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Community Almost Made A Back To The Future-Themed Episode

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CommunityEvery time a show you love is cancelled, you can’t help but spent at least a little time dwelling on the episodes, storylines, and adventures you missed out on. We lost a number of promising sci-fi shows recently as the TV season came to a close and the networks trimmed those programs that didn’t quite live up to expectations, like Almost Human, Believe, Revolution (oddly enough, all three of those featured J.J. Abrams as part of their creative teams), and The Tomorrow People. NBC also finally axed their embattled sitcom Community after years on the brink, and while it isn’t exactly science fiction, it always had an affinity for the genre, and even garnered a Nebula Award nomination. Now we’re left wondering what could have been, including what sounds like an incredible Back to the Future-themed episode we’re hearing about.

Cast member Donald Glover, who actually left the critically-acclaimed show in the midst of the final season, had long pushed for a BTTF episode, though time and circumstances conspired to keep it on the drawing board. Though the concept was in place, the writers had a difficult time cracking the logistics of the episode. Still, these are the same people who delivered zombie apocalypse that no one remembers, multiple timelines, and Chevy Chase dressed up like Beastmaster, so I have faith they could have come up with a solution given the proper resources.

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Doc Brown & The DeLorean Are In The New A Million Ways To Die In The West Trailer

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Back to the Future 3If you didn’t already run out this weekend to see the Seth Rogen/Zac Efron joint Neighbors, you should. It really sets the bar for big, raunchy, R-rated comedies this summer, and not only is it totally hilarious, it’s way better written than it needs to be. But, science fiction fans have another reason to see this movie in the theater. One of the movies that will try to surpass Neighbors is Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West. A green band trailer for that film plays before Neighbors. This is something super new, something that hasn’t made its way online yet, so we can’t actually show it to you, but at the very end Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and the DeLorean from Back to the Future show up for a quick visit.

Our publisher, fellow science fiction addict, and all around rad guy, Josh, went to see Neighbors, and described the scene for us. The sets in A Million Ways already look a lot like those from Back to the Future Part III, when Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and Doc Brown have an adventure in the old west. That’s not too surprising, MacFarlane is a big fan of this kind of homage, just look at what he did with Flash Gordon a few years ago in Ted, not to mention the obsessive pop culture references of Family Guy.

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Back To The Future Documentary — How Close Are We To “2015” Tech?

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With us inching ever closer to the year Marty McFly was kicking around a future of hoverboards and self-lacing sneakers and flying DeLoreans, it’s a regular occurrence for people to bemoan the lack of those things here only seven months away from good old 2015. Okay, so Nike really is working on the self-lacing sneakers, so that’s kind of awesome. But even Google couldn’t crack the hoverboard problem, and while flying cars are technically a real thing, they’re nowhere near as prevalent or as cool as Doc Brown’s sweet-ass hover-converted ride. Hell, I can’t even hydrate a pizza! The iconic 2015 presented by the Back to the Future movies is the subject of a new documentary project seeking funding via Kickstarter.

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Time Travel Charts Test Your Knowledge Of Fiction’s Fourth Dimension

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We’ve seen some really cool things done with the concept of the so-called “minimalist poster.” The challenge of reducing something down to its essence, represented in as simple a visual as possible, can be both challenging and fun. That’s the same basic idea behind these clever little time travel charts put together by the folks at Buzzfeed. They distill a bunch of classic (and a few more obscure) time travel flicks down to a basic representation of the time travel itself: are people going back or forward, or both? Sometimes it’s pretty straightforward, like this one for the Jennifer Garner comedy 13 Going on 30.

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Back To The Future Part II Hoverboard Concept Art Is As 1980s As It Gets

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back to the future IIAt this point in the Technology Age, any design of an actual working hoverboard is just a concept design, as they still don’t quite exist. But if they did, what would they look like? They couldn’t possibly retain the hideous look of the hot-pink mess that Marty McFly stole from that little girl in Back to the Future: Part II, could they? We probably won’t know for a while yet, but now we can look back on the original illustrations that birthed the post-skateboard craze in Robert Zemeckis’ sequel.

These concept images were created by artist John Bell, whose visual effects work on Back to the Future Part II earned him an Oscar nomination and a win at the BAFTAs. His talents have since gone into the productions of Back to the Future Part III, The Rocketeer, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and Rango, with concept work for G.I. Joe: Retaliation serving as his most recent accomplishment. And judging from these drawings, it seems like Bell should have also worked on some underground comic books in the 1980s.

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What If Your Favorite Movie And TV Cars Were Really Transformers?

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If they transformedWith three Michael Bay Transformers movies already in our rearview, and another, this summer’s Age of Extinction, looming on the horizon, we’ve already seen just about every vehicle imaginable turn into a giant robot at one time or another. While the act of shape shifting in and of itself is pretty damn cool, you have to wonder what it would look like if some of our favorite cinematic automobiles just so happened to be Transformers. And if you’ve thought of it, odds are that someone out in the wide, wild world of the Internet has probably thought of it, too. In this case, someone has, and that person happens to be a way, way better artist than I am, and the result is pretty damn sweet.

Artist Darren Rawlings has taken it upon himself to imagine iconic cars, trucks, buses, and what have you, as if they could also morph into big ass robots from space. This collection of awesome images definitely runs parallel to my tastes and predilections. It’s impossible not to look at these and get giddy thinking about all my favorite childhood properties, which almost all represented here. About the only ones not part of this collection are Airwolf and the Batmobile. The best part of these pictures is that they look like they could be characters from the actual animated Transformers series of our youth.