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The Fear of the Future and the Pain of the Past

The Fear of the Future and the Pain of the Past

The Quest to Cheat Time in Heroes, FlashForward, and Fringe

Chapter:
(p.110) 7 The Fear of the Future and the Pain of the Past
Source:
Time in Television Narrative
Author(s):
Melissa Ames
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617032936.003.0008

This chapter analyzes three contemporary fictional narratives that often remediate the tragedy of 9/11—FlashForward, Heroes, and Fringe—and examines three individual episodes that aired during 2010. Within each episode, main characters from the three programs wrestle with personal demons, rage against the ticking time clocks that shape their own destinies, and attempt to manipulate time to “save” themselves and loved ones. The analysis of these episodes reveals an interesting commonality: each program includes an allusion to a cultural archetype or myth that carries with it a warning—that although the desire to change the past or control the future is perhaps unavoidable, extreme efforts to do so will only result in harm to any who attempts such feats.

Keywords:   television programs, 9/11, tragedy, cultural archetype, myth

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