Groundhog Day Index

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There's something special about Groundhog Day, the fantasy movie starring Bill Murray as an irritating weatherman reliving a specific day repeatedly until he fixes his life. Most genre shows get around to a groundhog-esque episode at some point because the time loop is an irresistible plot device.

So to celebrate Groundhog Day (that's February 2, in case you're not a resident of the United States), we put together a list groundhog-esque movie and TV episode reviews here on Doux Reviews.

The Groundhog-esque in Television Episodes

Angel: "Underneath." Lindsey time loops the same horrible day in which very bad things happen in the basement.

Angel: "Time Bomb." Angel attempts to solve the disruptions in time caused by Illyria's growing power, but can he do so before the force of her alterations has deadly consequences?

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: "Life Serial." Buffy is trapped in a time loop as she tries to make a difficult sale at the Magic Shoppe. Fingers sold separately.

Community: "Remedial Chaos Theory." Seven friends. One die. Endless Possibilities. Plus an evil troll.

Day Break. A cop (Taye Diggs) experiences a time loop of the worst day of his life.

The Dead Zone. The entire series is groundhog-esque, since the basic plot of most of the episodes is when psychic Johnny Smith touches someone or something, sees a future event that must be prevented, and makes several attempts to change it.

Doctor Who: "Meglos." A villainous cactus (yes, you read that correctly) traps the Doctor and Romana in a time loop so they won't foil his plans to take over the Universe.

Doctor Who: "Carnival of Monsters." The Doctor and Jo finds themselves on a boat in the Indian ocean reliving the same day over and over again. But all is not what it seems.

Eureka: "I Do Over." ... in which Allison and Stark's wedding day turns into Groundhog Day for Carter.

Farscape: "Back and Back and Back to the Future." After Moya rescues two escapees from a sub-atomically disintegrating ship, D'Argo plays gracious host to the secretive new guests, while Crichton plays Billy Pilgrim in an increasingly disastrous series of future flashes.

Fringe: "White Tulip." Mad scientist Dr. Peck (Peter Weller) creates numerous timelines as he attempts to re-do, and alter, his tragic past.

Haven: "Audrey Parker's Day Off." The central character of the show, Audrey, tries to help a man who has the power to reset time as he relives the same day over and over in an attempt to save his daughter.

Lost Girl: "Groundhog Fae." Bo and Tamsin find themselves trapped in a time loop while the fae celebrate their version of Christmas.

Person of Interest: "If - Then - Else." The Machine constructs several different potential scenarios to get its operatives out of a tight spot while their likelihood of survival is rapidly decreasing.

Stargate Universe: "Time." ... in which the Destiny's crew encounters a deadly parasite ... again and again and again ...

Star Trek: Discovery "Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad." Harry Mudd forces the Discovery to repeat the same thirty minutes until he can figure out how to sell their spore drive.

Star Trek: The Next Generation: "Cause and Effect." A serious time loop episode with a poker game, a falling glass, and wonderful bits of humor. And if you're playing the Star Trek drinking game, you're going to get very, very drunk.

Supernatural: "Mystery Spot." The Trickster forces Sam to experience Dean's death over and over again.

The Vampire Diaries: "Hell is Other People." Damon is trapped in the Phoenix Stone reliving an incident during the Civil War.

Westworld: This one might be a stretch, and I can't say more, because there are spoilers ahoy...

The X-Files: "Monday." A woman is forced to relive the same day over where her boyfriend robs a bank to a disastrous end, until she can compel Mulder to help her change its course.

The X-Files: "Redrum." Doggett's friend wakes up on the day he is going to die.

The Groundhog-esque in Movies

ARQ. About a dank future where two people are dealing with a time-loop-causing (or possibly jumbo-pasta-creating) machine in their basement.

Groundhog Day. In which an obnoxious weatherman relives his least favorite holiday until he gets it right.

Source Code. An American Army pilot repeatedly pops into another man's body and experiences eight minutes on a train before it blows up.

Honorable mention, but technically not "groundhog-esque":

Looper
Primer

Do you have a favorite Groundhog-esque show or movie that's not included? Something to say about this particular plot in entertainment? Add it in the comments!

15 comments:

Juliette said...

Honourable mention, though we don't review it, for SG-1's Window of Opportunity. I love Groundhog Day episodes!

Dr Johnny Fever said...

No love for 'Day Break'?

Awesome TV show... and an awesome TV show that I was GLAD didn't get a 2nd season. It was perfect as a 'one and done'.

Anonymous said...

Retroactive ?

Heather1 said...

I haven't seen all these episodes, so my comment can't be based on all of them. That being said, I love Mystery Spot (because I love Supernatural); I love Cause and Effect (because I love Star Trek: The Next Generation; but my favourite has to be White Tulip from Fringe. Not only was the episode fantastic, but they way they brought the idea back in the series finale was just so perfect.

Anonymous said...

12:01 ?

Anonymous said...

Repeaters

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Billie Doux said...

Thanks for the suggestions, everyone. And thanks, Dr. Fever, for reminding me about Day Break. I did a general review of it early in its run and completely forgot.

Dustin said...

My first thought was Stargate SG-1's Window of Opportunity, but Juliette beat me to it. LOVE that episode.

As for movies, I just watched last year's Edge of Tomorrow, or Live, Die, Repeat with Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. It was much better than I was expecting

Billie Doux said...

I liked Edge of Tomorrow, too.

So one of the groundhogs in Wisconsin bit the mayor today.

http://www.kob.com/article/stories/s3695051.shtml#.VNA-JS4YNXt

KennethJohnKelly said...

Community's "Remedial Chaos Theory" appears to fit the theme as well as If-Then-Else.

And mark me down as another vote for "Edge of Tomorrow" - it is excellent.

Billie Doux said...

Thanks, KennethJohnKelly -- we added "Remedial Chaos Theory" to the post.

Stephen said...

Day Break was an excellent mini-series

Tru Calling, starring a pre-Dollhouse Eliza Dushku, who seems to suffer from twoseasonsmaximumitis, was a good series based around the time loop idea, the idea is understandably repetitive, but in it's two short seasons it managed to find ways around it, and was cut short in creating more of an arc for the show, I would recommend it to any genre fans though!

Heather1 said...

I don't think Remedial Chaos Theory fits. They don't go back and start over; events take place in different time lines... but only once in each. Granted, it might feel like a do over from the audience's perspective... but the characters aren't trying to re-write anything.

Billie Doux said...

Heather1, you have a point -- but it does feel like they keep doing it until they get it right.

magritte said...

What about Run Lola Run?