Days of Change

Where Are the Flying Cars? | May 23, 2015

The cable channel Spike has picked up the rights to the “Back to the Future” movie series. I’m sure we will read in about 5 months that “the future” is set in October 2015. In this future, cars fly and boards hover. Unfortunately, the laws of physics have again conspired to keep us from defying gravity for another generation.

Some of the things they got right in the movie were big, flat televisions. However, there are no 80’s themed diners. Ronald Reagan and Michael Jackson are both dead. At the same time, the Chinese are more influential in American business than the Japanese and they underestimated the advancement of technology. There are hardly any fax machines these days. Even though Back to the Future 2 was made in 1988, there seems to be no conception of e-mail. While our home appliances are not voice-activated, the apps that run them are.

Back to the Future is devoid of the laptops, tablets, smart phones and now smart watches many of us have. There are floating TV sets in the diner instead of tablets at the tables. Then again, one has to wonder if our attachment to mobile devices is just a step to having technology you don’t have to carry around.


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  1. I saw only the first “Back to the Future”movie, enjoyed it, but thought “Peggy Sue Got Married” was more into-the-future logical. Was Michael J. Fox in each movie?

    Comment by Mary — May 24, 2015 @ 12:21 am

    • Michael J. Fox was in all three, but they replaced the actress who played his girlfriend in 2 and 3. The second and third movies were filmed at the same time and released in 1989 and 1990. That was kind of ahead of its time. Now all the sequels film two parts back to back.

      I saw “Peggy Sue” once or twice, but I seem to recall it was her imagination that she went back in time.

      Comment by 1539days — May 24, 2015 @ 12:56 am

      • I seem to recall it was her imagination

        Sorry, 15. too long ago for m to recall, but I do remember laughing when she told the nerd to invent pantyhose.Now that was time-sensitive realism.

        Comment by Mary — May 25, 2015 @ 2:00 am

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