The Best And Worst Time Travelers To Time Travel With (Other Than The Doctor)
Hell Yes: Phil Connors from Groundhog Day
On the surface, Groundhog Day sounds like a nightmare: living the same day over and over, functionally immortal and doomed to be awakened each morning by Sunny and Cher. It certainly takes its toll on Phil Connors (Bill Murray), who gets so depressed about the whole thing that he tries to kill himself using every method he can think of. But things don’t have to be quite so bleak if you tag along for Phil’s wild ride. Why? Because you’re getting to hang out with Bill Murray for the rest of eternity! Or at least until he gets his day sorted out (however long that may be). And okay, it’s not Bill Murray, it’s weatherman Phil Connors, but since Phil Connors looks, sounds, and generally acts like the Mountain of Cool that is Bill Murray, in our book that’s worth having “I Got You Babe” stuck in your head 24/7.
Hell No: The Terminator
Okay, if you’re travelling through time, it might be nice to have a big, nearly un-killable mechanical companion along to provide safety. That might come in handy should you jump into the middle of a battle or the Crusades or something, but there are definitely some drawbacks as well. First, the method of time travel. You can’t take anything with you, and wherever you go, you show up buck-ass nude. That can be a problem if you wind up somewhere cold, if it’s winter, or perhaps if you just have some issues showing off your naked body in public. It’s just awkward all around. And then there’s the fact that your travelling companion very well might be on a pre-programmed mission to kill you dead so you, or possibly your child, can’t lead the resistance against the machines who have taken over the world in the future. There are a number of reasons why that might prove problematic.