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Apr
06
2015

TL;DR Top Ten List: Top 10 Lesser Known/Forgotten Time Travel Devices

The Omni

In our experiences, top ten lists normally have two flaws: they're poorly formatted for quick reading and they are normally wrong. Just check all the comments of any top ten list, and you'll see lots of other folks think the list is wrong, too.

With our TL;DR Top Ten Lists, we're going to fix both problems... with your help. We're just gonna give you a couple of things on our top ten list (to make it faster to read), and you fill out the rest in the comments below (to make sure the list is accurate). Add to the list, argue with us, argue with each other, but most importantly be nice and have fun.

Today's TL;DR Top Ten List topic is:

Top 10 Lesser Known/Forgotten Time Travel Devices!

    WABAC
  1. WABAC Machine from Peabody's Improbable History

    Built by a genius dog to amuse his adopted human son, the WABAC Machine (intentionally spelled to look like ENIAC or UNIVAC) was a time travelling machine the size of a room. Or, more accurately, it's a "should have been machine." As Mr. Peabody (the dog, and shame on you if you don't know the original) discovered, a time machine let you view history, but a "should have been machine" let you interact with it. Oh, and the coolest features is its theoretical (because we never see it) method of return: a horrible pun! (Note: Sometimes, it's spelled Wayback or WAYBACK (as it appears on a sign in an episode or two).)

  2. Max
  3. Trimaxion Drone Ship (Max) from Flight of the Navigator

    Max is capable of faster-than-light travel, so when he collects young David Freeman and zooms home (Phaelon) and back (Earth), the round trip only takes about 4 hours. BUT, due to some nice time dilation, David ages 8 years. Sure everything works out in the end, but that's not important. What is important is Max. Max is like the love child of Pee-wee Herman (and yeah, we know why) and HAL 9000, and that endeared him to our young hearts. Plus, he's a time travel device that actually cares about the person travelling, not just a mindless machine like others on this list.

  4. The Omni from Voyagers!

    Phineas Bogg used this elegant time travel device to (like his fellow Voyagers) repair any errors in time. It looked like a wicked cool pocket watch; but instead of hands, it had a globe in the center and dials around that (for setting travel location and time). Add a red and green light (for checking the time stream for faults), and you have one of the most gorgeous time travel devices ever created. Plus, at the of each episode of its one season run, we'd be reminded that the real way to time travel is at our public library - using books! Thanks, early 80s PSAs!

  5. Timebuster 2000 SUX
  6. Timebuster 2000 SUX from Space Quest 4: Roger Wilco and the Time Rippers

    Out of all the Time Pods, the Timebuster 2000 SUX is our favorite (and not just because of the nod to RoboCop). This is the model used by the Sequel Police and "borrowed" by janitor/hero Roger Wilco. It took Roger to such time periods as: Space Quest XII, Space Quest X, and back to Space Quest I (in beautiful EGA). Why do we like the Timebuster 2000 SUX so much? Because of some of its available options: a clock, rear window defogger, rear window, and (most importantly) Mr. Fusion. No roads needed with that option!

And now it's your turn. What do you think numbers 5-10 are? Do you agree with our numbers 1-4?

Take to the comments and help us find the Top 10 Lesser Known/Forgotten Time Travel Devices!


Written by Mindel, a certified Master of Disguise (so long as the disguise looks just like him).

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Comments

meaningless icon! How can we possibly skip Doc Brown's DeLorean from BTTF?!? (Not that stupid train, mind you.) Clearly you acknowledged it in #4, though.
CaptainPalapa said this 606 days ago.
meaningless icon! What of the map from Time Bandits?
Bradjenn said this 606 days ago.
meaningless icon! How about the Klingon Bird of Prey from Star Trek IV The Voyage home? (thanks to the slingshot manoevre)
BHappy317 said this 606 days ago.
meaningless icon! Can't forget Hermione's Time-Turner!
sparklekitteh said this 606 days ago.
meaningless icon! The highly inaccurate and constantly exploding Time Tunnel from the 1966-67 tv show.
cnapps said this 606 days ago.
meaningless icon! Here's a few: - The phone booth from Bill and Ted - The facility in 12 Monkeys - The Enterprise (from the Voyage Home) Okay, we may want to ignore that last one.
antonpeck said this 606 days ago.
meaningless icon! The two that come to mind for me are the Time Tunnel from the eponymous TV series, and the Time Turner in the Harry Potter series.
D'Arque Bishop said this 606 days ago.
meaningless icon! The two that come to mind are the Time Tunnel from the eponymous TV series, and the Time Turner from Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban.
D'Arque Bishop said this 606 days ago.
meaningless icon! @CaptainPalapa The DeLorean doesn't really fit the qualification of "Lesser Known/Forgotten" though. Which I would guess also disqualifies the TARDIS, Bill & Ted's phonebooth, and the vortex manipulator. What about The Flash's Cosmic Treadmill?
TragicallyGeeky said this 606 days ago.
meaningless icon! Star trek the original series , the atavachron machine from All Our Yesterdays
cnapps said this 606 days ago.
meaningless icon! Guardian of Forever , star trek, City on the edge of Forever
cnapps said this 606 days ago.
meaningless icon! I feel as though the Vortex Manipulator from the Doctor Who universe is often overlooked as a time travel device, especially due to the TARDIS being so well-known.
KryshaSyrin said this 606 days ago.
meaningless icon! Proposals here for two more of the spots. First, from one of the best episodes of Star Trek (TOS), the Guardian of Forever from The City on the Edge of Forever. Next, let us not forget Irwin Allen's one season series, The Time Tunnel. Or, on second thought, maybe we should forget that one.
Jweyant said this 606 days ago.
meaningless icon! How about the Time Travel Cocktail used in the Danger 5 TV show?
Dingodadd said this 606 days ago.
meaningless icon! A couple of things that are not so much devices that could be looked over for time travel are the ghosts of Christmas past and "yet to come" from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
Paulcat87 said this 606 days ago.
meaningless icon! Nut shell from anime The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Toki wo kakeru shôjo)
jcubic said this 605 days ago.
meaningless icon! The Time Machine box from Napolean Dynamite. It appeared to be nonfunctioning but I think it would have worked if only Napolean zapped himself longer.
Hypersonic50 said this 604 days ago.
meaningless icon! What about the other TARDISes that the Doctor could have stolen? Yes, they are TARDISes but nobody ever mentions them
MusicalFedoras said this 601 days ago.
meaningless icon! I may be a bit late to the post but in true geek pedantic fashion I still feel the need to point out that in Flight of the Navigator David doesn't age 8 years. It it, of course, the world that ages 8 years while David stays exactly the same. :)
SpiritMuse said this 596 days ago.

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