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Back to the Future

Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

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Back to the Future: Continuum Conundrum (Part 2) Back to the Future
"Continuum Conundrum" Part 2
Back to the Future #7
IDW
Story by John Barber and Bob Gale
Script by John Barber
Art by Marcelo Ferreira & Athila Fabbio
Inks by Marcelo Ferreira, Athila Fabbio & Toni Doya
Colors by Jose Luis Rio & Ester Sanz
Letters by Shawn Lee & Chris Mowry
Cover by Marcelo Ferreira
April 2016

 

Marty and Jennifer try to solve the mystery of Doc Brown.

 

Read the story summary at Futurepedia

 

Characters appearing or mentioned in this story

 

Marty McFly

Jennifer Parker

Doc Brown

Lorraine McFly

George McFly

Betty (mentioned only)

Einstein (mentioned only)

Clara (mentioned only)

Copernicus (mentioned only)

Jack

Needles

Jules (mentioned only)

Verne (mentioned only)

 

Didja Notice?

 

On page 5, Doc asks Marty why he keeps calling him "Doc", saying, "I thought you were talking like Bugs Bunny." Bugs is, of course, a world famous character from Warner Brothers' well-known Looney Tunes cartoons. He popularized the phrase, "What's up, doc?"

 

Doc seems to have amnesia for unknown reasons. The last thing he recalls is being chased by men in black. Men in black have long been rumored to be governmental agents who harass and intimidate witnesses who've had UFO sightings or alien abduction events, usually in the United States, though some similar stories are sometimes heard from other countries as well.

 

On page 8, Marty drives past Red, the homeless man seen in Back to the Future and Back to the Future Part II.

 

On page 9, the ledge of the clock tower is not drawn broken as it should be.

 

On page 10, George and Lorraine are discussing Marty's recent unusual behavior between themselves and George suggests that maybe Betty can recommend a therapist, to which Lorraine objects, "Betty's not crazy--why would she know who Marty should see?" It's not revealed who this Betty is. Marty's girlfriend Jennifer has two Betty's in her family, her mother (according to Back to the Future: The Game) and her paternal grandmother (according to the animated series).

 

When George hears an intruder in the house, he goes to investigate, shouting, "Whoever's there--you should know I'm pretty good at confrontations!" This is a reversal of his reluctance in Back to the Future, when he told Marty, "I'm afraid I'm just not very good at confrontations."

 

Doc's crashed steam car has been towed to the lot of Lee Bros. Towing and Repair in Hill Valley. Of course, this is a fictitious tow company.

 

Jack, the employee at Lee Bros., tells Jennifer and Marty that he's already got a buyer for Doc's weird little car, but they can have it back for $300. But, I don't think a towing/wrecking business would have the right to sell an abandoned vehicle the same day they picked it up! There would be some legally stipulated number of days before it was considered fully abandoned by the owner.

 

On page 17, Needles is said to enjoy listening to the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Needles was portrayed by Flea, the bassist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers in Back to the Future Part II and Back to the Future Part III!

 

Needles' truck here seems to be the same one he drove in Back to the Future Part III (a 1978 Ford F-150 Regular Cab 4X4), but the headlights are round and should be square.

 

Unanswered Questions

 

Who wanted to purchase the steam car from the junk yard? Did they think they were just purchasing an antique or did they know it was more than it seemed?

 

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