Solving Back to the Future

There is one thing that has always bothered me about Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) in the Back to the Future movies: Why is Doc Brown so adamant about future knowledge being dangerous yet the hoverboard is allowed to stay?

Think about it. Doc Brown throws away a copy of the Grays Sports Almanac: Complete Sports Statistics 1950-2000 which has future scores but the hoverboard has technology that can be back-engineered if someone got their hands on it in the past. Doc Brown seemed to have no problem with that. What gives?

I think a fan theory I saw on YouTube the other day has indirectly helped me finally figure it out. The fan theory is that Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) actually died at least three times in the trilogy. My addition to the fan theory is that if the hoverboard wasn't around Marty McFly would have been killed later by Biff Tanner (Thomas F. Wilson) in 1955. Without the hoverboard Marty wouldn't have been able to move quickly to the back of the car before Biff scraped his car along the tunnel's wall. Also, Doc Brown needed the hoverboard to save Clara Clayton (Mary Steenburgen) in 1885. This fan theory along with my thoughts about the hoverboard makes so much sense that I have now accepted it as head canon.

The hoverboard is like an item in the movie Paycheck. The point isn't that Doc Brown let Marty keep the hoverboard after they left 2015. The point is the hoverboard was simply an item that was part of the plan to keep Marty alive and control the outcome of the situations that were going to occur.

 I think I finally get it and enjoy Back to the Future now even more.

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