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BTTF 2 2015: Back to the Future 1989 Sequel has Predictions Right, Wrong, and Close!

Updated on October 21, 2015

Future Day is Here!

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TF Day is finally here! (from BTTF 2)

So, when I saw this in the theater in 1989, I began thinking of what this day would be like, and I have to say it is almost exactly as I predicted... before you roll your eyes, I have to admit I predicted some things were not going to happen and was mostly right on those, and other things more amazing would exist, and yes that's true. Sure I didn't predict exactly what it would be that is more amazing and if I could have, I'd be critical of what BTTF2 predicted. I'm not critical of it, and now that the day has arrived, I must say they did a really great job if you cut them some slack for the fact they had to make it all fit into a hollywood movie plot... as stretched thin as it was... then portray something that by definition did not yet exist. For the most part, I'm amazed in retrospect they nailed it in that context.

Let's be clear, it's the most forgettable movie of the trilogy, and is so bad in parts it's unwatchable in a single sitting for me, personally. What a disappointment when the first BTTF was so well done, even if it has a few comedic flaws.

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What's Right about October 21 2015

So they got some things right, and here below are the winners deserving of kudos:


Skype, Facetime, Flatscreen TVs Everywhere

So, we had picture-in-picture in 1989 if memory serves me right, and we had projection flatscreens, but videoconferencing from home didn't exist as a normal thing
So, we had picture-in-picture in 1989 if memory serves me right, and we had projection flatscreens, but videoconferencing from home didn't exist as a normal thing

Laser Discs are Now Garbage

So discs, whether laserdiscs as big as vinyl records or CDs (also shown) are represented in reverse quantities or not, gotta credit them for nailing it.
So discs, whether laserdiscs as big as vinyl records or CDs (also shown) are represented in reverse quantities or not, gotta credit them for nailing it.

Sure, ten years ago they were re-purposed by misguided amature decorators as a wall-covering medium, but even the tackiest of them have moved on to other equally horrible ideas to literally tack onto walls, hence the term tacky. See what I did there? You just got a little smarter. That happens a lot when you read Starlight articles. I know my pen name is "Starlight Reflex" or "StarlightReflex" but I meant for it just to be "Starlight", but since that was taken I had to put something else in and I just entered the next word I could think of, assuming I'd change it later on. By the time I found out I couldn't do that, my first few articles were being read by thousands of people per week, so I didn't consider deleting my account very long, and have had to embrace the name like an assigned dance partner who has a great body but a kind of weird face. I move in closer and hold on tight, and look around in confused desperation like Marty McFly. I should just think, why doesn't anyone remind me of that? Oh wait, nevermind.

Jaws 19, not exactly but very close

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So many Shark Movies, and CGI, and 3D

I counted up the shark movies since 1989 and included the original Jaws number, and there have been more than 19 - about 21, actually, once you total them up. Besides the five actual "JAWS" flicks, with and without roaring sharks, there are many more that could be considered if you are willing to go beyond the point of such silliness as flying sharks as seen in the Sharknado foray into the genre, which is my personal cutoff point. Zombie sharks will not be included for consideration, whether they have laser beams strapped to their heads or not. The bottom line is this - there has been a major motion picture dedicated to engendering unwarranted fear and hatred of sharks almost every year since 1989, and JAWS 19 (check), with the 3D (check), crappy CGI (check) is right on the money.

Hydroponics

In Colorado, Washington, and soon many more US States it ain't grapes, but yes, it's commonplace to grow indoors these days
In Colorado, Washington, and soon many more US States it ain't grapes, but yes, it's commonplace to grow indoors these days
So when you look through these you see, well, it must be amazing in the future? Nah, probably just a tweet about what your distant acquaintance is currently eating, and a new cat video.
So when you look through these you see, well, it must be amazing in the future? Nah, probably just a tweet about what your distant acquaintance is currently eating, and a new cat video.
You just learned about Oculus Rift...
You just learned about Oculus Rift...
...and remember Google Glasses?
...and remember Google Glasses?
So yes, we have options when we want to turn into complete glassholes here in the future.
So yes, we have options when we want to turn into complete glassholes here in the future.

Indoor Sun can be yours, a great Christmas Gift! Buy before it's too late!

Too Early to Call, but Amazingly Close Enough

So the Cubs haven't won the World Series this year... but they MIGHT! I wonder how many people placed bets early on in the season... the unthinkable might come to pass!
So the Cubs haven't won the World Series this year... but they MIGHT! I wonder how many people placed bets early on in the season... the unthinkable might come to pass!

Fake Old People, Fake Fake FAKE

So, this is as bad as the only thing I don't like about Citizen Kane, the fake old people. But Citizen Kane was made a long, long time ago, Sheesh!
So, this is as bad as the only thing I don't like about Citizen Kane, the fake old people. But Citizen Kane was made a long, long time ago, Sheesh!
When they made Crispin Glover older to play Marty's Dad in 1955 they nailed it, here we see him at that very age today. Hey, Time to change that oil, Pop!
When they made Crispin Glover older to play Marty's Dad in 1955 they nailed it, here we see him at that very age today. Hey, Time to change that oil, Pop!
And I didn't like the Fake Jen Parker either. Elizabeth wasn't a Shue-in as a replacement. Here is how it should have looked, but Claudia Wells turned a reprise role in BTTF2 down. Maybe she read the script. Zing!
And I didn't like the Fake Jen Parker either. Elizabeth wasn't a Shue-in as a replacement. Here is how it should have looked, but Claudia Wells turned a reprise role in BTTF2 down. Maybe she read the script. Zing!
Claudia Wells today, looking good! The Future is awesome, and we don't look like the fake old people when we get to be that age! Whew.
Claudia Wells today, looking good! The Future is awesome, and we don't look like the fake old people when we get to be that age! Whew.
We have real old people who just look fake thanks to plastic surgery and facelifts gone wrong. Science!
We have real old people who just look fake thanks to plastic surgery and facelifts gone wrong. Science!
Lea Thompson's career-ending movie was even worse than BTTF 2. It was a fake humanoid Duck that screwed her (career). The only way this could have been worse would be if Howard the Duck had been CGI, I think. That reminds me, ooooh I hate CGI.
Lea Thompson's career-ending movie was even worse than BTTF 2. It was a fake humanoid Duck that screwed her (career). The only way this could have been worse would be if Howard the Duck had been CGI, I think. That reminds me, ooooh I hate CGI. | Source
Get your damn hands off the computer Hollywood... and stop doing CGI, until we have mastered it. Things are changing, we're getting there. It's not perfection, because perfection doesn't change.
Get your damn hands off the computer Hollywood... and stop doing CGI, until we have mastered it. Things are changing, we're getting there. It's not perfection, because perfection doesn't change.
Mountain Dew and Jeeps have not changed. The Jeep Wrangler, and Mountain Dew are loved by frowning guys who won't hit the brakes to this very day!
Mountain Dew and Jeeps have not changed. The Jeep Wrangler, and Mountain Dew are loved by frowning guys who won't hit the brakes to this very day!
Hoverboards... as my spellchecker attests, don't exist. There is no such thing, or I just don't know how to spell it, or it exists only on Urban Dictionary.
Hoverboards... as my spellchecker attests, don't exist. There is no such thing, or I just don't know how to spell it, or it exists only on Urban Dictionary.
screenshot of the text above, a window into the recent past...
screenshot of the text above, a window into the recent past...

Driverless Cars, Yes. Flying cars, whelp, sorry. We still can't float, even on land.

Where we're at, we need roads. And wheels. But... drivers, we don't NEED drivers, thanks to traveler from the future Elon Musk.
Where we're at, we need roads. And wheels. But... drivers, we don't NEED drivers, thanks to traveler from the future Elon Musk.

Ludicrous Speed, Go! - Dark Helmet, Spaceballs. Sorry, that doesn't exist either. We do have Ludicrous Mode though!

If anyone did have secrets from the future, my money is on Elon Musk. His Tesla vehicle is the closest thing to a DeLorean with a Flux Capacitor.

So, we do have some amazing stuff. I don't need to list all that here, because we are both here, and that would be as stupid as the weather report telling you what the weather is right, here, right now, as if you couldn't see for yourself... wait a minute. We do that, don't we? Please excuse me, I need to re-evaluate a few things. I'll see ya next time, when I write another awesome article. But give me some positive feedback, or I might not come back. To the Future. Which is today. But not true any more. You know, I'll just shut the hell up now.

Whattya lookin' at, Butthead? Make like a tree, and read another great article!
Whattya lookin' at, Butthead? Make like a tree, and read another great article!

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