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Biff and Delorean

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Hi everyone !

There was always two things in bttf2 the bothered me.
One is Biff and Delorean and second is Doc become some way commended by goverment (newspaper )

When Marty and Doc travel to the future, senior Biff spot the Delorean and instead of saying some trivial "WTF is this?" He KNEW that this was a Time machine, and knew how to set a clock, go 80 miles etc... Ha ! He even told his younger self that in the future Marty or Doc will go after him.

Question remains : How he knew this much about Delorean?! How he knew this "crazy, wild-eyed old man who claims to be a scientist" ?

In the 2rd part Doc shown Marty newspaper with text "Emmett Brown commended". I assume that in later years he told the world about time travels (and create a Institute of Future Technology <-- non canonical). Then we got two options:

1. Doc in second part (future) is still anonymous, he become recognizable after they alter Biff Hell Valley . In the end of third part when Marty asked Doc about the future Doc replied "we already been there" .

In this timeline (in the future) Biff dont know anything about time travels yet. Doc can build as many time machines as he want because in the future he is... First Citizen Brown (Eeevil Ending ;P )

2. Doc in second part (future) before he come back for Marty he learned that he was honored, he become recognizable person. This would explain that Biff knew what is "Delorean" . But in this time version we don't know how long Doc remained in the future ("Oh no ! Marty's son and his family are in trouble ! I must come back.. but before. Let pimp our Delorean with flying ambility and 18" rims .Yeaach") and.. How may things he know about .. THE FUTURE !!! ;)

There always bother me what "the status" (dead, live,famous, anonymous ect.) have Doc in 2015. For 100% Emmett that goes to the future in the end of first part search for future himself. What he learned? ;) Maybe in game it will be explained...

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Sorry if i made any grammar mistakes. English is not my native language :(

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  • @zoitberg said: Hi everyone !

    There was always two things in bttf2 the bothered me.
    One is Biff and Delorean and second is Doc become some way commended by goverment (newspaper )

    When Marty and Doc travel to the future, senior Biff spot the Delorean and instead of saying some trivial "WTF is this?" He KNEW that this was a Time machine, and knew how to set a clock, go 80 miles etc... Ha ! He even told his younger self that in the future Marty or Doc will go after him.

    Question remains : How he knew this much about Delorean?! How he knew this "crazy, wild-eyed old man who claims to be a scientist" ?

    Hi, zoitberg. welcome to the board.

    Biff didn't know the DeLorean was a time machine until he overheard Marty and Doc discuss about going to rescue Jennifer. First, he noted he hasn't seen a flying DeLorean -one of those- in 30 years, and then it got weird and suspicious when "another" Marty Jr. came out of the Café 80's. He also overheard all the consequences of facing your other self and was smart enough to avoid telling who he really was.

    Every car in 2015 looks weird, specially if they're old, hover-converted cars. Just look at the future pink Ford Edsel: It looks even weirder than the DeLorean. That's why Doc's not afraid to fly or park it in plain daylight in CourtHouse Square.

    Everything in the time machine is labeled ("SET TO 88" on the digital speedometer, "DESTINATION TIME" on the Time Circuits, "TFC DRIVE CIRCUITS" on the Main Switch) and the interfase is really intuitive -A couple of trials with the keypad will give you a correct date input- and the Mr. Fusion is 2015-native technology widely available, so Biff might know how to use it.

    Doc is well-known in Hill Valley as the local crackpot.

    @zoitberg said:
    In the 2rd part Doc shown Marty newspaper with text "Emmett Brown commended". I assume that in later years he told the world about time travels (and create a Institute of Future Technology <-- non canonical). Then we got two options:

    1. Doc in second part (future) is still anonymous, he become recognizable after they alter Biff Hell Valley . In the end of third part when Marty asked Doc about the future Doc replied "we already been there" .

    In this timeline (in the future) Biff dont know anything about time travels yet. Doc can build as many time machines as he want because in the future he is... First Citizen Brown (Eeevil Ending ;P )

    2. Doc in second part (future) before he come back for Marty he learned that he was honored, he become recognizable person. This would explain that Biff knew what is "Delorean" . But in this time version we don't know how long Doc remained in the future ("Oh no ! Marty's son and his family are in trouble ! I must come back.. but before. Let pimp our Delorean with flying ambility and 18" rims .Yeaach") and.. How may things he know about .. THE FUTURE !!! ;)

    Doc shows Marty the Hill Valley Telegraph from May 23rd, 1983 from the alternate timeline, with the headline "Emmett Brown Committed" (meaning he got recluded in an insane asylum -Hill Valley Hospital-). This is a newspaper from the Past, not the Future. In the repaired timeline, the headline changes to "Emmett Brown Commended" because instead he's getting a civic award. We never knew why he got it, but it can't be for any time travel studies since he'll complete the time machine until 1985.

    Doc might have a civic award, but is still as anonymous as any guy on the street. When he says they've "Already been there", he means he's already gone to the Future with his family in the Train -demostrated by the Train's hover conversion-. Biff will know about the DeLorean time machine in the Future. Nothing changes there.

    @zoitberg said:
    There always bother me what "the status" (dead, live,famous, anonymous ect.) have Doc in 2015. For 100% Emmett that goes to the future in the end of first part search for future himself. What he learned? ;) Maybe in game it will be explained...

    *snip*

    Sorry if i made any grammar mistakes. English is not my native language :(

    Doc might be legally dead by 2015 by what we already know. He might have wanted to know what happened to himself, but "you must not know too much about your Future".

  • @zoitberg said: Question remains : How he knew this much about Delorean?! How he knew this "crazy, wild-eyed old man who claims to be a scientist" ?

    The reason old Biff (2015) checked out the Delorean is because in that timeline he had actually seen a flying Delorean 30 years ago (when Doc picks up Marty and Jennifer in 1985) He then goes in for a closer look because he remembers how weird it was back then in 1985 to see a flying Delorean. He follows Doc and Marty and overhears them talking about it being a time machine. That's how he knows to warn his younger self about Doc and Marty potentially using the time machine to recover the alamanac.

    something like that anyway ;)

  • I think you raise a good point of how Biff would know how to use the time machine. How would he know to go 88 MPH or that he needs to load plutonium? Then again he had all the time he needed to figure it out since he has a time machine.

    Like many sci fi movies there are plenty of holes you can pluck. For example, why did Biff return the time machine to Doc and Marty? I would have thought he would return it in a different place or time where they couldn't find it and he wouldn't have to worry about Marty and Doc coming after him. Also, I don't understand how old Biff would not return to the the hell Hill Valley of 2015. Shouldn't the world have changed for Doc and Marty after biff jacked the time machine?

  • @Spengler56 said: I think you raise a good point of how Biff would know how to use the time machine. How would he know to go 88 MPH or that he needs to load plutonium? Then again he had all the time he needed to figure it out since he has a time machine.

    Like many sci fi movies there are plenty of holes you can pluck. For example, why did Biff return the time machine to Doc and Marty? I would have thought he would return it in a different place or time where they couldn't find it and he wouldn't have to worry about Marty and Doc coming after him. Also, I don't understand how old Biff would not return to the the hell Hill Valley of 2015. Shouldn't the world have changed for Doc and Marty after biff jacked the time machine?

    Prior to mr. fusion, the delorean needed plutonium for each time travel. It may be possible that with mr fusion, the delorean can time travel multimate times for each time travel. I'd assume that it either had enough to time travel already or perhaps Biff new what mr. fusion was and how to use it. I dont think it is labelled that the delorean must go 88 mph but maybe biff just figured it has to go fast to time travel and eventually got it to 88 mph.

    I'm not sure if old biff is smart enough to figure this out but if he did not return the delorean to doc and marty, it would cause a paradox or at least prevent him to get rich; Doc and Marty go to to get Jennifer from her future home and go to the future in the first place to due to their future children. If Marty and Jennifer got stranded in the future, they wouldnt have children there and thus doc would never bring them there in the first place for biff to steal the time machine.

    Another potential is that Biff started having his 'symptoms' that we see while in 1955 and that is why he goes back to the future.

    Biff specifically remarks to himself "doc brown invented a time machine" and pieces together that one of the 2 "Marty Jrs" he sees is Marty Sr. from the past so he figures when they find out the timeline has changed, they'd come asking him about the almanac.


    Now one thing I've wondered; Biff sees the delorean fly and 'disappear' in 1985, the next day he sees marty (after returning from 1885), why wouldnt he ask him what on earth happened? Didn't they wonder where marty went to without his truck? Not sure how those 2 timelines would play out in their eyes as Marty leaves 1985 around 11 am on the 26th, returns to the alternate timeline at 9 AM on the 26th, leaves around 2 AM on the 27th and returns at 11 AM on the 27th.

  • The digital speedometer has a label on it that says "SET FOR 88 MPH", so I think Old Biff could figure that out.

    As for Biff coming back to 2015A, he DID. We didn't see anything change for Marty and Doc because, presumably, Hilldale is either unaffected, or because Biff is apparently dead in 2015A, the city has gotten back to normal. Marty and Doc didn't stay at the McFly house, so they didn't see that the family probably faded away as they probably wouldn't be living there.

    As for Biff being curious about the flying DeLorean, he might not have known Marty was in it.

    I'd just like to know why he apparently walks right past it in the game, since Marty left the car unlocked. I swear, Marty doesn't realize how valuable that car is.

  • Marty was never the sharpest tool in the shed.

  • @Michael J Fox is Canadian said: Prior to mr. fusion, the delorean needed plutonium for each time travel. It may be possible that with mr fusion, the delorean can time travel multimate times for each time travel. I'd assume that it either had enough to time travel already or perhaps Biff new what mr. fusion was and how to use it. I dont think it is labelled that the delorean must go 88 mph but maybe biff just figured it has to go fast to time travel and eventually got it to 88 mph.

    I'm not sure if old biff is smart enough to figure this out but if he did not return the delorean to doc and marty, it would cause a paradox or at least prevent him to get rich; Doc and Marty go to to get Jennifer from her future home and go to the future in the first place to due to their future children. If Marty and Jennifer got stranded in the future, they wouldnt have children there and thus doc would never bring them there in the first place for biff to steal the time machine.

    Another potential is that Biff started having his 'symptoms' that we see while in 1955 and that is why he goes back to the future.

    Biff specifically remarks to himself "doc brown invented a time machine" and pieces together that one of the 2 "Marty Jrs" he sees is Marty Sr. from the past so he figures when they find out the timeline has changed, they'd come asking him about the almanac.


    Now one thing I've wondered; Biff sees the delorean fly and 'disappear' in 1985, the next day he sees marty (after returning from 1885), why wouldnt he ask him what on earth happened? Didn't they wonder where marty went to without his truck? Not sure how those 2 timelines would play out in their eyes as Marty leaves 1985 around 11 am on the 26th, returns to the alternate timeline at 9 AM on the 26th, leaves around 2 AM on the 27th and returns at 11 AM on the 27th.

    I thought Mr. Fussion was essentially a car battery? Would it have enough juice for the required 1.21 gigawatts. By the way, I thought it interesting how the time machine still supposedly ran on gas in part 3, even though Doc says "I need fuel" when he puts trash in it at the end of part 1.

    It would create a paradox if Marty and Doc were stuck in 2015, though it's hard to say if Biff would know that. Does this mean the Alamac would have disappeared back in 1955 had Doc and Marty been stranded in 2015?

  • @Shadowknight1 said: As for Biff coming back to 2015A, he DID. We didn't see anything change for Marty and Doc because, presumably, Hilldale is either unaffected, or because Biff is apparently dead in 2015A, the city has gotten back to normal. Marty and Doc didn't stay at the McFly house, so they didn't see that the family probably faded away as they probably wouldn't be living there.

    But Doc says in 1985 that they can't go back to 2015 because it was altered changing the events that happened in 2015 (If I remember correctly). So I'm assuming it would be altered. BTW, wouldn't that create a paradox though if the events that happened in 2015 with Doc and Marty were altered?

  • @Spengler56 said: I thought Mr. Fussion was essentially a car battery? Would it have enough juice for the required 1.21 gigawatts. By the way, I thought it interesting how the time machine still supposedly ran on gas in part 3, even though Doc says "I need fuel" when he puts trash in it at the end of part 1.

    It would create a paradox if Marty and Doc were stuck in 2015, though it's hard to say if Biff would know that. Does this mean the Alamac would have disappeared back in 1955 had Doc and Marty been stranded in 2015?

    Nobody knows what would happen if a paradox happens. Or maybe it does as we've seen instances of time travel with the direct intent on changing the timeline (doc and marty going to 2015 in part II, biff going to 1955 and doc and marty going to 1955).

    And mr fusion is a replacement for plutonium for the time circuits, theres plenty of instances showing this; as mentioned the plutonium is only enough to power one time travel. But we never see plutonium put in the delorean before the trip to 2015, biff wouldnt be able to get a hold of plutonium in 1955 to get home, and marty wouldnt be able to get plutonium in 1955 to get to 1885 or 1885 to get home.
    It's assumed what doc means at the start of part I is that the time circuits are electrical. In part 3 he does state that the car itself runs on gasoline and prior to sending him back to 1885, 1955 doc does tell marty he put fresh gas in the tank.

  • @Michael J Fox is Canadian said: Nobody knows what would happen if a paradox happens. Or maybe it does as we've seen instances of time travel with the direct intent on changing the timeline (doc and marty going to 2015 in part II, biff going to 1955 and doc and marty going to 1955).

    And mr fusion is a replacement for plutonium for the time circuits, theres plenty of instances showing this; as mentioned the plutonium is only enough to power one time travel. But we never see plutonium put in the delorean before the trip to 2015, biff wouldnt be able to get a hold of plutonium in 1955 to get home, and marty wouldnt be able to get plutonium in 1955 to get to 1885 or 1885 to get home.
    It's assumed what doc means at the start of part I is that the time circuits are electrical. In part 3 he does state that the car itself runs on gasoline and prior to sending him back to 1885, 1955 doc does tell marty he put fresh gas in the tank.

    I guess it is possible Mr. Fushion could generate enough power though it is hard to say.

    I always thought that Mr. Fushion was intended to replace gas and then its function was changed in the third movie. When Doc referred to the trash as fuel I thought it was clear he meant it was like gas. That's why Doc had to explain it to Marty in part 3.

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