Welcome my Crunchers! It’s time to talk about some Sci -fi greatness! I personally love shows having to do with time travel. Granted, sometimes they are just done poorly, and they ALWAYS have elements making you scratch your head thinking “how does this make sense”? But when you find a quality time travel show, it’s like getting hit by 1.21 gigawatts of awesomeness! Today I am here to share with you some quality time travel shows that you just may not have seen. So, rise and shine campers, and don’t forget your booties ‘cause it’s time to….. Crunch this! (P.S. I saved the best for last)
This little gem is definitely one that you do not want to miss. The story is based around a cop named Kiera Cameron (Rachel Nichols) who is living in the year 2077. An ominous future, that scarily seems like it could actually become our reality. Kiera’s life gets turned upside down when she attends the execution of some higher ups in a terrorist organization (Liber8), that goes horribly wrong. She, along with the terrorists are sent back to our current day, as Liber8 attempts to change the future. Our hero Kiera has no choice but to do everything that she can to stop them and get back to her family.
Kiera quickly meets a very young version of a super genius that everyone knows in her time named Alec Sadler (Eric Knudsen). In a time that she doesn’t know or understand, Alec becomes the less than perfect, but much needed ally to help Kiera through her difficult journey.
Contiuum has a great premise, showcases some cool futuristic technology, and focuses on provoking philosophical thought. There are some really great characters, and some decent actors that you’ll know from other popular Sci-fi series. Check it out Crunchers! You can binge Continuum on Netflix!
James Franco stars in this cool mini-series, where Jake Epping (Franco) is on a quest to save JFK! Jake’s friend Al Templeton (Chris Cooper), shows Jake a portal to the past, conveniently placed inside of his closet. The catch? This portal only goes back to one date, 11.22.63. If you come back to your own time and re-enter the portal, any changes that you made to the timeline will reset, and you will once again be back in 11.22.63.
Jake has to navigate his way through history to find who “really” killed JFK and stop them. He believes that the world will be better off because we would never have gotten involved in the Vietnam War. This show adds a feel to “time” that makes it seem cognitive. I personally really enjoy when elements like that are added. Jake soon comes to find that when you mess with time, time messes with you right back!
11.22.63 had a great cast that really nailed the onscreen character development. They do a fantastic job of making you feel like you have been transported back to the 60’s. There are a lot of quirks about the 60’s that are definitely exploited in a funny way. Even though it is short, it’s definitely bingeworthy. Check it out on Hulu!
This show is probably my favorite time travel tv series of all time. They also do a great job making whatever time the characters end up in very immersive. It has a story that grabs you, making you excited for each new episode, which makes it difficult not to binge. It will take what you think you know about time travel and depants it in front of the whole school making you just feel silly. So, get something to Crunch on and get ready to have your minds blown!
12 Monkeys was perfectly cast. The 2 main protagonists James Cole (Aaron Stanford) and Dr. Cassandra Reilly (Amanda Schull) have great chemistry on screen on top of having fantastic individual performances. Cole lives in the apocalyptic future, where he has a chance meeting with Dr. Katarina Jones (Barbara Sukowa), the scientist who invents time travel. She presents Cole with an opportunity to stop the virus and save the world. Her character is phenomenally portrayed as someone obsessed with a goal and believes that her ends are justified by any means. Kirk Acevedo plays Cole’s best friend Jose Ramse, a fantastic, conflicted character who also has some amazing performances. However, the character that steals the show is Jennifer Goines, played by Emily Hampshire. She is a really like-able crazy Schizophrenic, who pops up from “time to time”. All the while you are wondering if her part in the story is for good or evil.
If you are interested in time travel shows, or Sci-fi in general and you haven’t checked out this show, it is time to! You can binge 12 Monkeys on hulu!