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Okay, so I'm not seeing any other threads mentioning this, but I gotta throw in my speculation. Doc pretty much drops a big bombshell when he mentions he and his family are gonna visit Marty and Jennifer in 2011. This raises a number of questions;

1. Are we gonna see Doc's family? I wasn't much of a fan of the cartoon, but I'd still like to see them, being a somewhat bizarre time-traveling anomaly. Hell, Jules and Verne shouldn't even exist by any normal circumstances. It'd add some extra dimension to the story IMO.

2. Are we gonna see 2011? All I know is back to the future MUST have a future episode. What's the point of time traveling if all you do is go backwards in time?

3. Is this 2011 gonna be like our present, or similar to the movie's 2015? Because I'm certain by the time 2015 comes around, all the fans are gonna point out how completely off the movie's prediction will be. Unless we somehow get hoverboards and flying cars in the next four years. It'd be fun to see Marty's surprise out how different the future turned out. Going to the same future would be too predictable.

4. Now that I think about it, where is Doc's family? You'd think they'd come looking for Doc. I mean, they got their own time machine in the form of a flying train!

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  • To answer the last question, assuming Clara and the boys have settled down somewhere at the time Doc went time-hopping in the DeLorean, they might not even know he's in any trouble whatsoever. Remember. TIME machine. :p

  • @NameOfUser said: 1. Are we gonna see Doc's family?

    Maybe at the end of the last episode.

    @NameOfUser said: 2. Are we gonna see 2011?

    According to the description, the future will be seen in the last episode. No word on what year exactly, though.

    @NameOfUser said: 3. Is this 2011 gonna be like our present, or similar to the movie's 2015?

    BTTF's future is (and should be) "the future of 1985/1986" not "our present". It's an extrapolation of the events that will occur based on the exact point in time that you travel to the future. That's why Marty goes to a future where he does crash his car, etc. When he returns and doesn't crash his car, the future changes. Having Marty walking around our 2011 would just be...wrong, somehow.

  • Yeah, but at least they'd have a better idea when he is. Sending the Delorean to Marty without a clue to his whenabouts would be much riskier.

  • @NameOfUser said: Yeah, but at least they'd have a better idea when he is. Sending the Delorean to Marty without a clue to his whenabouts would be much riskier.

    "Just go to the time displayed on the read-out 'Last Time Departed'. Good luck."
    ^Doc DID leave a clue. He had no idea that the Last Time Departed display would glitch out.

  • @markeres said:
    Having Marty walking around our 2011 would just be...wrong, somehow.

    Why would it be wrong? Then you'd have to explain away advanced technologies that are still decades into development. And you admit the future would be different anyway. And why wouldn't BTTF's 1986 lead to our 2011? All that's different is the invention of time travel, which, mind you, is still a very secret technology.

    Okay, Marty affecting his own future wouldn't easily drastically alter the entire earth's future, but come on. How could you pass up an opportunity to make Marty bewildered all over again? He'll be expecting flying cars, and instead he'll see iPhones, a Black President, videogames outselling blockbuster movies, etc. Visiting the same future twice is just boring.

  • @NameOfUser said: Why would it be wrong?

    Simply, because the look of BTTF's future has already been established. It would just be "wrong" for it to look any different, unless it's clearly established that it's 2011A, or something.

  • But the timeline's changing all the time. I mean, I count at least six different timelines in the movies alone. And all of Doc's extra timetraveling pretty much guarantees the future will not be exactly as it appeared in BTTF2

  • To answer your question: Clara steals the time machine in a melo-dramatic fit of rage and goes back to the future and meets biff, falls in love gets pregnant has a son (that we meet) who gets Marty's sister's daughter pregnant who gives birth to Griff, so like Griff is actually Marty's nephew and Doc's step son.

  • If they do go to the future I think it would be better to go to "our present" for two reasons.

    1. "Nothing ages faster than a view of the future" The 2015 we saw was a 2015 as the 80s saw it happening. Just like the year 2000 we saw in old sci fi movies is the 2000 the 40s and 50s saw happening. Keeping it in the present would be an accurate depiction of time, just like sending him to the old west or to 1955. (Even just to see him on Dec 31/Jan 1 of 1999/2000)

    2. 2015 was a joke. Rob Zemeckis and Bob Gale didn't want to show the future, but as a result of how they ended the first one not knowing there would be a sequel they kind of put themselves in a corner.
    So they agreed that instead of trying to show an "accurate" depiction of how they thought the future would be they just made the whole thing a joke. That's why you see things in 2015 like Jaws 14 and people wearing two ties.

  • @NameOfUser said: But the timeline's changing all the time. I mean, I count at least six different timelines in the movies alone. And all of Doc's extra timetraveling pretty much guarantees the future will not be exactly as it appeared in BTTF2

    Exactly, which is why if Marty went to 2011 and it looked like our 2011, there would have to be a "1986 reason" for that. That is, Marty/Doc/Biff/somebody did something to make 2011 look like that. It would be 2011A, because of the trilogy's already established future. To have a 2011 that looks like our 2011 without a reason other than we now know what 2011 looks like just wouldn't make sense storywise, because BTTF is told from the perspective of the mid-1980s, when no one knew what the future looked like. Which is why I say if 2011 is visited and it looks like ours with no given reason, it would just be "wrong".

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