listening to the third series of the Ross
Noble On radio show on CD, I heard a Back
to the Future nit-pick I'd never thought of before.
Noble points out that you wouldn't very likely forget somebody
who had united you with your loved one during your formative
years. Therefore, there must come a point (say around the
early to mid 1980s) when Marty McFly comes downstairs one
morning and his father George says: "Hang on a minute! You
look just like that Marty guy who got me and your mum together."
then doesn't George accuse Lorraine of seeing that old Marty
behind his back? They might have got together at an old school
reunion in the late 1960s. To add insult to injury, it would
appear to George as though Lorraine had named her illegitimate
child after the man who'd fathered it.
T M Revell
you grow up from a child to a teenager to an adult, you are
not really aware of your appearance changing and maturing
from day to day, year to year. Nor do you notice your parents
gradually growing older, perhaps a little fatter, maybe a
little greyer. Nor do parents notice changes in their children
from one day to the next. It's only when you look back at
old photographs or home movies that you realise just how much
you and they have changed over the years.
Similarly, I doubt that George or Lorraine would notice as
their baby boy gradually matured into a young man who is the
spitting image of the Marty they met back in 1955. And since
they don't possess any photographs of the 1955 Marty (that
I'm aware of), their memory of his likeness would fade over
Alternatively, and staying on the subject of photographs,
it's possible that, after meeting Marty in 1955, they noticed
the resemblance between him and some of George's ancestors,
such as Seamus and William McFly from Back to the Future
- Part III, in old family photos. They might therefore
conclude that Marty must have been some long-lost relative,
passing through town unaware of his connection with George,
and so are not too surprised when their son ultimately comes
to resemble the 1955 Marty as well as George's ancestors.