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Primitive Culture : 15: Existence is Futile

Primitive Culture : 15: Existence is Futile

Time Loops in Star Trek. Time’s up! Or is it? For those Starfleet officers unfortunate enough to find themselves trapped in a temporal causality loop, the mental strain of repeating the same moments again and again can be hard to bear. And for the writers and directors faced with the challenge of making a deeply repetitive story exciting, the logistical problems are significant. Nonetheless, time-loop stories have become a science fiction staple, running the gamut from comedy (Groundhog Day) to action thriller (Source Code). Within Star Trek, “Cause and Effect” (TNG) and “Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad” (DSC) share a structural similarity. But while one is a dramatic ensemble mystery, the other is a quirky character drama. The time loop proves itself to be anything but repetitive. In this episode of Primitive Culture, recorded live in London’s West End, hosts Tony Black and Duncan Barrett explore this unique storytelling device, both within Star Trek and beyond. From the 1973 shor