“The Case of the Text that Went Back in Time”
Sounds like the title of an episode of ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK? doesn’t it? Or maybe one of the GOOSEBUMPS books. I’m not going to say the whole notion is silly, but I still couldn’t help drawing those sort of connections.
I don’t know what to make of this. I want to believe? There have been so many hard science fiction stories that have promised me the most realistic look at time travel conceivable, only to present me with something tangled, convoluted and ultimately unsatisfying. Perhaps the experience of watching PRIMER has left me once bitten, twice shy? There is something fundamentally intriguing about a self-proclaimed “mad scientist” who keeps a lid on all his neurosis when he’s among respectable fears, but uncorks the weirdness whenever he’s back at what basically looks like an internet start-up company trying to patent time travel. This episode intriguingly alternates its mood between Apocalytpic foreboding and quirky comedic; enough for you to feel like these are clowns dancing in front of doomsday. However, I guess I just can’t get hooked by a cliffhanger than centers on somebody receiving a text… from the future!
DUH DUH DUH!
Or maybe I can be? I was pleasantly surprised when this show made such extensive references to the John Titor hoax from a decade or so back. I thought only the English speaking world was aware of that? There’s something intrinsically fascinating about the fantastic being presented in such a mundane way. You know, if a time traveler actually did make it back here, how would he warn the world? Through a blog? An ad campaign? The fact there’s an actual conference on time travel here also makes me think of the time traveler’s convention that was held at Harvard Univeristy while I was going to Boston University. There happened to be torrential rain and thunderstorms that day, so we all joked that it was because somebody had broken the space time continuum. Maybe we should checked our text messages.
Like I said, I'm not sure about this one. It probably says something that it's making draw all these comparisons though?
Watch this episode "Prologue to the Beginning and End" here and decide for yourself.
Read my thoughts on the previous series I've watched for this extended sampling...
- GUNSLINGER GIRL
- FULL METAL PANIC!
- SCHOOL DAYS
- OTOME YOKAI ZAKURO
- GIANT KILLING
- HIGH SCHOOL OF THE DEAD
- PANTY & STOCKING
- GUIN SAGA
- PRINCESS TUTU
- TATAMI GALAXY
- HIKARU NO GO
- HAYATE THE COMBAT BUTLER
- [C] CONTROL