A concept frequently used as a plot device involving the manipulation of events by characters traveling through time.

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Nineties TV Show About Preventing Crimes

Okay, so as I remember it, the show was on TV in the UK on BBC2 in the second half of the nineties. It was American and would have been a standard 45 minute episode as it was in the tea time slot. ...
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Movie with 3 friends using a time machine constructed by one of them

The movie is about 3 friends where one of them makes a time machine. First they send the dog then the one who made the machine sends himself and lastly he sends his two friends. They get to the same ...
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Was the explanation of the Back to the Future 2 timeline correct? [duplicate]

In the S08E05 of The Big Bang Theory, Leonard and Howard argue about the timeline of Back to the Future Part II. They talk about how the future Biff would go to a different future once he gives the ...
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How did the first loop begin in Triangle?

How did the first loop begin in Triangle? One Jess is killed in the car crash. Why doesn't she move forward to the loop?
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Why don't Marty's memories change?

I've looked and I don't think this has been asked before. In Back to the Future 1, after Marty changes his parent's future, its obvious that he changes his own life and the life of his siblings ...
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Time Travel & The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

I just watched the movie The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and it was beautiful. Since it's a movie with a concept of Time travel and loops questions might come up. In the movie nearly towards the end ...
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Black & White time travel movie that ends with a repeating time loop

I am looking for a black and white science fiction movie that I watched a couple of times on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon in the early to mid 1960's on local Los Angeles television. The movie was ...
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What happened to the second Barry in Rogue Time?

At the end of Out Of Time, Barry has to run so fast that he accidentally jumps back in time by approximately one day, and becomes the doppleganger he had seen running alongside himself the day ...
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Why didn't little Barry get vanished?

The Flash In S01E15 (Fallout) we saw Barry saw himself while running. At the end of the episode we saw that Barry accidentally made a time jump and get back to time and it became clear that it was ...
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What if the coordinates of NASA were not sent?

I haven't seen this answered yet so here goes...In Interstellar, what if Cooper never sent the coordinates to himself? When he's in the tesseract, he surely remembers receiving the coordinates of ...
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Time loop paradox in The Flash

In season 1, episode 15 (Out of Time), we see a time loop in the end. Assuming the timeline when the episode started to be x, in the end, we get to timeline x+1. So, does Barry retain his ...
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Can the timeline of Predestination be written in chronological order?

I just finished watching this mind-boggling time travel movie which seems to create some sort of ultimate time paradox. I'm curious. Can the timeline of this movie be written in chronological order? ...
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Time travel movie with a loser watching an apple rot, and there are moon people

I'm trying to find a movie which I watched around 2008-2009 winter with the following details: The story starts 50-200 years before today. There is no electronic devices around. The protagonist was ...
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How come the events of Terminator didn't change the future, but the events of Terminator 2 did?

The 1984 events in the original Terminator don't change the future - rather, the events are consistent with a single "version" of 2029, the 2029 seen in the film. This is evidenced by the fact that ...
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How is Cooper's age justified?

In Interstellar the course of events to my knowledge is the following: The time taken to travel from Earth to the wormhole is 2yrs (Aggregate = 2). After that we don't know how much time passed on ...
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Time travelling soccer player

I've forgot the title of a movie, it's not an old movie, pretty much sure, and its about a teenager boy who plays soccer and that time travels back in time.. and he ends up falling in love with a girl ...
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Time travel movie with a spinning time machine

I've been looking for a long time for the name of a (probably) made-for-TV movie involving a time travel machine that spun like a small carousel, with a teenage boy and girl sitting on it. After ...
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A movie with a time machine which is being used to stop the crime

It's a Hollywood movie. I have seen it 5-6 years ago and now I don't remember its name or cast. The plot was something like this: there is a department with a time machine. They use this machine to ...
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What is this movie about a time travelling genie?

I faintly recall seeing a movie with one thousand and one nights motif. The twist of this movie is, there is a genie who is banished to 20th century London. His lamp in old Arabia is connected to TV ...
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Why didn't Kellog die in S1E5?

In Continuum Season 1, Episode 5, But Kellog didn't die. Kiera had some speculations about why that happend, but they all seem kinda odd. Is there an explonation consistent with the serie's logic? ...
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Old series about guy scientist and future?

What I remember: * First episode: Scientist (Second brain in the world (by volume or mass)) found a guy in our days and take him to future. They said that the "first brain" started apocalypses and ...
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Why had 5 1/2 hours passed on the ship?

Doctor Who series 2 episode 4: The Girl In the Fireplace Reinette is 37 ... After the clockwork androids are stopped the Doctor is trapped in Versailles because all the time windows are broken. Then ...
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Crossing your own timeline, changing the future - how does that work?

There are many movies and TV episodes in which a character "crosses his own timeline", sometimes even meeting his past or future self (e.g. The Day of the Doctor). Technically, I should say meeting ...
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How did they get back in “City on the Edge of Forever”?

I’ve never understood how Kirk, Spock, and Bones got back to the present at the end of “City on the Edge of Forever”. Going back to 1930 is simple enough, they stepped through the portal at the right ...
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Why don't they try to change the past?

I always saw Twelve Monkeys as being centered around the fact that the past cannot be changed. But why is that? Is it a physical law that makes it impossible to change or is it just the scientists ...
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Time and Space Travel?

In the movie 12 Monkeys, when James Cole was sent back in time for the second time, they sent him by mistake to the WW1 era. But I think the place where they sent him was not in USA, but in Europe and ...
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What is the Butterfly-Effect in Mr. Nobody?

In Mr. Nobody, the concept of time-travel is blended with the butterfly effect. In the movie, when the old man tells his story as a child, he says that he chose his mommy and daddy because they would ...
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Are there any guides to the timeline of Donnie Darko?

I have the basic understanding that the entire plot to Donnie Darko revolves around time traveling. As far as the ending is conceded, you may have various interpretations of what actually happened. ...
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Why not send back dead or drugged people in Looper?

I understand that it would ruin the story but why not shoot the target in the future and then just send back the dead body? Or with their legs broken? Or drugged? It seems like a lot could go wrong ...
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Why doesn't Marty use the other DeLorean?

In Back to the Future Part 3 Marty follows Doc back to 1885 to rescue him from being shot at the hands of Buford 'Mad Dog' Tannen. He arrives in 1885 some time after Doc has written the letter that ...
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In “Looper” was there a reason why they didn't send people directly to the furnace?

In "Looper" the future bad-guys send back people to be killed in a field by a guy with a stupid gun who then takes them into what appears to be a massively-insecure blast-furnace equipped factory of ...
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Why don't more things change back?

In Looper, why don't more things change when they kill/maim people? Like when Joe shoots himself at the end and Older Joe disappears, why doesn't it undo the things that Older Joe did seeing as he ...
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What happened to change Joe's timeline?

As far as I can remember, we see a total of three Joes in the movie. Joe A kills himself, then 30 years later gets sent back and is killed by Joe B, a closed loop. Joe B, however, changes from the ...
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What was the first tv show or movie to feature a character who travelled through time?

There have been many characters who have travelled through time but who was the first? Off the top of my head, I can only think of Ebenezer Scrooge and his 3 ghostly visitors. I'm not even sure that ...
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Time travel paradox in Futurama

In S7E3 "Decision 3012", a man from the future travels back in time to stop Nixon winning the election. Since he defeats Nixon, there is no need for him to return to his own time. He never does and ...
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How is Agent J able to get the time-travel device in Men in Black 3?

In Men in Black 3, Agent J (Will Smith) goes to see Jeffrey Price in the electronics store to obtain the time-travel device built by Price's father that J can then use to travel back to 1969 to avert ...
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Why did the time machine work different for J?

Towards the end of the film, J decides to use the time machine to gain an advantage over Boris. However, unlike before, when he time jumps he comes back into his body that was in 1969 before he made ...
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What is the reason for the blood between Henry and Clair in The Time Travler's Wife?

There is a scene after the miscarriage where Henry and his wife are sleeping on thier bed and they see blood on the bed. What does it mean? Is this a second miscarriage or did I miss something?
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identify movie where army goes back in time to ww1 or ww2 era

My father and I were talking about this movie, we saw it a VERY long time ago. All I remember about it is, that the army(present day in the movies time) somehow either Bermuda Triangle or something, ...
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In the Time Travellers Wife why does Henry never meet himself?

There are several occasions in the Time Travellers Wife where Henry arrives at the same point as he's already been, such as when he sees himself die and when Alba is conceived. Why does he never meet ...
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In Back to the Future Part II, how could old Biff have made it back to 2015?

In Back to the Future Part II, Doc picks up Marty in 1985 and takes him to 2015. Then old Biff realizes the Delorean is a time machine. Old Biff steals the Delorean and travels from 2015 to 1955 to ...
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What does the woman from the future mean when she says she's “in insurance”?

At the end of 12 Monkeys, the doctor spreading the virus gets on a plane and sits next to a woman we know (or can assume) is from the future. She tells the doctor that she's "in insurance." What does ...
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What caused and ended the time loop in Groundhog Day?

I've always wondered what caused the Time Loop experienced by Phil Connors in Groundhog Day, as well as what ended it, but I don't recall it being discussed in the movie. What was the cause for the ...
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Is the time loop on the cruise ship a second timeline in Triangle?

In Triangle, at the start when Jess arrives at the boat for the "first" time, is this the start of the continuation of the ending scene. It's known that the cruise ship and any surroundings after ...
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What happened to Thomas Granger?

In Primer there is a secondary character named Thomas Granger that the two main characters Aaron and Abe come in contact with. Apparently he is the father of Abe's girlfriend Rachel and is head of ...
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Why does Harry only make use of time travel in The Prisoner of Azkaban?

At the end of The Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry and Hermione travel back in time to save Sirius (and as it turns out, Buckbeak) and escape the Dementors. If this is a legitimate option for saving ...
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Why don't Marty's parents ever mention how similar he looks to the Marty of 1955?

Although Marty is only in 1955 for one week, he plays a pivotal role in getting his parents together. He even briefly dates his mother. So, considering he plays such a pivotal role, does it make sense ...