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  • Snowman37
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    I wouldn't put it past Mitchell to write a book, chronicling his life from Ba'al's extraction ceremony, to the alternate timeline, back to 1929, up to 1939 and the showdown with Ba'al, and then how he lived out his life. This could be left to the Mitchell family with instructions not to open it until (a date after SG-1 returns from Ba'al's extraction), 2008. It's also likely that he simply faded into history, and present-day SG-1 will never know what their counterparts endured.

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  • Peterking72
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    Well it seems that when I posted my previous comment I forget that Teal'c was in an alternate timeline when he destroyed thhat machine. Well then it is really out there to find some thay. I bet if there would have been a new movie that plothole would have been dealt with in some way or another. So nobody remembers except the other counterpart of Mitchell who lived in the past, but he is dead already. He maybe left clues though in some way. Maybe in a book for Daniel Jackson to stumble upon one day. Because he is always that guy to find those things. I bet it would give SG-1 quite a headache to conclude that the time travel machine must still exist and must be destroyed to prevent futher misuse.
    I'm just sorry that we probably won't see any of it made to film.

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  • Snowman37
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    Remember "Moebius," folks? There were bigger changes to history further in the past. The restored timeline matched up with the original. Why should we expect anything different here?

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  • Asgard Flu
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    Originally posted by fems View Post
    can we judge if everything (apart from mitchell's picture) is the same merely from seeing part of an extraction ceremony and their trip home?
    yes!

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  • fems
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    Originally posted by Asgard Flu View Post
    Are you winding everyone up? the only change in the timeline at the end of the movie is that Mitchell lived in the past and appeared on that photo, everything else has gone back to normal because other than that the timeline was restored to the original and therefore Baal will build his failsafe device and go back in time and get shot. It is now a timeloop that will continue to repeat and the timeline will remain the same because of it and Baals machine will continue to exist in the future.
    Argh!
    No, apparently just you.

    I was simply pointing out that not everything is identical and really, can we judge if everything (apart from Mitchell's picture) is the same merely from seeing part of an extraction ceremony and their trip home?

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  • Asgard Flu
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    If Human beings are so incapable of comprehending a simple time travel plot from a movie it's no wonder the entire planet is the way it is, we really are all screwed! lol

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  • Asgard Flu
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    Originally posted by fems View Post
    My point exactly.



    No, it's not. Remember the picture in Mitchell's locker at the end? In the beginning there was just a pic of his grandfather but at the end of the movie (in the supposed identical timeline according to you) it's one of his grandfather and his past self.
    Are you winding everyone up? the only change in the timeline at the end of the movie is that Mitchell lived in the past and appeared on that photo, everything else has gone back to normal because other than that the timeline was restored to the original and therefore Baal will build his failsafe device and go back in time and get shot. It is now a timeloop that will continue to repeat and the timeline will remain the same because of it and Baals machine will continue to exist in the future.
    Argh!

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  • fems
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    Originally posted by Snowman37 View Post
    The problem with this DVD extra is that it totally contradicts what we see in the movie. If the writers were using the explanation of the multiverse, why did everything change around SG-1? Why did Teal'c and Vala vanish? If the writers were using the multiverse, then Ba'al should have changed an identical parallel world. SG-1's world would go uneffected, and the movie would be some twenty minutes long. I thought the "Laymen's Guide to Time Travel" was really wierd, considering it outright contradicted the time-travel model used in the movie.
    My point exactly.

    Originally posted by Snowman37 View Post
    Finish reading my post before typing up a reply. I was talking about the end of the movie. You said changing casual events changes the future, but when subtle events change the past, the restored timeline is indentical to the original. It was when Ba'al changed history without Mitchell stopping him that time was drastically altered. The Stargate never arriving at the USA meant that the SGC never happened, the Goa'uld were never defeated. However, this doesn't make things disappear. Rather, the vanishing acts at the beginning of the movie were suppose to be a shifting timeline. Anyone who vanished, vanished, because he or she was either dead, never existed, or simply existed somewhere else. The city began to vanish, because it does not exist in the alternate timeline.

    Ba'al used the fail safe to go back to 1939 to begin with, so it will remain undiscovered at the end of the movie.
    No, it's not. Remember the picture in Mitchell's locker at the end? In the beginning there was just a pic of his grandfather but at the end of the movie (in the supposed identical timeline according to you) it's one of his grandfather and his past self.

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  • Snowman37
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    Originally posted by fems View Post
    The only problem with saying timelines can be reset is that the extra about timetravel on the Continuum DVD more or less says they're using the explanation of multiverses...
    The problem with this DVD extra is that it totally contradicts what we see in the movie. If the writers were using the explanation of the multiverse, why did everything change around SG-1? Why did Teal'c and Vala vanish? If the writers were using the multiverse, then Ba'al should have changed an identical parallel world. SG-1's world would go uneffected, and the movie would be some twenty minutes long. I thought the "Laymen's Guide to Time Travel" was really wierd, considering it outright contradicted the time-travel model used in the movie.

    Originally posted by Brother Freyr View Post
    I believe you're wrong, Snowman. In the beginning of the episode, people and buildings disappear because Ba'al has gone back (to 1939) and successfully changed the future.
    Finish reading my post before typing up a reply. I was talking about the end of the movie. You said changing casual events changes the future, but when subtle events change the past, the restored timeline is indentical to the original. It was when Ba'al changed history without Mitchell stopping him that time was drastically altered. The Stargate never arriving at the USA meant that the SGC never happened, the Goa'uld were never defeated. However, this doesn't make things disappear. Rather, the vanishing acts at the beginning of the movie were suppose to be a shifting timeline. Anyone who vanished, vanished, because he or she was either dead, never existed, or simply existed somewhere else. The city began to vanish, because it does not exist in the alternate timeline.

    Ba'al used the fail safe to go back to 1939 to begin with, so it will remain undiscovered at the end of the movie.
    Last edited by Snowman37; September 8, 2012, 08:02 AM.

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  • Brother Freyr
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    Originally posted by Snowman37 View Post
    So much for casual events changing the future...
    I believe you're wrong, Snowman. In the beginning of the episode, people and buildings disappear because Ba'al has gone back (to 1939) and successfully changed the future.

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  • fems
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    The only problem with saying timelines can be reset is that the extra about timetravel on the Continuum DVD more or less says they're using the explanation of multiverses...

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  • Snowman37
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    Originally posted by Brother Freyr View Post
    The rules of this particular movie establish that changing causal events in the past does make things disappear in the future.
    Nope. Mitchell, Ba'al, and his Jaffa were never suppose to be in 1939. The stargate was never suppose to activate in 1939. The brief attack on the Jaffa and Ba'al were never supposed to happen in 1939. Mitchell presumably lives out his life in the past. The future at the end of the film is exactly as the beginning, only the timeline's not shifting, so Ba'al's (the clone) extraction continues without a hitch. So much for casual events changing the future...

    Originally posted by Brother Freyr View Post
    Thus (assuming Ba'al built the device), Ba'al's death in 1939 causes the device to disappear.
    It's assumed that Ba'al built or found his fail safe device in the proper timeline in order to go back to 1939 to begin with. His death in 1939 merely restores the timeline. Ba'al still finds or builds his fail safe device between 2006 and 2008. He uses it to go back in time to 1939 to change history. Nothing happens to the present day timeline, because Mitchell (from the original timeline) was waiting for him.

    If Ba'al didn't build his fail safe in the original timeline, please explain to me how he went back to 1939.

    Originally posted by Brother Freyr View Post
    Those are the rules of this particular episode, however they conflict with other episodes in which timelines are mapped over multi-verses.
    "Before I Sleep" is the only time-travel episode to imply a multi-verse. All other time-travel episodes have suggested a single timeline that can be rewritten. This is why restoring history was so critical in "Moebius" and Continuum. It's also why changing the future was so critical in "2010" and "The Last Man."

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  • Brother Freyr
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    The rules of this particular movie establish that changing causal events in the past does make things disappear in the future. Thus (assuming Ba'al built the device), Ba'al's death in 1939 causes the device to disappear.

    Those are the rules of this particular episode, however they conflict with other episodes in which timelines are mapped over multi-verses.

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  • Mnikolic
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    Originally posted by Snowman37 View Post
    Let me simplify...

    Timeline A: The original timeline. It's highly doubtful that Ba'al built that massive time machine complex and all of the satellites within two or three years as a failsafe. He never would have needed it prior to the fall of the Goa'uld. He probably didn't get the idea until after he was hiding out on Earth while the Ori Priors were popping up around the galaxy. I think it's safe to assume that he simply found a solar observatory and realized it could be used as a time machine. Reasonable, no? Regardless, Ba'al found or built a time machine. He goes back in time while his last surviving clone taunts General O'Neill and SG-1 on the Tok'ra homeworld. Everyone begins to vanish; Carter, Mitchell, and Jackson escape through the stargate...

    Timeline B: Ba'al shows up in 1939 and begins rewriting history. In the present day, what's left of SG-1 returns to Earth... in the alternate timeline. At the end of the movie, Mitchell escapes back to 1929...

    Timeline C: Mitchell arrives in 1929. Ten years later, Ba'al travels back from the future to 1939 about the Achilles where he and his Jaffa are killed by Mitchell and the ship's captain (Mitchell's grandfather). Fast forward to the present day. No one disappears, the last surviving clone boasts about Ba'al's failsafe plan anyway, and the extraction ceremony goes as planned. Ba'al still goes back to 1939 only to be shot by Cameron Mitchell, time traveler and former member of SG-1. In the present, Ba'al's time travel complex goes unknown to the SGC.

    Point is, that facility is how Ba'al went back in time to begin with. Presumably, he built an alternate timeline counterpart, the one we actually saw in the movie's climax. With the timeline restored, the one Ba'al built in the proper timeline will likely remain a mystery. Unless someone stumbles upon it via the stargate.
    Originally posted by Asgard Flu View Post
    Finally! someone who understands!
    Maybe the writers, if the franchise would go on, would do a continuation of the story and have this mystery resolved.

    Persoanlly, I think (although my memory of the movie is rather fuzzy) that if Ba'al's time machine really did exist in the original timeline and if it still exists in the restored one, it became all rusty and had collected a lot of dust since it's last use in the altered timeline (if he was all for the secret time travel program thing, than he wouldn't time-travel from a ship or from a planet). You see, Ba'al didn't tell anyone of his time machine, perhaps not even to his clone, if he's smart. Also, he would have needed a Stargate which wouldn't be connected to the Stargate network, mentioned by Daniel in "Children of the Gods", so SG-1 wouldn't come across it. If the time machine does exist, SGC doesn't have to worry about it if somehow they find out about it, because they don't have the Stargate address which leads to it - actually, the same pretty much goes for everyone else in the Universe.

    Unless some kid from some planet or even from Earth (now that the Stargate program went public) accidentally guesses the address and somehoew, SG-1 is called to destroy the device, I think we're good.

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  • Asgard Flu
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    Originally posted by SaberBlade View Post
    It doesn't matter that Baal built it to go back in time in the original timeline, he travelled back in time about 70 years. So unless the device was built 70 years ago, when he went back it would have ceased existing.
    It wouldn't exist in the past but Baal gets shot in the head, therefore all events unfold from then on as they should therefore future Baal will still build it and travel back in time to get shot again. Come on!

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