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Reverend Meteor

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Subj: Re: Here's a SPOILER FILLED question about the season 3 situation
Posted: Sat Oct 08, 2016 at 11:36:09 pm BST (Viewed 9 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Here's a SPOILER FILLED question about the season 3 situation
Posted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 at 10:34:24 pm BST (Viewed 669 times)



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      Unless I missed it there's nothing about the Flash TV shows mythology that prevents one from revisiting a moment you've already experienced. Other tv shows may have that rule...but again different shows different rules.



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    No rules at all with this show.



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    Here's the way it would work.



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    Q: Was I in your living room this afternoon talking to you?



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    A: No. You have no memory of it. I was never there.



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    Now there's nothing to stop me building a time machine at some point in the future and travelling back to your living room this afternoon. Except that you have no memory of it happening. I was never there. If I had been, you would have a memory of it NOW. But you don't.



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    So either one of two things is happening. Either a) I never travel back to this afternoon, or b) I travel back, but in doing so create a divergent reality. Those are the only two options.


And I'm going under the assumption B is true as it works best with what the show has shown us so far. Gideon for example still had records of 2024 Barry's timeline despite Reverse Flash killing Nora. That timeline presumably wasn't erased...it's out there somewhere in the multiverse.

With that being the case you can interact with your past/future/alternate selves all you want.


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      While I agree this show sucks at sticking to their own rules...I don't think it's fair to assume the time travel rules for another show apply to this show. Like I kind of take issue with your comment "You can't change your own timeline, and can't stay in a divergent reality, unless it's one where no version of you exists." I agree with the first part but there is to my knowledge nothing that says you can't be in the same reality as your counterpart. Barry met Barry 2. Barry's been in the same room as his past selves.



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    It couldn't be done on ANY show about time travel.



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    You could be in the same reality as your counterpart easily, but you couldn't have the kind of life Barry wants: IE to be part of the Allen family without anyone suspecting anything was out of the ordinary. For a start, there'd be two of you. Your parents might find that a little strange, to say the least. That's why I said 'on that level'. You couldn't create a reality you'd fit into unnoticed unless you were prepared to get rid of your doppleganger.


Ah now I think I get what you meant which I didn't in the first post...there should have been another Barry in the flashpoint timeline? I can concede that point. This show did that annoying thing shows like Fringe did (which is where I think this show steals half their plots from truth be told)...the timeline just readjusts around the time traveler instead of the time traveler having a double that actually went through the experiences of that timeline. Yeah I hate that too. My point was that there is no rules in place that would keep Barry from meeting a double as he's done it before.

Rusty Venture had the right idea when he tried to do it on Venture Bros...bash your doubles brains in and steal his life.