Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Consider the potential long-term effects of your MacGuffin

Universe-shaking developments that are pretty much never mentioned again.

Time travel is a particularly significant example, because genre series love one-off time travel episodes and don’t always tidy up afterwards.

“We’ll never make it!”
“Uh, Captain. We have a time portal. Should we maybe use that?
“... Nah...”

I’ve used time-travelling MacGuffins now and then in not-about-time-travel series, and always take care to smash them at the end of the episode.

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