Jefferson, via long debates on the chud forums, their main reviewer pointed out time and again (in an insulting and perfunctory manner) that Future Tom being real was DA's interpretation, based on his discussion of the film with him. You'd have to read chud to get that. I didn't include that to "win" the argument. It's outside of the film itself, so therefore completely outside our discussion on the film. Talk did seem to travel towards the idea that anyone who bought that argument (which sort of includes me, but not really) is hanging on to some thin evidence...I disagreed and brought it up to simply keep the crack open. I don't see it as silly. I see it as symbolic science fiction.