Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The Roaring Twenties

That got very dark very fast.

I love flappers and I love The Great Gatsby, so I've wanted to do a Chrono Corps cap with pictures from one of the movie versions of The Great Gatsby for a while.  But it took me a while to find a story.  But really, the elephant in the room for any time travel story involving this era in history had to be the myriad horrors of the 1930s and 1940s, right?

This is a question any time travel story has to address at some point.  If you have the power to change history, why squander it on saving obscure Medieval princesses or stopping corporate fraud or preventing some rich brothers from killing each other over an inheritance?  Why not tackle the numerous global catastrophes of the last century?

The answer is, the Chrono Corps focuses on low-hanging fruit.  Simple, achievable missions.  In the case of Long Live the Queen, for example, the CC is able to prevent a war simply by preventing the assassination of one woman.  Save the cheerleader, save the world.  But not all historical catastrophes are so easy to prevent.  Preventing World War 2 and the Holocaust probably wouldn't be as easy as killing Hitler.

We'll be seeing Eric again, by the way.  Thankfully, the circumstances will be less depressing next time.

1 comment:

  1. Cool idea. That some historical events are just to big to be changed. I wonder if the converse would be true. How many horrible things have they stopped that we (in the main time stream) don't know about? World War 3? The Great North American Plague? The release of the Gender Virus? (A nasty little bug that cause you to change genders?)

    I mean there could be an endless list of disasters prevented and none of us would know . . . :-)