Page 51 has the book version of the above scene, which has Doc saying “If you’re going to build a time machine, why not do it with some style and imagination? Besides, there’s a practical aspect.” and I know that I think the movie is amazing due to me spending basically all of ages 8-12 obsessing about it, but I still can’t help but think the book version of this line is helluva awkward.
We all remember what happens next, right? Doc says “Besides, the stainless steel construction made the flux dispersal -” and then his watch beeps and he yells “Look out!!” and pushes Marty out of the way as the car bursts through time and almost runs them over? It was an awesome, dramatic scene. Anyway, forget it:
“The stainless steel construction of the DeLorean made the flux dispersal -“
He stopped as his digital clock began to beep.
“Ten seconds,” Doc Brown said. ”Keep that tape rolling, Marty.”
“It’s never stopped.”
“Five seconds. Brace yourself for a sudden displacement of air.”
Marty held the camera tighter, aimed it at the spot where the DeLorean had disappeared.
“Four… three… two… one…” Doc Brown counted down, his voice filled with anticipation.
Exactly on schedule, a sharp blast of wind struck them, followed immediately by a deafening sonic boom, causing their hair to stand on end.
It’s just so - bland. It’s more realistic I GUESS (Doc giving himself more than a split second to get out of the way), but instead of dodging a speeding car and running for their lives, they’re - waiting. And counting down until something happens. SNOOZE.
In any case SPOILER ALERT: Einstein’s fine and Doc compares his watch and the one on Einstein’s neck and they’re exactly one minute apart! ”And Einstein’s clock is still ticking!” Doc says, excitedly.
WAIT NO SORRY, that’s what’d it’d say in a sane book. Instead Doc says
And Einstein’s clock is still clicking!
And I can only conclude that Gipe had the script narrated to him by a third party and never actually read it himself? BECAUSE WHAT THE HECK IS “CLICKING” DOING THERE??
The more I read of this book the more I feel I learnt a slightly different version of English than Gipe did, or perhaps rather that this book is the first sign the computers that control the virtual reality my brain is trapped inside are breaking down and/or fucking with me???
in conclusion this is me reading these last two pages: