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It's strange that the Reflect icons aren't showing up even for the actual image files, as opposed to the renamed files that have an "error_loading" extension. It also doesn't help that the files in question aren't sorted by name. But as I mentioned in a post I wrote in the thread that was linked above, those backups have been evicted from the set. So essentially what seems to have happened here is that when your 2/18 backup was being created, Reflect had a problem reading at least the backup created on 2/13. It may also have had a problem with the other backups that now show "error_loading", but even if it was just that 2/13 backup, that would have rendered all subsequent backups that existed at that point unusable if they're all Incrementals. So Reflect renamed those backups to remove them from the set, and then your 2/18 backup was created as an Incremental of the most recent GOOD backup at that point, which was your 2/12 backup. And from there it seems backups have carried on as normal. So you do NOT want to try to reintroduce those "error_loading" backups into your current set. If you had to try to salvage data from them, you'd want to copy those backups and all preceding backups in the set (but NOT any newer backups) over to some OTHER folder, then rename the "error_loading" backups to reintroduce them into the set. And from there you could try to see what you could get out of them. But if you don't intend to do that, then I would delete them, since they're currently just taking up space and will never be purged by the retention policy since again they're not even considered legitimate backups at this stage. But again, you absolutely do NOT want to do that within your "active" backup destination folder.
There is no point trying to open a Reflect backup in Notepad or Word.
As to what caused the "error_loading" issue in the first place, there isn't enough information here to answer that question. You said, "It's a significant coincidence that the dates of the files they were asking about were also in the same time frame as my problem files", but I don't know who "they" are or what these "problem files" you're referring to are.