Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Misplaced Betrothed


At the heart of much speculative fiction (and fiction in general) is a question. What if? On Tuesdays I like to throw one out there and see what you make of it. Do with it as you please. If a for-instance is not specified, feel free to interpret that instance as you wish. And if you find this becomes a novel-length answer, I'd appreciate a thank you in the acknowledgements ;)

Ah, the fall TV season. New shows. And this year, a couple of them have time travel elements. Like Timeless, which is all about time travel. And Frequency, which doesn't have anyone time traveling, but the timeline gets messed up all the same.

Both shows hit an interesting snag...

What if you messed up your timeline (via time travel or some other means) so that your fiancé(e) no longer knew who you were? Or, you suddenly have a fiancé(e) that you don't remember at all?

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  1. Misplaced, I'd be sad but I'm pretty sure I would win him again easily lol :P I can't even imagine not knowing him at all though, he's such a big part of my life. I think I'd be a different person.

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  2. Travel of any kind has always fascinated me, but time travel is right at the top of my "Wish I Could Do That" list. I don't know these shows, but they sound very exciting.

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    1. Timeless has a team trying to defeat someone who is deliberately trying to mess up the timeline (and so far succeeding). On Frequency, they've changed the past, and this is having unintended consequences.

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  3. It sure would be a complication, wouldn't it? I think for me it would be easier to not have the fiancee know me than me not knowing I had a fiancee.

    betty

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  4. Hmmmm....he wouldn't know me eh??? Is that a bad thing? LOL. I would try anyway and see what happens. Now if I had a fiancee I had no knowledge of and he, let's say, looked like George Clooney...I would be ok with that:)

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    1. I don't know. It would depend on the guy, I think.

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  5. Well if he didn't know me then I would have to make sure he got to know me!!

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  6. I'd be pretty confused at what would happen to make me want to get married. What a crazy world it would have to be.

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  7. I love Timeless...recent shows had the Hindenberg and Lincoln's assasintation. A tweek in time can change the world, and fiancee' altogether.

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    1. Yup. She was kinda surprised by that fiance, wasn't she?

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  8. That reminds me of the old Goldie Hawn/Kurt Russell movie, Overboard. Although that was more amnesia than time travel...

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    1. In that case, he was pretending that they were married even though she only knew him as the guy who built her closet.

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  9. If you fell in love once, you'll do it again. Might be kinda nice to experience it again, actually.

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    1. But one of you is totally in the dark on this. Might make a difference.

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  10. Hmm, I think that's quite a scary thought.

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  11. I'm married, so I think it would be ok if a fiancé I didn't know I had didn't know who I was. 😉

    Now if my husband didn't know who I was … that would be confusing. I knew he was in the 4th grade and we had various classes together all the way through to the end of high school, so it would require so major manipulating of the time line. And even that seems unfathomable to me. I'm sure it would have played a major role in my life though and I would probably be someone completely different. (Though who knows who exactly I would be?)

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    1. It would be even more complicated with a husband. Imagine that you two never met. You remember a life with him, but he has no memory of you.

      Or, you return to your timeline and there's a husband you've never met. It's way more complicated if the wedding has already taken place.

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  12. Awkward! I think that's the point at which I would break out some cheese, get to know the new guy, and decide if I needed to tamper with the timeline further to get back the history I lost. Of course, there was only ever one guy for me, so this scenario might not apply. ;)

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  13. Oh damn. I'm having a hard enough time finding one the first go around. And then to misplace him? *hangs head*

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  14. We've been enjoying the time travel epic based on Terry Gilliam's movie "Twelve Monkeys". Good times. Literally!

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    1. Something kind of similar happened there, too. Not the main character, and she was able to explain why she didn't remember the guy (not a fiance), so it wasn't as awkward as it could have been.

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  15. I'll chicken out, and, as a once-avid reader of science fiction, say that the laws of physics probably render backwards time travel (we travel forward in time every day, of course) impossible. For reasons similar to this. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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