Veteran time traveler Christopher Lloyd to guest star on Syfy’s 12 Monkeys

Christopher Lloyd didn’t do a whole lot of time traveling himself in the Back To The Future movies—possibly because it always went poorly when he did—but he’s still probably the world’s foremost time-travel expert who isn’t a British alien with a flying police box. Now, he’ll be bringing that expertise to Syfy as a…

How killing baby Hitler became a staple of time-travel stories

It’s a standard conversation starter at dinner parties everywhere: “What would you do if you had a time machine?” With “kill baby Hitler” being a frequently offered response. Overused as it is, the scenario still raises some moral, ethical, and practical issues. But how, exactly, did this particular baby-killing…

Times are a-changin’ but time stands still on a sluggish 12 Monkeys

“Primary” begins by echoing the monologues with which James Cole opens and closes 12 Monkeys’ first season. As Cassie Railly—once a doctor devoted to the sanctity of life, now a time-traveling soldier—gears up for a bloody campaign, her voiceover asks the same question Cole did. “Where are you now?” Unlike Cole’s…

The year in swag 2015: Celebrating the many perks of the ivory tower

There are a lot of perks to occupying this, the highest peak in pop culture’s ivory tower. Us A.V. Clubbers are, on a daily basis, lavishly plied with all manner of semi-marketable garbage, from fancy picnic baskets packed with name-brand candy to potentially lifesaving survival kits that could, in theory, keep us…

Denver, see 12 Monkeys tonight as part of our Science Friction film series

Howdy! Senior Writer Jason Heller here. Just wanted to let you know that The A.V. Club’s monthly sci-fi film series Science Friction continues tonight at 7:30 at Alamo Drafthouse Denver with 12 Monkeys. Released in 1995, the Terry Gilliam-directed film is loosely based on Chris Marker’s 1962 short La Jetée, although…

Television killed the cinema star: 16 more shows worthy of the films that inspired them

Two years ago, the A.V. Club offered a list of TV shows better than the movies that inspired them. In the time since, more stellar small-screen series have been made from big-screen stories, further shattering the conventional wisdom that cinema doesn’t translate well to episodic television. In honor of these new…