Benjamin…Flashbacks….An answer for Cappayne
“Is what we are watching a flashback?”
This is a great question…
…and this is a question in desperate need of an answer. I am going to try to help.
It is definetly not simple.
The answer is yes…and no.
It is a flashback for the island. A flashback for anyone who was on the island…as a past version of themselves. Meaning Ben, Richard, the others, any living dharma, if possible, get my drift here?
The 815ers, are not part of this. This, is their present or future, depending on what timeperiod you are looking from, selves.
To be fair here. This idea can exist, without change, loops, or multiple dimensions…so long as everything happens as it did in 1977 that was there, before ‘our’ 815 crashed.
Two things on this that will most likely be used as argument.
1)There is the possibility, that one or more of the 815ers have been on the island earlier in life, as a child maybe. If that is the case, then these individuals, would also be included in the flashback…so long as they were there in the timeperiod we are going to view.
2)Ben. Ben is the only one who HAS definetly been on the island before. He is the only one who is in a flashback, and left the island, so it would be his present as well. The O6 and Locke and Lapidus when they get to 1977, will not be in the flashback category, because it is their youngest self that has ever been there, using their age as a viewpoint.
Ben, on the otherhand, has been there at an earlier point in his life and timeline. The Losties, and company, are experiencing the year of 1977 for the first time.
I do not want this to be looked at in terms of multiple timeline or not. Because it is and it isnt. The closest argument would be to say the timeline is broken, or looping, or some term thats going to start a four alarm.
I just want to show, that it IS going on, just not for everybody. It depends on whos story your watching at the moment. If the start year is 2004, and Dharma is dead, its kind of hard to say its not a flashback. Please remember, the year the show started in (the plane crash) was 2004. To see scenes of a past time, would more than likely cover the use of the word flashback.
Now if you are viewing this from a 1977 perspective, then the Dharma is in their present.
Perception, perception, perception.
It depends on what window you are looking out of, and from what timeperiod.
My guess as to what a possiblity of two Bens being on the island at the same tmie means, is as good as yours.
Easy answer…Thats is what happened before, and what happened, happened.
Long answer…This is different and change occures.
Ben going back to a timeperiod, and staying in it with a younger version of himseldf on a reasonably small island, could most likely lead to something huge. The reason older Ben being more important than anyone else on the island is so unbelievably simple it is almost easy to miss.
As far as we know, He is the only one with the ability to cause something disasterous to occure. Like the bunnies from the video, he is the only one who could create…whatever would occure if the bunnies had touched. Incident anyone?
I also have mild thoughts that ‘older’ Ben may be the one who tricked Widmore off the island. This could be part of the change.
Change or not, Who is to stop this Twin Ben duo from running the show?
Desmond? Sawyer? Jack?
My bets on Locke, but there is much to learn before we learn the outcome.