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"This theory that I have--that is to say, which is mine-- ...is mine."
I don't jump onto EVERY passing pop culture bandwagon.  Only a lot of them. I've let several go by without me: Game of Thrones, Downton, Mad Men, Walking Dead among them. I also came late to the '05 Doctor reboot, and even later to Torchwood. But that's not why Jilly's picture is there. Rather, it's a remote but real tie to another possible time-traveler named Jack.

Jack....Dawson. He of the tearjerker extravaganza Titanic, which I've proudly proclaimed for years never to have seen.

Yet now I might have to- on account of some semi-anonymous theorizer on Facebook who's been breaking the Interwebs in recent weeks with this:

One Titanic fan came up with a pretty clever theory about the truth behind Leonardo's wandering character.

On the surface, there's no evidence that suggests Titanic's lead character is actually a time traveler. But looking at a theory by Matt (last name hidden) on Facebook, and shared on K. Tempest Tumbles tumblr page, it certainly does throw a fun sci-fi spin on James Cameron's historical fiction. It begins as follows:

Jack from Titanic was a time traveler that was only there to save Rose from Committing suicide and altering the timeline. This may seem ridiculous but think about it for a moment... if Rose jumped to her demise then the ship would have stopped to look for her. The temporary delay would have lead to warmer weather and the Titanic would have never hit the iceberg. This is also why Jack made it a note to spend so much time with her, his job was to ensure her survival.

The above half of the theory indicates that Jack's main purpose was to save Rose from committing suicide, which he does. But the theory goes on to imply that in saving Rose, Jack prevented Titanic from having to slow down in order to search for Rose. Had the Captain halted the ship to do a search, maybe it wouldn't have been quite so cold when Titanic eventually arrived at the location of the icebergs. Or maybe the water wouldn't have been so still at that point. Conditions, at any rate, would've likely been different enough that perhaps the ship wouldn't have struck that iceberg. In an alternate timeline, Rose's suicide happens and perhaps Titanic makes it to the U.S.

It's an interesting theory, made even better when some of the film's mistakes -- or are they?! -- are applied to it...

Let's look at the evidence - Jack doesn't have any currency in this time period so he has to gamble in order to get the ticket in the first place. He mentions fishing in Lake Wissota, which is a man-made lake created in 1917, five years after the Titanic sank. His haircut seemed completely out of place for the era, furthermore that rucksack wasn't common until the late '30s. He claimed he will take Rose on a roller-coaster on the Santa Monica Pier, which wouldn't be built until 1916. How else would Jack have knowledge of these future places?

The evidence suggests that Jack has awareness of places that don't exist yet in this time period. Also his bag and hair are wrong for the time period, apparently.

I'm not sure how seriously we're supposed to take this theory, but I would still accept this idea over that alternate ending that made its way online. And man, do I love entertaining a good time travel theory, especially when it involves The Terminator.

The add-on comment to Matt's theory -- presumably from the original poster -- states that Rose "is, in fact, Sarah Connor's grandmother."

I corrected the misspelling of that future character's name, even though it's one of the few things I know about THAT Famed James Cameron Franchise. (I only saw the first two, not since more or less when they came out, and remember relatively little about them and even less about the later sequels or the more recent reboot.)

But damn I love time-travel conundrums, too. This one sounds about as weird and wonderful as they get.
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ellettra From: ellettra Date: March 6th, 2015 07:00 am (UTC) (Link)
That's actually really really interesting!! I'm going to share this with people if it's ok with you? I too love a time travel conundrum!
captainsblog From: captainsblog Date: March 6th, 2015 10:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Fine with me. I have no idea what he's talking about, after all;)
angledge From: angledge Date: March 6th, 2015 05:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I would like to think about this theory some more, but that would require me to think about that awful movie Titanic. Alas.
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