Time Travel

12 Monkeys Season 4 (2015-2018)


12 Monkeys Season 4 (2015-2018)

Network:

SyFy

Creator:

Travis Fickett

Terry Matalas

Starring:

Aaron Stanford

Amanda Schull

Barbra Sukowa

Emily Hampshire

Todd Stashwick

Plot:

Follows the journey of a time traveler from the post-apocalyptic future who appears in present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will nearly destroy the human race.

Review:

After four seasons of everything going wrong that could I was a bit afraid of this season. What if it didn’t live up to the others? What if the ending sucked? What if they all died and the world ended?

Well, a lot of people died, lots of tears were shed, everything that could do wrong did, and yet I still loved the ending.

SPOILERS

It was a bit sappy, but I freaking love sappy, especially after all the bad that’s happened to everyone. I was kept guessing up until the last minute, made me really doubt whether or not things would be great or just alright. So glad they went with great.

In order to know if they followed everything exactly and didn’t break any of their own rules I’d have to go back and re-watch the whole series and probably make notes. A lot happened, tons of time travel, lots of rules, and I’m not the most critical of those things, so it’s possible they messed up somewhere. I don’t think they did and if they did it wasn’t hugely obvious so I’m willing to cut them so slack.

I love time travel so I’ll always give it a shot, 12 Monkeys is much darker than I usually like, but it’s got just enough light and hope to not be completely depressing. The main and side characters are great, not too good or bad, flawed but ultimately do the right thing. I really loved the series and I’m glad we got the final season we deserved.

5/5

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Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)

Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)

Director:

Stephen Herek

Starring:

Alex Winter

Keanu Reeves

George Carlin

Plot:

Two seemingly dumb teens set off on a quest to prepare the ultimate historical presentation with the help of a time machine.

Review:

This is the second time I’ve watched Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and I’m so happy to say that it’s as awesome as I remember. Yes there was a moment where they used a word that is offensive now, but it was such a minor moment and you know they would never intentionally hurt someone, so it was easy for me to let it slide.

Bill, Alex Winter, and Ted, Keanu Reeves, are teenage boys that want to start a band. They know they will be excellent when it finally all comes together, but they have to first tackle the hurdle of passing history class. Introduce Rufus, George Carlin, with the gift of a time machine and hijinks ensue.

The movie takes somewhat dumb high school boys and takes them throughout history. There aren’t really any positive female representation which is a bit of a bummer, but it’s really a sign of the time it was made in so I accept it. Hopefully, if a third is ever made we will get to see some better female characters. Though, it’s possible in Bogus Journey things are better, I just don’t remember.

If you haven’t seen Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure it’s definitely worth a watch, at the very least because you get to see a young Keanu Reeves before he became an action star.

Be excellent to each other!

5/5

Future Man (2017-?)

Future Man (2017-?)

Network:

Hulu

Starring:

Josh Hutcherson

Derek Wilson

Eliza Coupe

Plot:

Josh Futturman, a janitor by day and a gamer by night, is recruited by mysterious visitors to travel through time to prevent the extinction of humanity.

Review:

Alright, so it’s a time travel show, I had to watch it. I started the first episode and my husband happened to see it, huge mistake. Future Man is hilarious and because of that now I can’t binge the show like it was made to be consumed. I have to watch an episode a night, at most, because my husband is loving it and wants to watch it with me.

The humor is crude, the future bleak, and there are several time jumps. I’m really enjoying the show, I’m not finished yet, but I’m already hoping there’s a second season.

If you want to watch all episodes are currently available on Hulu.com and the way each episode ends it’s made to be binged. Since they’re only thirty minutes long it’s easy to consume and so much fun.

4/5

Side note: Wolf is freaking hilarious and gets better with each episode.

Travelers (2016-?)

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Travelers (2016-?)

Network:

Netflix

Starring:

Eric McCormack

MacKenzie Porter

Nesta Cooper

Plot:

Hundreds of years from now, surviving humans discover how to send consciousness back through time, into people of the 21st century. These travelers assume the lives of others, while attempting to save humanity from a terrible future.

Review:

Once again Netflix sprung something on me I hadn’t heard anything about. I think I might be hanging out in the wrong places on the Internet.

As soon as I saw this was about time travel I knew I had to give it a try. Sure it was set in present day so there would be no cool settings, but whatever, Continuum was pretty cool when I watched it.

After watching two episodes I had to bail. I just can’t handle the slow pace. The concept is fine, but there wasn’t any kind of reveal that made me want to stick around. None of the characters were super appealing either. I guess I was supposed to be drawn in by the fact that they were disarming a dark matter bomb, but I was never on the edge of my seat. I didn’t care. The stakes weren’t properly revealed to make me care, just little vague hints.

Oh well, one less show I have to watch.

2/5

Timeless (2016-?)

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Timeless (2016-?)

Network:

NBC

Starring:

Abigail Spencer

Matt Lanter

Garcia Flynn

Malcolm Barrett

Plot:

An unlikely trio traveling through time to battle unknown criminals in order to protect history as we know it.

Review:

First, it’s a time travel show, I had to at least watch the pilot. Second, it started with an LBJ dick reference, how can you not like that? My biggest concern now is that I might like it too much which means it’s probably going to get canceled.

The way they handled time travel wasn’t groundbreaking, but that’s honestly what I want in a time travel show. I loved the fact that they came back to present day at the end and little things had changed, but only they knew about it. I liked Abigail Spencer’s character and Malcolm Barrett’s, but thought they were pushing it with Matt Lanter. I can suspend my disbelief that a pretty boy is delta force, but then he gets his ass handed to him in his first real fight and only survives cause a woman from the 30s jumps in with an iron skillet. Also, what little we know about his backstory so far is pretty cliché, all in all not my favorite character. Still, with all the time travel things could change, we’ll see.

Excited and hopeful but also cautious. In the past my favorite new shows were Almost Human and Limitless, not to mention a few other one season cancelations. Hopefully Timeless breaks the cycle.

5/5