Over the past week, the Overthinking It team has subjected the Back to the Future trilogy to a level of scrutiny it certainly deserves, pointing out a wide variety of paradoxes, inconsistencies, and unanswered questions regarding the series.They discuss "obligatory complications surrounding causality in time-travel paradoxes to hoverboards which don't work above water to the continued reminder of the sheer mathematical improbability of Huey Lewis and the News." And oh yes, the bloggers say, there will be math involved.
- A query on how far the reference frame traveled relative to Einstein the dog
- Traditional versus tapestry timeline theory
- How Robert Zemeckis weaved Libyan terrorists and the Terminator into Marty's future
- Why Chuck Berry did not in fact take his inspiration from Marty, and why the Jonas Brothers should reinvent themselves as an avant garde noise metal band (including a great video showing Marty's true inspiration on everyone from Berry to Bruce to Jonas Brothers)
- The paradox of Marty's headless brother
- And of course, the riddle of Huey Lewis and the News
As Bill says to Mr. The Kid in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, "Billy, you are dealing with the oddity of time travel with the greatest of ease." I submit for Bill's consideration Overthinkingit.com, which deals with the oddity of pop culture's approach to science with the greatest of ease, aplomb and humor.