Oh boy, time travel really does a number on the head
With the latest installment of Booster Gold, Dan Jurgens gets the chance to write a scene where Booster Gold and Booster Gold have a heart to heart.Â Donâ€™t worry, the universe doesnâ€™t annihilate itself, but it will warp your head.
Iâ€™ve seen plenty of time travel movies and read plenty of time travel literature over my life.Â The ending to time travel stories always ends in one of three ways; a) the past isnâ€™t changed and only the time traveler knows, b) the past is changed for the better and only the time traveler knows, or c) the time traveler gets stuck in an infinite loop and is trapped forever reliving the same events over and over again.Â For Booster Gold he gets to experience two and a half of these.
Last issue, Booster the Elder and Booster the Younger were trapped in the past following the whole time jumping chase for the mystical chronal dagger.Â Because Booster the Younger was yanked out of the time stream and exposed to everything that would happen in the future, the future time line was skewed trapping Rip Hunter in the past during a time when he was manipulating events to ensure Starfire would make her escape to Earth.Â Following the events so far?Â Me neither…
I like how during their time together, the Younger gets to ask the Elder about the future and his role as a quasi time master. Itâ€™s somewhat refreshing to see the Youngerâ€™s face change as he realizes he will play a bigger role, and it gives him a momentâ€™s pleasure to know that all the goofs heâ€™s going through now have a positive impact in the future.Â Itâ€™s just too bad the Elderâ€™s face is full of anguish as he has to hide the fact that Ted Kord is still dead.
Meanwhile, Michelle, the once dead, now alive again sister of Booster, has cracked the code so to speak, and has found out she used to be dead.Â Using a chronal portal, sheâ€™s able to see everything that happened to Michael that she missed out on, and sheâ€™s not to happy about it.Â I think readers can sympathize with her predicament, as everything that has happened to her since her return feels like a betrayal as everyone has lied to her about what really happened.Â Â Sheâ€™s now left with a decision as to what she should do next.Â And fortunately, her decision is to jump somewhere in time.
I say a good decision because for the last year it seems Team Time Traveler has grown beyond the quaint stories the started the series, to something that has become a bit unwieldy for everyone involved, and having certain hanger on characters disappear gets us back to the roots of Booster and Rip Hunter.
Booster the Elder also has a tough decision to make as he and Skeets decide to wipe the Youngerâ€™s mind so he forgets everything that took place during their recent adventure.Â Had the Younger remembered everything that had happened it could have really changed the flow of the story and tossed the series into that infinite loop scenario.
By issues end, Booster and Rip are reunited, and Iâ€™m hopeful the duo get to have a few adventures together ala the Quantum Leap stories that kicked off the series.Â For now, Iâ€™m just glad the whole dagger story is over as it was wearing out its welcome with the constant overlap of time and place.
The Booster Gold series has been dragging for the last six issues or so, and the ending of this arc gives everyone a chance to take a step back and examine where they want to go with the story.Â Iâ€™m hopeful things can be turned around and put this title back on track to be a great series, but for now Booster Gold #19 only earns 2 out of 5 Stars.