THE ORIGIN OF DOC & MARTY’S RELATIONSHIP IS SURPRISINGLY NOT CREEPY

The mystery surrounding the friendship between Marty McFly and mad scientist Doctor Emmet Brown has confounded movie lovers for decades. Why would a skateboardin’, hard-rockin’ 17-year-old spend so much of his free time hanging around with a 60-year-old, plutonium stealin’ crackpot? Well, producer and co-writer Bob Gale has finally ended years of speculation that ol’ Doc Brown had a predilection for young boys in tight acid-washed jeans by offering this explanation:

“Okay, from the horse’s mouth (yes, I’m the horse—er, co-writer, co-creator): We never explained it in the movie. But the history of the characters that Bob Zemeckis and I created is this…

For years, Marty was told that Doc Brown was dangerous, a crackpot, a lunatic. So, being a red-blooded American teenage boy, age 13 or 14, he decided to find out just why this guy was so dangerous. Marty snuck into Doc’s lab, and was fascinated by all the cool stuff that was there. When Doc found him there, he was delighted to find that Marty thought he was cool and accepted him for what he was. Both of them were the black sheep in their respective environments. Doc gave Marty a part-time job to help with experiments, tend to the lab, tend to the dog, etc., and that’s the origin of their relationship.”

I think it’s a testament to the screenplay of Back to the Future that Doc and Marty’s relationship is never questioned. The movie is so entertaining and well-crafted, that you just immediately buy into it. I still find it creepy as hell that Marty’s own Mother tried to get it on with him though…

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About Jeff Carter

Jeff began his path towards Geek destiny at the age of four, at a drive-in screening of Star Wars. Since then, he's had a love affair with all things nerdy. In the mid to late 90's, Jeff was a staff writer for EchoStation.Com, interviewing Star Wars heavyweights like Timothy Zahn and Drew Struzan. He then went on to review films and write editorial pieces for several blogs in the mid 2000's, wrote and co-created a webcomic strip that ran from 2007-2010, and is currently co-founder of Dead Henchmen Productions, an independent film company based in New England.

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