Henry finally meets Clare's family in The Time Traveler's Wife's fifth episode, and, like many things in this series, it's completely different from the book. For starters, Henry and Clare arrive at Meadowlark in the summer instead of on Christmas Eve, as they do in the novel. A change in season may not seem like the biggest difference, but Christmas is always such a fraught time for Henry because it reminds him of his mother's death. That adds another layer of complication to the visit, as Henry is constantly trying to mitigate the stress and sadness of this time of year.
However, Henry's journey takes up so much of the episode that we end up losing Clare, both as she prepares for her wedding day and as she experiences pain in the future. We see her sadness solely through Henry's eyes, as he watches her older self mourn something he isn't quite aware of yet. Perhaps Moffat is saving Clare's perspective for Season 2, but it's baffling to me that the show would pull focus away from the time traveler's wife in its finale. It's the titular role!
Frankly, many of the book-to-show changes make no sense. They range from mildly confusing to completely unforgivable. Why make Clare and Henry so argumentative Why establish new rules about Henry's feet and baby teeth time traveling Why show us Annette's death hundreds of times Why make the wedding such a miserable experience And why add rape to an already upsetting storyline involving assault
On The Time Traveler's Wife, Theo James plays Henry, a librarian who keeps on vanishing, tumbling uncontrollably through the time stream. Past, present, future: Whenever he goes, he goes naked. The first time his wife meets him, young Clare (Everleigh McDonnell) is 6. From her perspective, a nude adult stranger just yells out of the wilderness, begging for clothes. She ransacks her dad's closet, and they secretly meet for years, and she never tells her parents about the mysterious visitor, nope, nope, nope. Nope. Noooooope.
The Time Traveler's Wife is a 2009 American romantic science fiction drama film based on Audrey Niffenegger's 2003 novel of the same name. Directed by Robert Schwentke, the film stars Eric Bana, Rachel McAdams, and Ron Livingston. The story follows Henry DeTamble (Bana), a Chicago librarian with a paranormal genetic disorder that causes him to randomly time travel as he tries to build a romantic relationship with Clare Abshire (McAdams), whom he meets as a child and who later becomes his wife.
Filming began in September 2007, originally in anticipation of an autumn 2008 release. The film's release was postponed with initially no official explanation from the studio. McAdams later noted that the delay was due to additional scenes and reshoots that could not be completed until the season at their outdoor location matched previously filmed footage, and Bana had regrown his hair following his work on the 2009 film Star Trek. Produced by New Line Cinema, the film was released on August 14, 2009, by Warner Bros. Pictures to mixed reviews but was a commercial success.
His sporadic time traveling is further complicated by the fact that he arrives at his destinations completely naked. From an early age, he had learned how to pick locks and to steal clothing to endure his travels. Among his getaways are many visits to young Clare. From present-day Clare's diary, he gets a list of dates when he visited her and gives those to young Clare so that she can be waiting for him with clothes. Clare eventually marries Henry. Henry time travels away before the ceremony and a visibly older version of himself arrives in time to step in.
Season 1 only adapted about half of the original novel. It told an incomplete story, without any sort of interesting cliffhanger to draw viewers back in. It was as if a larger season was cut in half and released. HBO should have made the rest of that larger show up front and premiered the entire TV series as a complete miniseries or close-ended run. Leaving it half-finished just to check if the story would resonate with audiences is a corporate move, and one that focuses entirely on profits instead of the actual craft of the story being told.
Showrunners have to balance two opposite desires: they want to tell a complete story but also want to keep their show going. Many series don't have a final end point in mind when they start, or that end point might be vague or change over time. Even some films have alternate endings, like the latest James Bond film. If the conclusion of a story isn't written in stone, there's no set limit on how long the show can go on.
Yet they didn't and now the story that exists is incomplete -- not because of anything wrong with the show itself, but because of trying to extend the story into a possible Season 2 rather than committing to one finite, stronger season. The Time Traveler's Wife had the potential to be the greatest adaptation to date of a beautiful and heart-rending story, but is instead left only half-told, stranded in time much like its protagonist.
The series, based on Audrey Niffenegger's 2003 novel of the same name, followed Henry (James), a man with a genetic disorder that causes him to time travel unpredictably, and his wife Clare (Leslie), who is forced to adapt to life while he's gone.
\"Though HBO will not be moving forward with a second season of The Time Traveler's Wife, it was our privilege to partner with master storytellers Steven Moffat and [director] David Nutter,\" HBO said in their statement. \"We are so grateful for their passion, hard work and care for adapting this beloved book. We also thank Theo and Rose, and the rest of our brilliant cast for their heartfelt performances, which completely captivated audiences.\"
This clever and inventive tale works on three levels: as an intriguing science fiction concept, a realistic character study and a touching love story. Henry De Tamble is a Chicago librarian with \"Chrono Displacement\" disorder; at random times, he suddenly disappears without warning and finds himself in the past or future, usually at a time or place of importance in his life. This leads to some wonderful paradoxes. From his point of view, he first met his wife, Clare, when he was 28 and she was 20. She ran up to him exclaiming that she'd known him all her life. He, however, had never seen her before. But when he reaches his 40s, already married to Clare, he suddenly finds himself time travelling to Clare's childhood and meeting her as a six-year-old. The book alternates between Henry and Clare's points of view, and so does the narration. Reed ably expresses the longing of the one always left behind, the frustrations of their unusual lifestyle, and above all, her overriding love for Henry. Likewise, Burns evokes the fear of a man who never knows where or when he'll turn up, and his gratitude at having Clare, whose love is his anchor. The expressive, evocative performances of both actors convey the protagonists' intense relationship, their personal quirks and their reminiscences, making this a fascinating audio. Simultaneous release with the MacAdam/Cage hardcover (Forecasts, Aug. 4). (Sept.) 59ce067264