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Thrown For a Loop

You know the effect where, if you only catch a TV show every now and again, it’s always the same episode?

Whenever I happen to catch Stargate: SG-1, it’s always the episode “Window of Opportunity“.  Seriously.

How awesome is that?

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    • #1
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    • Mon 2 May 2005
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    Roy Schestowitz wrote in to say...

    This happens to me with Star Trek. it sometimes seems to me like they lasted just a single season.

    • #2
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    • Mon 2 May 2005
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    Eric Everman wrote in to say...

    My absolute favorite episode – worthy of continuous replay.

    “Did I not tell you it would not work?”

    • #3
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    • Mon 2 May 2005
    • 2359
    Peter Asquith wrote in to say...

    Isn’t it ridiculous? I don’t spend much time in front of the telly, so it’s a bit deflating when Groundhog Day of the small screen sets in. This happened with Seinfeld and more recently with The Office. Luckily they stand repeating.

    • #4
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    • Tue 3 May 2005
    • 0049
    Kyle Rove wrote in to say...

    I love that episode! Definitely one of my all-time favorites!

    Consider yourself lucky. If only I could experience a time-loop at will. :)

    • #5
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    • Tue 3 May 2005
    • 0205
    Romuald wrote in to say...

    Yeah, really lucky ! That’s the funniest espisode ever shoot for Stargate !
    It’s happened a few times for me.

    That’s maybe your destiny ! Or maybe, the times is always repeating for you ?

    • #6
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    • Tue 3 May 2005
    • 0332
    Keri Henare wrote in to say...

    I’ve only seen that Sabrina Witch Cartoon twice, once in New Zealand and once in New Caledonia. It was the exact same episode, once in English and then again in French. I remember that my friend was impressed that I could ‘understand’ so much French from TV.

    • #7
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    • Tue 3 May 2005
    • 0400
    Malarkey wrote in to say...

    I have it in reverse!

    I’ve NEVER seen the episode of Little House on the Prarie where the (older) girl goes blind! I can watch an entire series three times over (takes several years) and I ALWAYS miss that damn episidode!

    • #8
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    • Tue 3 May 2005
    • 0648
    Nick wrote in to say...

    I have a bit of the same problem but mine’s kind of handy. I end up catching the second half of a movie on TV and then several weeks/months later, I’ll flip around and happen to see that movie just beginning so I can catch the first half. Either that happens or just the opposite. I’ll catch the first and then the second half later but somehow I manage to catch the second half right where I left off! Very odd but handy.

    • #9
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    • Tue 3 May 2005
    • 0724
    Geoffrey Sneddon wrote in to say...

    Side-Effect of having a computer from 1 Infinite Loop… I know the feeling :)

    • #10
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    • Tue 3 May 2005
    • 0746
    Tommy wrote in to say...

    Where I live (norway) Late Night Show is aired weekdays at half past six in the evening, and then again at half past eleven in the night. It has happened a few times that I have been interupted during the show in the evening, and then by chance has turned the TV on later, and the Late Night Show continued exactly where I left off earlier. The first time this happened I was like “Hey, cool!”, the second time I got a bit suspicious, the third time was a bit scary. :)

    • #11
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    • Tue 3 May 2005
    • 0801
    Mikey wrote in to say...

    That is one of my favorite episode. The part where he has Teal’c juggling always has me rolling.

    • #12
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    • Tue 3 May 2005
    • 0829
    Tina wrote in to say...

    I personally like Teal’c in the caddy outfit.

    I had this problem with the X-Files. I think I’ve seen the episode with the Fluke Man at least twenty times.

    • #13
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    • Tue 3 May 2005
    • 0930
    Scotty wrote in to say...

    I have my Tivo recording all eps of SG-1. Many I just delete without watching. I watch this ep *every* time!

    • #14
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    • Tue 3 May 2005
    • 0946
    Dougal Campbell wrote in to say...

    Yup, that happens to me a lot, too. In fact, I made up a Sniglet for that: “deja view”. You do remember Sniglets, don’t you? I’ll date myself by also volunteering that I made that one up back when Sniglets were still pretty new (my high-school years: mid-80s).

    • #15
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    • Tue 3 May 2005
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    Damien wrote in to say...

    I’m the same way with The Simpsons, its always an episode from the first half of season 1. Bah.

    • #16
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    • Tue 3 May 2005
    • 1029
    John Athayde wrote in to say...

    Ah yes, that was a good one. Heck, I wouldn’t mind a time loop like that to see what you could and couldn’t get away with. That could rule. (That and the whole “kissing Carter” thing).

    • #17
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    • Tue 3 May 2005
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    Cheryl Colan wrote in to say...

    I understand that this happens, and it does happen to me for some shows, but never for Stargate. I have tried to see the episode that loops for you, but I never manage to catch it. So far, I’ve never seen it. Seems to be the one I’ll never catch no matter how hard I try. And my spouse refuses to get a Tivo because he doesn’t like the idea of a subscription service. But he forgot to record Stargate for me! Arrrgh.

    • #18
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    • Tue 3 May 2005
    • 1255
    Johnnie Blevins wrote in to say...


    I have also always called this “deja-view.” I guess it’s the obvious term.

    • #19
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    • Tue 3 May 2005
    • 1350
    Dan wrote in to say...

    Whenever I used to come home from a date depressed I’d flip on the television and there would be, no matter the late time of night, the episode of “Mad About You” in which Paul and Jamie first meet. Never failed to cheer me up.

    • #20
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    • Tue 3 May 2005
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    Mike W wrote in to say...

    This happens to me with Star Trek: The Next Generation. I couldn’t even count the number of times i’ve seen the enterprise crew turned into children, or the episode where they get trapped in the time loop and keep exploding. I’m prety sure they only show the same 5 episodes over and over.

    • #21
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    • Tue 3 May 2005
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    Ian Hickson wrote in to say...

    Right in the middle of my backswing?!

    • #22
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    • Tue 3 May 2005
    • 1859
    Eric TF Bat wrote in to say...

    For me, it was Seinfeld – the “master of your domain” episode. The only times I ever turned on the TV when that irritating so-called comedian and his tedious friends were going through their motions, that would be the episode I’d see – and then I’d switch off and go and read blogs.

    • #23
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    • Tue 3 May 2005
    • 2041
    Andy Baker wrote in to say...

    Stargate is absolutely the hottest cast on TV…and most of it is on DVD already! ;) I seem to catch the Thor episode a lot myself.

    • #24
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    • Tue 3 May 2005
    • 2110
    neill harmer wrote in to say...

    That always happens to me with movies. I can NEVER catch the begining of a movie. Such as StarShip Troopers as of late, I keep catching the movie 20 mins in. Not the worlds greatest movie, but I keep getting sucked into it … although my wife hates it!

    • #25
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    • Wed 4 May 2005
    • 1333
    Tom Barnett wrote in to say...

    Hah, you’ve got a point there. Whenever I (frequently) flick through the channels on the satellite television package, it always seems to be the same episode – and the same point too.

    There are some episodes of the Simpsons that I have seen over a dozen times now, and many which I have never witnessed. 300-odd shows? Closer to 30.

    • #26
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    • Thu 5 May 2005
    • 2029
    Mark Reeves wrote in to say...

    It is alleged that there are 350 episodes of the Simpsons. I have seen one – six times

    • #27
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    • Thu 12 May 2005
    • 0522
    Jim wrote in to say...

    I think everybody has at least one TV series like this. I have a couple.

    Dragging the topic back to web development, did you know SG-1 are responsible for Mozilla supporting text-decoration: blink?

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