Seven Things Back To The Future II Got Totally Right About 2015
2015 is the year that Marty McFly traveled to in Back to the Future II, and his hometown of Hill Valley is supposedly just outside the Bay Area, somewhere near Grass Valley, with a railroad connection to San Francisco — as we learn in Back to the Future III, via the year 1885. We’re still a long way from having flying cars, but it’s interesting to see the things that director Robert Zemeckis and writing partner Bob Gale got right about their cheery version of 2015, and what they got wrong — and equally interesting that back in the late 1980s, it was still possible to envision a cheery future, whereas all futuristic films these days present dystopian, apocalyptic versions of the near future. (See Snowpiercer for just one recent example which takes place in 2031.)
Anonymous entities on the internet have been trying, prematurely, to declare it Back to the Future Day since 2012 when a hoax flew around showing doctored images of the date setting in Doc’s Delorean time machine showing both June 27, 2012 and July 11, 2012 as the dates that Marty McFly traveled to. The real date was Wednesday, October 21, 2015, which is still more than 10 months away (see the countdown clock here), but the internet remains obsessed with this movie, and so here we are with literally hundreds of posts going up in the past couple days on this topic.
The Back to the Future franchise has its own wiki, obviously, and here’s where you can learn about all the details, and inconsistencies, regarding Hill Valley. We know it’s connected by rail to SF, but as most of us know, there are no east-west railroads that connect directly to San Francisco, because of the problem of the Bay, and back in the 1800s the transcontinental railroad terminated in Oakland. So, any railroad that went from the Sierra Nevada foothill region where Grass Valley and Hill Valley supposedly are would have stopped in Oakland.
But as for the future stuff, here’s what Zemeckis and Gale got right about 2015: