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Live at Comic-Con: How Time Travel Works — How does time travel work? Could it ever cross the line from science fiction into science fact? Join Josh and Chuck — along with a live audience at the 2012 Comic-Con — as they explore the ins and outs of time travel.
Rian Johnson’s action-thriller can’t dodge the frustrating elements of most time-travel tales, but the film’s characters, performances and stylization add up to an experience that critic David Edelstein believes is the right amount of happy and tragic.
According to Einstein’s Theories of Relativity, time travel is possible. No one is traveling back to the future yet, but it’s fun to imagine the many excellent adventures that would ensue if we could transport ourselves to different eras, as well as ponder the paradoxes and problems that might pop up.
Neil discusses the science of time travel with Phil Plait, the “Bad Astronomer”. Along with comedian Leighann Lord, they take us on a journey through the many movies that have played with this possibility, including Planet of the Apes, Back to the Future, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Star Trek, and the Terminator series.
Guest: Phil Plait, Bad Astronomer Co-Host: Leighann Lord, Comedian