History Fridge / BackToTheFuture

29th Jun '16 6:20:12 PM Whistler
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** This one isn't all that hard to figure out. Doc was watching a video pertaining to the development of his time machine, and Marty at that moment first chooses to try to tell him about the future. From that point on Doc does not want to know anything about it. There are a lot of good reasons for why this could be. First, by his own admission the time machine was the first thing he invented that worked. Considering he spent his entire life as an inventor without success, imagine the vindication for him when he learned he not only eventually created something that works, but something as amazing as a time machine. Now imagine if he perceived a chance to never achieve that ambition if Marty told him something he did not want to hear. If Marty told him something that could make him change his future, then he could very well never invent the one thing that keeps his whole life from having been a failure. Consider also that Doc can see that Marty has quite clearly screwed up his own future. Doc by contrast does not want the same thing to happen to him. Even if he guessed the information was about his death, all not knowing would men is that he would die when he always died. At the end he puts in point blank when he says he refuses to accept the responsibility. For all his brilliance he cannot foresee what the future will be, he was not willing to risk changing his future or that of anyone else connected to him any more than he had to. It takes him many years and an obviously great amount of curiosity before he reassembles Marty's letter and receives the warning.
4th Jun '16 6:06:22 AM Doug86
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* 1955!Doc scoffed at the Japanese parts used to make the DeLorean claiming "no wonder it fell apart, the parts are from Japan!" While this was mostly a jab at the "Buy American" attitude the 80s had (when the film was made), he was justified in saying that because Japan was still recovering from WorldWarII which ended 10 years prior. While unintentional, Doc looked worried when Marty says everything is made in Japan because it means a former enemy has become a dominant power again. If true, it's invoking the JapanTakesOverTheWorld trope which was a major concern in the 80s (which was also referenced in the second movie).

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* 1955!Doc scoffed at the Japanese parts used to make the DeLorean claiming "no wonder it fell apart, the parts are from Japan!" While this was mostly a jab at the "Buy American" attitude the 80s had (when the film was made), he was justified in saying that because Japan was still recovering from WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII which ended 10 years prior. While unintentional, Doc looked worried when Marty says everything is made in Japan because it means a former enemy has become a dominant power again. If true, it's invoking the JapanTakesOverTheWorld trope which was a major concern in the 80s (which was also referenced in the second movie).
30th May '16 5:20:03 PM Monkey_d_Lenny
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*** The comics actually explain how this is: Doc dismantled the hoverboard that was left behind and used one of it's core pieces to store up the 1.21 Jiggawatts and he built a new Flux Capacitor. As another troper mentioned above, there was no way for the train to get up to 88 MPH without crashing it so he got a steam-powered tricycle and used the Flux Capacitor to turn it into a proto-time machine, but he needed a diving suit since there was no frame to protect his body from time traveling. He jumped forward to 2035 and grabbed all the parts he needed to turn the train into a flying time machine before heading back and finishing it.
21st May '16 10:33:37 AM MereMemory
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*** Doc went forward in time enough to find the person who invented the mechanism that allow cars (and hoverboards) to fly, then stole the tech and maybe even killed the inventor - or paid them not to invent it. And that's why we didn't have hoverboards and flying car in the real 2015.
18th May '16 12:21:03 PM Doug86
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** Or that he figured that knowing the future locks you into it, making it a [[DoctorWho "fixed point."]]

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** Or that he figured that knowing the future locks you into it, making it a [[DoctorWho [[Series/DoctorWho "fixed point."]]
17th May '16 2:38:47 PM SirSapphire
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** Or that he figured that knowing the future locks you into it, making it a [[DoctorWho "fixed point."]]



* The [=DeLorean=] only becomes covered in ice after time travel when it's going to the future. It's trying to show that it's been frozen in time until the destination. The doc then probably managed to stop this effect in later movies.
11th May '16 12:06:24 PM gothelittle
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**** Incest and inbreeding isn't quite as dangerous as the 'redneck stereotype' suggests. If the family has been incorporating new genetic material on a fairly regular basis, even a brother and sister may not be incompatible enough yet to set off the woman's genetic viability detection system. Problems don't start to show up until incest has been pervasive for a few generations.
11th May '16 6:31:15 AM gothelittle
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*** Doc appears in the second movie to recognize that this happens, because he insisted on going back to 1955 to fix the corrupted timeline immediately, even though the DeLorean's time circuits were acting up.

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*** Doc appears in the second movie to recognize that this happens, because he insisted on going back to 1955 to fix the corrupted timeline immediately, even though the DeLorean's time circuits on the [=DeLorean=] were acting up.
11th May '16 6:29:19 AM gothelittle
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****Doc appears in the second movie to recognize that this happens, because he insisted on going back to 1955 to fix the corrupted timeline immediately, even though the DeLorean's time circuits were acting up.
9th May '16 5:30:41 PM costanton11
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* Doc Brown made the deal with the Libyans to obtain plutonium in 1985. Perhaps the Libyans behind the Pan-Am Flight 103 originally planned to detonate a nuke aboard a plane and Doc cheating them set their timetable back 3 years.
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