Hey, gee wiz Doc! How do you- how do you do the time traveling?
Boy, I’m glad you asked, Little Tommy.
Well, to keep it to the basics, nowadays when the time car travels through time, it creates a new timeline and forever leaves behind the one it came from.
So in this example, from an outsider’s perspective, Timeline A, the time car just disappears and is never heard from again. But in the new timeline, Timeline B, it- it reappears in the future… or appears to come out of nowhere if in the past.
It gets a little more complicated after that… anyway we can all agree the time car is awesome.
Back in 1989, creating a perfect Joker was as simple as painting Jack Nicholson white and letting him whiskey-jackal that shit up. Heath Ledger was at the disadvantage of not naturally sounding like a strangle monster – and as a result gave The Joker a crazy-ass voice to compensate. It made sense for the specific character, but until that moment, creepy voices weren’t exactly the style for actors playing supervillains.
Out of all the famous comic villains leading up to 2008, the only one even close to attempting a bizarre delivery is Green Goblin – and even that is partially Willem Dafoe’s routinely terrifying inflections. Everyone else just used their regular speaking voice, and we were fine with that.
Then the late Ledger nabbed an Oscar and all of Hollywood bought a one-way ticket to cackle-town.
Suddenly, every bad guy growled, squawked, boomed, reverberated – lines were overly enunciated, garbled, muffled, foreign. Scenery was chewed to shreds as if by the fucking Langoliers. And while a lot of these choices were justified (if not pretty genius) at times (see: The Mandarin), I’ve yet to figure out why Lex Luthor is suddenly channeling The Mad Hatter. Equally am I baffled that Tony Stark designs A.I. to sound like James Spader snarling through an echo mic, or why Zod always seems to have a mouth full of wheat paste.
I thought I was growing some pretty Lobelia until I got close and realized it’s full of fledgling Langoliers! Gnashing and chomping at the bit to break loose from the stem and devour all the foolish lazy people…I am in grave danger.
lunarprincessyue just gave me the most fascinating idea: What if someone did play the “elevator game”, it actually worked (as admittedly far-fetched and unscientific as the notion is), and they ended up stuck in that parallel universe?
What if, like in The Langoliers, the food there tasted bland? What if the matches there wouldn’t light? What if everything seemed eerie and abandoned, like in Silent Hill? What if you weren’t meant to be there, and disrupted something by entering? What if, like in the “reset game”, there was an alternate version of yourself that you either had to avoid, or kill?
Oh man, this could make such an awesome horror movie. Maybe slightly derivative, but it could be pure gold in the hands of the right person. Imagine if it was an Italian horror movie from the late 70′s.
Did anyone else notice how the 4th dimensional being from the Rick and Morty episode “A Rickle in TIme” looks a lot like the 5th dimensional beings from The Langoliers (a really awful incoherently-written film based on a Stephen King novel)?
This was probably done on purpose (since Rick and Morty likes to reference and deconstruct science fiction films); both have similar plots and both creatures have the job of getting rid of people who mess with Time/Space.