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River Song, Science fiction, and the effect of “Spoilers”

In Doctor Who, one of the more recent popular characters is River Song.  Originally introduced to us as a mysterious figure who has a time-travelling history with past and future versions of The Doctor, she has gone on to be a character with mysterious future/history and far more importance than we could have every expected,  We really want to know more about Song and her history, especially since she has a special book that is a record of all of her crossings  and engagements with the Doctor.   We first meet her at the end of her life, and then in the middle of her life.  This crossover causes her to be told about her future.  Since she’s a traveler with The Doctor, she understands the importance of not revealing the future, and the linear nature of time progression.  As she would say, “Spoilers,”.

This unique story of River Song is a grand story, and a unique character development for any time traveler.  It explores one of the most interesting ideas science fiction’s understanding of time and time travel;  how would a person react if they had the ability to know their future?  Could they change it?  Or would they unknowingly walk into it?  Foreknowledge is also a fascinating exploration of the theological debate between Free Will and determined future.

A great recent example of this was the recent TV action drama Fast-Forward.  Even though this show’s concepts decayed as they reached the finale, the original concept of the show explored this in great detail.  The entire world received a flash forward towards a set point in time that revealed their future actions.  Many of the flashes revealed actions that people are ashamed of(I.E. Alcohol Abuse, Sexual Affairs, etc), while others don’t receive flashes at all.  What does this mean?  Can this future be changed?  In the end, the series does eventually put the characters into a position that they regret knowing about.  But that is only one answer of the time.  Time travel is a cornucopia of unique possibilities and probabilities.  I’ve only been able to get a basic understanding of time travel complexes, theories, and ideas that surround this reality-changing idea. But I’m enjoying every bit of it.  I just don’t want spoilers about my own life

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Posted by on 2011/08/23 in Opinion, Television

 

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TV Episode Spotlight: Doctor Who, “The City of Death”

Every once in a while, I’ll just throw out a post about a random episode of a TV show I saw recently that I thought was worth bringing up.  On this post, I write about the Doctor Who episode “The City of Death”, featuring the ever-popular Tom Baker.

First off, I am a huge Doctor Who.  I discovered him about nine months ago, and absolutely fell in love.  This British show is creative, thoughtful, and a lot more unique than many elements of Star Trek.  I can’t wait for the 2nd half of the 6 season.  Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor is absolutely brilliant.  However, let’s go back 30 years to the years of Tom Baker, the Fourth Doctor.

The plot of this story is simple, The Doctor and his most recent companion Romana (A Time Lady and close friend) is touring Paris for fun, but gets caught up in a plot involving the theft of the Mona Lisa, and the very beginning of the Human race.

This episode is one of the favorites of Whovians everywhere. The placement of the British Doctor in the French Paris, the great villain, and the unique cultural dilemma makes for a memorable episode.  This episode had a lot of potential.  (Spoilers)  In the end,  it turns out that the Jagaroth (The main villain) was accidentally blown up millions of years ago, and his personality (if that makes sense)  was split across the fabric of time.  So, the Jagaroth wants to stop this explosion.  However, if he hadn’t done that, life on Earth would not have started.

Does the idea sound far-fetched?  I certainly agree. The idea of life being started by a accidental explosion is absolutely far-fetched.  It’s a great science fiction concept, but I just don’t want that to be true.  If it is, then it removes almost all purpose from living, and from reality.  Why should we continue if our life is accidental?  It is one of the reasons I find problems with Macroevolution.  It leaves much to be desired, and requires a real spark in order to begin instead of the random.

But that is of little consequence.  This episode was really fun, and my first taste of Tom Baker. And it was sublime.  Now, does anybody want a jelly-baby?

 
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Posted by on 2011/08/11 in Television

 

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