Part III Minute 99 – Romantic Reunion

Clara tells Doc she loves him and Doc tells Marty that she’s coming with them.

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2 thoughts on “Part III Minute 99 – Romantic Reunion

  1. The moment Doc sees Clara is the moment Doc becomes a Real Adult.

    Doc is about to cross the gap between an 1885 train and a 1985 DeLorean — both metaphorically and literally, he’s about to step into the future…and he goes back for Clara. He chooses the past.

    In doing so, he forever alters his relationship with Marty. When Doc was living in his garage, he really kind of needed Marty. The reason they got along so well despite the age-gap was because they were evenly matched, intellectually. Doc was just kind of a big kid.

    But by going back for Clara, Doc chooses a path where he becomes a husband and father instead of a hermit-like bachelor whose only friend was a neighborhood teenager.

    Doc’s and Marty’s relationship becomes more traditional (if a cross-dimensional friendship can be called traditional??). The older man retires to the Old West, while the teenager takes off for his future.

    Doc was kind of ready to choose this path back when he first landed in the Old West and wrote the Western Union letter to Marty, telling him to go on without him. Marty went back, anyway. To keep Doc from getting shot, but also maybe to get closure? Hm.

  2. If you want to get even stupidly deeper:

    Doc was comfortable staying in 1885 when he wrote the Western Union letter to Marty. The only reason he tried to go back to the future was to avoid getting shot by Mad Dog. He was kind of running from his own mortality, choosing to go on another romp through time with a kid instead of facing Mad Dog, himself.

    And while Buford is going to be locked up for a bit so Doc isn’t facing immediate danger in 1885, growing up/becoming a father does involve accepting your own mortality, in a way.

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