5… 4… 3… 2… 1… Pull the lever!
And just like that, you’re thrown through time! Come with me as we explore the classic science fiction thriller; the original time travel story… The Time Machine by H. G. Wells.
With every single moment; years, tens, hundreds, thousands pass before the Time Traveler’s eyes. Caves formed around him, the seasons blend into one. Society rose and fell. Leaving nothing but dust…
“And I have by me, for my comfort, two strange white flowers – shriveled now, and brown and flat and brittle – to witness that even when mind and strength had gone, gratitude and a mutual tenderness still lived on in the heart of men.”
Those are some of the final words spoken to us by our protagonist, the inventor of the time machine, who travels 800,000 years into the future where humanity is replaced by two creatures: the Eloi and the Morlocks. The former is a dumb but gentle race, who live off the garden above, no needs to be taken care of, everything is provided to them. Then the latter are Morlocks, a group of underground dwelling Ape like carnivores who hunt the Eloi.
The story is actually a social commentary about the Bourgeoisie and the Proletariats; where the working class evolved into the Morlocks keeping the world alive in underground factories, while the upper class evolved into dainty, weak helpless creatures that don’t even notice that they’ll be eaten, or they don’t care with the luxuries that they have.
The Time Traveler goes on a series of adventures, fighting against the Morlocks, and traveling to the end of Earths timeline. From the end of all life, the cracked shores of a dying Earth, to watching the world grow over human progress. The primary motivation and focus for the story, movie-wise, not so much in the book is to save Weena. Of course in the movies, the Eloi are beautiful humans and not so much the small creatures portrayed in the book, and the Morlocks are ape-like.
The story has been criticized as being a take of evolution, where it has more to do with capitalism versus socialism. In Wells version the Eloi are socialists, lazy, not caring about tomorrow. While Morlocks are industrialists, who feed the Eloi and keep them as livestock.