Created By: AmyJade on August 20, 2011 Last Edited By: Noaqiyeum on October 7, 2012

Object Breaking Time Loop

Something breaks as a Groundhog Day Loop restarts.

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A character stuck repeating the same events over and over will struggle to figure out how to change the future (and hopefully break the pattern) each time the loop resets. An easy shorthand is to show something valuable breaking at the beginning of each loop. Since this is the first event the character stuck in the loop will face, how she deals with the object fated to break can serve as foreshadowing and symbolism, setting the tone of the current loop. One way to demonstrate that the character has taken control of her fate is to show her save the object from being broken, then purposely break it herself.

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Live Action TV:
  • In the Farscape episode "Back and Back and Back to the Future," Crichton gets stuck in a time loop. At the beginning of each loop, he accidentally breaks a delicate mask belonging to Zhaan. On the last loop, he stops the mask from breaking, then calmly places it on the floor and steps on it.
  • In the Blood Ties episode "5:55," Vicki starts off each loop by breaking a goblet that Coreen gave her as a present. On the last loop, she places it in a drawer so it doesn't get broken. It breaks anyway after she escapes the loop.
  • Stargate SG-1: Teal'c starts each "Groundhog Day" Loop by getting smacked in the face with a door as he is walking down the hall. After several loops, he finally catches the door and slams it back in the face of the guy who opened it.
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  • August 20, 2011
    AFP
    • Stargate SG 1: Teal'c starts each Groundhog Day Loop by getting smacked in the face with a door as he is walking down the hall. After several loops, he finally catches the door and slams it back in the face of the guy who opened it.
  • October 6, 2012
    dvorak
    One episode of Aladdin: the Animated Sieries (titled Sands of Fate) had a caravan caught in a Groundhog Day Loop when the magic crystal they were carrying shattered. Iago catches the crystal at the end of the episode, ending the loop
  • October 6, 2012
    MrRuano
    The new Mortal Kombat has a sign on the new timeline's progress through the state of Raiden's amulet. As things go further, the cracks get worse, implying that things are going to lead back to Armageddon until Raiden accidentally kills Liu Kang, gets beaten on by Shao Kahn, and then gets the power of the Elder Gods in order to send Shao Kahn to his judgment. After that, the amulet heals, making Raiden severely question the cost of his victory.
  • October 7, 2012
    m8e
    When I read "Object Breaking Time Loop" I assumed it was about objects that follow character in the loop. For example the character makes notes in his notebook and the notes are still there the next day, or the clothes he was wearing when he went into the loop keeps the wear and tear.
  • October 7, 2012
    Koveras
    • The X Files episode "Monday" has every loop start with Mulder's new water mattress bursting and waking him up, and end with the bank building blowing up with Mulder and Scully still inside.
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