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Time Trax
Created byHarve Bennett
Jeffrey M. Hayes
Grant Rosenberg
Country of origin
  • United States
  • Australia
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes44
Running time60 minutes
Production companies
Original release
NetworkPrime Time Entertainment Network[2]
ReleaseJanuary 20, 1993 (1993-01-20) –
December 3, 1994 (1994-12-03)

Time Trax is a science fiction television series that first aired in 1993.[1][3][4] A police officer, sent two centuries into the past to a parallel universe, must apprehend and return convicted criminals who have escaped prison in the future.[5] This was the last new production from Lorimar Television.



Time Trax was created by veteran Hollywood producers Harve Bennett, Jeffrey M. Hayes and Grant Rosenberg. Rosenberg came up with the original idea, which Bennett and Hayes helped craft into the final premise.[6]

It was one of the first three original programming of the Prime Time Entertainment Network, alongside Kung Fu: The Legend Continues and Babylon 5, and it ran between January 20, 1993, and December 3, 1994. Despite being well received by viewers, the network cancelled the series because they wanted to go in a different direction to increase their viewer base.[6]

Despite its Washington, D.C., setting, the series was shot in Queensland, Australia, near the Warner/Roadshow Studios.[6] It was the last series to premiere under the Lorimar Productions name.[citation needed]



In the year 2193, over a hundred criminals become fugitives of law enforcement by traveling back in time two hundred years to a parallel Universe, using a time machine called Trax. Darien Lambert is a police detective of that period who is sent back to 1993 in order to apprehend as many of the fugitives as possible.[7] He is assisted by the Specified Encapsulated Limitless Memory Archive, or SELMA, an extremely small but very powerful computer (described as equivalent to a mainframe) disguised for the mission as a credit card; SELMA communicates through a holographic interface which takes the visual form of a woman. Lambert is also equipped with a Micro-Pellet Projection Tube disguised as a keyless car alarm remote, which can stun targets or engulf them in an energy field, rendering them transportable to the future. This process, executed by SELMA, incorporates a transmission sequence to send the criminal on his way. Dr. Mordecai Sahmbi, who was responsible for sending the fugitives to 1993, tries several times to kill Lambert.

Captain Lambert, fearing the possible consequences of altering the timeline, does not actively attempt to interfere with the natural flow of history, although he frequently leaves messages for his colleagues in 2193 (via the personals sections of assorted newspapers).


Dale Midkiff as Capt. Darien Lambert and Elizabeth Alexander as SELMA


  • Dale Midkiff as Captain Darien Lambert, Fugitive Retrieval Section.[1] A police officer from the 22nd century. Born in 2160 and abandoned by his parents, he was raised in Enclave I-6 Middle City, the area formerly known as Chicago Land. As a child of his time, he has abilities superior to those of 20th-century humans: IQ 204, a speed memorization rate of 1.2 pages per second, a top speed of 8.6 seconds for 100 m, a heartbeat of 35 beats per minute and a life expectancy of 120 years, as well as mental focusing capabilities from beta wave training, including the ability to slow down the speed of visual images reaching the brain. He attended the International Police Academy at West Point, from which he graduated first in his class.[8] In 2193, after over a hundred criminals escaped back to 1993, he is sent back to 1993 to retrieve them.
  • Elizabeth Alexander as SELMA (Specified Encapsulated Limitless Memory Archive), an advanced computer AI disguised as Darien's credit card. Selma communicates with both a voice and a holographic interface based on a picture of Darien's mother. Selma can place phone calls, perform medical and scientific testing as well as interface with virtually any computer including those belonging to law enforcement agencies, as well as having a vast amount of information in her database.


  • Peter Donat as Dr. Mordecai Sahmbi, a MIT professor and winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics for his theoretical work in the teletransportation of particle mass. Creator of the TRAX time machine. He was paid by criminals to send them to the past. In the first episode, he traveled to the past to escape Darien.[8]
  • Mia Sara as Annie Knox (Past - 20th century) and Elyssa Knox (Future - 22nd century)
    • Elyssa Knox was a young prodigy, accepted to MIT at age 9.[8] By age 17, she was Dr. Sahmbi's most gifted student.[8] In episode 1, she became Darien's love interest.
    • Annie Knox: A Secret Service Agent whom Darien encounters after his arrival and in several other episodes.[8]

Episode list


Season 1

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
11"A Stranger In Time"Lewis TeagueHarve Bennett20 January 1993 (1993-01-20)TBA
A police captain in the year 2193 travels back in time 200 years to apprehend fugitives from his own time.
22"A Stranger In Time"Lewis TeagueHarve Bennett20 January 1993 (1993-01-20)TBA
Pilot part 2
33"To Kill a Billionaire"Colin BuddsHarold Gast3 February 1993 (1993-02-03)TBA
Dr. Sahmbi concocts a scheme to send nuclear waste to the twenty-second century under the guise of a business.
44"Fire and Ice"Brian Trenchard-SmithGarner Simmons10 February 1993 (1993-02-10)TBA
Darien tracks down a pair of jewel thieves.
55"Showdown"Colin BuddsDavid Loughery17 February 1993 (1993-02-17)TBA
It is a new kind of wild west when Darien teams up with a local lawman to capture a fugitive. But this lawman might not be what he seems.
66"The Prodigy"UnknownUnknown24 February 1993 (1993-02-24)TBA
When a boy (Rider Strong) displays unusual athletic prowess, Darien suspects both the boy and his father are from the future.
77"Death Takes a Holiday"UnknownUnknown3 March 1993 (1993-03-03)TBA
A fugitive uses his knowledge of future drugs to manage a Mafia family.
88"The Contender"UnknownUnknown10 March 1993 (1993-03-10)TBA
A fellow time traveler (Bernie Casey) asks Darien to help him bring his son, a banned boxer, back to the future.
99"Night of the Savage"UnknownUnknown17 March 1993 (1993-03-17)TBA
Darien travels to London to find a literally bloodthirsty killer known as the Savage.
1010"Treasure of the Ages"UnknownUnknown31 March 1993 (1993-03-31)TBA
A fugitive turned treasure hunter is trapped in a hurricane with Darien.
1111"The Price of Honor"UnknownUnknown7 April 1993 (1993-04-07)TBA
A fugitive blackmails the Secretary of State (Dorian Harewood) who will eventually become President of the United States.
1212"Face of Death"UnknownUnknown14 April 1993 (1993-04-14)TBA
When a plastic surgeon is killed in a strange matter, Darien believes one of the fugitives is responsible. The only problem is the doctor was a plastic surgeon, and now Darien must figure which member of an archeological expedition is his target.
1313"Revenge"UnknownUnknown5 May 1993 (1993-05-05)TBA
Sepp Dietrich has survived the third dose of TXP and resurfaces in Hawaii as leader of a white supremacist group.
1414"Darien Comes Home"UnknownUnknown12 May 1993 (1993-05-12)TBA
While visiting Chicago, Darien learns that a man was killed by a future weapon, and goes undercover at a computer company to catch the killers, a pair of fugitive brothers (Christopher Daniel Barnes and Robert Mammone).
1515"Two Beans in a Wheel"UnknownUnknown19 May 1993 (1993-05-19)TBA
A woman claiming to be from the future tells Darien that Sahmbi is after the Holy Grail.
1616"Little Boy Lost"UnknownUnknown26 May 1993 (1993-05-26)TBA
One of Darien's old instructors winds up in the hospital, and Darien seeks the Man's adopted son.
1717"The Mysterious Stranger"UnknownUnknown27 October 1993 (1993-10-27)TBA
Darien travels to Mexico in search of a fugitive who started a drug epidemic in the 22nd century. Along the way he encounters a PI from the future who is not exactly who he seems.
1818"Framed"UnknownUnknown3 November 1993 (1993-11-03)TBA
Darien is framed for murder of a federal agent as part of another attempted government takeover by Charley Burke.
1919"Beautiful Songbird"UnknownUnknown10 November 1993 (1993-11-10)TBA
An obsessed fugitive (John de Lancie) stalks a country singer who is destined to be a star.
2020"Photo Finish"UnknownUnknown17 November 1993 (1993-11-17)TBA
A fugitive uses an invention of his on race horses.
2121"Darrow for the Defense"UnknownUnknown26 November 1993 (1993-11-26)TBA
Laura Darrow (Amy Steel), a lawyer and old friend of Darien's, goes back to 1993 to find her client, who just happens to a fugitive, to inform him he has been acquitted of the charges against him.
2222"One On One"UnknownUnknown1 December 1993 (1993-12-01)TBA
Darien becomes the unwilling test subject of Sahmbi's mind control invention.

Season 2

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
231"Return of the Yakuza"Rob StewartRuel Fischmann28 January 1994 (1994-01-28)TBA
A yakuza from the future and fugitive (Philip Moon) tries to use his knowledge to take over the group in the present day.
242"Missing"UnknownUnknown5 February 1994 (1994-02-05)TBA
When Selma is stolen by muggers, Darien teams up with an older officer (Ralph Waite) to save her.
253"To Live or Die in Docker Flats"UnknownUnknown12 February 1994 (1994-02-12)TBA
When a fugitive is murdered in a small town, Darien stays to find out who did it. But this town is not exactly Mayberry.
264"A Close Encounter"UnknownUnknown19 February 1994 (1994-02-19)TBA
Darien helps an alien find his mate.
275"The Gravity of it All"UnknownUnknown26 February 1994 (1994-02-26)TBA
Darien encounters a professor from the future (John Schuck) who has created a belt allowing people to fly. The problem is terrorists want it as well.
286"Happy Valley"UnknownUnknown5 March 1994 (1994-03-05)TBA
Darien's friend Tulsa Giles enlists his aid in discovering why home buyers in a certain subdivision are losing their minds.
297"Lethal Weapons"UnknownUnknown12 March 1994 (1994-03-12)TBA
A futuristic arms dealer is manufacturing 22nd century weapons and selling to 20th century criminals.
308"The Cure"UnknownUnknown19 March 1994 (1994-03-19)TBA
Darien travels to Australia and encounters Dr. Sahmbi's fraudulent attempt to treat people for diseases by using TXP.
319"Perfect Pair"UnknownUnknown23 April 1994 (1994-04-23)TBA
Darien's old partner Mace Warfield arrives in the 20th century with an assignment for both of them: to track down and retrieve a corrupt police captain.
3210"Catch Me If You Can"UnknownUnknown30 April 1994 (1994-04-30)TBA
Darien teams up with a female U.S. Marshal to pursue a bank robbing 22nd century fugitive who manages to stay one step ahead.
3311"The Dream Team"UnknownUnknown7 May 1994 (1994-05-07)TBA
A basketball star turned priest (Julius Erving) needs protection after hearing the confession of a future fugitive while in prison.
3412"Almost Human"UnknownUnknown14 May 1994 (1994-05-14)TBA
Sahmbi creates an android double for Darien, and then sets him on Darien's trail.
3513"Mother"UnknownUnknown21 May 1994 (1994-05-21)TBA
Darien pursues a fugitive who leads him to Kathryn Logan (Elizabeth Alexander in a dual role), his mother.
3614"The Last M.I.A."Ian BarryMichael Ahnemann28 May 1994 (1994-05-28)TBA
After being wounded in an encounter with a fugitive, Darien is nursed back to health by a military veteran (Ronny Cox), who asks Darien's assistance in finding his son, still missing in action in Cambodia.
3715"Split Image"UnknownUnknown15 October 1994 (1994-10-15)TBA
A female cat burglar is caught in the act, but uses a futuristic weapon to escape.
3816"Cool Hand Darien"UnknownUnknown22 October 1994 (1994-10-22)TBA
The widow of a fugitive, reported dead, asks Darien's help in finding out what really happened.
3917"The Lottery"UnknownUnknown29 October 1994 (1994-10-29)TBA
A comedian in the 20th Century turns out to have been someone who was Darien's favorite comic performer in the 22nd Century.
4018"Out For Blood"UnknownUnknown5 November 1994 (1994-11-05)TBA
Darien must prevent the murder of an innocent woman (Jeri Ryan) by a man from the future intent on keeping her from having descendants, one of whom will become a murderer in the 22nd Century who will kill his girlfriend.
4119"The Scarlet Koala"UnknownUnknown12 November 1994 (1994-11-12)TBA
A rare Koala must be found by Darien in order to stop a plague that will decimate the 22nd Century.
4220"Optic Nerve"UnknownUnknown19 November 1994 (1994-11-19)TBA
Captain Lambert is attacked and blinded by a criminal from the future.
4321"The Crash"UnknownUnknown26 November 1994 (1994-11-26)TBA
Darien Lambert apprehends a fugitive, who tries to cut a deal by leading the cop from the future to his boss, a much more important criminal.
4422"Forgotten Tomorrows"UnknownUnknown3 December 1994 (1994-12-03)TBA
Darien is exposed to DXT while protecting a witness in a trial, which causes full memory loss.

Home media


Time Trax was released on DVD on October 9, 2012, Warner Bros. released the complete first season on DVD in Region 1 via the Warner Archive Collection burn on demand service.[9] The second and final season was released the following year on July 9, 2013.[10]

International broadcasters


Video game

See main article: Time Trax (video game)

A video game for the Super NES console based on the series was released on the U.S. market by Malibu Games in April 1994[11] (although some sources list December 1993). A Sega Genesis version was also developed and completed, and was reviewed in major gaming publications,[12][13] but it was never released by the publisher. A prototype of the Mega Drive/Genesis version in fully finished state was leaked in 2013.[14] The Genesis version's most notable difference is its soundtrack being composed by Tim Follin.[15][16][17]




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