Episode 4 - Fixed Thread Theory

Jonathan and Jesse tackle the second of the two most common time travel theories: Fixed Thread. Unlike Variable thread, this theory presupposes that the timeline is immutable, that traveling back in time is more about getting more done than actually changing anything. This theory suggests that when you travel, you don’t actually change anything in the timeline, you’re just experiencing it from a different point of view.

CORRECTION: Jesse incorrectly references the movie Primer in this episode, and Future Jesse corrects him. Unfortunately, Future Jesse wasn't paying much attention, because he also got the name of the movie wrong. The actual correct title is Predestination, as listed below. At some point we'll go back and fix it on the recording, but this will have to do for now.

New Rules

For Fixed Thread:

  • Use Foreshadowing properly
  • Decide if you’re going to allow for Causal Loops, and have a plan to handle them if so
  • Your character will age every time they travel. Be mindful of this fact.

Media References

Movies:
Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
Harry Potter & the Cursed Child
12 Monkeys
Predestination

Books:
Quantum Break: Zero State, Cam Rogers
All Our Wrong Todays
, Elan Mastai

Comics:
Too Much Coffee Man
Paradox Girl

Games:
Escape from Monkey Island

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