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In the Film Reroll’s first ever episode, we play through Back to the Future 2. It all goes horribly, horribly wrong.
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Episode 1 of Film Reroll. Based on the 1989 movie.

The eccentric inventor Doctor Emmet Brown has picked up his young friends, Marty McFly and his girlffriend Jennifer Parker, in his time-travelling Delorean to save their son from going to jail. However, there are many obstacles waiting for them in the far off future of 2015, including an unpleasant Grumpy Old Man, a gang of dangerous delinquents, and a black hole threatening to destroy all of creation...

As of this writing, this is the only Film Reroll episode to be set during the same year it was released.

Starring Pitr Strait as Marty McFly, Jon Miller as Doctor Emmet Brown, Jocelyn "Joz" Vammer as Jennifer Parker and Paulo Quiros as the Dungeon Master.

Followed by Raiders Of The Lost Ark.


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  • Apocalypse How: The universe is destroyed by all the paradoxes.
  • Broken Masquerade: When Marty Sr. and his entire family have seen both the young and old Jennifer in the same room, he tells all of them that time travel is real. (Though apparently half of them knew already.)
  • Changed My Jumper: Marty and Jennifer simply go around in 2015 wearing their 80's clothes, figuring that fashion is cyclical and that they must have gotten some retro appeal by now.
  • Death by Adaptation: Doc Brown dies after being sucked into a black hole, and the rest of the Universe follows when the paradoxes pile up.
  • Disaster Dominoes: When people interact with their Alternate Self, a paradox is created. This tends to lead to more interactions, creating more and worse paradoxes...
  • Disney Death:
    • At one point, it seems like the two young Jennifers have been erased from time, but they were merely teleported a few minutes into the future. They still don't make it through the campaign alive.
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    • Jon Miller hopes that this has happened to his character, only to be informed that no, Doc Brown has been Killed Off for Real.
  • Downer Ending: The very last Paradox roll results in the entire universe being destroyed.
  • Epic Fail: Marty tries to hit Griff with the handle from "his" scooter. He misses and accidentally hits himself in the head with it.
  • Famous Last Words: Pitr Strait knows that the destruction of the Universe would likely happen too fast for anyone to say or do anything, but theorizes that people experiencing singularity might have a different perception of time. Thus, he asks "God" if he is allowed to say a few last words to his girlfriend, and he is.
    Marty McFly: Fuck you, Jennifer!
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Very much in force. Pitr/Marty at one point asks "Where can I buy a Wikipedia?"
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: In an unusual example, Jennifer ends up swapping bodies with herself from five minutes into the past/future.
  • Hate Sink: Biff is now merely this, in contrast to the movie, where he was the Big Bad. It is assumed that he used to be a bully when he was younger, and that his poor parenting resulted in his son becoming a criminal, but he is still Hijacked by Ganon before he has time to do anything other than simply being an unlikable Jerkass.
  • He Knows Too Much: Jennifer tries to kill Biff with a hovering board because she thinks that he has figured out that she is from the past. (Really, she's just being paranoid. All he said was that she reminded him of someone.)
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Old!Marty and Old!Jennifer from five minutes further into in the future jump into the black hole in an attempt at preventing more paradoxes from occuring. They are killed instantly.
  • Hope Spot:
    • Doc and Marty have stopped the latter's son from going to jail, and Doc has also figured out a way to get rid of the black hole and managed to get the earliest Jennifer out of the closet. Then he gets sucked into it, and everything gets worse.
    • At the very end of the campaign Pitr/Marty and Jocelyn/Jennifer are seconds away from escaping with their lives and the universe intact when the final paradox roll is triggered.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: The first effect of the paradoxes is that the past and future versions of Jennifer forget everything that happened the last 20 minutes. It gets worse later, when the past and slightly-more-past Jennifer lose the last 24 hours of their memory, including their knowledge of which one is which.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: The episode was released in 2015, the same year the future portion of Back to the Future Part II takes place in.
  • Medium Awareness:
    • Doc Brown says that the DeLorean's ability to fly is a new upgrade "for this movie."
    • The characters are also aware of the Dungeon Master's existence, though they refer to him as "God."
  • Mugged for Disguise: Marty plans to do this to his own son, but changes his mind when he realises that he and Jennifer's current clothes are probably acceptable as they are.
  • Never the Selves Shall Meet: Is in full effect. It's bad when the time travelers talk to themselves from another time, and even worse if they touch. Most of the paradoxes are caused by the characters not obeying this rule.
  • Noodle Incident: According to the newspaper, Marty Jr. has been jailed for "shenanigans."
  • The Other Darrin: Marty tells Jennifer that she looks different, creating an In-Universe Lampshade Hanging of the actress switch in the actual movies.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: Once the paradoxes start unraveling, Old!Marty simply takes his family and leaves the town. Unfortunately, it's not enough to save them.
  • Skewed Priorities: Despite being at the center of a paradox threatening to destroy the Universe, the only thing Jennifer seems to care about is getting a glass of water.
  • Stealing the Credit: Joz Vammer as Jennifer tries to fish for information about her and Marty's future by telling Old Biff that Marty is a great inventor, hoping for him to respond in a way that tells her what Old Marty really does. The other players don't immediately catch on and think Joz genuinely thinks that Jennifer thinks that Marty is a great inventor, and speculate that Marty has been showing Jennifer Doc's inventions and claimed to have built them himself.
  • Stun Guns: A taser is used to great and hilarious effect by Jon/Doc Brown to subdue Marty Jr.
  • Temporal Paradox: Thanks to Jon/Doc Brown and Jocelyn/Jennifer. Mostly because of Never the Selves Shall Meet.
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: It's almost self-explanatory that a campaign based on a "Back to the Future" movie will have one of these. At one point, there are three Martys and four Jennifers running around at the same time. (This is actually very bad, since time travelers meeting themselves has a high risk of causing paradoxes.)
  • Too Incompetent to Operate a Blanket: Jocelyn/Jennifer is "mundane", which seemingly means she doesn't even understand that the "off" and "on" buttons are usually the same button.
  • Total Party Kill: A bit of an understatement, as literally the entire universe is destroyed.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Doc Brown simply... leaves the unconsious Marty Jr. in the middle of a street before fleeing from the police. According to tomorrow's paper, he was eventually saved and managed to survive, though it's unlikely he lived through the destruction of the Universe.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Doc Brown, who is now willing to tase Marty Jr. into unconsiousness in an attempt at kidnapping him.

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