WHERE: In the living room of my apartment in Portland, ME (Isla Nublar)

FORMAT: Blu-Ray on a Vizio 32″ LED HDTV

COMPANY: Cinemanaut Becca in and out during the second half, but not really paying attention.

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL STATE: Eating cereal, trying to get this viewing in before watching Hot Tub Time Machine at a friend’s house.

Did you read my viewing last week? Yeah, that monster was about five days of research and writing. It was both necessary and satisfying, don’t get me wrong; you simply can’t talk about Back to the Future without a crash course on mutable, immutable, and alternate timelines handy. Well, my brain’s a little fried and my back still hurts, so enjoy this week’s series of effortless mind farts.

Is Uncle “Jailbird” Joey still in jail at the end of Back to the Future? We’re given no evidence either way. He’s in jail in the alternate “Hell Valley” timeline from Part II, but that wouldn’t really count because– nope, hold on. We’re taking it easy this week. No timeline talk.

Ha! Look at the baby!

For the first time, I noticed Marty does a little kick thing and flips his skateboard onto its side when the DeLorean first rolls out. Knowing nothing about skateboarding, I have never once thought about how you prevent one from rolling away.


I remember seeing an argument in some comments section somewheres that George is not using his binoculars to watch Lorraine taking off her clothes, but that it’s just some random woman. If that were true, why did Lorraine’s dad yell in the direction of the house she was in? If it wasn’t Lorraine, that just leaves Stella Baines.

“Lookin’s free, boys.”

I decided to look up the “Florence Nightingale effect” that Doc mentions (the tendency for nurses to fall in love with their patients). By “look up,” I mean “check the Wikipedia page and take everything at face value without researching any of the citations,” because this is a time for laziness. It claims the earliest use of the term is in Back to the Future and that the real Florence Nightingale never fell in love with any patients, but she did suffer from Florence Nightingale syndrome, more commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome. Conclusion: Doc makes shit up whenever he feels like it.

“Florence Nightingale invented the tennis racket, initially for use as a samurai weapon.” – Doc, probably.

Is anyone actually sober on the night of the Enchantment Under the Sea dance? Lorraine is drinking stolen liquor, she claims Biff is drunk (I assume she smells it on him), his gang is packing liquor bottles, and Marvin Berry and the Starlighters are clambaking in their car. Marty spits out his sip of liquor over the shock of seeing his mother lighting a cigarette, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t drink more later. We see Principal Strickland pouring himself some booze in his office in Part II, the film in which we also discover that Biff spiked the punch… which we see George has been drinking in Part I. The only character left is Doc, who I assume is shooting heroin behind the clock tower.

“Great Scott, that was an artery!”