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MARTY MCFLY (Michael J. Fox)
Back to the Future (1985), Back to the Future Part II (1989), Back to the Future Part III (1990)
DEPARTURE COORDINATES: Hill Valley, Calif., 1985
TIME MACHINE: Doc Brown's jigowatt-juiced DeLorean
ARRIVAL POINT: Hill Valley, Calif., 1955
MISSION: Ensure his future existence by discouraging his mom from falling in love with him instead of his father.
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GEORGE TAYLOR (Charlton Heston)
Planet of the Apes (1968)
DEPARTURE COORDINATES: Earth, 1972
TIME MACHINE: Spaceship, via unspecified astral anomaly. Wormhole?
ARRIVAL POINT: Earth, the post-apocalyptic future
MISSION: Survive a world where talking apes view their former human slavers as both evil and inferior.
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SAM BECKETT (Scott Bakula)
Quantum Leap (1989-1993)
DEPARTURE COORDINATES: 1989
TIME MACHINE: ''Project Accelerator,'' located within an ''Accelerator Chamber''
ARRIVAL POINT: Various, random times (but only within his lifetime); Sam has no control over his leaping.
MISSION: Assumes the identities and lives of various people for the purpose of solving dilemmas they can't; may be guided by a higher power.
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''THE TERMINATOR,'' or T-1000 (Arnold Schwarzenegger)
The Terminator (1984) also Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)
DEPARTURE COORDINATES: Los Angeles, 2029
TIME MACHINE: Unspecified, but it renders you naked upon arrival.
ARRIVAL POINT: Los Angeles, 1984
MISSION: Assassinate the mother of mankind's future savior in the war against the machine.
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CAPT. JAMES T. KIRK, SPOCK, AND DR. LEONARD ''BONES'' MCCOY (William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley)
Star Trek (1973-1974)
YEAR OF ORIGIN: Stardate 3134.0
TIME MACHINE: The ''Guardian of Forever,'' a sentient doorway to the past
ARRIVAL POINT: 1930s New York
MISSION: Ensure the future defeat of Hitler — as well as the future creation of the Enterprise — by facilitating the death of love-interest Joan Collins.