Q:Main character awakes from coma w/ spotty memory, struggles to piece together pre-coma life. Act 2: MC has terrifying visions & other post-coma symptoms; they slowly poison his relationship w/ family. End: M/C & audience simultaneously learn re: MC's pre-coma life, with Act 2 details now proving to be clues. To show how puzzle pieces fit & to show MC’s pre-coma life, I have a flashback montage, but it feels easy, pat. Yet, flashbacks throughout risk ruining end. Wanna avoid cheap route. Options?
Standard advice is to show, not tell. But if you’re already doing a lot of visions and such, an extended third-act flashback may end up being just too much showing — interfering with the present-tense storytelling.
So maybe the answer is to tell, not show.
Is there a character who could be really compelling telling the truth about what really happened? There are some great movie moments that are just two people talking about the past, and may you could make one.