Time Travel

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Time travel is the concept of movement between certain points in time, analogous to movement between different points in space by an object or a person.1 Frequently in fiction, timeline is used to refer to all physical events in history, so that in time travel stories where events can be changed, the time traveler is described as creating a new or altered timeline.2

Episode References

Known Instances

828ers who took Flight 828  (of Montego Air between Jamaica’s Montego Bay Airport and John F. Kennedy Airport) disappeared April 4, 2013 and then reappeared 5 1/2 years later. 191 passengers were on board (101.3)

Zeke (Ezekiel James Landon) is a 36-year-old man who like the 828ers time-jumped from December 2017 to December 2018, while he was in a cave taking refuge from a storm during a blizzard.

James Griffin is a man who like time-jumped 4 days, after his vehicle was submerged in the East River.

Probable Instances

Captain Bill Daly and Fiona Clarke are in a plane which heads straight into the center of the storm with air national guard jets are in hot pursuit (111.19). Fiona cries out that she is not ready to die. But Daly tells her that they shall meet again in the year 2024. When Ben and Michaela see a flash of light, just when the plane was supposed to have penetrated the storm, the air national guard says that the threat was neutralized (111.20). However, that flash did not look anything like a plane being shot out of the sky and a news report says that no debri was found (111.21).

Peculiar Situations

Susan Creighton and Rick Moore’s obituaries show a time discrepancy (108.15).


In season one, all instances of time travel have been associated with dark lightning.

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  1. Wikipedia: Time Travel Entry
  2. Prucher, Jeff (2007) Brave New Words: The Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction, p. 230.

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Time travel is the concept of movement between certain points in time, analogous to movement between different points in space by an object or a person, typically using a hypothetical device known as a time machine. Time travel is a widely-recognized concept in philosophy and fiction. The idea of a time machine was popularized by H. G. Wells' 1895 novel The Time Machine.

It is uncertain if time travel to the past is physically possible. Forward time travel, outside the usual sense of the perception of time, is an extensively-observed phenomenon and well-understood within the framework of special relativity and general relativity. However, making one body advance or delay more than a few milliseconds compared to another body is not feasible with current technology. As for backwards time travel, it is possible to find solutions in general relativity that allow for it, but the solutions require conditions that may not be physically possible. Traveling to an arbitrary point in spacetime has a very limited support in theoretical physics, and usually only connected with quantum mechanics or wormholes, also known as Einstein-Rosen bridges.

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