Whether it be in books, comic books, television shows or film, time travel has been a plot element in countless works of fiction, from hard sci-fi books to mainstream popcorn flicks. Do any of them get it right?
Maybe “get it right” isn’t even the correct term when we’re talking about the impossible…how about “which of them handle it in a credible and (internally) logically consistent manner?”
I can think of plenty that don’t (starting with the “bottomlessly stupid”):
Back to the Future: Marty travels back in time and inadvertantly interferes with his parents’ falling in love. The result is that he and his siblings begin to disappear from the family photo (starting with the oldest) one body part at a time.
Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure: A plastic garbage can, emblazoned with WYLD STALLYNS, falls onto Ted’s (?) dad’s head after Bill and Ted muse about how they wish they could go back in time and position a garbage can over him. After it falls on him, they remark that they’ll have to remember to go back in time and put the garbage can over his head when they’re done with their adventure. This one is making blood shoot out of my ears even as I type.
So…are there any depictions of time travel in fiction that handle it better than these? I always thought the Rachel Summers storyline in Uncanny X-Men was pretty consistent, but then again, I was 12 at the time I read it.