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A Week in the Twitter Lives of Marlene, Marty, Jr, and Griff from Back to the Future Part II

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A Week in the Twitter Lives of Marlene, Marty, Jr, and Griff from Back to the Future Part II

Readers of this blog know that Tara and Hannah are a bit obsessed with the Back to the Future trilogy. We'd been looking forward to October 21, 2015 (the day Marty and Doc travel to at the beginning of the second film) for most of our lives. As the date approached, we knew we wanted to celebrate in a creative way that allowed us to showcase our love for the film's characters, clever plot points, and surprisingly accurate portrayal of 2015. Of course, we also wanted to gently mock the things the filmmakers got wrong (for example, "bojo" has not yet become a common term among young people—though we're determined to help make it so!)

We decided to tweet a week in the lives of three of the film's minor characters—Marlene and Marty, Jr., the teenaged children of Marty and Jennifer; and Griff, the bionically-enhanced grandson of the film's villain, Biff.

We had so much fun imagining how these characters would blend in to the real 2015, and how they might interact with real people. We imagined Marlene might be a Nick Jonas fan, invented an off-canon-but-somehow-believable romantic plotline for Marty, Jr, and considered how Griff might engage with the political issues of the day. We also had a blast interacting with other BTTF fans—in character, of course!

We put together a Storify showing highlights from the week. We hope you enjoy it!

 

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Back in Time: A Scavenger Hunt for Anachronisms

So so awesome.

So so awesome.

An anachronism is something that doesn’t belong in a certain time period, like discussing the theory of general relativity during the Dark Ages or exclaiming “w00t!” during the moon landing. They are fun to spot in books and movies, and I think with a little bit of imagination they’d make a pretty good scavenger hunt theme.

Here’s how you could do it:

  1. Start out easy. Create a list of objects that were commonplace at one time, but are relatively hard to find now. Examples include a quill pen with ink, Betamax cassettes, a giant carphone, and a Polaroid camera.
  2. Get a little more creative with your list. What about a business card from a travel agent (who uses them anymore?), a dvd of a movie with a plotline that simply wouldn’t work given today’s technology, or an actual pre-mp3 mix tape someone made you in middle school.
  3. Throw in some famous anachronisms. Da Vinci’s The Last Supperdepicts oranges which were unknown at the time and place of the Last Supper; Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar features a bell tolling even though bell clocks weren’t yet invented in Caesar’s time; and the map depicting Indy’s travels in Raiders of the Lost Ark shows anachronistic geography. So add an orange, a clock that strikes the time, and a 1936 world map to the list.
  4. Remix Idea: Pick your favorite time travel movie and add some related stunts. For example, players must record as many strangers as possible yelling, “Run for it, Marty!” a la Back to the Future, get a picture of themselves at a phone booth in front of a Circle K just like Bill and Ted, or dress up like Sean Connery’s King Agamemnon inTime Bandits.
  5. Finally, award extra points for objects that haven’t yet been invented, such as a teleportation machine.

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