ok, let me start off by posting this quote from another forum:
Apparently what folks are debating is that the second set of chicks was Mike’s first time out as a killer, because if you pay attention he doesn’t actually keep to killing them - he actually gets out of his car, says that was fun, and lets them go, only to get screwed by it…They also say he didn’t die when he got his ass kicked, either. They kicked his ass, but good, cracked his skull, but he lived, learned his lesson, and improved his trade to go on becoming a much harder, more pissed-off effective killer in the first half (as you can clearly tell his disposition is way darker in the first half than in the seocnd half, where he was having fun and just “messing around”, as he pleaded with the girls)
I have to be honest, at first I just figured it a straight forward movie, but what got me thinking in the first place was Mike’s character - it was just OFF in the second half and raised alot of ??? about his character. Yeah, some killers can get pussified, if they are inexperienced and do not develop that cold desensitization to fear and violence, but considering Mike’s cool, hardened disposition in the first half (guy put himself in a car crash and broke bones in his body!), he just seemed WAY too menacing and seasoned to just peter out like that in the second half. The guy just started RUNNING AWAY crying. He didn’t pull any of his tricks or anything, like he did in the first half which made no sense…Hence the debate that he was in fact a rookie in the second half.
Then QT’s little quirks messing with the order lit a lightbulb…and then there’s this little piece of evidence:
In the original script, the first scene was written to end “17 months later” and then cut to the second scene, but oddly enough (or actually as expected) QT took that subtitle out of the final film, thereby lending the viewer with another one of his chronological mishaps…which ultimately renders the film to go EITHER WAY in terms of story (depending on who is watching it- male or female).
I think that’s brilliant - it’s a woman’s empowerment movie ONE WAY, and in QT’s REVERSE WAY it’s actually a SECRETIVE male empowerment film, all the same…That was WAY cool. Truly speaks of the time’s socio-political climate on gender."