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.
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.
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.
''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.
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.