Childbirth made women particularly vulnerable. Has anyone read The Red Tent? Death was seen as almost a part of life, and while they were missed it seemed almost the price for bearing children.
I love the time travel Twilight Zone episodes. It is a common theme, and I think a lot of that was Serling's nostalgia. No Time Like the Past is another one, and there's two episodes where they actually escape into the simpler world. A World of Difference and A Stop at Willoughby.
I'm watching a lot of them right now to research for a game, and there are some with happy endings. My favorites of those are I Dream of Genie and Night of the Meek.
A Stop at Willoughby is one of my absolute favorite TZ episodes. I just love that one.
Another time travel one I like is "Back There". The main character (played by Russell Johnson who also played The Professor on Gilligan's Island and just recently died) finds himself back in time trying to prove that having advance knowledge of the assassination of Lincoln, he could prevent it. He can't, but he does inadvertently change other things.
And yet another one I really like, "A Hundred Years over the Rim" in which Cliff Robertson travels into the future to get help for his sick son.
Sorry for the thread hijack -- I know the TZ discussion is way off topic, but man I love those shows.