BTTF Minute 76 – A Terrible Disaster

BTTF Minute-00076

Marty realizes this may be the last time he sees Doc alive, so he writes him a letter to prevent his future death.

Guest: Amanda Haas

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  1. Hey, guys! I was startled when I got a shout-out in Minute 74 — thank you for that! Awww. ­čśÇ

    Okay, back to the comment!

    With this minute, and with Doc’s backstory, not only does Marty show up on Doc’s doorstep as a pre-packaged friend, I kind of think that 1955!Doc is even more in awe of him. Here Doc is, in the darkest time of his life where none of his inventions work (and he’s probably already got his reputation as the town nutcase, seeing as how he doesn’t get visitors), and not only does Marty show up in his life completely out of nowhere, but there’s a number of things Marty does.

    1. The weird idea that you got when you hit your head on the bathroom sink isn’t destined for failure.
    2. You’re going to get the bestest best friend/lab assistant who thinks you’re awesome and wants to spend time with you, just hang in there.
    3. Marty is adorable and well-meaning enough to accidentally derail his own personal history and require help. (Let’s face it, if Marty were a girl and Doc were younger, that would be prime “vulnerable damsel-in-distress” material for the movie’s main romance.)
    4. Oh, yeah, you’re going to invent a way to safely travel through time. (No big deal.)

    Doc has not only been given something to hope for in the future (a friend), but a goal that he knows that he was able to achieve in a previous incarnation of himself. And it’s not like Marty’s giving him an idea that he never would’ve thought of, because the original timeline has him completing the time machine.

    So, really, Marty is almost like a guardian angel, but more interactive because he shows up, knows him well enough to interact with him on a level previously unheard of in Hill Valley, derails his own personal history (oops), and gives him a look at his completed time machine on a silver platter.

    Also, think about it this way. In the original timeline, Doc had no idea if this was going to work, but he kept hammering away at it for 30 years. In the revised timeline, Doc *knows* it’s going to work, but it still takes him 30 years. And yet, when he meets Marty in 1982 (according to the comic by Bob Gale), he suddenly is making huge strides in building the time machine and it’s ready in three years.

    Part of that is waiting for the DeLorean to be built, go on the market, and show it’s an utter piece of crap so that he can get it on the cheap with his strapped budget, but part of it might also be that, somewhere in the back of his mind, he might be worried that things changed, and he wants to make sure that Marty is part of his life so that he has his bestest best friend to show the finished product to.

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