and it was entertaining. But of course there can only be one Shatner and one Jean-Luc Picard ;D

David Jansson November 11, 2009 09:44 Flag

I recently saw the new Star Trek movie. Beside from handling time travel a bit better than they usually do it was horrible.

The splitting universe thing works, but in a movie it makes the whole act of time travel for the sake of changing the future completely pointless.

(Oh and Star Trek, why did they have to go and turn Gene Roddenberrys vision of a future where people care about eachother and exploration into a fluffy Hollywood action debacle?)

Anna Pekuri November 11, 2009 08:40 Flag

With the time travel things you can get quite nice tips from the new Star Trek movie. In a way when changing time you automatically create an alternative universe an other version of everything. It doesn't mean that the future before doesn't exist anymore though.

Gert-Jan Van de Voorde July 17, 2009 18:00 Flag

I agree with the thing you say and I have been thinking about most of them. This isn't the first time I do something with timetravel, so I already had to think about it.

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