Time travel

‘Timeless’ lives: NBC renews time-travel saga for second season

From left, Malcolm Barrett as Rufus Carlin, Matt Lanter as Wyatt Logan and Abigail Spencer as Lucy Preston in a scene from
From left, Malcolm Barrett, Matt Lanter and Abigail Spencer star in “Timeless.” (Joe Lederer / NBC)

Time has not run out on “Timeless” after all.

Earlier this week, NBC canceled the Sony Pictures Television-produced time-travel drama, which had wrapped up its 16-episode debut season. But an intense social media campaign by fans prompted NBC to reverse its decision and renew the series for a second season.

Network representatives did not specify when the show would return.

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Barry Allen Really Is The Worst

This piece has major spoilers in regards to the reveal of Savitar, the big bad in this season of The Flash.

If you’ve tuned into The Flash this season, you have ought to know that Savitar has been the big bad. Calling himself the God of Speed, the character is the fastest speedster Team Flash has ever come across. Not just that, but thanks to his uncanny time-traveling abilities, Barry stumbled upon a future in which Savitar murdered the love of his life — Iris West — before his very own eyes.

The identity of Savitar was kept under lock and key as if it were a matter of national security with not even the slightest of peep of who the character could be. During the events of the latest episode of The Flash, ‘I Know Who You Are,’ the true identity of Savitar was finally revealed.

Savitar isn’t another Harrison Wells from some different Earth as a part of the multiverse. Nor is the character Joe West — or Wally West. The character isn’t Julian or Cisco and even after the cliffhanger that last week’s episode ended on, the character wasn’t revealed to be Ronnie Raymond in a post-Flashpoint world.

Are you tired of holding your breath yet? Fine. Savitar was revealed to be none other than Barry Allen and yes, before you ask, it’s THAT Barry Allen.

Before tonight’s big reveal, the internet had already banded together to joke that Barry was already the worst. Throughout the series, Barry had repeatedly hurt — or in the worst cases, killed — those he loved through selfishness, carelessness, and time travel.

Throughout the entirety of the season, meme makers across the internet were having…

10 Of The Greatest Time Travel TV Shows Ever Made

Few sci-fi TV show subgenres are more beloved than Time Travel shows- the shows that capture our imaginations about the future and bring out our inner history nerd in a major way.

1. It’s About Time (1966-67)-

Astronauts Mac McKenzie and Hector Canfield find themselves transported back to the days of cavemen and dinosaurs in the definitely not based on real science comedy It’s About Time, which lasted for 26 episodes in 1967.

This good natured romp created by Sherwood Schwartz is technically a time travel TV show because Mac and Hector travel back in time and back to the present, bringing an entire cave-family with them.

2. Seven Days (1998-2001)-

In Seven Days the NSA creates a time machine using alien technology scavenged from Roswell to send “chrononauts” seven days into the past to prevent the destruction of the White House and the death of POTUS and the VP.

The Chronosphere can only send a chrononaut back seven days due to “limitations imposed by the fuel source and its reactor”, so chrononauts are only allowed to deal with matters of national security.

Even though Seven Days managed to stay under the radar in terms of ratings the show was extremely popular with fans, who totally dug the X-Files-inspired vibe of the show.

3. Life On Mars (2006-07)-

The BBC’s gritty noir detective crime show Life On Mars is about Detective Chief Inspector Sam Tyler from Manchester who is hit by a car in 2006 and wakes up in 1973 to find he’s still working for the same station- only he’s one rank lower.

Life On Mars was unusual because the main character didn’t seem too bothered by the time jump, and it kept audiences guessing as to whether Sam had lost his mind, died or actually travelled in time.

4. 12 Monkeys (2015-)-

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The Syfy channel series 12 Monkeys isn’t a continuation or retelling of the classic Terry Gilliam movie, it’s a whole new storyline that takes audiences far beyond the simple premise proposed in the movie.

12 Monkeys is about James Cole, a man from the post-apocalyptic future who travels from 2043 to the present in order to stop the 12 Monkeys organization from creating and releasing the plague that kills 7 billion people in 2017.

In the show Cole jumps between the post-apocalyptic world of 2043, where scavenger gangs rule and human life has little value, and dates in the 20th and early 21st century as he tries to stop the 12 Monkeys.

5. Voyagers! (1982-83)-

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Voyagers! tells the story of young Jeffrey Jones, a boy from 1982 who encounters a member of the Voyagers time travel society named Phineas Bogg after Phineas’ Omni device malfunctions.

The Omni device resembles a pocket watch and “When the Omni’s red, it means…

The Legend of London’s Time-Traveling Tomb

Swinging open the front gate of Brompton Cemetery is a bit like cracking the spine of a book detailing London history. Famous suffragist Emmeline Pankhurst rests here. Beatrix Potter strolled its 39 acres and plucked names from tombstones to use in her work, including decedents Peter Rabbett and Mr. Nutkins. More than 35,000 monuments in all are present, rich and poor, known and obscure.

In the middle of the grounds and shrouded by trees stands a mausoleum. An imposing 20 feet tall with a pyramid peak, it’s made from granite, with a heavy bronze door secured by a keyhole. Decorative accents line the front, furthering the air of mystery. The door’s margin displays a rectangular band of Egyptian hieroglyphs. Erected in the early 1850s, it was intended as the final resting place of a woman named Hannah Courtoy and two of her three daughters, Mary and Elizabeth.

Courtoy’s tomb would be remarkable for its imposing stature and cryptic veneer alone: It’s the largest, most elaborate construction in Brompton. But there’s more to the story. For the many visitors who make moonlight visits to the cemetery and for a small band of London raconteurs, the tomb’s missing key and resulting lack of access has led to speculation that something strange is going on inside—that it’s secretly a time machine.

It’s a fantastic notion, but one that London musician and Courtoy historian Stephen Coates is quick to dismiss. “It’s not a time machine,” he tells mental_floss. “It’s a teleportation chamber.”

In order to try and digest the bizarre urban legend that’s been constructed around Courtoy’s tomb, it helps to understand the highly controversial life of the woman who ordered its construction.

Born around 1784 (sources differ), Hannah Peters fled an abusive father at a young age and found work as a housekeeper and as a tavern employee. In 1800, a friend introduced her to John Courtoy, a 70-year-old former wigmaker in poor health who had made a fortune in the lending business. Peters was shortly in his employ as a housekeeper. Within the year, she had given birth to the first of three daughters. She claimed they were Courtoy’s, although some eyes were raised in suspicion that the friend who made the introduction, Francis Grosso, might have been the real father.

Courtoy’s illness is also ill-defined in historical accounts, although it was said to follow a violent run-in with a prostitute in 1795 that left Courtoy—who had been slashed at with a knife—reserved and antisocial. He apparently warmed to Peters, who took his name and exerted considerable influence over many of his decisions. Courtoy’s 1810 will, which left the bulk of his fortune to an ex-wife named Mary Ann Woolley and their five children, was revised in 1814 so Hannah received the majority share.

When Courtoy died in 1818, the contents of the will were disputed, both by Woolley and Courtoy’s French relatives; they argued that dementia had overtaken Courtoy’s better senses. The legal arguments dragged on through 1827, at which point Hannah and her daughters had received most of Courtoy’s money.

According to the account presented in author David Godson’s 2014 book Courtoy’s Complaint, largely based on diaries kept by Courtoy housekeeper Maureen Sayers, Hannah’s urge to distract herself from the often-unpleasant Courtoy led to developing a friendship that would prove essential to her later mythology. Like many Victorians of the era, Hannah was intrigued by Egyptian iconography, particularly hieroglyphics. She believed Egyptians had a deep understanding of astrology and their place in the universe, and she invited Egyptologist Joseph Bonomi over for regular visits.

Bonomi and Hannah would spend hours discussing Egyptian lore, with Hannah hoping to one day fund Bonomi’s expeditions to Egypt so he could study their work. The two would also arrange for a 175-foot-tall monument dedicated to the Duke of Wellington to be constructed and insisted that the sculpture resemble an Egyptian obelisk.

When Hannah died in 1849, her remains were set to be placed in an expensive, elaborate mausoleum in Brompton that paid tribute to her interests; Bonomi arranged for the tomb to feature Egyptian characters and a pyramidal top. Later, Mary and Elizabeth, who shied from marriage because they didn’t want men chasing after their wealth, joined her. (Susannah, who married, was buried elsewhere.) When Bonomi died in 1878, he arranged for a depiction of Courtoy’s tomb to appear on his own modest headstone. Whether Bonomi intended it or not, an illustration of Anubis, the Egyptian god of the dead, appears to be “looking” in the direction of his friend’s final resting place.

Things appeared to remain status quo at Brompton for the next 100 years or so. Then, around 1980, the key to the tomb was lost following a visit by Hannah’s relatives. And that’s when things took a turn for the weird.

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