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

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Back to the Future Part 2: What was the point of going to the future?

In Back to the Future Part 2, Doc practically forces Marty to come back with him to 2015 to correct something regarding his kids. Basically Marty Jr. needs to say "no" to Griff so that he doesn't get ...
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How did Biff return to 2015 from 1955 without a lightning strike?

What I don't get about Back to the Future Part II is how was Old Biff able to come back to 2015 from 1955 after he gave his 1955 self the Sports Almanac. If you recall from Part I, the chance ...
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How did Ulrich end up in 1953?

In season 1 of Dark, Ulrich, in search of his son goes through the portal in the cave and ends up in 1953. Throughout the show, they keep saying that one can either go 33 years in the future or 33 ...
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What's the role of the Receiver/Transmitter in Avengers Endgame?

In Endgame we are shown that the Time Travelers leave from a transmitting / receiving unit. But this seems optional. When Tony and Steve are in 2012, they leave from there to get to 1970 - no ...
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Does Time Travelling not render all plots useless? [closed]

In the most recent implementation of time travel in a movie, I felt it's inevitable for the plot to go the protagonists' way, since they can go back in time and do anything they want. Plus if time ...
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How did Travelers bring matter/objects/artifacts into the past?

Travelers travel back in time by somehow planting information into the mind of a present-day person by the use of some quantum mechanism and a "TELL" (nevermind that GPS technology is nowhere near as ...
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Was Dormammu's dimension required for the time loop to work?

In Dr. Strange, the Doctor uses the time loop in order to beat down Dormammu's patience. We know that Dormammu's dimension was one without the concept of time and that the Doctor had brought the ...
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Time travel / accessing the fourth dimension [closed]

There are a number of time travel movies where humans have gained access to the fourth dimension. Recent examples that come to mind are: In these movies the protagonist is able to pick a point in ...
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First appearance of going to past (time-travel) to change the present

There have been quite a few movies where people go back in time to change the past so that the present is altered. On top of my head are Back to the future (2), Men in Black (2), one of the recent X-...
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TV-Show: Time travel with group of different times. Fork-like tool used as weapon [closed]

I saw this TV-show in the '80s. I scarcely remember a thing. There was a group of people of different times traveling together across time. Here are two characters that I remember: FORK-GUY: A man ...
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Identify Kids Time Travel TV Show [closed]

I've been looking for this tv show for a while, but I can't find any references to it at all. I know it is definitely pre 2001 The series starts with some teen from the future looking for someone who ...
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Time travel movie: guy wants to live in the past, travels there and meets another girl who wants to live even further in the past [closed]

I'm searching a time travel movie about a guy who wants to live in the past. Somehow he was brought there and meets another girl. That other girl ironically wants to live even further in the past. I ...
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Where did the second Marty go?

At the end of Back to the Future (1985), Marty1 comes back to 1985 from 1955 to save Doc, and seems to get there too late. He sees Marty2 disappear into the past in the Delorean right upon his arrival....
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Time-travelling neo-Nazis try to give Hitler an H-bomb [closed]

A group of neo-Nazis steal an H-bomb (that looks like a briefcase) from a museum in the future, with the intention of going back in time and giving it to Hitler in 1944 or 1945 (near his defeat), to ...
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How does killing Barron affect the timeline in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children? [duplicate]

In the movie "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children", Mr. Barron kidnaps Miss Peregrine in order to use her in his immortality experiment. With Miss Peregrine gone, the time loop she created in ...
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How come the present is not changed for the lab team?

In Timeless, the three main characters, are sent back in time, trying to fix history as 'They know it in their present' Taking the first episodes (only 4 aired for now - 2016.oct.27), it seems that ...
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Critical plot hole in Primer?

Primer is by far the most sophisticated time travel movie I've ever seen. Did you know that director Shane Carrurh wanted the objects to stay inside the box when traveling back in time, so they keep ...
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How did Marty meet Doc in 1955 after Doc has travelled to 1885?

In Back to the future II, Marty burns the almanac in the bucket and Doc's DeLorean was struck by lightning, causing doc to travel to 1885 accidentally. Then Marty receives a letter from Doc which was ...
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Movie where father, mother and son are the same person? [closed]

Does anyone know the name of the movie, where there is a cyclic story line, with a son, who his mother is trying to save or something like that, and happens that the son undergoes a sex change ...
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How does time travel work in the Terminator franchise given the nature of the time travel devices and the movement of the Earth?

Given the mechanism of time travel shown across the Terminator media (films and TV series) - namely, the traveler being sent from a machine to a point where there is no receptor device - is there ...
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What's the rush to travel forward in time?

In the 1984 events of Terminator: Genisys when Kyle and Sarah, having destroyed the only known enemy robot in their timeline, approach their one-shot Time Displacement Engine (TDE), they get into an ...
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What are the time travel rules in Midnight In Paris?

Every instance of time travel for Gil Pender involves a vehicle from the destination era transporting him to a landmark from that era. He also seems to be able to leave the era trivially at will. In ...
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Track all changes to the timeline in the Terminator series

In accordance with the topic challenge on time travel in TV and movies and celebrating Future Day: There are quite a few Terminator questions relating to specific changes in the timeline or to ...
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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 [closed]

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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Why didn't young Barry disappear?

In The Flash S01E15 episode "Fallout" we saw Barry see himself while running. At the end of the episode we saw that Barry accidentally makes a time jump and goes back in time. It becomes clear that it ...
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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 NASA....
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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 [closed]

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 a ...
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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 travel movie with a spinning time machine [closed]

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 that is being used to stop a crime [closed]

It's a Hollywood movie.I saw it five or six 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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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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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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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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Doc knows he will invent time machine 30 years ahead and it doesnt change the future

In Back to the Future, Doc invented time machine in 1985 and he was really excited and little surprised that it worked. But later in movie, Marty goes back and tells young Doc about it. Why was Doc ...
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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 ...