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Today, October 21, 2015, has been dubbed by many "Back to the Future Day." In 1989, this is the day that Marty McFly and his time travelling companion Doc Brown head to in Back to the Future 2, which kicks off a whole series of wacky, era-jumping shenanigans. Through the series, we’ve learned that messing with the space time continuum is bad news, but also that our collective futures aren’t written, and we have an exclusive new video message from Doc Brown himself reminding us of that fact.
In this video, Doctor Emmett Lathrop "Doc" Brown, played, of course, by Christopher Lloyd, drives home the point that the present we’re in, which was the future back in 1989 (1985 in the movie), is not exactly like the one depicted in Back to the Future Part 2. We noticed.
Though it’s still possible the Chicago Cubs could win the World Series (though down three games to none to the New York Mets, that is looking less and less likely every day), there are some other notable misses as far as their cinematic predictions go. Sure, there have been some recent advances in hover board technology, but we’re not particularly close to the point where we can have even a halfway decent chase on one. We don’t have flying cars yet, and I seriously doubt we’re going to see Jaws 19 hit theaters before the end of the day. On the other hand, at least we avoided the god-awful fashion sense of our movie doppelgangers. For the most part anyway.
For all the misses, however, there are some guesses that are pretty spot on. Big screen TVs are now the standard, and video conferencing is a commonplace occurrence in many of our daily lives. And though it’s somewhat abated, or at least isn’t quite as ubiquitous as it was a few years ago, they accurately foresaw a sweeping wave of ‘80s nostalgia. So, good on them.
This video from Doc Brown, which urges us all to be hopeful of our respective and collective futures, is not just a bit of optimistic musing on his part, it’s also designed to remind you that there’s a new 30th anniversary special edition Blu-ray release of the Back to the Future trilogy that just hit store shelves yesterday. So, in case you somehow manage to miss all of the various showings — all three movies are screening in theaters today, and they’ve been on constant rotation on a variety of different TV channels all damn day — maybe think about picking this one up.