Back to the Future!

by Peter Bloch

As most teens do at some point in their lives (and often more than once), I was binge watching one of my favorite movie sagas of all time. This epic, one of the best Sci-Fi stories of all time, is the Back to the Future trilogy. Before continuing this article, I would like to add that it contains spoilers. I truly recommend watching all three main films before reading the rest of this article.

I noticed an important fact while binge watching this series. At the end of the first film, both Marty McFly and Doctor Emmett Brown time travel to the date October 21, 2015. For those of you who don’t know, that is TODAY! While I am glad to see this day come to fruition, I am saddened by the fact that the movie is now 30 years old. The first film is one of my favorite movies, and Marty McFly was my childhood hero. There are a still few aspects of today’s date that I am slightly regretting other than the mere age of this film.

My first regret about our modern age is our lack of commercially purchasable, all-purpose, flying transportation. In the second film, Doc drives into 2015, and once there, he flies down the freeway above the town of Hill Valley. In Spielberg’s 2015, everyone drives a flying car to save space on the roads. I believe that the commercial accessibility of flying cars would help both the automotive and construction industries, and help us clean up our cities to build upwards instead of horizontal expansion.

My second regret is that we are lacking an announcement of power-lacing Nike shoes. In the second movie, Marty McFly puts on a pair of automatically-lacing Nike Air Mag shoes. Not only do they look cool, but they also sound cool and function well. It would also completely eliminate the need to tie shoes. This movie could single-handedly save the human race 30 seconds of everyday life!

In contrast to the Air Mags and flying Delorean, I am happy that the flux capacitor has not been invented. The flux capacitor is what allowed the Delorean (and eventually the steam locomotive) to time travel. Time travel (according to the films) requires 1.21 gigawatts of energy, and a vehicle moving at 88 miles per hour.

Many people misunderstand the moral of the film, but in the end, time travel only messes up Marty’s life and causes many problems. He has a lot of fun, but even he realizes that time travel was a mistake to invent, and that all actions have consequences.

Back to the Future is not only one of my favorite movie saga because of the Air Mags and flying, time-traveling Deloreans, but also because the main character learns from his LONG chain of mistakes and becomes a better person for it.

Thank you for reading my article, and if there is any other news you wish for me to cover, please let me know.

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