Ben 10: Alien Force

Season 1 Episode 10

Paradox

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Aired Friday 8:30 PM Jul 05, 2008 on Cartoon Network
9.4
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A time experiment in the 1950s sends a bizarre monster to Ben's time. Now Ben, Gwen, and Kevin must team up with Paradox, a time traveling hero, to face off against the unstoppable creature.

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  • ben meets a time traveler but the time traveler already met him in the future

    7.7
    i didnt really like this episode. all its about is that a creature named paradox (i think thats what its called its either the creature or the doctor) went into ben's time. the creature makes anything old when it touches it. it made kevin and his car old that was kinda funny. the time travelling hero was chasing after the creature for thousands of millions of years. but in real time he was chasing him for 50 years. ben and the rest go back in time to the incident and the creature was one of the other doctors. the creature is gonemoreless
  • Amazing plot! Time traveling!

    10
    This episode in my opinion is so unique compared to the other ones! I'm not saying it's better, but it sure is something different! The Trans-Dimensional Monster (time-traveling creature) was so cool. I loved the part when Kevin tried to punch it and he became 60 or 80 yeasr older! Grumpy old Kevin! The Paradox guy was also fascinating-I was amazed by how fast he moved. I got a little confused with all the time-traveling stuff and math. I usually get confused with time traveling shows- but it was what made this Ben 10: Alien Force episode special! Great episode... Very uniquemoreless
  • 9.7 just because of Greg Cipes' fantastic work.

    9.7
    Wow....what an episode. Don't get me wrong, I LOVED this episode, as I do every B10AF, but, compared to the rest of the episodes, it was not as good. The entire "time-traveling, universe saving doctor and his monster enemy" concept and the science of it was very confusing. But, I loved the line, "I'm a time traveler, not a body shop" and what it's referring to. And I sort of got a little bored in the middle, just a bit. Kevin seemed a little OOC to me, but maybe that's just from my withdrawl due to the lack of solid gwevin these past two episodes. In one part, he mentions something happening in "auto-shop" so we now know that Kevin goes to school at least part-time with Kevin and Gwen, which is cool. But I'd like to see some more plot development at this point. Can't wait for the next episode. And also, Greg Cipes was amazing as usual.moreless
  • The show keeps getting better and better by the episode.

    9.7
    I think that this is probably the best episode of Alien Force, but I think X Equals Ben Plus Two will be better. The team join Paradox to stop an unstoppable beast. My favorite part is the part when Ben Started driving. I hope he gets to drive again. The Part when Kevin turned into an old man was sooo funny (he was trying to unlock a cactus). And I'm so happy we got to see Swampfire again. I'm just hoping Echo Echo and Big Chill would appear again. Jetray and Humongousaur have been over used alot, but I can under stand why. Overall The Time Traveling was the Best.moreless
  • A 1950's temporal experiment sends a menacing being forward in time.

    9.0
    Stories involving time travel usually throw me, and this one is no exception. I've watched the episode twice, and I still don't understand some of the stuff that happens here. Example: The time-monster's touch apparently accelerates the passage of time, aging whatever it contacts. When it ages Kevin's car, Gwen, Ben and Kevin are inside it. Why don't they age along with the car? And shouldn't the acceleration of time send the objects touched by the time-monster into the future? I don't get how a thing can be aged but remain in the present. Temporal mechanics notwithstanding, I enjoyed "Paradox." I'm really into this series, I like the characters, and after two repeats, it's great to see a new episode. We get some nice comic moments, a bizarre creature, and another interesting character in Paradox who, like Ben's grandmother Verdona, is irritating but in an endearing sort of way. Ben's alien transformations seem rushed here, which may disappoint those who want to see the extraterrestrials in action, but this episode is more about brains than brawn. (Just take a look at what happens to poor Kevin when he tries to take out the time creature with his fists.)moreless
Yuri Lowenthal

Yuri Lowenthal

Ben Tennyson

Ashley Johnson

Ashley Johnson

Gwen Tennyson

Greg Cipes

Greg Cipes

Kevin Levin

Dee Bradley Baker

Dee Bradley Baker

Jetray / Chromastone / Swampfire / Humungousaur

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (17)

    • Professor Paradox's jacket is 1,200 years old.

    • The Chrono-Logger is a subatomic drill designed to bore a tunnel in the fabric of Space-Time.

    • When Kevin finds the new version of his car, he says that it was 'factory new from 30 years ago' and the note from Paradox said his car would explode if it came into contact with anything from 1976. This might mean that the car was made in 1976. If this is true, the Alien Force series is set around 2006.

    • David McCallum guests stars as the time traveling hero Paradox. McCallum previously played another heroic time traveler, Steel, in the British telefantasy series Sapphire & Steel.

    • When asked about his age, Paradox says "I walk in eternity." This is how the Doctor describes himself in the Doctor Who story "The Pyramids of Mars".

    • When Old Kevin is laying on the ground, Ben and Gwen are leaning over him. But as he gets up, Gwen stands up without really moving.

    • The file found on the computer appears to be written in Latin, probably as a code.

    • In Paradox's note, it reads, "If your car comes in contact with anything else from 1976, it will explode like anti-matter." The allusion is that antimatter explodes on contact with regular matter. This gives the notion that Kevin's car is the antimatter, and that everything else made in 1976 is matter.

    • Look Closely:
      When Old Kevin is arguing with Gwen, the 10 on Ben's jacket vanishes.

    • Ben states that the animal bones are fossilized. Fossilized bones aren't actual bones but natural minerals that fill in the bone and/or hard body, and then compressed by the layers of earth for tremendous amounts of millenia.

    • Look Closely:
      The words in the film-article Gwen was reading were just random letters put together; they weren't real words.

    • David McCallum previously played a time traveller in the sci-fi series, Sapphire and Steel.

    • Ironically, the four alien forms used in this episode (Chromastone, Swampfire, Jetray, and Humongousaur) make up the entire first wave of Ben 10: Alien Force action figures.

    • The 'time machine' is a subatomic drill designed to bore a tunnel in the fabric of space and time.

    • Look Closely:
      When the Trans-Dimensional Monster touched Kevin's car and made it 'ancient', the inside was perfectly modern and was unchanged.

    • Appropriately for an episode called "Paradox," this episode contains two:

      1) Humongousaur rescues Hugo from the portal, but then the creature turns into Hugo.

      2) It would be impossible to travel back in time to stop an event that never occured because the team traveled back in time.

    • Paradox - Definition
      A paradox is a statement of truth in reality but can be considered false.

      Paradox explains that time is like a river, and flows in one direction infinitely. Should something affect the flow in the past and/or present creates different possibilities of a future.

  • QUOTES (38)

    • Paradox: Don't talk to me about "old." I walk in eternity.
      Kevin: Well, you better start running in eternity, smart guy!

    • Old Kevin: You should have gone out with me when I was young and handsome.
      Gwen: You were too immature.
      Old Kevin: What about now?
      Gwen: Too old.

    • Paradox: (Hugo appears on his arms) Hugo, of course! If it'd been a snake, it would've bit me.

    • Ben: I need to put on a little weight! (turns into Humongousaur) Humongousaur! (grabs Hugo) Trust me, this beats the alternative.

    • Ben: (referring to the Trans-Dimensional Monster) You just keep that thing occupied!
      Paradox: K-Keep it occupied? I'm a time-traveling hero; I don't keep things occupied!

    • Paradox: (talking to Old Kevin) There is something different about you. Is it your hair?
      Old Kevin: Yeah, I'm partin' it down the middle now and I also got real old!

    • Ben: (Ben damages Kevin's car) Whoops!
      Old Kevin: It's not a bumper car!

    • Ben: (referring to Kevin) Just touching that thing, aged him 60, 80 years. We've got to get him to a hospital.

    • Kevin: (talking to the Trans-Dimensional Monster) Not so fast ugly! (punches it, and becomes an old man)

    • Gwen: The trail, they're not burned marks - they're aged! The creature accelerates time.
      Paradox: Very good.

    • Paradox: Thanks.
      Swampfire: Thanks for what?
      Paradox: Well I had a feeling if we made a loud enough racket, he'd show up! (the Trans-Dimensional Monster shows up)
      Kevin: Finally, something we could hit.
      Paradox: Oh, I really don't think that's a good idea.

    • Paradox: (Kevin holding him) Easy on the jacket. It's 1,200 years old!

    • Swampfire: (referring to Paradox) How does he move so fast?
      Paradox: (sneaks up) You mean, how do I move so quickly? It's called, walking - strolling really.

    • Swampfire: He's obviously connected to that creature. We need to talk to him.
      Kevin: Oh yeah, we'll talk. (charges toward Paradox) I'm going to pound you!

    • Paradox: Gumball?
      Swampfire: No thanks. Who are you? What's your name?
      Paradox: You just read my file. I was rather hoping you could tell me. It slipped my mind several hundred years ago.
      Kevin: Did he just say several hundred years?
      Swampfire: Did you just say... (Paradox vanishes) ...hey!

    • Kevin: Hey it's that dork from the photo; the Paradox guy.
      Gwen: You haven't changed at all - in fifty years!
      Paradox: Oh, considerably more than that.

    • Ben: Swampfire! Gotcha.
      Paradox: Swampfire? That takes me back. Or is it forward? It's so hard to tell Ben. Have we met?
      Swampfire: How do you know my name?
      Paradox: Have we met yet, I suppose the question was.

    • Gwen: (referring to the Trans-Dimensional Monster) Look! That thing has been in here too.
      Ben: Only one trail. It either came in here and vanished... (interrupted by Gwen)
      Gwen: ...Or it was born here!

    • Kevin: (looking at the mess) Looks like my place; after the big party I threw last weekend.

    • Gwen: These films are really corrugated. But it looks like this base was built for some kind of time experiment called: "Project Paradox".
      Kevin: Who wouldn't pick the desert outside of Bellwood to do top-secret research.
      Ben: They built it here because of the huge quartz deposits.
      Kevin: (being sarcastic) Quartz, time; maybe they were trying to build the world's biggest wristwatch. (everyone's silent)

    • Chromastone: Chromastone! Look out... (building tumbles) ...gone.
      Gwen: At least the building it destroyed wasn't the library.
      Kevin: You really love books?
      Ben: She's saying we have to research; find out what that thing is. All we know so far is that it's looking for something here on the base.

    • Kevin: (referring to the Trans-Dimensional Monster) Finally something worth the gas!

    • Ben: The trail goes to the police station and to those - I guess they're apartments.
      Kevin: Just to review, someone stood here a million years ago and then walked into those buildings that were built fifty years ago?
      Ben: You are not helping! These could be signs of serious DNAlien activity, and it's up to us... (interrupted by Gwen)
      Gwen: DNAliens are not doing this. Does that look like a DNAlien to you? (points at the Trans-Dimensional Monster)

    • Gwen:Kevin! I can't believe it, you're okay!
      Kevin:I'll be okay if I can lean on you some more. (Gwen smiles and pushes him away)

    • Old Kevin: You are never driving my car again!
      (Kevin's car falls apart)
      Ben: True.

    • Gwen: Are you okay?
      Old Kevin: My back is killing me, my legs ache, and what's up with these shoes? Is it too much to ask for a little support?
      Gwen: (referring to Old Kevin) He's like a real irritable, short-tempered, crotchety old man.
      Old Kevin: Why are you whispering?!
      Ben: In other words, aside from the male-pattern baldness, he's pretty much the same as always.

    • Gwen: It's like someone turned the slate into sand just by standing on it.
      Kevin: (sarcastically) He was probably on hold.

    • Gwen: Look!
      Ben: This is a bird, and these are lizard bones. They're fossilized.
      Gwen: And they're not the only thing...

    • Gwen: (referring to holes) Did anyone notice some of them are vaguely person-shaped?
      Ben: Weird... Maybe something, I don't know, burned through the walls.
      Kevin: Like what?
      Ben: The same thing that burned these weird trails everywhere.

    • Ben: Grandpa Max said Los Soledad used to be a big military base back in the 50's; some kind of research facility.
      Kevin: Yeah, must've been some serious research. Check out these walls. Fifty years later and there's still no way in. (looks at large holes) No way! These weren't here.

    • Gwen: Isn't that like a big bad boy thing to do? Come out here to the ghost town to drag race.
      Kevin: How should I know? I just know them from autoshop. (Gwen and Ben spot graffiti that reads: "Kevin Rules!")

    • Kevin: You didn't need to come. Gwen and I could've handled this alone. It's nothing really.
      Ben: It doesn't sound like nothing. Weird noises, unearthly lights, rumors of weird creatures out here.
      Kevin: Yeah, the dudes I heard it from aren't totally reliable!

    • Hugo: Doctor I'm frightened.
      Paradox: Have a gumball, it will calm you down.

    • Paradox: (talking with the General) But to answer your first question, there is only one way to find out! (activates the time machine)

    • General: (after Paradox talks) It will also give our 'red buddies' a thing or two to think about.

    • General: (talking to Paradox) Sure this thing is going to work? You time machine has cost the U.S. government a pretty penny doctor.

    • Ben: (Reading from Paradox's note) Kevin, try to keep in mind that if this car comes in contact with anything else from 1976 it will explode into antimatter.
      Kevin: (chuckles nervously) He's kidding right? That's just some time-travel joke right? Isn't it? Guys?

    • Ben: I'll take those.
      Kevin: What do you think you're doing?
      Ben: Driving.
      Kevin: Don't even think about it. You don't have a license.
      Ben: Grandpa Max taught me and it's an emergency. You're nearsighted, arthritic, your reflexes are shot... and you're trying to unlock a cactus.

  • NOTES (16)

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • Dean Koontz - Moonlight Bay trilogy (Seize the Night specifically)

      The plot is suspiciously similar to these books, an old abandoned military base, that did time traveling/dimensional experiments in the past that went wrong, and now is affecting the area. But only the beginning, the rest of the plot is exceptionally different.

    • Allusion from Star Trek
      Much like Doctor McCoy's famous sayings of, "I'm a doctor, not a bricklayer," and similar sayings he made popular in television history, in this episode, Paradox says, "I'm a time traveler, not a body shop."

    • Paradox's Watch - Sliders
      Paradox's pocket watch is capable of opening event horizon wormholes in the air for himself and others to walk through, much like the remote control and effects in the television show Sliders.

    • The time machine, the Chrono-Logger, invented by Paradox, is similar in form and application to the time gate from the Star Trek episode, "The City on the Edge of Forever." However, the event horizon formed inside of it is similar to the effects used in Stargate.

    • Paradox - The Doctor
      Paradox appears to be inspired by the Doctor from Doctor Who based on his ability to travel through time, British accent, somewhat erratic attitude, his meeting of allies in their individual futures and his comment that he has saved the world hundreds of times. He even takes his former lab partner Hugo with him on his journeys, similar to how the Doctor always had a companion. Paradox's use of gum balls also mirrors The Doctors Fourth and Eighth lives use of Jelly Babies as a distraction or snack. Also like The Doctor, Paradox's true name is a mystery.

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