But the youthful one is, and the much less “calcified” one’s pineal gland is, the extra one can really, bodily enterprise into the previous. Ironically, the tumor on Steve’s pineal gland has prevented the organ from ageing in the identical approach, permitting him, whilst an grownup, to maneuver bodily into the previous. Brianna has achieved the identical factor however has no approach again with out one other dose of Synchronic.
After shopping for up the final of the native Synchronic provide and utilizing a lot of it for his experiments, Steve has simply two drugs left. He is ready to deduce the place previously Brianna went and takes one tablet to get there. As lengthy because the individual taking the tablet is bodily holding onto one other dwelling factor previously or current, that dwelling factor, animal or human, can journey with them as nicely. Steve’s plan is to seek out Brianna, take the final tablet and maintain her in order that they will each return to the current.
The scheme works at first: Steve finds Brianna, though they seem to have transported to the midst of some type of Civil War battle zone on the New Orleans waterfront, and offers her the final tablet. An area, deranged lady approaches Steve and Brianna with a gun. As Steve strikes towards her to guard Brianna, they lose bodily contact and Brianna returns to the current, leaving Steve trapped previously.
We solely glimpse Steve yet another time, as a “ghost” within the current, nevertheless it’s lengthy sufficient for him to see Dennis and Brianna reunited, and for Dennis to appreciate the enormity of what his pal has achieved. With Dr. Kermani having dedicated suicide after destroying the remainder of the remaining drug, there isn’t a approach for anybody to journey once more to the previous and retrieve Steve. And with the latter caught in a time interval and place the place it doesn’t seem like medical therapies are precisely top-notch, it’s unlikely that he’ll be capable of reside very lengthy with the tumor nonetheless in his head.
But that doesn’t appear crucial to Steve after we final see him. While his personal life is now forfeit, he has taken motion to vary the lives of others round him. He has saved Brianna and numerous others from the terrifying results of Synchronic, and he has given Dennis a newfound appreciation for his household that may hopefully carry them again collectively.
While we in the end can’t management time—“the fire in which we burn”—and whereas life is random, harmful and unkempt regardless of the place or after we are, it’s as much as us to take what small actions we will to one way or the other make existence just a bit bit much less merciless. Steve has discovered that lesson, even on the presumed price of his personal life. How many of us would do the identical?