Reason why I don’t Think Jack is Ray and Ben is Thomas
There is some speculation on this site and beyond that Ben is actually Thomas (Aaron’s bio-dad), and that Jack is actually Ray (the latter, entirely the fault of that ever maddening theorist Doc Jensen)
I don’t think either are true.
Ben=Thomas. The main argument is that they look similar. This they do. But Thomas was cast in a time period LONG before anybody knew Michael Emerson would play Ben. Further, Michael Emerson was not cast to play the character Ben became, but just a captured other. Richard was supposed to be the leader. It was Emerson’s epic and compelling performance that forced a retooling of the script so that Ben became the leader, and Richard became Richard. Therefore in order for Thomas to really be Ben, they would have had to noticed the similarity in appearance sometime after season 2 and decide to completely restructure the story so that a younger Ben would leave the island to create Aaron. It just seems convenient, lazy, and forced, and Lost is (typically) none of these things.
Jack=Ray. This is outlandish. I must site as precedent the Orchid outtake film. Chang and co had THE FREAK OUT TO END ALL FREAK OUTS after they saw the two time traveling bunnies in the same vicinity “DON’T LET THEM NEAR EACH OTHER,” he screams, his lackey’s running on screen to remedy the problem. In the background an ominous female voice counts down. The camera stops. This video, though released off season, is canon. It is just as much a part of the show as ANYTHING learned in season. So why would they show us this incredibly valuable information, only to disregard and contradict it two seasons later? BUT JACK IS SPECIAL, the believers will shout. I just don’t buy it. We can’t just disregard this incredibly fundamental tenant of Time Travel (that one cannot see one’s past or future self) just because it would be really cool to have Jack converse with a version of himself.