This is it, everyone! THE LAST CHAPTER.
Marty finds himself in darkness at the end of a “journey into the black tunnel”, and I’m going to give Gipe the benefit of the doubt and say he’s trying to say “The car crashed into a building” and not “time travel suddenly is like going through a tunnel when it wasn’t before, tee hee”. Marty’s not sure what’s going on:
Marty thought of the scene in a movie he had seen about a time travel machine where the vehicle is enclosed in a mountain.
Haha, the hilariously awkward “time travel machine” makes a return! YES.
So he realizes he’s crashed into the movie theater, reverses out, and sees that it’s 1985 again. “All right!” he shouts. Then he turns on the radio, and Gipe describes it as only a grandparent could:
A contemporary rock tune was playing.
“All right!” Marty shouts. But then he remembers he has to save “his friend from a bloody and violent death” (oh yeah! I can see how you’d forget that!) but then the car dies again. ”Shit!” Marty shouts. And oh man, Gipe, we got another “time travel machine” callback, can we get another shoutout to The Terrorists?
After grinding for a minute, Marty was unable to generate the slightest hint renewed power. And as he continued to grind, he looked up and saw the familiar terrorist van cruising down the street and around the corner.
Horrified, he leaped from the car.
“The terrorists!” he yelled.
PERFECT. Thank you, Gipe, and thank you Marty McFly for jumping out of the car to shout “The terrorists!” after The Terrorists. You are too perfect. Also, now is the point where you should re-read that above quote while using “grinding” in the “at a club all up on someone” sense. I’ll wait.
Marty runs down to the mall, and Gipe makes sure we notice something has changed:
Arriving at the entrance, he noticed that it was called Lone Pine Mall and was decorated with the image of a single pine tree instead of two. Otherwise everything was the same.
Marty watches, “frozen, horrified and amazed” as he watches the terrorist van chasing Doc Brown around the parking lot. This is kinda weird, watching yourself and your friend from what seems to be a week ago doing the same thing, right? Wouldn’t that, oh, I don’t know… BLOW YOUR MIND??
“Oh, no!” he gasped. ”I’m too late!”
The scene blew his mind.
So Marty does his “I came here in a time machine that you invented” line and Doc does his “Incredible. My god, do you know what this means?” line and in the movie Doc says “It means this damned thing doesn’t work at all!” but in the book Crappy Doc says that line and then DESTROYS THE HELMET BY…