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aka Greensleeves
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(8/29/07 5:10 pm)


Temporal feedback loops (a la "Groundhog Day")
This is a little outside our normal realm, but I've seen the motif crop up enough (in film and TV) that I think it warrants a closer look.

What I'm wondering is... what's the history/origin of the "repeating days" motif seen in "Groundhog Day?" I thought that film was the first time I had seen it... but last night I caught an episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" that pre-dated GD by a few years. I know after GD came out, it was an enticing enough prospect to be adopted by various TV shows (such as "Xena: Warrior Princess").

Anyone have thoughts on this?

AliceCEB
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(8/29/07 6:39 pm)


Re: Temporal feedback loops (a la "Groundhog Day")
I suppose you could start with Sisyphus--repeating each day what he did the day before...

moonway
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(8/30/07 6:48 pm)


Re: Temporal feedback loops (a la "Groundhog Day")
I'm sure everyone is familiar with the episode of Stargate SG-1 called "Window of Opportunity" in which everyone keeps repeating the same ten hours over and over again, but only two of the characters are aware of it. Being the least intellectual or bright or whatever, it's difficult for them to finally find the way out. In fact, they lose count of the repetitions.

Very, very funny.

Kaleigh Way

Troy Patterson
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(9/18/07 11:48 pm)


Temporal feedback loops
It's not unusaul for people who have been impacted by lifes events to internalize them / it, and to unconsciously recreate or place themselves in similar circumstances / situations untill they work them out / resolve / overcome that which they felt violated them or are overcome by it.

Groundhog Day played on that theme.

It's an excellent concept.

Troy Patterson TMPCarbs.net TMP Carbs

Van45us
Registered User
(10/5/07 1:47 pm)


Re: Temporal feedback loops
Yep, seen it time without number.

DJfromMA
Registered User
(10/5/07 2:29 pm)


Re: Temporal feedback loops
And since someone's already invoked Japanese anime on another thread, film use can track the Temporal Loop farther back to the influential classic "Beautiful Dreamer", from '84:
Where the motley characters--who aren't aware they may all be sharing some communal dream-state--discover that they've been stuck in a repeating series of events, until they try to break out and change them, which causes an even greater alteration of the surrounding events.

(Which may all sound very obscure and pretentious, except that the movie also happened to be hysterically funny--and invokes the Japanese Urashimataro folktale, for board content--and I'll use any flimsy excuse to get neophytes to watch it.) :)

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