Thursday, March 12, 2015

ScanCon2015 - The Great Time Travel Test Bonus Movies

So for the Tournament of Champions for ScanCon, I like one phase of the challenge to consist of a college-style written exam, probably to the chagrin of most of the attendees. I mean, we're all adults here, why do we still need to take tests? Because we're nerds, and think tests are fun! Or maybe just I do. And, more accurately, its simply the most efficient way to whittle a tournament of 16 contestants down to a more manageable size for a final challenge, so I usually give a test based on particular topics that are important to our culture. Last year the topics were Comic Books, Nerdcore Hiphop, and NES games from the 1980's.
The greatest cover of the greatest magazine of the late 1980s.
But this year is 2015, the year of Back to the Future II! so what a great opportunity for an all-1980's Time-travel movie lore quiz! Obviously I will be heavily testing on the three Back to the Future movies, but I decided I need to throw in a couple more ~80's Time Travel movies to help split up the tie-breakers (because all the hard-core contestants will surely be reviewing the Back to the Future thrill-ogy before they come to the 'Con). After much deliberation, I've decided to add twelve questions dedicated to the following bonus Time Travel movies to the quiz:

Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure!
Most triumphant!

and 

The Terminator / Terminator II: Judgment Day
I'll be back...at least four more times.
Even though Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey is a superior movie to Excellent Adventure, it doesn't feature nearly as much Time Travel as it features inter-dimensional spirit-travel and mostly focuses on killer robots, so I'm not including it. But both Terminator and Terminator II are solid Time Travel flicks, and anyone who's seen the first one has automatically seen the other. Plus, it has killer robots, which are awesome! Wait, who said my reasoning is inconsistent? Obviously I'm not including the Terminator with Lieutenant Claire Danes or Batman, because, well...meh. I sure do hope the upcoming remake/reboot/JJAbrams-ification Terminator: Genisys will be good though.

 I know there are a lot of movies out there about Time Travel from the 1980s/90s, but these are two Time Travel Universes that I think fit well beside the Back to the Future trilogy on any self-respecting Time Travel Test (or DVD shelf). What other ones would fit the bill?

Game On!
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