Update 2010-10-25: Today is the 25th anniversary of Marty McFly’s going forward to the past so that he could get Back to the Future. And tomorrow, a special edition of trilogy is going to be rereleased on Blu-ray. Support Overthinking It when you buy Back to the Future: 25th Anniversary Trilogy on Blu-ray at Amazon.
This past July marked the 25th anniversary of an obscure cultural phenomenon known as Back to the Future. That little gem catapulted Christopher Lloyd from “side player on Taxi” to “comic icon,” and helped put Michael J. Fox on the map as a bankable property. And it introduced us all to jigawatts.
We’re particularly proud of the treatment we gave to this Zemeckis classic in our Back to the Future Week. So we’d like to share those highlights with you.
The Paradox of Marty’s Headless Brother: The science of time paradoxes makes no sense … unless you imagine an alternate history where headless mutants run free.
Marty McFly’s Grim Future: Marty returns to a 1985 in which no one is as he remembers. Literally: no one.
Marty McFly Did Not Invent Rock ‘n Roll: If Chuck Barry had actually borrowed Marty McFly’s “new sound,” what would the rest of rock history sound like?
How Time Travel Works (And Doesn’t): Time paradoxes, both good and bad.
The Science of Back to the Future: A delightful romp through the worlds of time travel debunking, high school geometry, and the Metric System.
And that’s not even touching our posts on Huey Lewis or the historical significance of the DeLorean! So fire up your flux capacitor and travel back eighteen months – and twenty-five glorious years – into the past for Overthinking It’s Back to the Future Week!
I like the Rob Lowe/Adam Scott from Parks and Recreation move you guys pulled. Wrather writes a post about how you guys would never dare to just rerun old articles and then proceeds to compliment the readers. Then, the next day, Perich does the dirty work of posting old pieces. This, naturally, leads to the question of who the Ron Swanson of Overthinking It is.
NBC-comedy-wise, I’d say we’re clearly the nerdy guys in the TGS writers room. Specifically Twofer.
Alas, I’m just a One-fer.
Speaking of which, I just discovered 30 Rock is on Netflix streaming, so I’ve been watching multiple episodes a day.
You’re presuming I read Wrather’s post.
The Goonies also had its twenty-fifth birthday a little while ago. I just went to the Oregon Film Museum in Astoria a few days ago (road-tripping, yay!), and not only did they open it on that day a few months back, but over 1/2 of the facility was dedicated to Goonies exhibits and merchandise, the tour on the trolley makes a big deal of pointing out every bloody spot shown in the movie visible from the track (and, actually, a couple, “Behind that warehouse,”-type moments, even), and multiple restaurants had various dishes/drinks entitled “Gooney Somethingorother.” Not that I don’t like the movie, but that little fishing town really loves it. Kind of cute, and it was refreshing to get a tiny blurb about Kindergarten Cop, too.