Science Fiction De ja vu..
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(I am not sure if this has been done in a geeklist before, but here it is.)

As I am a science fiction/fantasy fanatic, I have noticed that all tv science fiction/fantasy genre shows all have certain plot devices/themes that continuously pop up in each of the series. If the series goes on enough years, you also can see the same plot pop up multiple times, either with different characters or done in a slightly different way.

This list is devoted to those ever loved re-used plots that we all love!!!!

*****Please add items to the list of these famous plot devices, or add an episode of one of your favorite shows that follows these plots!
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The ......."Alternate Reality" episode

Stargate season 3 episode "Point of View"

"Stargate Command is taken aback when an alternate-reality version of Samantha Carter and the deceased Maj. Kawalsky are found in a secured building in top-secret Area 51. To transport themselves to our present-day Earth, they used the Quantum Mirror"(description from official stargate website)
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The...."Time Loop" episode..

Star Trek the Next Generation, season 5, episode "Cause and Effect"

The Enterprise gets caught in a time loop which always has one result, total destruction of the ship.
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The...."My super sweet life is all in my head and I am actually in an insane asylum" (or is it?)episode.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, season 6 episode "Normal Again".

"After Buffy is stung by a demon, she begins to have vivid day-dreams about a mental asylum. She gradually begins to believe that she is a crazy girl back in L.A and that Sunnydale and all her friends are just a figment of her imagination",(imdb description).
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The "It's A Wonderful Life" episode.

You know the episodes where the "what if" the hero did not have their powers (lost them or never had them) or they had made different choices earlier in life, would everyone, including themselves been better off?

Angel, season 1, episode "I Will Remember You".

"Buffy arrives in L.A., furious that Angel did not tell her that he was in Sunnydale. While they are talking, they are attacked by a Mohra demon, and some of its blood gets onto Angel. After a brief hunt, they kill the demon, but its blood is having a strange effect on Angel. He feels short of breath, dizzy, and disoriented, and then suddenly his heart begins to beat. Now fully human, Angel must decide how this will affect his relationship with Buffy and whether or not he can still be a Champion" (tv.com).
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The "invisible" episode

Charmed season 4 episode "Marry Go Round"


"Phoebe is hoping that everything will be perfect for her and Cole's wedding, but doesn't know that The Source has completely taken over the groom and is sabotaging the ceremony in order to orchestrate a demonic wedding which will allow their foretold son to be heir to the underworld" (http://www.thecharmedones.com/).
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The..."Possession" episode.

those episodes that involve a demon, creature, ghost, or consciousness of another being taking over the main characters body.

"every episode involving "Gould" possession in Stargate!
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The..."epidemic disease" episode... many times involving zombie like interactions!!
Stargate Atlantis season 5 episode "Whispers"

Dr. Beckett is asked to delay his departure from Atlantis in order to take a look at one of Michaels labs, where it appears that he was experimenting with humans to make what appears to be zombie like creatures that can emit a foggy mist from glands.
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Star Trek TNG, DS9, Voyager have plenty of Holodeck problem episodes, such as

Elementary Dear Data where an instruction to create a Sherlock Holmes story capable of challenging Data, produces a version of Professor Moriarty who gains consciousness.
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Conceince of the King

Every fantasy and sci-fi show seems to have a literary homage episode, where they pay tribute to the classics. Besides the episode above, in ST: TNG there were several episodes features characters such as "Sherlock Holmes".
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The "History" episodes.

Another common plot device is to have known historic figures make appearances. In the original Star Trek we had Abe Lincoln, as well as Doc Holiday and Wyatt Earp. Babylon 5 had Jack the Ripper, though in an unexpected place and role.
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