Back To The Future Day – What’s Made It & What Hasn’t?

So today is October 21st, 2015 – this is the day that Marty McFly and The Doc traveled to in Back To The Future, Part II! (So no need to worry about all those false posts you see on Facebook on this matter anymore – today is the real date!)

Released on November 22nd 1989, Marty goes to the future in order to prevent his son from being involved in a crime which would lead him going to prison. They’re successful – however, the DeLorean is stolen by Biff Tannen who goes back to 1955 in order to make his future-self wealthy.

What we did get though is a chance to take a look in to “the future” – however not a serious view. Robert Zemeckis wasn’t after an accurate portrayal of 2015, they wanted to make it funny. Despite that, there’s a few things that have made it in to modern day as we now know it…

YES – Video Calls

While we have Skype, it was correctly depicted that we’ll have video calls in the future. One mark!

 

YEAH, BUT IT WAS A WHILE AGO SINCE IT WAS ALL THE RAGE – Fax Machines

Added to the communication of video calling was faxing – it was a major part of Back To The Future’s future – apart from we’ve moved on from that. We have E-Mails (or Facebook and Twitter if we’re not being formal about it).

 

YES, IF YOU’RE RICH – Wearable Technology

Google Glass – it’s not quite as advanced as the glasses used in the film, but close enough when you can take photos and talk to people with them, right?

 

IF ONLY FOR TODAY – Pepsi Perfect

Looking for a refreshment? Then Pepsi Perfect – the fizzy drink featured in the film – is launched today! However, you gotta be quick – there’s only 6,500 being made AND it costs the equivalent of £13! Might as well just stick to one of our brilliant t-shirts or hoodies…

 

ABSOLUTELY – Motion Sensor Controls in Video Games

“You mean you have to use your hands? That’s like a baby’s toy!”. Ouch. Controllers are still commonplace, mind…

 

YEP – Drones Filming News/Events

Drones are being used for footage nowadays, and likely to become more in use in the future.

 

So that’s a few of the things, but what about those that weren’t quite right?

NOPE – Wacky Fashion Style

Safe to say Bart Simpson helmets aren't in fashion, and neither is retro 80's hairstyles which apparently wouldn't have evolved over time.

It’s safe to say that Biff’s Bart Simpson-style helmet has not caught on (although give them credit for designing it before the first ever episode of The Simpsons, which first aired a month later (if you forget the Tracey Ullman shorts)), and neither has the 80’s style hairdo (which apparently wouldn’t have evolved over the period of thirty years).

Also notable in the film was the near-ridiculous superhero-style clothing that some wore in the film. Perhaps if it were fancy dress, but certainly not everyday…

Actually, could everyone just dress up as these guys even if only for today?

 

 

NOT IN YOUR WILDEST DREAMS – Flying Cars

“We knew we weren’t going to have flying cars by the year 2015, but God we had to have those in our movie”, said co-writer Bob Gale.

 

NO, BUT NEARLY HERE APPARENTLY – Self-lacing Shoes

Nike announced back in January that, sometime this year, we’d be seeing these in action. We’re not holding our breath here, but we’ll see…

UPDATE: Looks like Nike lived up to their word – on The Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research Facebook page, Michael was given the first ever pair of self-lacing shoes for Back To The Future Day!

 

NOT QUITE THE NEWS – Female President & “Queen Diana”

In a copy of USA Today in the film, two very small headlines appear if you look closely – “President Says She’s Tired”, and “Washington Prepares For Queen Diana’s Visit”. While Hilary Clinton could possibly become President next year, we sadly won’t get to see Queen Diana following her tragic passing in 1997.

 

WOULD BE GOOD, BUT NO – Black & Decker Hydrators

While we do have microwaves which are the closest things to the Hydrator in 2015, it can’t cook absolutely anything. Nor can it do it instantaneously. Our quick meals will still need to wait a couple of minutes first.

 

NOT QUITE – JAWS 19: This time, it’s really REALLY personal, directed by Max Spielberg

The film franchise of JAWS never actually got past the fourth film… or so we thought. Thanks to Universal Studios, we have a trailer for JAWS 19 with a flashback reminder of all the previous 18 films. Who could forget JAWS 17: Fifty Scales of Grey?

 

ERR… – Chicago Cubs win the World Series, ending a 107 year drought

Correct, it’s been 107 years since they won the World Series. Currently, the Cubs are still in contention of winning the World Series (albeit they’re 3-0 down in a best-of-seven series), but the beginning of the Championship game doesn’t begin until the 27th October – this Tuesday coming.

UPDATE: Nope, not to be – on the exact day Back To The Future, Part II predicted Chicago Cubs would win the World Series, they were knocked out by the New York Mets for a clean sweep of 4-0. Whoops.

 

And then, there’s the biggest question of all…

WE’RE NOT SURE! – Hoverboards

As odd as it sounds, and as unlikely as it is you’ve seen one – hoverboards DO exist. Alright, they’re still in work, and there’s been many hoaxes about the devices, but prototypes have been made, and prototypes are in works. In the UK on the TV programme The Gadget Show, presenter Jason Bradbury made one in 2005 – but it couldn’t be steered or controlled; something improved on in 2009. The closest we have so far is from Lexus, which works – but only on special metallic surfaces, so wouldn’t be any use for general purposes. Our wait continues…

 

Why not celebrate Back To The Future Day with our DeLorean DMC-12 and Back Too Far designs!

 

Ashley Redman
Traveling with the power of one-point-twenty-one gigawatts! GREAT SCOTT!

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