I suppose I should tell a bit about what convinced me to register and post, today, even though this comic is now over for more than a year. You see, I first came upon Time almost a year ago (it was I believe in October of 2013). I don't exactly remember how it happened, since I'm not a regular reader of xkcd. But I found the Book of Geekwagon and watched the whole thing, at full speed. I found it very interesting, and followed other links leading to interesting discussion about Time. Among other things, I found the Time Wiki. But it was rather hard to understand, even though I had watched the comic, given the particular lingo it uses in some places. So I decided that to get the full experience of Time, I should endeavour to blitz the thread.
At that point, I believe it was around 1600 pages long. As I am writing this we are at 2115. I've been reading the thread, though not at a constant rate, since October of November of last year, and am now at page 908, just in the aftermath of the raptorcat attack. I've read pretty much all that came before, even though I cannot guarantee that I didn't miss a post or two. Many times I thought that maybe I should register to plant a signpost in the thread, telling you what I was up to, but I figured that since I was already pretty far into my blitz, maybe it wasn't such a good idea. If I'd done so at the beginning, then my progress would have been trackable, but now there was no point. And also I'm not as creative as you people are. I am pretty good with words, even if English, as for many of you, is a second language for me, but I don't know the first thing about poetry, so the idea of filking a song or writing a double-dactyl -- even a haiku for that matter -- just wouldn't come to me. Neither would I try to draw comics as BlitzGirl did with Boom De Yada, or as Vytron did while he was blitzing the thread, since I am terrible at visual arts. So I figured, there's no point making a signpost, there won't be anything interesting about it. I'll just keep on reading silently, as I'm sure many others have done and will do.
But now, around page 907, I found a discussion about how fewer people were joining the thread than before. And how this could be due to how long it was, and how hermetic its language had become. There were exhortations to newbies to not be afraid to join the discussion. So I figured, eh, why not do it and place a signpost. I fully realise that I'm answering messages that date from June of 2013. Fifteen months ago, and even months before I'd ever heard of xkcd Time. Maybe today the mood in the thread is completely different and it's become a bubble of regulars without much interest for newer participants. However, looking at the preview screen, I see many posters I'm already familiar with, and others I'm not, so I figure this post will be read by the same people I've come to know for the last months, and also that I'm not the only one who's done what I'm about to do. I won't join the discussion though, I'll keep on blitzing (at least until I reach the point in the thread where Time ends, and maybe even further) so even if you respond to my post, I may not read your response for months. But I fully intend to get there. When I started reading I was 1600 pages behind. Now I'm not much more than 1200 pages behind. So I am making progress, and I assume the posting rate has gone down as well. (Those 907 pages I've read took fewer than three months to write.) I may write a few other posts before reaching the present, when Time ends for example, or when I'll actually reach this post. So, I guess I'll be seeing you!
Ah, and I just want to mention that watching Time one frame at a time has been a completely different experience from watching it all at once. Having to wait for an hour between frames, and weeks for things to happen, you spent a lot of time creating theories about what would happen, about what every single element of every single frame might be and might mean for the future. For example, it seems to be your opinion (at least up to where I'm reading) that of Cueball and Megan, it's definitely her who's the leader, and that he may even not be particularly bright or courageous. I never had this impression when I first watched Time -- and I still don't really have it now; first impressions matter -- as far as I can tell this opinion largely comes from the fact that before the first pan, he was shown alone making small progress on a sandcastle, while the pan revealed Megan working on a much larger sandcastle. So this cemented the view of him as a "slacker" in your mind, which has then persisted for a long part of the story, while for me it was just too short to even notice. It's a very interesting phenomenon. Reading the thread I even discovered plot elements that I'd never noticed (and indeed couldn't have noticed), such as LaPetite reappearing almost at the end of the fade-out. So yes, I've really enjoyed it (even though I do believe you're too harsh on poor Cueball
) and I can't wait to see what speculations I will see in the thread when we'll actually be seeing the night sky, and later when Cueball and Megan will meet the Beanies.