One of the better features in the present-day bereft-of-local-listings TV Guide is Rochell D. Thomas’ column “Is It Just Me?” You’ll find it around the middle of the book, and it contains a sidebar, too small a photo, and several WTF?-type questions, one of which I’m throwing open here because I’m not quite sure how to answer it myself. From the February 11-17 issue:
Are all those time-traveler issues a trip? First Journeyman warped back to his past and borrowed clothes from his old self. Now Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles has got a robot from 2007 going back to 1999 to save future rebel leader John Connor’s life, then taking the 15-year-old and his mother, Sarah, eight years into the future to 2007. Having leapt into ’07, they find themselves trying to stop the “rise of the machines” two years after Sarah dies of cancer and four years before a nuclear war, slated for 2011. Confusing? I think so. Either John and his mother ceased to exist from 2000 to 2006, or John’s living in the same city as his 23-year-old self. And what happens if, when he’s not trying to save suicidal classmates, 1999 Connor tuns into 2007 Connor? Isn’t there some sci-fi law that states a person can’t exist in the same place with their future (or past) self? I can’t wrap my head around it.
I don’t think John and Sarah winked out of existence for those six years. Further, I don’t see a reason why John at 15 can’t live in the same town as John at 23, provided the two Johns don’t interact. But then again, I have even less of a clue about how this is supposed to work than Ms Thomas does. Suggestions are welcomed.