Originally posted by Wendymr:
I'm sorry; maybe I'm stupid, but I really don't understand this. Lois is with Clark in the ASU rewrite, telling him that she loves him. So what, exactly, is he going to think when she leaves and her true self from that time-line takes over? Do you mean that as soon as she leaves he forgets it all or something? This just doesn't make sense to me, great as the story is.
Adam, Sheila and NearlyNoelNeill got it right, but maybe if I repost these few snips from part 2 where Wells and Klein are explaining to Lois, it will be more clear ..."From what Wells told me, and from what I know of temporal theory, Clark encountering himself in 1966 caused the creation of duplicate time lines." Klein straightened with a groan. "Not that I know that much about temporal theory, you understand."Lois glanced at the older Wells. "Like the alternate Metropolis?""Oh, no, my dear. These worlds are identical in every detail. Imagine a stone being cast into still water causing rings to ripple out from the center. The rings are concentric. Since they don't touch each other, they can't overlap and cause an alternate reality..."
Lastly ..."Theoretically," the elder Wells began, "if you "leap" into each of these extraneous time lines and are successful, they'll vanish in favor of the one *true* time line. There will be no more distortion and Clark will be freed from the temporal loop."
As you can see, these are said to be "extraneous" time lines and that they will vanish in favor of the true time line if she is successful.
When she is successful, she leaps again, and she's in a new time line, but a time line that would have moved along just as the one true time line had to that point she finds herself in. But because she was successful in the previous time line, she leaps forward into the new one (All Shook Up in the one she just left to Barbarians at the Planet in the one she finds herself in now).
I know it's a little complicated, but imagine if your own life history had one true path, but at a certain point, 9 duplicates of that history occurred. If you had the ability to "leap" back into yourself at an earlier point in one of those time lines, you'd be able to change the path of your history, but only in that one time line duplicate that you leaped into because it is in no way connected to the others.
That's the basic technobabble premise of this story, but the duplicates are causing glitches in the real
time line. That's why the real time line has to be restored by getting rid of the duplicates, and that's Lois' mission.
Of course, in any story plot, especially if it deals with the "fantastic," some things have to be taken more on faith than logic. In the movie "Mr. Destiny," for example, the protagonist believes his life would have gone in a different and much better direction had he hit a home run during an important baseball game rather than what really happened -- he struck out.
I love these kinds of movies, but in the back of my head I'm thinking that there probably wouldn't have been a profound difference if a 14 year-old boy had hit a home run instead of striking out. However, if a certain actor hadn't wrecked his knee during a pre-game practice for the Buffalo Bills ...