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 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).)
- 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.
- 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!
- 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).