Quotes: Reset Button

Fiction

Return to the past... now!
Jeremy, Code Lyoko

In any story worth the tellin', that knows about the way of the world, the third wish is the one that undoes the harm the first two wishes caused.
Granny Weatherwax, A Hat Full of Sky

And the University had been rebuilt, or had rebuilt itself, or in some strange way had never been unbuilt; every strand of ivy, every rotting casement, was back in place. The sourcerer had offered to replace everything as good as new, all wood sparkling, all stone unstained, but the Librarian had been very firm on the subject. He wanted everything replaced as good as old.

On works

So every piece of character development they ever did with Lex on this show? Gone. Worthless. No sir, officer. Never seen it before in my life.
Chris Sims and David Uzumeri on Smallville ("Finale")

Everything was moving in a direction that was dramatic, interesting, poignant, strange, new, frightening. I was locked in my seat and compelled. I even almost cried when Lana died (not because Lana was dead, but because I felt so agonized for Clark and, naive or no, his grief at the loss of the she-beast).

And then...the same thing that make many not like the first Superman movie. The time travel twist. I even said, last week, as I recall, that if he turns the world around backwards, it'll be horrible.
Neal Bailey on Smallville ("Reckoning")

The Reset Button (ôStar Trek: Voyager). Oh how I hate the reset button. No good ever comes of pressing this laziest of plot devices and wiping out everything that you have just watched. With no emotional ramifications, no narrative consequences and no point to the proceedings than to experience it and then toss it away, it has to be handled spectacularly well in order to take something worthwhile away from stories that utilise this narrative blind alley. Last of the Time Lords just about got away with it because Russell T. Davies was clever enough to realise that if he was going to delete all of the Masterís plans then he needed to show that the regulars characters were still affected by what happened...Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS is the worst kind of reset (which is the standard, in my experience), taking hold of a story that had the potential to mean something and throwing it all away. I donít care if this is all undone in future episodes, for the here and now any development that this story professes to promote is effectively undone at a moment when it was needed more than ever. Thatís not just daft, itís enough to turn a fan who is finding a series of the show a struggle into somebody who is completely apathetic to future developments. Trying to make the reset cute and in-yer-face by having it realised in the most literal sense isnít clever or witty, itís a show trying to capture the confidence of shows like Buffy (that played with conventions playfully all the time) and falling flat on its face.

WCW had a problem at the Augusta, Georgia, house show on April 30. The main event was scheduled to be Flair versus Hennig, but with Flair being out indefinitely and Hennig being, well, just not there, fans were very upset...After thinking over several scenarios, the decision was made to do a last-minute change and have Chris Benoit beat Booker T to win the TV title. It worked; the fans were overjoyed. So the decision was made to do it again the next night. And then again, and again, and again. The belt changed hands four times in four days at the house shows, going from Booker to Benoit to Booker to Benoit to Booker again. Every night, the fans went crazy as they watched something special happen right there in their hometown. But then on Monday, when Booker T showed up to lose the belt to Fit Finley on TV, the announcers never mentioned anything about the house show title changes. They just ignored them, and to all the casual fans watching around the nation, it was as though nothing had ever happened. It also sent a very strong message to all those previously overjoyed fans in Norfolk, Greenville, North Charleston, and Savannah: you don't count, and if anything happens in your little hick town, it won't be acknowledged on TV because it's not important. If they hadn't already already done enough to kill business in those areas, this was another nail in the coffin.
R. D. Reynolds and Bryan Alvarez, The Death of WCW