Plug: On Stable Time Loops and Free Will
27 October 2013 Leave a comment
Relevant, I think, given Gargoyles‘ (and arguably TMNT‘s) consistent use of stable time loops in its / their time travel stories.
By Froborr of My Little Po-Mo
“It’s About Time” raises both questions within the context of an “ontological paradox” or “time loop.” Twilight had planned for a normal week, but the sight of her future self incites her to panic, and she takes a series of increasingly desperate actions to try to avert the disaster she believes is imminent, in the process steadily altering her appearance until she is a perfect match for her future self. At this point, she realizes that there was no disaster, just her own empty worries, and travels back in time to try to warn herself not to worry, but the sight of her future self incites her to panic…
But what then of free will? Is future Twilight somehow compelled to say and do what she does, stripped of her freedom by the fact that she saw herself do it?