Part II Minute 65 – Biff the Bully

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Marty follows Biff as he leaves his house and bullies some children.

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2 thoughts on “Part II Minute 65 – Biff the Bully

  1. Marty acting cool in the leather jacket, going over the top with the dramatics. Guess what I’m going to bring up again. The pick glint. I swear I’ll end up writing a scholarly article on Marty’s perception of self.

    Thomas F. Wilson seems like the kindest guy. I’m so glad he’s a person who exists.

    This whole scene with Biff is just lovely because it’s so *small.* After the dark and wretched hellscape of Tannenville, this is a breath of fresh air for the audience and offers some comforting familiarity. All of a sudden the sun is out, the Michael J. Fox side of the scene was filmed on the Leave it to Beaver street, Marty is looking goofy and sliding around instead of acting tough and walking off skyscrapers. The movie is instantly so lighthearted. And this Biff seems harmless in comparison to his alt-1985 counterpart. He’s not ruining lives/the environment/being s murderer yet. He’s throwing a five-year-old’s ball onto a roof. What a loser. When the movie hits this moment, I always breathe a sigh of relief; we’re back in ’55. Yes.

    Also I got that OMC How Bizarre reference, Nick.

  2. [01:02]
    You never tell a teenager to be inconspicuous, because they’ll instantly think of the old cartoons where the main character is being sly, and they’re the most obvious character in the scene. Either that, or the main character is sly, and every other character is just so dumb that they get caught up in the main character’s slyness.

    [01:30]
    I did a counter for how many times that Doc and Marty touch each other during the trilogy, but I don’t think I ever did a name counter. I think it’s because there’s a YouTube video of each time they say each other’s names in the entire trilogy, and it’s surprisingly long? Ish?

    [02:00]
    You just know that Doc can’t stop himself from improving everything that he gets his hands on. Why have a boring old walkie-talkie when you can have one that broadcasts for freaking miles?

    Though that does make me wonder if Doc accidentally came up with the idea for wireless anything first.

    [04:28]
    It’s so weird to think about someone voluntarily marrying and breeding with Mad Dog Tannen. What’s even better is that Kid ends up escaping jail for a few hours in order to conceive Biff, and then he gets caught again, and the joke is like, “Whoa, those must’ve been a busy couple of hours!” 😀

    It’s also weird to think of Tiff as this punk rocker because Irisbleufic’s fics have her being awesome, but not quite so juvenile delinquent-y? Sort of?

    [05:20]
    What’s interesting about Biff coming from a troubled home is that, back in the ’80s, they might’ve used it for justification as to why Biff is as much of a jerk as he is. I mean, nature vs. nurture, right? “Oh, Biff is terrible because his grandmother was horrible to him.” But you could even read his interaction with his grandmother as not sympathetic to Biff. It’s more like, “Wow, he’s even a jerk to the person who probably raised him too.”

    [05:40]
    I wonder if Gertrude has bunions, or something wrong with her toes. Or maybe she’s incredibly overweight and can’t reach her toes? I know that at one point, my mom wanted me to help her cut her toenails because she couldn’t get the angle right.

    [06:10]
    Not only does he keep walking, check out how he throws the ball. No pause, no hesitation, just throw and right into the neighbor’s balcony. Hopefully the minis can request their ball back with a minimum of crying.

    [09:00]
    Good God, I didn’t remember that Donald Trump was in The Little Rascals remake. O_O I just– today, I saw all the backlash that Melania was getting about having plagiarized a 2008 speech from Michelle Obama, and it’s just like, “Trump’s presidental campaign is a disaster” and I can’t help but think of 1985-A Biff.

    [09:35]
    I love the fact that this is kind of visually showing that Biff is from the wrong side of the tracks, despite the fact that he lives in the same kind of suburban neighborhood as everybody else.

    [10:04]
    Either Gertrude is really protective of her lawn — which Biff probably stomps on all the time whenever his grandmother pisses him off — or she has a serious problem with soil erosion?

    [11:08]
    Awwwwww! Tom F. Wilson gives me the impression that he totally loves kids. <3 Poor guy. I kind of wonder how many of the kids would start crying because he yelled at them, and how many of them were just like, "Hey, I've got a pair of overalls! These are cool." about the whole thing.

    (Tom F. Wilson's comedy stuff on YouTube is awesome, especially when he starts talking about his five kids.)

    [14:13]
    You just know that those people tried exactly once to bitch at Gertrude for Biff being a bully to the other kids, and then Gertrude did something horrific, like leave a horse’s head in their bed or something. I mean, Kid had to get the gangster thing from somewhere.

    [15:32]
    I can understand Mr. Sandman as a leitmotif for the era, but part of the reason that Mr. Sandman worked so well in the first movie was that we were getting introduced to the idyllic ’50s at the same time Marty was, and watching him staring at everything in horror while that song is going added to the sense of “I’m so not in Kansas anymore”. I think another song would’ve been really good, but I dunno what that could’ve been. Maybe something that felt like a “you can never go home again” because these ’50s aren’t the ’50s where Marty has no clue what he’s doing, and he’s just trying to do his best. These are the ’50s where Marty is trying to correct a mistake, and as a result, the ’50s itself feels just a little different from how it felt in the first movie. There’s not really a sense of wonder anymore because we’re already familiar with these stomping grounds. Now it’s time to get some business done.

    [16:18]
    Omg, didn’t that song come out in the ’60s?

    *googles*

    1957! Okay, so it was only a few years off. (Wow, was I off.)

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