Man in Black/Christian helping Locke in 1867 (or earlier)

Hi everybody. I'm rewatching Lost and I came up with a question. I tried to look for the answer in Lostpedia (which has been my pocket guide since season 2 was airing), but I couldn't find it, so I've been instructed to create this post.

At the end of 5x05 "This Place is Death", Locke's group is flashing through time and they end up in an unknown period, where Daniel stays with a dying Charlotte, and Sawyer, Juliet, Jin and Miles go help Locke find the well to go down there and turn the wheel. While he's going down, there's another flash and they're taken to some time before 1867 (because the Statue is still up). I suppose Locke, as he fell down the well and ended up in the wheel chamber, also travelled to this time.

But Christian/Man in Black is there! Why is he there? Ok, the MiB was "helping" Locke, but why is he in the form of Christian? Christian's body only got on the island in 2004, so MiB couldn't take his form before that, right?

I was thinking on a few explanations:

1. The MiB was also travelling through time. Sounds unlikely, as we don't see any hint of that anywhere else.

2. Only during that flash, Locke went to a different time while the rest of the group flashed to 1867 (or before). That's a possibility, but then the question is "Why did he flash to a different time?" It'd be almost as if the island wanted him to help the MiB.

What do you guys think of that? I haven't seen any post related to this, so I may be missing something. Pardon me if this has been discussed before.

Fabianokm 12:03, May 24, 2011 (UTC)

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