Topic Tuesday – Top 5 Things I Love About Back To the Future

The Today Show is hosting a reunion of some of the cast of the Back To the Future trilogy today to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the original film. Seriously, how many movies are awesome enough that the Today Show will reunite the cast 25 years later? So, in honor of Back To the Future‘s awesomeness, I’m self-prompting for Topic Tuesday today – The Top 5 Things I Love About Back To the Future.

  1. The Memories – I must have watched all three of the Back To the Future movies at least 15 times with my cousin Adam growing up. He had all three on VHS*, and they were our go-to movies when we were bored. Which happens a lot when you’re 10 years old, it’s raining outside, and your grandparents only get two tv stations.
  2. The Flux Capacitor – Has there ever been a piece of technology in a movie that made less sense? Has it ever mattered less?
  3. The Delorean – The Delorean Motor Company failed as a business. But, thanks to Back To the Future, it will live on forever in awesomeness.
  4. The Elevator Fan Skit – I have tried in vain for the better part of an hour to find actual video of this, but there was a hilarious sketch on Saturday Night Live in 1991 when Michael J. Fox hosted the show where Kevin Nealon and Dana Carvey were the “Elevator Fans” – guys who ended up on a long elevator ride with Michael J. Fox. Kevin Nealon’s incessant repetition of “Gonna go BACK in time…” is perfect.
  5. Honestly, would you rather read The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells, or watch Back To the Future? Yeah, I agree. You and everyone else.

So there it is! What’s your favorite thing about Back To the Future?

*For you younger readers, VHS stood for “Video Home System.” VHS tapes were moderately small plastic rectangles with magnetic tape on the inside. In the olden days, video cameras recorded video and audio straight onto the magnetic tape. Then a VCR (“Video Cassette Recorder”) would read the video and audio off of the magnetic tape and display it on your television.**

**In the olden days, televisions were not the thin, flat, light, high-definition machines that they are now. Back then, television sets used large, heavy vacuum tubes to project images on the screen. Ask your parents…


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