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Fridge Brilliance

  • Jennings only escapes from FBI custody because of an extremely intense fire suppression system triggered by a cigarette smoked by an FBI agent. One would think he would be aware of that system's sensitivity. The pack is marked as "smokeless" despite being filled with normal cigarettes - he only lit up in the same room because he thought it was safe to smoke!
  • Why did Jennings allow himself to be captured by FBI in the first place? Evading them completely didn't sound like a big deal considering all the other things Mike did. Simple; First, it got him away from Rethrick at top speed instead of running back into his claws in search of his Allcom shares, and second, what better way for his amnesiac future self to realize how screwed he is than for some really pissed-off stormtroopers to explain it to him in detail?
  • The time scope prophesies are only self-fulfilling if the viewer critically fails at foresight. Of course herding the sick together causes an epidemic! Of course yanking all the money out of a bank causes it to collapse! If you go to war to prevent a war, you're still at fucking war! Gah! Now think carefully, have you ever known a politician to look further into the future than the next election, or an executive to think beyond the next shareholders' meeeting? Jennings is an engineer - so he looked closer instead of just jumping and screaming like a tazed cat.
  • Why wasn't Rethrick aware that Jennings was manipulating his own future? The prediction Rethrick found of Jennings' death was made before Jennings started screwing with his own future, upon which he put together the envelope of items and sabotaged the machine. Especially since Rethrick is a Corrupt Corporate Executive who didn't realize he was Locking MacGyver in the Store Cupboard. Right down to the exact circumstances of Jennings' death, which Rethrick saw on the machine even after it was repaired, which Jennings manipulated to befall Rethrick instead (see Headscratchers on that manipulation).

Fridge Logic

  • What kind of fire suppression system practically blinds everyone and makes it impossible to see the exit?
    • The kind that's badly designed and malfunctioning?
  • It is stated before his employment at Allcom that Jenning is not allowed to leave the premise or even make calls outside, and his mails are carefully screened. So, how on earth could he accomplish the following: (1) Forfeit his shares at Allcom (2) Buy TWO lottery tickets and (3) Switch the personal belongings that he receives after the memory wipe?
    • It was hinted that Rachel was somehow involved. And why on earth would they pay attention to his lottery tickets?
    • For things like signatures (which are all over the paper works) Jenning has to physically come to the bank (or whatever it is) to sign (because having someone over to his place and get his signature defeats the whole purpose of the "authentication" thing, and Allcom is unlikely to let people in anyway). So, the argument "Rachel was somehow involved" is completely moot. Also, Rachel seems as surprised as he is to see the lottery ticket, implying she's never seen it before. And were the above troper kidding with the question "why on earth would they pay attention to his lottery tickets?". Because they are making a machine that sees the future, that's why!
  • How is a passkey to Allcom considered an "innocuous item"? If Jenning no longer works for Allcom, failing to turn in the passkey is outright stealing. If Rethrick makes such a big deal of carefully watch the items Jenning checks in, then how the hell did he not notice a freaking passkey to his own top-secret lab? Also, the fact that Jenning forfeits all of his shares should not have escaped Rethrick's attention. He should know from the get go that Jenning is up to something rather than assume that the guy is "just an engineer".
    • I think Rethrick and his minions stopped to care what Jennings was doing as soon as they learnt he was "destined" to die pretty soon after quitting. That also explains why they didn't notice his tampering with the machine (and I guess he had to spend weeks looking into his future again and again to get to the final desired outcome).
  • Why does everything the politicians do with the time visor fail, while what Jennings does actually works? Because of the way they think. Politicians see what is going to happen, and immediately act to prevent it, without thinking on the consequences of their actions, while Jennings is used to reverse-engineer everything, and as such, whenever he used the machine to see his future, and saw something bad was going on, he was able to think of a way to reverse it with small changes.
    • Also, the changes caused by the politicians are at a very large scale, so they don't realize how much those changes can affect everything.
  • It is really amazing that as intelligent a person as Jennings had to resort to the microfilm placed on a stamp to get to think of such a simple thing as "Whatever future this predicts, we make happen. We give over control of our lives completely." Did he think that the machine was intended to be used by Karma Houdinis like himself?