The Best And Worst Time Travelers To Time Travel With (Other Than The Doctor)

By David Wharton | 5 years ago

FryFuturamaHell Yes: Philip J. Fry
Though you may have to freeze yourself solid for 1,000 years in order to get there, it would totally be worth it to get to hang out with Futurama’s Philip J. Fry. Granted, once you go forward you can’t go back, but it’s totally worth it to get to experience all of the things that science fiction has been promising us since the very beginning. Space travel is commonplace, and even the most remote regions of the galaxy aren’t out of bounds. You’ll encounter aliens from every corner of deep space — some friendly, some not so much. Technology has reached the point where damn near everything is possible, and who doesn’t want to live with a drunken, foul-mouthed robot? More than anything, a journey with Fry is guaranteed to be eventful, and will offer you all of the sights and sounds that speculative fiction has been showing us for decades.

12MonkeysHell No: James Cole from 12 Monkeys
We’re willing to grant you this: if you live in a disease-ridden future where an especially virulent plague has forced the survivors to live in cold, dank, cramped quarters underground, you very well might jump at the chance to get the hell out of there like James Cole (Bruce Willis) in Terry Gilliam’s 12 Monkeys. It might be worth risking the imprecise method of time travel — you’re never entirely sure that you’ll wind up in the right place, and you could, for instance, wind up naked in the trenches of World War I — just to be able to breathe fresh air again. The biggest issue, however, is that, despite appearances to the contrary, no matter what you do, you’re trapped in the same loop of time, unable to affect change on your situation or the state of human race in the future. You’re stuck in predetermined rut, and no matter how hard you try, you can’t get out of it (this is something that the upcoming Syfy series adaptation of 12 Monkeys has apparently changed). And that, my friends, is a total bummer.

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