In the U.S. pilot,
Colm Meaney was cast as Gene Hunt.
| || Life on Mars (US)|
adapted by Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg
First episode: 9 Oct 2008
I watched this show when it first came out, but it never engaged me, and somehow the casting seemed off. Not until seven years later did I watch the original U.K. version: Surprise! I was drawn in, partly because the characters appealed to me more, and partly because of a softer sell—still melodramatic, but not often over the top.
It goes like this, Spaceman. We live on a rock, there ain’t no rhyme, there ain’t no reason. We live on a rock, just one of many. Hurling around in some big cosmic jumbalaya. Now you wanna get questiony, that’s your prerogative. My ma took me to a loud church every Sunday. She squeezed her eyes shut, she pressed her rosary beads to her lips and she prayed for good things for those she loved. But, cancer took two of her sisters. Her husband couldn’t make a move without a belly full of gin, her youngest son turned to a life of crime, and her oldest, me, is a nasty son of a bitch who can’t get out of third gear without a snarl. So, who was she talking to every Sunday and why wasn’t he answering? I will tell you why, because we live on a rock, just one of many. There ain’t no answers! There’s just this! And all you can really hope to do is to find a couple of people who make the seventy or eighty odd years we get to live on this sweet swinging sphere remotely tolerable.
I gotta take a leak.
| || Fringe |
created by J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci
First time travel: 2 Dec 2008
When smart and beautiful FBI Agent Olivia Dunham is recruited by Homeland Security to investigate strange happenings on the fringe of science, she’s given free rein to choose any colleagues she wishes, which leads her to the slightly mad (but kindly) scientist Walter Bishop and his jaded son Peter.
I didn’t get around to watching this until it appeared on Amazon Prime after the series finale. It’s a little too violent for my taste, but the three main characters have become favorites of mine just as much as Myca, Pete and Artie on that other show; and as I watched into the first half of Season 3, it became more and more addictive. By the time it reached the middle of Season 4, it became my favorite long love story ever.
The first glimpse of time travel was in Episode 10, when Walter tells of the time travel machine that he built to save Peter as a boy, although that episode didn’t see any actual traveling.
- Safe (2 Dec 2008) Walter tells of machine
- Ability (10 Feb 2009) Jones uses machine to escape jail
- August (19 Nov 2009) we learn the Observers time travel
- The Bishop Revival (28 Jan 2010) possible Nazi time traveler
- Peter (1 Apr 2010) Observers time travel in alt univ
- White Tulip (15 Apr 2010) Dr. Alistair Peck loops thru time
- The Firefly (21 Jan 2011) Doc Brown’ son thru time
- The Day We Died (6 May 2011) Peter to future / machine to past
- Subject 9 (14 Oct 2011) short jumps back for Olivia
- Novation (4 Nov 2011) another short Olivia time loop
- And Those . . . Behind (11 Nov 2011) events from four years in past
- An Origin Story (2 Nov 2012) a shipping corridor through time
- The Boy Must Live (11 Jan 2013) Windmark visits 2609
- Liberty (18 Jan 2013) still in 2609
After all, I was the scientist; and my only son was dying and I couldn’t do anything about it . . . I became consumed with saving you, conquering the disease. In my research, I discovered a doctor, Alfred Gross—Swiss, brillant physician, he’s the only man that had ever successfully cured a case of heppia. But there was a problem: he had died in 1936. And so, I designed a device intended to reach back into time, to cross the time-space continuum, and retrieve Alfred Gross.
“Chronolicide, She Wrote” by J.S. Kachelries, 365 Tomorrows, 8 Jan 2008
|And Still More Time Travel of 2008|
The story pilots haven’t yet taken these adventures out for a test drive.
—Angela Lansburyfield time-travel murder
“The Yellow Room” by Seth Koproski, 365 Tomorrows, 2 Feb 2008
“The Incomprehensible Being” by Cal Glover-Wessel, 365 Tomorrows, 20 Jul 2008
—free movement thru time only
“Unforeseen Consequences” by Luke Chmelik, 365 Tomorrows, 16 Aug 2008
—AIs and time machines don’t mix
“Time and Space” by Rayne Adams, 365 Tomorrows, 4 Sep 2008
—thief to ancient Egypt
“A Study in Logic” by Patricia Stewart, 365 Tomorrows, 29 Sep 2008
—Homes and Wattson
“The Old Man and the Sea Redux” by Andy Bolt, 365 Tomorrows, 30 Sep 2008
—crowdsourcing the classics
“The Collector” by Tom Manzenec, 365 Tomorrows, 7 Dec 2008
—sliding sideways and forward in time
“The Time Traveller” by Gavin Raine, 365 Tomorrows, 18 Dec 2008
—miscalculation going forward
Challenge 2: Rogue's Challenge by Jo Barrett
|Romance Time Travel of 2008|
Bodice rips are a more workaday mode of time travel than time ships.
Highlander 6: Secrets of the Highlander by Janet Chapman
Viking II 8: Viking Unchained by Sandra Hill
Masters of Time 3: Dark Embrace by Brenda Joyce
With Every Breath by Lynn Kurland
Daughters of the Glen 3: Soul of a Highlander by Melissa Mayhue
Highlands 1: Master of the Highlands by Veronica Wolff
Highlands 2: Sword of the Highlands by Veronica Wolff
Highlands 3: Warrior of the Highlands by Veronica Wolff
|Close, but No Time Travel|
These are not the stories you’re looking for. Move along.
Yesterday Was a Lie by James Kerwin, 17 Jan 2008 [surreal ]
Turok, Son of Stone by Evan Baily and Tony Bedard, 5 Feb 2008 [secondary worlds ]
“The Vortex of Youth” by Patricia Stewart, 365 Tomorrows, 17 Dec 2008 [bizarre physiological aging ]
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by Eric Roth, 25 Dec 2008 [backward aging ]