Now that 2015 is finally here, you can expect to read plenty of tributes and think pieces about Back to the Future Pt. II, as well as essays demanding that people stop writing tributes and think pieces about Back to the Future Pt. II. That’s because in the 1989 film Marty McFly, his girlfriend Jennifer (who was always way too good for him) and Doc Brown travel to October 21, 2015 so they can stop Marty’s life and kids from being generally terrible. Obviously, your friends and Internet trolls have been pretending for several years now that their arrival date was different, but it’s definitely October 21.
Outside of features about how that fantasy motion picture failed at actually predicting the future or 30-somethings whining about the lack of pink Hoverboards, you can expect to see a surge in nostalgic merchandising. For example, a man in San Luis Obispo, California is currently renting a replica of Doc Brown’s DeLorean time machine. He even has a white wig and a prop Hoverboard, so you know that you’re getting the complete experience, and people are absolutely thrilled about it.
The time machine features working lights and switches, and there are only about 6,000 DeLorean’s in the world and of those cars only about 10 are replicas of Doc Brown’s time machine.
Paul Correa, a movie fan, saw the San Luis Obispo DeLorean and said, “I watched the movie 10 times when I was a kid, I watched all the sequels. Michael J Foxx [sic] is heroic.”
Another movie fan, Nicholas, visiting San Luis Obispo said, “It’s amazing I immediately took my camera out and started taking pictures.”
We asked to see the car up close and personal today and it attracted a large crowd of people taking photos of it. (Via KEYT)
It’s easy to be cynical or make fun of these people for getting into the spirit of celebrating the 30th anniversary of a sequel, but I’m not going to lie – I really want to drive that damn DeLorean. However, I do have to correct “Doc Brown” from that local news report. Doc didn’t invent the Hoverboard, dude. I expect a 10% discount for that error.