Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Great Scott!

Doc Brown

I was watching Back to the Future this morning and it occurred to me that if Doc Brown diverted the electricity away from the clock tower in 1955 to get Marty back to 1985 then the clock would never have been burned out, the annoying "Save the clock tower!" lady would never have been begging for money or have handed Marty the pamphlet, never alerting anyone to the exact time of a lightning strike.

I'd go with Lost's personal timeline theory, but sticking to that would also dictate that no matter what Doc Brown did, Marty's timeline contains the past event of lightning going into the clock and the gimmick with the wire wouldn't/couldn't have worked, like shooting Ben as a child.

(How doe something electrical irreparably damage a huge mechanical structure, anyway?)

And then Marty and Doc would've had to become gay lovers in 1955. Great Scott!


Megan said...

I don't know why I'm laughing so hard, but I am. Great Scott!!!

Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness said...

OH THANK YOU for giving me another time travel paradox to ponder! I am now convinced that the reason I can't get my time machine to work is that my mind won't let me contribute to the confusion that such a device would produce in the world if not my own head. Now I gotta go lie down.

Ricky Shambles said...

So glad I could make you laugh and blow your minds ;)

Randal Graves said...

I could reveal the solution to your time traveling conundrum, but then I'd have to kill Huey Lewis.

Ricky Shambles said...

Randal - then you probably want to keep it to yourself.

I read once in an apocryphal text that should Huey Lewis be killed, his killer would be throttled and savaged by the spirit-masters known as "the News" in order to "remake" an even more powerful and commanding figurehead. Yes, you yourself would be Huey Lewis, but only after an excruciating ceremonial process that would leave you a shell of a being with no will of your own.

So, you know, whatevs. All you.