Happy Back To The Future Day!

There are two ways to waste our lives on this planet.  One is the way that some keep getting excited  for the next Apocalypse, seemingly a little pointless in my mind and I can say that having survived several hundred in my life thus far, in fact there is another due today also.   Well I guess I can take part in that if nothing better is going on but it better be like the one portrayed in This is The End and not some boring asteroid strike or even worse another no-show.

This is the end

How I want to spend my apocalypse… be warned, the guy on the right is going to eat and drink all your supplies.. and second from left turns into  demon!

The other pointless way is to do as I do and mark off certain calendar dates because they feature prominently in films and TV shows that I like.   For people of a certain age, this date was once a long way off and we all wondered what it would be like if we somehow managed to still be alive in the long-distant future or 21st October 2015 as was highlighted in Back To The Future 2.  Back To The Future 2 was released in November 1989 and I distinctly remember going to watch it a few weeks later in the U.K. with my friend in the snow.

Back To The Future Day

Back To The Future Day

Back To The Future 2 gained somewhat of an iconic status, introducing many people to the concept of time-travel and time-streams and the theory of how inadvertently changing even a minute detail in the past can have stark effects back in the future.

Hoverboards

Never mind Hoverboards, I want Hover cars or at least roads as quiet as this one.

The film also introduced us to hover boards amongst several other interesting things, some of which have come to pass and others which haven’t yet done so.

Never fear, Smith is here!

Never fear, Smith is here!

As far as Movie Days go, this is one of the nicer ones I’ve been involved with, fingers crossed again for the aforementioned apocalypse.  Who else here was all psyched up for 16th October 1997 when the Jupiter 2 was launched in the popular 1960’s TV show ‘Lost in Space’.

Don’t worry if you didn’t notice this momentous event, perhaps you were tied up in Star Trek’s The Eugenics War as Khan Noonien Singh was busy laying much of the planet to waste.   He jetted off into space in the late 1990s so if there is some tyrant somewhere that has vanished then perhaps it was him.  For a while I thought Saddam Hussein was going to  to play the part it looks like his execution stopped him from fleeing earth.

Khan

He tasks me. He tasks me and I shall have him! I’ll chase him ’round the moons of Nibia and ’round the Antares Maelstrom and ’round perdition’s flames before I give him up!

Sometime in the next few years we are all going to be subjected to control by machines created by giant corporations.  Whether they be Google, Apple or a Terminator, it is anyones guess.   Maybe someone, somewhere should release a film where something nice happens in the future.  I nominate March 5th 2031 to be the day of the epic cuddle outbreak.

Terminator

Bruce Willis Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger go to a musical fancy dress party…. Bruce Willis says he will go as Beethoven, Stalone says he will go as Mozart. Arnie says… I’ll be Bach!

I’m not sure if I am going to be around on April 5th 2063 but hopefully I will be there to see First Contact with the Vulcans, I fear that might be my swan song of sci-fi movie dates unless something dramatic happens.

First Contact Day

First Contact Day

Still it could be for the best as the classic 1960’s film Daleks – Invasion Earth 2150 indicates the my entire town is devastated in an alien invasion.  As Dr Who himself states “Watford is crawling with Daleks”.

Dr Who and the Daleks

Dr Who and the Daleks

Dalek Attack Force

Dalek Attack Force

No doubt Dr Who is successful as within 100 years London is booming again until part of it gets blown sky high by John Harrison aka Khan in 2259.  Never mind, I’m sure it will recover.

Khan blows up London

Khan blows up London – still St Pauls Cathedral looks unscathed so I can still do my tours!

Whether you plan to enjoy Back To The Future Day or the Apocalypse, I hope you have a safe and happy one 🙂

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About Stephen Liddell

I am a writer and traveller with a penchant for history and getting off the beaten track. With several books to my name including a #1 seller, I also write environmental, travel and history articles for magazines as well as freelance work. Recently I've appeared on BBC Radio and Bloomberg TV and am waiting on the filming of a ghost story on British TV. I run my own private UK tours company (Ye Olde England Tours) with small, private and totally customisable guided tours run by myself!
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11 Responses to Happy Back To The Future Day!

  1. Grandtrines says:

    Reblogged this on Lost Dudeist Astrology.

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  2. Maureen says:

    Fun – but couldn’t you advance that epic cuddle date – not sure if I’ll make it…

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  3. I’m not worried about apocalypses, not with the Doctor and Doc Brown and Marty McFly around! Great Scott! It would be a disaster if something would happen they couldn’t solve. Just remember, reverse the neutron flow before this gets heavy.

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  4. sarij says:

    Great post. I think the next movie date to look for will be 2017. This is the year the dystopian world of Stephen King’s Running Man begins. Watching our political system implode right now, and reality TV taking over, King’s vision doesn’t seem all that far fetched.

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    • Thank-you. I didn’t realise The Running Man was a Stephen King story. It sounds easy to imagine one of these shows on a reality tv show or the equivalent of Fox. Given how unrepresentative politics can be these days I think some people would actually risk their lives on a TV show if they could really change things.

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      • sarij says:

        Yes, it was written under his pseudonym, Richard Bachman. I agree, there are far too many people who would willing submit to extreme challenges for a chance at fame and money. As far as our politics go, I was thinking that as the middle class becomes more and more marginalized, and our government more and more useless, we may yet see a Running Man scenario as a survival tactic.

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  5. Hmm, I could be here for First Contact with the Vulcans. I’d be 73.

    I’m tempted to turn up wearing my prosthetic Vulcan ears, but they might be a bit offended by it.

    But then again, is ‘offence’ an emotion?

    I’ll be sure to ask them…

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