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Split?

I think we should split this page, creating a separate page for each timeline. - Sikon 11:57, 21 January 2007 (UTC)

  • Well the links go to different timelines on that page, however splitting them might result in having to repeat the information from Timeline 1 and other information that hadn't changed. I like how it's set up. -- Riffsyphon1024 12:11, 21 January 2007 (UTC)

Sourcing

This page is a mess. I cannot verify half the things that they put here from Wikipedia. But at the same time I don't want to chop the page up either. Several inconsistencies keep showing up and it bugs me as to whether something happens one year or the other. -- Riffsyphon1024 21:15, 7 January 2008 (UTC)

Then just keep it as a archive of rumors, and don't let it happen at Futurepedia. Document your sources here! If you want to borrow something from this timeline that sounds suspicious, verify it in an original source before copying it, or put it on the article's talk page for someone else to verify. Western Union 02:37, 8 January 2008 (UTC)

Video Game Canon

Do you think we should add the events of the BTTF video game by TellTale into the timeline? FlapjackStantz 17:35, May 21, 2011 (UTC)

(nods head up and down) User:E-124 Poldege
(shakes head left and right) IMHO, the video games are even further removed from Gale and Zemeckis' plan than the animated series (produced by Gale) or the ride (produced by Universal). I consider the video game (written by the folks at Telltale but apparently story ideas could be vetoed by Gale) very good fan fiction, but fan fiction nonetheless. Just because it could happen in an alternate universe doesn't mean it is part of the BTTF universe. See Canon for Gale's opinion of BTTF spinoffs. Western Union 01:23, June 3, 2011 (UTC)

French Version Clothing Magnate Nickname

In the French version of Back to the Future, Marty is called "Piere Cardin" (b. July 7, 1922) instead of Calvin Klein. Should the timeline be noted with this distinction? Unsigned comment by Jonah Kyle (talk • contribs).

  • I don't believe so, since this timeline reflects the English version of the films. Other languages of this wiki may decide however to incorporate that alternate history into their timeline. -- Riffsyphon1024 09:18, February 26, 2012 (UTC)

Timeline 9

If it's true that "every time travel jump into the past depicted in the Back to the Future saga "destroys" a current timeline and "creates" a new one", then there is a 9th timeline created at the very end of Timeline 9. As stated, Doc and his family travel from 1889 aboard the new train timeline, to some point beyond 1985. Only *after* that do they return to 1985 to visit Marty & Jennifer. That is, they jumped *backwards* in time to 1985. According to the rules stated in this article, that creates a new timeline. In the original timeline 8, Marty and Jennifer return to the crash site and lament Doc's being trapped in the past. In timeline 9, Marty and Jennifer return to the crash site and find out that Doc invented a new time machine. MrItty 01:30, June 28, 2012 (UTC)

I agree with this.
I personally also think that either jumping forwards, or departing a timeline must also create a new timeline, since the 2015 shown in Part II is logically a future where Marty had not travelled to the future, since he apparently doesn't remember that was coming.
For this reason it's probably best to just stick to what is shown on-screen. -452 (talk) 04:25, March 24, 2014 (UTC)

major issue for this whole project

Major flaw in timelines

There is a major flaw in timeline 3. It is a subtle point but destroys the whole trilogy! The person who constructed timeline 2 correctly and carefully plotted the post 1985 events of that timeline. It made good sense as the timeline runs up to 2015 even if events are not directly shown in the movie. So Marty and Jennifer get married and have kids - and in 2015 the Doc appears and sees the trouble the kids are in.

He then goes back to 1985 creating timeline 3 to bring Marty and Jennifer back to the future.

But the thing is. 2015 in Timeline 3 would look nothing like 2015 in Timeline 2.

Plot the post 1985 events of this timeline if you don't believe me.

  • 1985 Doc arrives from 2015 to take Marty and Jennifer to the future.
  • 1985 Marty and Jennifer appear to go missing. Never seen again
  • 1990s Marty and Jennifer do not get married
  • 1990s They do not have kids
  • 2015 Marty and Jennifer arrive in the future and discover an alternative future where they had gone missing in 1985 and were never seen again.

In bringing Marty and Jennifer to the future to enlist their help in fixing their children, the Doc has brought the only 2 people in the universe who cannot help. Any other people he could have chosen would have made more sense.

In short, if you travel to the future you cannot see your future self because you have not yet travelled back to your own time - and if you do travel back to your own time you are creating an additional timeline. (Unsigned: User:Breed3011 14:39, November 8, 2013‎)

I think we can safely assume that old Marty in 2015 doesn't remember travelling to the future, and that the "ripple effect" means that Marty+Jennifer's departure from 1985 hadn't rippled forward yet.
Which means that even without missing the Rolls Royce, when Marty+Jennifer get to 2015 "the slow way", they were always going to remember and do things differently, which Doc kind of explains in his final advice at the end of Part III.
So, Doc could have saved a lot of time, and timelines, if he'd just told them to remember to be better parents. -452 (talk) 04:31, March 24, 2014 (UTC)
...but Old Biff does remember. There goes that theory. -452 (talk) 04:49, March 24, 2014 (UTC)

Cubs winning World Series

The Cubs probably won the World Series on Tuesday, October 20. First off, the guy trying to save the clock tower appears to have already KNOWN about the win, so it clearly wasn't breaking news. Secondly, back in the 80s when the movie was made, the World Series ALWAYS started on Saturday. That would make a 4 game sweep end on a Tuesday. And finally, the time doesn't match up. By the time this movie came out, Wrigley had already installed lights. And while they didn't play nearly as many night games in the first few years as they do now, they definitely WOULD for the World Series. So the earliest the game could have been over would have been 10:00 Eastern Time, or 9:00 Chicago time, or 7:00 Hill Valley time. This scene takes place not too long after they arrived at 4:29 PM so there is no way a game was played already.Lakawak (talk) 14:04, October 17, 2015 (UTC)

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