In 1989, teenage time traveler Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) returned to theaters in Back to the Future Part II, the sequel to director Robert Zemeckis’s original sci-fi comedy classic. As the story unfolds, Marty and his temporal travel guide, Doctor Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd), flash forward in time to the exotic future environs of Oct. 21, 2015.
Alert readers will note the proximity of that particular date. So how does the movie’s conception of future sci-fi technology match up to our current reality? It gets kind of interesting, actually. And that’s not even counting the baseball thing.