In its early seasons, Saturday Night Live
used to have a recurring sketch called What If?, which took the form of an absurd children’s television show in which kids wrote in with questions that turned key moments in history on their ear: The cast tried to show us what might have happened if, say, Eleanor Roosevelt were able to fly, or if Spartacus had access to a small airplane. This is a narrative trick that has popped up in the movies plenty of times over the years, as films imagined what would have happened if H.G. Wells had a working time machine (Time After Time
) or if Albert Einstein had a date with Marilyn Monroe (Insignificance
). Spanish ...