Recurrent Themes – Unintentional Time Travelers
Time travel is such a great trope that I just had to cover it. The most fun was when time travelers didn’t really want to go, but something or other swept them along anyway.
Unintentional time traveling has been such a fun idea to explore that I’ve gone to this well several times.
Concord is all about unintentional and intentional time travel.
Lenox, the real time traveler, is testing out a new device when Reed is accidentally swept along, and Reed’s ancestor is also displaced, as is Lenox’s own ancestor.
Right before the start of the Xindi War, Malcolm is accidentally transported to 1775 Concord, Massachusetts.
For Wesley, the trip to 1941 Washington, DC is a voyage that he would rather not have taken.
For Geordi, the voyage to Washington, DC in 1941 is the occasion to meet Rosemary Parker, although he also feels the effects of the prejudice of the time.
Day of the Dead
The Traveler is to blame for Chuck McBride and Tripp Tucker traveling in time.
McBride the jokester is yanked out of Upper Bavaria, but it’s never made clear as to exactly where and when he ends up.
Tucker’s personal temporal displacement gets him to the 1944 liberation of the Dachau concentration camp.
The Continuing Adventures of Porthos – The Future Cat
Another pesky anomaly sends Porthos forward in time, in The Continuing Adventures of Porthos.
The NX-01‘s resident quadruped takes his temporal displacement in stride, and makes friends with Data’s cat, Spot, although Porthos does miss Archer.
For both kicks back in time, the entire ship unwittingly travels in time.
The Entire NX-01
No one is left behind when the Enterprise is kicked back in time.
In Theorizing, whatever is leaping Sam Beckett around does it to Jonathan Archer, too.
Captain Jonathan Archer
Archer’s mission is to help Sam Beckett’s wife, Donna Elise, move on with her life.
Dr. Sam Beckett
Dr. Beckett’s mission is to convince the Xindi Humanoid, Degra, that the deaths of millions of humans like Lizzie Tucker should be on his conscience.
I adore this trope so much that I am continually trying to figure out another way to shoehorn it into my fan fiction.
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