Time Trax

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Time Trax
TimeTrax cast.JPG
Capt. Darien Lambert and SELMA
Created by Harve Bennett
Jeffrey M. Hayes
Grant Rosenberg
Starring
Country of origin
  • United States
  • Australia
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 44 (list of episodes)
Production
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution
(1993)
(season 1)
Release
Original network Prime Time Entertainment Network[2]
Original release January 20, 1993 (1993-01-20) – December 3, 1994 (1994-12-03)

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

Production[edit]

Time Trax was created by veteran Hollywood producers Harve Bennett, Jeffrey M. Hayes and Grant Rosenberg. Rosenberg came up with the original idea, which Bennet 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]

Premise[edit]

In the year 2193, over a hundred criminals become fugitives of law enforcement by traveling back in time two hundred years, using a time machine called Trax. Darien Lambert (Dale Midkiff) 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 (Elizabeth Alexander), an extremely small but very powerful computer (described as equivalent to a mainframe) disguised for the mission as a credit card and communicated through a holographic interface which takes the visual form of a prim young woman. Lambert is also equipped with an MPPT (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 (Peter Donat), 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). However, the series makes occasional allusions to a theory of parallel timelines, implying that time travelers go into an alternate past so that their actions there have no effect on the 2193 "present".

Cast[edit]

Regular[edit]

  • 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 mind control 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.

Recurring[edit]

  • 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 who Darien encounters after his arrival and in several other episodes.[8]

Timeline[edit]

  • 2129 - The "Just War"
  • 2160 - Darien Lambert is born (August 17)
  • 2169 - Elyssa Knox is born (approximate)
  • 2178 - Darien is admitted to the International Police Academy at West Point (approximate)
  • 2178 - Dr. Mordicai Sahmbi of MIT wins Nobel Prize for Physics for his theoretical work in the teletransportation of particle mass (approximate)
  • 1993 - Darien Lambert arrives in the past (June 15)

Episode list[edit]

Season 1[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
11"A Stranger In Time"TBATBA20 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"TBATBA20 January 1993 (1993-01-20)TBA
Pilot part 2
33"To Kill a Billionaire"TBATBA3 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"TBATBA10 February 1993 (1993-02-10)TBA
Darien tracks down a pair of jewel thieves.
TBATBA"Showdown"TBATBA17 February 1993 (1993-02-17)TBA
It's 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"TBATBA24 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"TBATBA3 March 1993 (1993-03-03)TBA
A fugitive uses his knowledge of future drugs to manage a Mafia family.
88"The Contender"TBATBA10 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"TBATBA17 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"TBATBA31 March 1993 (1993-03-31)TBA
A fugitive turned treasure hunter is trapped in a hurricane with Darien.
1111"The Price of Honor"TBATBA7 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"TBATBA14 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"TBATBA5 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"TBATBA12 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"TBATBA19 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"TBATBA26 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"TBATBA27 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"TBATBA3 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"TBATBA10 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"TBATBA17 November 1993 (1993-11-17)TBA
A fugitive uses an invention of his on race horses.
2121"Darrow for the Defense"TBATBA26 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's been acquitted of the charges against him.
2222"One On One"TBATBA1 December 1993 (1993-12-01)TBA
Darien becomes the unwilling test subject of Sahmbi's mind control invention.

Season 2[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
231"Return of the Yakazu"TBATBA29 January 1994 (1994-01-29)TBA
A Yakuza member from the future and fugitive (Philip Moon) tries to use his knowledge to take over the group in the present day.
242"Missing"TBATBA5 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"TBATBA12 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 isn't exactly Mayberry...
264"A Close Encounter"TBATBA19 February 1994 (1994-02-19)TBA
Darien helps an alien find his mate.
275"The Gravity of it All"TBATBA26 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"TBATBA5 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"TBATBA12 March 1994 (1994-03-12)TBA
A futuristic arms dealer is manufacturing 22nd century weapons and selling to 20th century criminals.
308"The Cure"TBATBA19 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"TBATBA23 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"TBATBA30 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"TBATBA7 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"TBATBA14 May 1994 (1994-05-14)TBA
Sahmbi creates an android double for Darien, and then sets him on Darien's trail.
3513"Mother"TBATBA21 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."TBATBA28 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, who asks Darien's assistance in finding his son, still missing in action in Cambodia.
3715"Split Image"TBATBA15 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"TBATBA22 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"TBATBA29 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"TBATBA5 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"TBATBA12 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"TBATBA19 November 1994 (1994-11-19)TBA
Captain Lambert is attacked and blinded by a criminal from the future.
4321"The Crash"TBATBA26 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"TBATBA3 December 1994 (1994-12-03)TBA
Darien is exposed to DXT while protecting a witness in a trial, which causes full memory loss.

DVD release[edit]

On October 9, 2012, Warner Bros. released the complete first season on DVD in Region 1 via their Warner Archive Collection. This is a Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) release.[9] The second and final season was released by Warner Archive on July 9, 2013.[10]

International broadcasters[edit]

Video game[edit]

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Garron, Barry (April 21, 1993). "Time-traveling Role Keeps Actor Hopping". Sun Sentinel. Tribune Publishing. Retrieved March 16, 2014. 
  2. ^ Benson, Jim (May 28, 1993). "Warner weblet to 2-night sked". Variety. 
  3. ^ "From Hooterville to Australia : Eddie Albert's 'Time Trax' sends him Down Under with his son - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. 1993-03-28. Retrieved 2014-03-16. 
  4. ^ Dawson, Greg (1993-02-03). "New 'Time Trax' Isn't Original, But It's Fun - Orlando Sentinel". Articles.orlandosentinel.com. Retrieved 2014-03-16. 
  5. ^ Hiltbrand, David (1993-01-25). "Picks and Pans Review: Time Trax". People.com. Retrieved 2014-03-16. 
  6. ^ a b c Garcia, Frank; Phillips, Mark (2009). Science Fiction Television Series, 1990–2004. McFarland & Company. ISBN 978-0-7864-2483-2. 
  7. ^ Willman, Chris (1993-01-20). "TV REVIEW : 'Time Trax' Suitably Silly Fare for the Kiddie Contingent - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. Retrieved 2014-03-16. 
  8. ^ a b c d e Episode 1x01 "A Stranger In Time"
  9. ^ "Time Trax - Captain Darien Lambert Travels to...TODAY! Warner Archive DVD is Now Available!". Archived from the original on 2012-10-11. 
  10. ^ "Time Trax DVD news: Announcement for Time Trax - The Complete 2nd Season". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Archived from the original on 2014-03-16. Retrieved 2014-03-16. 
  11. ^ http://www.gamefaqs.com/snes/588793-time-trax/data
  12. ^ "Review Crew: Time Trax". Electronic Gaming Monthly (57). EGM Media, LLC. April 1994. p. 40. 
  13. ^ "ProReview: Time Trax". GamePro (60). IDG. July 1994. p. 56. 

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