The Logic of Time Travel Can Get Pretty Trippy


Time travel is a common theme in fiction—but writers, artists, and designers all have different ideas of what moving between different points in history would look like, and how these journeys would affect both the traveler and those they encounter. Minute Physics' video below explores the distinctions between time travel as presented in the book Ender's Game, movies like Planet of the Apes and Back to the Future, and the video game Braid, among others.

In Ender’s Game, for example, characters simply experience a slower passage of time while traveling, and the regular world progresses as normal. This means they can't change the past, or influence other characters to make time-altering decisions. This is a far cry from Back to the Future, in which teen Marty McFly nearly prevents his own birth by interfering in his parents' romance.

Get up to speed with the trippiness by watching the Minute Physics video below.

[h/t Futurism]

Netflix Announces Stranger Things Season 4 With New Teaser

Maya Hawke stars in Stranger Things.
Maya Hawke stars in Stranger Things.

It’s the news we’ve all been waiting for: After a series of cryptic posts on social media this past weekend, along with the series changing their profile picture on all accounts, Netflix has just officially announced Stranger Things's fourth season.

As the show's third season, which premiered on July 4, was a major hit with fans, the renewal was definitely a no-brainer for Netflix. And along with the announcement came a cryptic teaser, concluding with the text: “We’re not in Hawkins anymore.”

Fans have been speculating that the new season could be about time travel, and with the clock noises in the teaser above, we’re starting to believe it. Yesterday, the show’s social pages changed so that their photos now show what looks to be a clock, seemingly upside down. As if that wasn’t enough to drive fans wild with anticipation, their account also tweeted out two emojis of a clock and an upside-down smiley face.

While we don’t have a release date for the fourth season yet, at least we know that it’s officially in the works. And that’s not all: According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show’s creators, brothers Matt and Ross Duffer, just signed a multi-year deal with Netflix which is reportedly worth nine figures.

We might not be in Hawkins anymore, but we’re so excited for what’s next.

The Twilight Zone Is Getting a 60th Anniversary Theatrical Release

Fathom Events/CBS
Fathom Events/CBS

From 1959 to 1965, Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone spooked a generation of television viewers by offering a parade of invading aliens, lost astronauts, and creepy sentient dolls in 156 episodes designed to both rattle nerves and spark discussion over real-world issues of social inequality. The show has lost none of its impact in the intervening decades. For its 60th anniversary, Fathom Events and CBS are hoping to take it to a new dimension: movie theaters.

On Thursday, November 14, six episodes of The Twilight Zone will be screened in movie theaters nationwide, along with a new documentary examining Serling's career. The remastered, high-definition episodes include “Walking Distance,” where a busy advertising executive returns to his old childhood home and encounters his adolescent self; “Time Enough at Last,” with bookworm Burgess Meredith finding himself the lone survivor of an atomic blast that provides the unexpected gift of leisure time; “The Invaders,” with Agnes Moorehead battling an invading army of robots; “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street,” about a suburban neighborhood suspicious of aliens living among them; “Eye of the Beholder,” about a woman struggling to conform to the beauty standards of her time; and “To Serve Man,” another alien visitation story that provides one of the most talked-about twists in the history of the series.

It's a solid sampling of the series, though no introduction to The Twilight Zone should be lacking the classic histrionics of William Shatner in "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" (fortunately, it's available to stream on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime). The event begins at 7 p.m. local time at more than 600 theaters. You can find tickets and locations at the Fathom Events website.