DISCLAIMER: All theories and situations depicted in this article are merely the thoughts and opinions of the author. They do not represent any living person or scenario that may exist. This is merely a THEORY, nothing more. The author is no way, shape or form legally copable as this article is entirely an original piece and none of the following information has been pulled from any source other than the author’s mind. It is in no way to be quoted as the opinions depicted in this article are not based on anything scientifically proven, merely the thoughts and opinions of the authors. Thank you for your co-operation.
Think, if you will, of a tree. You, as a person, are the stalk of this tree. Every branch that exists upon this tree is a decision that was or could have been taken at any given time over the course of your life. The type of decision is irrelevant, but the branch will still grow regardless, as it will always remain as an alternate path that could have been taken.
Now, when most people think of time travel, as seen in the TV show ‘Doctor Who’ or the movie trilogy ‘Back to the Future’, as travelling to the past, changing an event or preventing something from happening that will have some effect on the future. The truth is, as spectacular as this theory may sound, it is merely a half truth.
As much as we would like to believe that time flows in a straight line, it doesn’t. Depending on the path we decide, determined by the daily decisions we make, an individuals’ timeline is unpredictable, much like the growth of a tree’s branches, hence the aforementioned metaphor. Much like the future, the growth and directions of the branches is impossible to predict, as both are ever changing.
Having this in mind, we can come to the conclusion that, should time travel on day become possible, it is impossible to change a history that has already been written. What is possible though, is an alternate path is created. In simple terms, an alternate reality, leaving the original timeline unaltered. Every moment, multiple alternate realities are created by the decisions we make at any given moment. For example, a middle aged man leaves his wife and child at home for his job in a high class law firm, while in an alternate reality, that same man could work at a pizza shop or have no job at all. Depending on a single decision, he may even become the most powerful man on the planet. Even the simplest choice like getting up on one particular morning could in some way influence the branch you follow.
Though this may seem like nonsense, it is all relevant to the subject at hand. If we assume that time is the equivalent of a tree, then how may time travel be possible at all and how does changing the most insignificant detail effect what may or may not happen.
Let us assume that the longest branch is the path that was followed. Now, if time travel were possible, then it is also possible for us to travel back along the path that was previously taken. However, changing an event that has already occurred will not have any effect on the time line that previously existed. As with our daily decisions, an alternate path, or reality, is created, leaving the original timeline to run its original course unaffected. Changing an event merely serves to create an alternate route that sprouts from the original path.
Having said this, it is also conceivable that, like a tree, the branches of time can also cross one another. It does not matter alternate paths are chosen in the course in the course of a person’s life, it is an unavoidable truth that you will unknowingly cross with a path that could have previously been taken. This once again presents us with another decisive choice. Do we continue down our current path or do we change direction and start down the road that we could have been travelling down before? We should also bare in mind that the path we are on now, should we choose the stay on it, may not be the path we originally saw ourselves following.
While thinking about this possibility though, we must also take into account that there is every possibility we are not only able to cross our own timeline, but that it is also possible to cross into other peoples as well. Though this may appear to most as a slightly absurd notion, it is also plausible. For a moment, let us return to our middle aged man that was previously mentioned. Lets assume that at some point during his time at school, his attitude toward school and grades is poor. However, by meeting the woman he will one day call his wife, his attitude changes and his grades grow higher to allow him entry into college. In an alternate reality, the couple may never meet, leading the man to continue on a path of low grades and he will spend his life between lower paying jobs, unaware of the opportunity he may have missed while still attending school. Though we remain unaware of the effects our presence has, we are all influencing the path that others around us take, though the path that others may take may not be the path we had intended to show them, depending the positive or negative effect our presence may have upon a particular person.
To conclude, the path we maybe walking down today may not be the path we find our conclusion on. Though time itself cannot be changed or rewritten, it is safe to say that no matter what we find ourselves doing in the days, weeks or even years to come, many other versions of ourselves are out there in an infinite number of alternate realities, walking down the path we did not chose to follow. Its is also safe to assume that one day, should someone along our timeline discover a way to return to the past, that we may learn from previous mistakes and the better path that we were hoping to find while travelling down which ever path we may be going down. Who knows, maybe one day, one of us will find the path that could change the world
[lj0]James Rhodes is dreaming of a white Christmas
Tony Stark: Its the middle of summer
James Rhodes: I was aware of that
Harold Hogan: We live in Malibu
James Rhodes: I was aware of that too.
Nick Fury wants a word with you Tony Stark
Tony Stark is tempted to show Nick Fury where to shove his eye patch
Virginia "Pepper" Potts is tempted to drill a hole in Tony Stark's head
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Harold Hogan: You are a REALLY bad influence Natasha
Natasha Romanoff: Like she needs the encouragement
Natasha Romanoff would like to beat some common sense into Tony Stark
Virginia "Pepper" Potts likes this
Tony Stark: What the hell? What has gotten into you two?
Harold Hogan wants the fighting to stop. And a frozen coke
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Natasha Romanoff: Still havent learned your lesson Happy?
Harold Hogan: Nope. There's a frozen coke with my name on it. Wanna come?
Natasha Romanoff is going out for frozen coke with Harold Hogan
Harold Hogan likes this
James Rhodes thinks something sus is going on
Tony Stark: Really?
James Rhodes: You didnt notice?
Tony Stark: I was being sarcastic
Tony Stark thinks James Rhodes needs a girlfriend
James Rhodes thinks Tony Stark is a duece
Virginia "Pepper" Potts thinks Tony Stark and James Rhodes need to grow up
Natasha Romanoff and Harold Hogan like this
Tony Stark wants a kiss from Virginia "Pepper" Potts for hurting his feelings
Virginia "Pepper" Potts thinks Tony Stark is immature and should screw himself
Natasha Romanoff and Harold Hogan like this
Tony Stark: I didnt know you capable of such words Pepper
Virginia "Pepper" Potts: You're just lucky all in one piece and I'm not filing a lawsuit for SEXUAL HARASSMENT!
Tony Stark: Its been three weeks!
Virginia "Pepper" Potts: I'm still cleaning up YOUR mess
Tony Stark: Technically, its Hammer's mess. He bailed Vanko, not me
Virginia "Pepper" Potts: Dont care. The words coming out of your mouth are the reason I've been wearing pants since we got back
JARVIS wishes someone would make it stop
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Steve Rogers thinks Tony Stark should shove his tongue down Virginia "Pepper" Potts's throat and put us all out of our misery
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Steve Rogers has been blocked by Tony Stark and Virginia "Pepper" Potts
Peter Parker is tempted to wrap them together in webbing and MAKE them confront their feelings
Peter Parker has been blocked by Tony Stark and Virginia "Pepper" Potts
Natasha Romanoff thinks she likes her job and Harold Hogan too much to raise an opinion on Steve Rogers and Peter Parker being blocked by Tony Stark and Virginia "Pepper" Potts
Virginia "Pepper" Potts and Tony Stark like this
Harold Hogan likes Natasha Romanoff too
Natasha Romanoff likes this
James Rhodes thinks Harold Hogan and Natasha Romanoff should get a room
James Rhodes has been blocked by Harold Hogan and Natasha Romanoff
Tony Stark likes this [lj9]
Harold Hogan has brain freeze
Tony Stark likes this
Harold Hogan: It hurts!
Natasha Romanoff: Try not showing off next time
Harold Hogan: It seemed like a good idea at the time. I didnt like the way that guy was drooling over you
Natasha Romanoff: He was with his kids. AND WIFE!
Harold Hogan: Last time I checked, your ass wasnt part of his wife's anatomy
Tony Stark: Ha ha. Happy was checking out Nat's ass
Virginia "Pepper" Potts: And you werent
Tony Stark: My eyes are on one ass and it dont belong to Natasha
Virginia "Pepper" Potts thinks Tony Stark is a pervert
Natasha Romanoff, Harold Hogan and JARVIS like this
Tony Stark: Come on Pep
JARVIS: I believe Miss Potts may have a point sir. You do have a tendancy to look at certain parts of her anatomy without consent
Virginia "Pepper" Potts: Thank you Jarvis
JARVIS: You are welcome Miss Potts
Tony Stark: My PA and AI are ganging up on me? What the hell did I do wrong?
Virginia "Pepper" Potts: Shall I answer chronologically or alphabetically?
Tony Stark: Thats the last time you watch Sherlock Holmes
Virginia "Pepper" Potts: You cant take Jude Law away from him!
Tony Stark: Can and will
James Rhodes liked it better when Tony Stark and Virginia "Pepper" Potts were making out on the roof
Harold Hogan and Natasha Romanoff like this
Tony Stark: And Pepper thinks I'm perverted
James Rhodes: At least it shut you both up
Tony Stark: How about I shut YOU up?
Harold Hogan: Children, please
Virginia "Pepper" Potts feels like Chinese
Tony Stark likes this
Tony Stark wants Virginia "Pepper" Potts
Virginia "Pepper" Potts thinks Tony Stark should buy her dinner first
Natasha Romanoff likes this
Tony Stark: Is that a date?
Virginia "Pepper" Potts: I'm inviting Nat, Happy and Rhodey. So no
Tony Stark: AWW!!! Come on Pep, throw me a bone here
Virginia "Pepper" Potts: I'm throwing the bill at you instead. If I throw a bone you have grounds to sue me
Harold Hogan: Pepper is telling jokes and a promise of free food. I am SO there
Natasha Romanoff: I second that.
Virginia "Pepper" Potts: He should be happy I didnt invite Fury
Natasha Romanoff: You are SO mean Pepper. I like that
Virginia "Pepper" Potts: :D
Tony Stark hates the women in his life
Harold Hogan likes it that Virginia "Pepper" Potts has found a way to pop Tony Stark's ego
Virginia "Pepper" Potts and Natasha Romanoff like this
Tony Stark thinks that Harold Hogan is sucking up to get in Natasha Romanoff's pants
Natasha Romanoff thinks that Harold Hogan has a better chance of getting into my pants than Tony Stark does getting into Virginia "Pepper" Potts's
Harold Hogan is in desperate need of some ice
Tony Stark is in a relationship with Virginia "Pepper" Potts
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Virginia "Pepper" Potts: Hang on, I didnt approve that. STARK, your ass better not have hacked my account again
Tony Stark: How could it have been me? I've been with you and the board all afternoon
James Rhodes: You're having a lovers spat already? What's it been? Two days?
Tony Stark: Go to hell Rhodey.
Natasha Romanoff: I really WAS kidding about the honeymoon. When did this happen?
James Rhodes: They were making out on one of the roof's after Tony saved Pepper from an eploding Hammer drone.
Natasha Romanoff: Really?
Natasha Romanoff: Hang on, how do YOU know that?
James Rhodes: Tony decided to land on the same roof that I was already on.
Virginia "Pepper" Potts is tempted to castrate Tony Stark with a rusty spoon
Natasha Romanoff likes this.
Tony Stark: I didnt do anything I swear!
JARVIS would probably have a headache if he wasn't a computer
Harold Hogan: You're the lucky one Jarvis
Tony Stark: Since when are you on facebook Jarvis? And WHY?
JARVIS: I have found that it is a simple way to communicate with you after you mute me for passing on advise sir
Virginia "Pepper" Potts is single
James Rhodes: You broke you ALREADY?????
Virginia "Pepper" Potts: Don't make me find my spoon James.
James Rhodes: *Squirms*
Tony Starks wants a kiss
Virginia "Pepper" Potts: I'm sure I have Christine's number somewhere
Tony Stark: But I don't want her number
Tony Stark wants a kiss from Virginia "Pepper" Potts
Virginia "Pepper" Potts is tempted to borrow Natasha Romanoff's gun
Natasha Romanoff likes this
Harold Hogan: Please don't encourage her Nat
JARVIS: I agree with Mr Hogan. I estimate that Miss Potts is 78% likely to actually shoot Mr Stark
Tony Stark: I don't like that. Where's the dislike button?
Natasha Romanoff is tempted to lock Virginia "Pepper" Potts and Tony Stark in the closet
Harold Hogan and James Rhodes like this
Tony Stark: Oh, your ass is fired. Again
Virginia "Pepper" Potts: No she isn't
Tony Stark: You aren't CEO anymore, I can do what I want
Virginia "Pepper" Potts: Natasha is MY PA. You can't fire her unless you fire me
Tony Stark: Who's idea was that?
Virginia "Pepper" Potts: Yours
Tony Stark: Dammit
Virginia "Pepper" Potts: XD
Natasha Romanoff: Are you SURE you aren't secretly married? Cause you argue like you are
Tony Stark: WHAT!
Virginia "Pepper" Potts: WHAT!
Harold Hogan: *high fives Natasha*
Natasha Romanoff: *receives high five from Happy*
Tony Stark is firing both Harold Hogan and Natasha Hogan
Virginia "Pepper" Potts: No you're not
Tony Stark: Why not?
Harold Hogans wants ice cream
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Natasha Romanoff: Nice subject change
Harold Hogan: Thank you. Not that it will shut them up.
Natasha Romanoff: I'm thinking alcohol and Vegas
Harold Hogan: XD
Harold Hogan: You...wanna wanna go for ice cream?
Natasha Romanoff: Sure
JARVIS wants a fire extinguisher
Virginia "Pepper" Potts: Why do you need a fire extinguisher Jarvis?
JARVIS: I was hoping to cool you and Mr Stark down Miss Potts
James Rhodes: TOLD!!!!
Tony Stark wants to borrow Natasha Romanoff's gun
First off, let me point out that I was disappointed to hear that Pepper kissing the Iron Man helmet was cut. Its a shame but Jon Favreau asures us that ALL the deleted scenes so thats something to look forward to.
If you're looking for action, explosions, Happy driving the Monicarlo racetrack against traffic, Scarlett Johansen, loads of spontanious Robert Downey Jr humor and tiny sprinkle of romance, then look no further than Iron Man 2.
Robert Downey Jr reprises his role as Tony Stark with Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts. Due to a money dispute, Terrance Howard was replaced by Don Cheadle along with new comers Scarlett Johansen as the Black Widow, Mickey Rourkea as Whiplash and Sam Rockwell as Justn Hammer. An all star cast that compliments each other in that they share the screen time.
Where to start is the main problem. The main thing that caught my attention is that, unlike the first movie, you get to see how one situation is affecting more than one character. For example, Rhodey and the Mark II suit. Without trying to give much away, you see Tony struggling with the betrayal of a friend, Rhodey realizing just how badky he screwed up, Justin Hammer using the incident to bring out Tony's downfall, along with Pepper trying to deal with government, military and not kill Tony all at the same time.
While the Black Widow doesn't get as much screen time as one would expect, both Happy and Pepper are allowed to stretch their wings, so to speak. Pepper is dealing with Tony's new attitude and the aftermath of the 'I am Iron Man conference' while we see Happy in a more protective role toward Pepper. Seeing Jon Favreau getting his ass kicked by Scarlett Johansen is always good fun though.
While some were dishearted by Marvel dropping Terrance Howard, my honest opinion is that, dispute or not, it was a wise decision. Though I have great respect for Howard as an actor, I believe that Don Cheadle made a more believable. You may argue but I could simply not see Terrance Howard as War Machine. Sorry.
There's a lot more banter between Pepper and Tony than the first one though there is also a lot of tension. The pauir are constantly bickering and talking over ecag other. And though originally called a 'love triangle' Natalia and Tony simply do not have the chemistry, as pointed out by the actors themselves.
Robert Downey Jr shines through once again with witty humor and comedic timing. This time around though, you also get to see his emotional side, with his superhero counterpart dealing with revealing his identity and the emotional trauma of losing his closest friends. Watch out for a drunk, dancing Iron Man. its priceless.
Gwyneth Paltrow has plenty of screen time, but what troubled me, in both the first and second, is that some of her gasps and suprised facial expressions aren't believable enough. She is an incredible actress, dont get me wrong, and her performance as Pepper Potts is great, but she doesnt sell suprise as well as she could.
Though any fans are not used to seeing Scarlett Johansen in such a physical role, but ladies better lock up their husbands because in her SHIELD outfit, she is one hot babe. She is also a girl that can kick some serious ass. Fans of the comic book may be disppointed at the lack of an accent, but in all fairness, the Black Widow being Russian as well as Whiplash would have been confusing, so they made a wise decision on that part.
Possibly the best newcomer to the Iron Man franchise has GOT to be Mickey Rourke. He held a floorless accent and he gave the character of Whiplash a more human element than portrayed on the comic book. The guy is literally a machine.
Unforetunately, I cant do commentary of Sam Rockwell's younger version of Justion Hammer as I am unfamiliar with the character. Sorry to disppoint.
The CGI is flawless, the effects are mindblowing, and though sparse, the metal is cranked high. The action is extremely well choriographed and the humor has people of all ages sharing a laugh. The Iron Man franchise is going to such lengths that a young boy even showed up in an Iron Man helmet.
I absolutely loved this movie and would recommend it to anyone, whether they are a fan of the comic or hoping for an enjoyable time. For the keen comic fans, be on the look out for a major heroic icon and wait until after the credits, there's alos a little surprise at the end.
I say no more.
For 3 years, I have been writing fanfiction for CSI. Lately, I have broadened my horizons and I am now also writing for Iron Man. I figure, since I dont use livejournal as much as I would like to, I would start posting my Iron Man fanfic here. Hence the name change. I am still a HUGE fan of CSI and GSR but everyone needs more than one interest to keep the fire burning, so to speech.
So, for your viewing pleasure, I oresent my first (technically second) Iron Man fanfic, entitled 'Best Mistake'. BEWARE, there are spoilers for Iron Man 2. My timeline is slightly off though.
Something was wrong.
As his personal assistant of ten- going on eleven - years, Pepper was mentally kicking herself for not noticing sooner. The changes weren't exactly subtle, but she'd been so busy worrying about his excursions and the claustrophobia of the press, it wasn't until his birthday, six months after the nightmare that was the 'Iron Man' conference, that she really noticed how far he was falling.
He hadn't had a drink since returning from Afghanistan then this happened suddenly. Iron Man was no longer a symbol of peace and Tony didnt seem to care. Natalia had her back almost against his chest, the Iron Man gauntlet on her hand, blowing up a rather pricey vase. Rhodey told her to leave, that he'd handle it. When she got the call from JARVIS about the fight between the pair and Rhodey taking off with the Mark II suit, Pepper put her head in her hands and sighed.
"How the hell did things get this bad?"
Fury says his problem is putting everyone in more danger than if Iron Man didn't exist and for the first time since beginning her employment at Stark Industries, Pepper was at a loss. Fury knew what was wrong, but she feared the answer. If she were to find out, she'd rather not hear it from S.H.I.E.L.D.
"Whats going on Tony?"
"Don't know what you're talking about Pep, I'm fine."
"Bullshit." Tony turned to her in shock.
"For eight months you haven't touched a drop of alcohol, then this happens? What changed?"
There was a haunted look in his eye that she hadn't seen for a while. His head dropped for a moment before he gathered himself He walked toward her, took her hand and led her toward the couch, all without saying a word. Pepper expected him to let go, when he didn't, she knew something was VERY wrong.
"I'm dying Pepper."
His voice was quiet and she almost yelled at him for such a bad joke, but the look on his face told she he wasn't lying.
"The piece in my chest is rejecting my body. I created the damn thing to save me, I never thought for a minute that it could actually kill me."
"Jesus Tony, why didn't you tell me sooner?"
"I got scared. For a while I thought I was invincible. I lost that in Afghanistan and thought I got it back with Iron Man. Guess I got it wrong."
Pepper was at a loss for what to say. In a bold, and rather shocking, move, she shifted her hand slightly, slipping her slim fingers into the gaps between his larger ones. They sat in silence when Tony gently rested his head on her shoulder. He sniffled slightly, a lone tear dropping on to the material of Pepper's shirt. He quickly wiped his cheek with his free hand.
"Being a superhero sucks sometimes."
"Even heroes have the right to cry Tony."
"I thought heroes had the right to dream?"
"Heroes have the right to do what they damn well please."
"Like its ever stopped me before." Pepper let out the tiniest of laughs. "I don't get it Potts, how'd I get lucky enough to have you in my life?"
"If memory serves me, you found me when I found an error in your math, which is supposed to never be wrong."
"Best mistake I ever made."
Pepper allowed a tiny smirk to grace her lips. Their heads were so close that their noses actually brushed as he rose up to face her. They were so close that he could see the tiny edge of grey in her flawless blue eyes, the uneven distribution of air produced from her mouth, grazing his lips.
Both parties unconciously began moving toward the other, the top of his lip gently grazing the bottom of hers....
"Sir, General Fury is on the line."
Neither move for a moment, taking in that JARVIS, of all 'people' had just interrupted their first kiss, before reluctantly pulling apart.
"You better get that."
"Will that be all Mr Stark?"
"That will be all Miss Potts."
It was recently brought to my attention that a fellow member of LJ has popsted a bogus translation of an interview with William Petersen that was in French. As a HUGE fan of CSI and a member of the crowd who supports Grissom and Sara's relationship, I would like to pass on the following to the poster of said article and anyone who believes the total crap that was written by posting this in response;
I hate to be the one to burst your bubble, but William Petersen is a VERY highly regarded actor and nothing less than a gentleman, so for him to say anything like this is a load of crap. He, like 70% of viewers, is IN FAVOR of Grissom and Sara's relationship, so the writers were listening. He left to renew his love for theatre. If he hated the direction CSI was going in, why would he bother staying on as exec. producer?
Jorja Fox is an amazing actress and the character if Sara Sidle is much loved by the fans of CSI. The relationship that Grissom and Sara share was established before the cast was even assembled. The 'true fans' as you call them are opened minded to EVERY possible relationship that may or may not occur, so you and your friends are obviously NOT true fans or you would not have written this contravocy!
I am VERY aware that this MAY have been written as a joke, but it is offensive and cruel to those of us who read it. I may be being harse when I say this, but to be quite honest, I simply too insulted to care. If William IS filming in Paris, he will be as he is as loyal to the show as I and many others are. If you dont like it, then I suggest you find alternate entertainment.
just wondering if anyone knows when the TORCHWOOD series comes out on DVD. i know the series hasn't finished but i would really hope to find out before it does.