Time Trax

Time Trax

Capt. Darien Lambert and SELMA
Created by Harve Bennett
Jeffrey M. Hayes
Grant Rosenberg
Starring Dale Midkiff[1]
Elizabeth Alexander
Country of origin United States/Australia
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 44 (list of episodes)
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Gary Nardino Productions
Lorimar Television (1993) (Season 1)
Warner Bros. Television (1993-1994) (Seasons 1-2)
Distributor Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution (1993) (Season 1)
Original network PTEN[2]
Original release January 20, 1993 – December 3, 1994

Time Trax is an American/Australian co-produced science fiction television series that first aired in 1993.[1][3][4] A police officer, sent through time into the past, has to track down and return convicted criminals who have escaped prison in the future.[5] This was the last new production from Lorimar Television.


In the year 2193, over a hundred criminals become fugitives of law enforcement by traveling back in time two hundred years, using a time machine called Trax. Darien Lambert (Dale Midkiff) is a police detective of that period who is sent back to 1993 in order to apprehend as many of the fugitives as possible.[6] He is assisted by the Specified Encapsulated Limitless Memory Archive, or SELMA (Elizabeth Alexander), an extremely small but very powerful computer (described as equivalent to a mainframe) disguised for the mission as an credit card and communicated through a holographic interface which takes the visual form of a prim young woman. Lambert is also equipped with an MPPT (Micro-Pellet Projection Tube) disguised as a keyless car alarm remote, which can stun targets or engulf them in an energy field, rendering them transportable to the future. This process, executed by SELMA, incorporates a transmission sequence to send the criminal on his way. Dr. Mordecai Sahmbi (Peter Donat), who was responsible for sending the fugitives to 1993, tries several times to kill Lambert.

Captain Lambert, fearing the possible consequences of altering the timeline, does not actively attempt to interfere with the natural flow of history, although he frequently leaves messages for his colleagues in 2193 (via the 'personals' sections of assorted newspapers). However, the series makes occasional allusions to a theory of parallel timelines, implying that time travelers go into an alternate past so that their actions there have no effect on the 2193 "present".

Opening narration

Season 1

"It began in the future. A scientist turning to evil, a time machine called TRAX, criminals who vanish and a lawman with a mission. He has one weapon and a computer named SELMA."

SELMA: Good morning, Captain Lambert.

"With them he will travel to a time more innocent than his own. Now he is among us. A special breed of man, a hunter, travelling through our world searching for fugitives from his own, knowing he can not go home until he has found them all. His name is Darien Lambert and this is his story."

Season 2

"It began in the future. A time machine called TRAX, criminals who vanish, and a lawman who must pursue into the past. Now he is among us, a special breed of man. He has one weapon and a computer called Selma. With her, he will travel through our world, searching for fugitives from his own, knowing he cannot go home until he has found them all. His name is Darien Lambert and this is his story."


Darien Lambert

~ Captain, Fugitive Retrieval Section

Pre-Series (pilot narration)

He was born on August 17, 2160, 8:05 AM, Monday. He was left at the Bradwell orphanage (#35 "Mother"). Unclaimed by his birth parents; he was raised in Enclave I-6 Middle City, the area known long before as Chicago Land. As was the custom, he was allowed to choose his own name. He chose Darien, hero of the Just War of 2129, and Lambert, the surname of the woman who bore him; whom he called mother even though all he had of her was her photograph.

He grew up a normal child of his times: IQ 204, Speed Memorization rate 1.2 pages per second (slightly above average). He was a competent athlete. His best speed for the 100 meters was 8.6 seconds, and for the Mile Run - 3 minutes 38 seconds. He wondered how the Olympic Champion could ever have done it twenty seconds faster. His heartbeat was a normal 35 beats per minute. His life expectancy - 120 years. His lungs were average, capable of air storage up to six minutes. Beta wave training had given his generation mind control capabilities unavailable fifty years before his birth. One of these was the ability to slow down the speed of visual images reaching the brain, popularly called "time stalling". It demanded rigorous training.

He was a solitary child; he lived among his memories. He was also a patriot. He admitted this to no one, because it was out of fashion. But he had feelings for his native land, once called the United States, and knew every detail of her history. He admired her early Fugitive Retrieval Specialists, the U.S. Marshals, and wondered why in later times so many of her criminals went unpunished. This belief system took him on a career path: The International Police Academy at West Point on Hudson.

In the same year, Dr. Mordecai Sahmbi of MIT won the Nobel Prize for physics for his theoretical work in the teletransportation of particle mass. Halfway around the earth, Sahmbi is idolized by the brilliant young prodigy, Elyssa Channing-Knox (Mia Sara). About to be accepted at MIT, she is nine years old. By the time she is 17, she will have become his most gifted student. These two people will change Lambert's life forever.

At West Point, Lambert excels; he learns Mosh-T an occidental improvement of martial arts. He becomes expert with the Pellet Projection Tube, the standard police weapon of the day. He graduates first in his class and is commissioned a Detective, Junior Grade. He is a marshal at last. The years that follow are turbulent to Lambert. He learns the eternal lesson of his trade; a policeman stands alone. Nor is his isolation made easier by being a member of a minority race. [The crowd chants 'blanco'.] It is the 22nd century's most abrasive racial slur. His experiences have made him strong, yet by decade's end, a series of events have begun to shake his confidence.

His arrest record declines sharply. Routine track-downs end in mysterious disappearances. Suspects vanish without a trace. He begins to doubt his ability. Then, one day in the summer of '92 ... (leads into the series)[1]

(Primary Source: Introduction First Episode of "Time Trax")





Selma was Darien's link to his past (i.e. life in our temporal future) Selma was a computer, but a computer that seemed like a real person to Darien most of the time. They fought with one another and worried about each other. By the end of the series, SELMA almost "mothered" Darien and, despite her programming, admitted a deep pride in him. By all appearances the feeling was mutual. Selma was disguised as a credit card that Darien always carried with him. Selma communicated with both a voice and a holographic interface based on a picture of Darien's mother. It is revealed that SELMA can change her outward holographic appearance if Darien so desires. Additionally, SELMA can place phone calls, perform medical and scientific testing as well as interface with virtually any computer including those belonging to law enforcement agencies. Using this ability, SELMA has created marshals' credentials. Additionally, using this ability, SELMA has also made travel reservations for Darien as well performing research from contemporary sources. SELMA also has a vast amount of information in her database; this encompasses everything from technical manuals to cookbooks and historical facts.

Encountered fugitives the Antagonists

Dr. Mordecai Sahmbi

Charlie "C.L." Burke

Sepp Dietrich

Other characters

Elyssa Channing-Knox

Annie Knox (Mia Sara)

Fugitive Retrieval Sergeant

Country singer Caitlin Carlisle (Kassie Wesley DePaiva)

Joey Miller



Time Trax was filmed in and around Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.[3] It was the last series to premiere under the Lorimar Productions name.


Created by:


Recurring characters:

Episode list

Season 1

No. Air Date Episode Title Synopsis
01 and 02 20 January 1993 A Stranger In Time A police captain in the year 2193 travels back in time 200 years to apprehend fugitives from his own time.
03 3 February 1993 To Kill a Billionaire Dr. Sahmbi concocts a scheme to send nuclear waste to the twenty-second century under the guise of a business.
04 10 February 1993 Fire and Ice Darien tracks down a pair of jewel thieves.
05 17 February 1993 Showdown It's a new kind of wild west when Darien teams up with a local lawman to capture a fugitive. But this lawman might not be what he seems...
06 24 February 1993 The Prodigy When a boy (Rider Strong) displays unusual athletic prowess, Darien suspects both the boy and his father are from the future.
07 3 March 1993 Death Takes a Holiday A fugitive uses his knowledge of future drugs to run a Mafia family.
08 10 March 1993 The Contender A fellow time traveler (Bernie Casey) asks Darien to help him bring his son, a banned boxer, back to the future.
09 17 March 1993 Night of the Savage Darien travels to London to find a literally bloodthirsty killer known as the Savage.
10 31 March 1993 Treasure of the Ages A fugitive turned treasure hunter is trapped in a hurricane with Darien.
11 7 April 1993 The Price of Honor A fugitive blackmails the Secretary of State (Dorian Harewood) who will eventually become President of the United States.
12 14 April 1993 Face of Death When a plastic surgeon is killed in a strange matter, Darien believes one of the fugitives is responsible. The only problem is the doctor was a plastic surgeon, and now Darien must figure which member of an archeological expedition is his target.
13 5 May 1993 Revenge Sepp Dietrich has survived the third dose of TXP and resurfaces in Hawaii as leader of a white supremacist group.
14 12 May 1993 Darien Comes Home While visiting Chicago, Darien learns that a man was killed by a future weapon, and goes undercover at a computer company to catch the killers, a pair of fugitive brothers (Christopher Daniel Barnes and Robert Mammone).
15 19 May 1993 Two Beans in a Wheel A woman claiming to be from the future tells Darien that Sahmbi is after the Holy Grail.
16 26 May 1993 Little Boy Lost One of Darien's old instructors winds up in the hospital, and Darien seeks the Man's adopted son.
17 27 October 1993 The Mysterious Stranger Darien travels to Mexico in search of a fugitive who started a drug epidemic in the 22nd century. Along the way he encounters a PI from the future who is not exactly who he seems.
18 3 November 1993 Framed Darien is framed for murder of a federal agent as part of another attempted government takeover by Charley Burke
19 10 November 1993 Beautiful Songbird An obsessed fugitive (John de Lancie) stalks a country singer who is destined to be a star.
20 17 November 1993 Photo Finish A fugitive uses an invention of his on race horses.
21 26 November 1993 Darrow for the Defense Laura Darrow (Amy Steel), a lawyer and old friend of Darien's, goes back to 1993 to find her client, who just happens to a fugitive, to inform him he's been acquitted of the charges against him.
22 1 December 1993 One On One Darien becomes the unwilling test subject of Sahmbi's mind control invention.

Season 2

No. Air Date Episode Title Synopsis
23 29 January 1994 Return of the Yakazu A Yakuza member from the future and fugitive (Philip Moon) tries to use his knowledge to take over the group in the present day.
24 5 February 1994 Missing When Selma is stolen by muggers, Darien teams up with an older officer (Ralph Waite) to save her.
25 12 February 1994 To Live or Die in Docker Flats When a fugitive is murdered in a small town, Darien stays to find out who did it. But this town isn't exactly Mayberry...
26 19 February 1994 A Close Encounter Darien helps an alien find his mate.
27 26 February 1994 The Gravity of it All Darien encounters a professor from the future (John Schuck) who has created a belt allowing people to fly. The problem is terrorists want it as well.
28 5 March 1994 Happy Valley Darien's friend Tulsa Giles enlists his aid in discovering why home buyers in a certain subdivision are losing their minds.
29 12 March 1994 Lethal Weapons A futuristic arms dealer is manufacturing 22nd century weapons and selling to 20th century criminals.
30 19 March 1994 The Cure Darien travels to Australia and encounters Dr. Sahmbi's fraudulent attempt to treat people for diseases by using TXP.
31 23 April 1994 Perfect Pair Darien's old partner Mace Warfield arrives in the 20th century with an assignment for both of them: to track down and retrieve a corrupt police captain.
32 30 April 1994 Catch Me If You Can Darien teams up with a female U.S. Marshal to pursue a bank robbing 22nd century fugitive who manages to stay one step ahead.
33 7 May 1994 The Dream Team A basketball star turned priest (Julius Erving) needs protection after hearing the confession of a future fugitive while in prison.
34 14 May 1994 Almost Human Sahmbi creates an android double for Darien, and then sets him on Darien's trail.
35 21 May 1994 Mother Darien pursues a fugitive who leads him to Kathryn Logan (Elizabeth Alexander in a dual role), his mother.
36 28 May 1994 The Last M.I.A. After being wounded in an encounter with a fugitive, Darien is nursed back to health by a military veteran, who asks Darien's assistance in finding his son, still missing in action in Cambodia.
37 15 October 1994 Split Image A female cat burglar is caught in the act, but uses a futuristic weapon to escape.
38 22 October 1994 Cool Hand Darien The widow of a fugitive, reported dead, asks Darien's help in finding out what really happened.
39 29 October 1994 The Lottery A comedian in the 20th Century turns out to have been someone who was Darien's favorite comic performer in the 22nd Century.
40 5 November 1994 Out For Blood Darien must prevent the murder of an innocent woman by a man from the future intent on keeping her from having descendants, one of whom will become a murderer in the 22nd Century who will kill his girl friend.
41 12 November 1994 The Scarlet Koala A rare Koala must be found by Darien in order to stop a plague that will decimate the 22nd Century.
42 19 November 1994 Optic Nerve Captain Lambert is attacked by a criminal from the future, an attack that results in Lambert's being blinded.
43 26 November 1994 The Crash Darien Lambert apprehends a fugitive, who tries to cut a deal by leading the cop from the future to his boss, a much more important criminal.
44 3 December 1994 Forgotten Tomorrows Darien is exposed to DXT while protecting a witness in a trial, which causes full memory loss.

DVD release

On October 9, 2012, Warner Bros. released the complete first season on DVD in Region 1 via their Warner Archive Collection. This is a Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) release.[7] The second and final season was released by Warner Archive on July 9, 2013.[8]

International broadcasters

Time Trax in other media

Video game

A video game for the Super NES console based on the series was released on the U.S. market by Malibu Games in April 1994[9] (although some sources list December 1993). A Sega Genesis version was also developed and completed, and was reviewed in major gaming publications,[10][11] but it was never released by the publisher. A prototype of the Mega Drive/Genesis version in fully finished state was leaked in 2013.


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