A young hustler snaps Sarah Connor’s photo at a gas station, giving her the Polaroid that will inspire Kyle Reese, 30 years later, to come back for her. Bruce Willis, haunted by childhood memories of a murder, becomes the man murdered in front of his younger self. A newly-resurrected Tasha Yar chooses to travel back in time on a doomed ship, to prevent a present that the audience knows is out of whack. The coolest part of time-travel stories are the reveals, when everything falls into place like the last click of a Rubik’s Cube.
I adore most time-travel stories, even mediocre ones. (One of the more disappointing books I’ve ever read was The Time Traveler’s Wife, because the concept was so very cool and the characters were so very hateful.) The new, not-bad Men in Black movie inspired this post over at Movieline, an ode to Terminator, Star Trek: The Next Generation’s “Yesterday’s Enterprise,” Connie Willis’s Oxford historians novels and more.