Of all the TV programmes to review and look back on I think Sliders would be the most appropriate for the very conjunction with the Grandfather Paradox as it shows what could have happened "if". What if America lost it's war of independence? What if men were the "weaker sex"? What if the summer of love never ended?
The programme was one I remembered from my 20s I think X files had moved from BBC2 to SKY and then on a Wednesday evening this was introduced. I have got the first 2 series on DVD, But what of this programme and it's relevance to time travel? So you have an event occur or not, that then changes a time line. You could have it on a major scale, such as wars, disasters or political oppression. Or you could have minor self reflective moments. What if? I had asked a certain person out when I didn't? What if I had not done a certain deed which you later come to regret. Any change would re write a future time line. As your emotions would have changed, you being in a certain location. Sliding Doors the film captured this perfectly, the missing of a train went from blissful ignorance which would have led to more hurt to discovery and change of life.
Sliders gave that insight, Obviously we are in the world of TV, so we were never going to get week after week of if this had or that hadn't happened? It did go off on a tangent come series 3 onwards.
But the premise is still the same, I believe a movement back in time does not stop any particular event from happening if anything it creates another avenue for the time line. This would leave only the person who has experienced both time lines from knowing this. Which would be an interesting angle for a story, and as this itself is the premise of the blog, to look at theories and other programmes to develop my own story then this is a good learning curve.
Already there, if you are screaming "Man in the high castle" at the screen. But sliders showed the what ifs? The possibility of there being many what ifs running side by side. It is a shame they don't bring it back but played more on the what if scenario. Especially considering the turbulance of the world at the moment.
info on sliders courtesy of wiki link
Sliders is an American science fiction and fantasy television series created by Robert K. Weiss and Tracy Tormé. It was broadcast for five seasons between 1995 and 2000. The series follows a group of travellers as they use a wormhole to "slide" between different parallel universes. Tormé, Weiss, Leslie Belzberg, John Landis, David Peckinpah, Bill Dial and Alan Barnette served as executive producers at different times of the production. For its first two seasons it was produced in Vancouver, British Columbia. It was filmed primarily in Los Angeles, California in the last three seasons.
Since its debut on March 22, 1995, the first three seasons were broadcast by the Fox network. After being cancelled by Fox, the series moved to Sci Fi Channel for its final two seasons. The last new episode first aired on December 29, 1999 in the United Kingdom, and was broadcast on the Sci Fi Channel on February 4, 2000.
The show follows a group of people, called "Sliders", as they travel ("sliding") between different Earths in parallel universes via a vortex-like wormhole, hoping to return safely to their original Earth Prime. The vortex can only be opened after a specific but random period of time on each new universe, monitored by a countdown clock on a portable timer that they carry; failure to open the vortex in time would strand the Sliders for 29.7 years in that universe. While waiting for the timer countdown, the group learns about the differences in the alternate Earth from their own, and often become unwillingly involved in events that they must resolve before they can safely leave via the vortex. The travellers have no control over what world they end up in, but continually look for means to find Earth Prime.