My physics training has always deprived me of a certain level of enjoyment from the science fiction genre. As much as I have tried, I could almost never get into anything serious with “time travel” or “parallel Universes” in it. To me time traveling is a lazy writer’s excuse to avoid creating a real plot. And I’m too much of a Copenhagen interpretation guy to accept parallel Universes. Just can’t do it.
That is why I was so surprised by my utter admiration for and attraction to the TV Series Fringe, which has copious uses for BOTH time travel AND parallel Universes. Okay, Season 5 kinda let me down but still it was an enjoyable ride throughout. Was it as epic as the re-imaged Battlestar Galactica? Probably not. But it did deal with the total annihilation of not just one but two humanities. Was it as romantic as the X-Files? Probably not. But there were more love stories in this series than just what’s between Mulder and Scully.
Overall I will make the rare recommendation for Fringe and put it as the only member in the list of movies and TV series that I enjoy watching with both time travel and parallel Universes in its plot lines.