Netflix Dedicated a Video to My Back to the Future Chiasmus!

It’s not every day that you can say a big name like Netflix took notice of you. Well, last Wednesday (coincidentally right after I published another Back to the Future article) Netflix posted a video on their YouTube account depicting my giant article detailing the Cinematic Chiasmus of the entire Back to the Future Trilogy! Seriously, check it out above.

That’s pretty amazing. This isn’t the first time someone has noticed how awesome that particular article is, but I’m not gonna lie – it’s pretty cool to be noticed by Netflix and to have my name forever etched into the popular pantheon of film fandom.

I’m just going to briefly share what I love about the video and offer a little constructive criticism about what I wish they had done a little better.

The Power of Love

I absolutely love:

  • The image of the Flux Capacitor representing the three parts of the chiasmus. It’s an inspired choice.
  • The excellent animation and a fun use of Doc in a Greek sort of way.
  • The fact that they inserted the month and year alongside the movie scenes they depict.

This Is Heavy

I would have loved to have seen:

  • My name spelled correctly in the video. It should say “The Lockard Theory of Back to the Future,” not Lockhard.
  • The chiasmus explored a bit more deeply. The video gives the impression that the chiasmus is a bit superficial, based on the few examples shared, but I understand that it would be tough to graphically detail its complexity in just three minutes. If I had done it, I would have shown a screen full of scenes going down one side and up the other, like a giant V, and then have a quick zoom to the bottom of the V to show where everything converges. I think that would have gotten the point across better about how it all works.

These are just minor things in the big scheme. The point is Netflix got the word out about how crazy cool the concept of Cinematic Chiasmus is. As of this writing, the video has gotten more than 20,000 views.

I didn’t have a clue that they were interested in my article or that they were doing a video on it. I would have loved to have helped them, but even without any input from me they did a great job distilling my ideas into that video. You can tell they really read my article closely because of the little details they picked up on, like the license plate being left behind on the first and last time travels of the DeLorean, which is something I mentioned but didn’t make a huge deal about.

I’m just so pleased to see my work inspiring others to gain a whole new appreciation for a beloved film series like Back to the Future. I hope that trilogy gets heaped with even more praise than it has over the years, thanks to my little contribution. In the words of Marty “Eastwood” McFly, that would make my day.

This is the Deja Reviewer bidding you farewell until we meet again.

The video is the copyright of its owner.

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About Robert Lockard, the Deja Reviewer

Robert Lockard has been a lover of writing since he was very young. He studied public relations in college, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in 2006. His skills and knowledge have helped him to become a sought-after copywriter in the business world. He has written blogs, articles, and Web content on subjects such as real estate, online marketing and inventory management. His talent for making even boring topics interesting to read about has come in handy. But what he really loves to write about is movies. His favorite movies include: Fiddler on the Roof, Superman: The Movie, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Back to the Future, Beauty and the Beast, The Fugitive, The Incredibles, and The Dark Knight. Check out his website: Deja Reviewer. Robert lives in Utah with his wife and three children. He loves running, biking, reading, and watching movies with his family.
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6 Responses to Netflix Dedicated a Video to My Back to the Future Chiasmus!

  1. This is so awesome!

    Congrats!

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  2. Dave says:

    Congratulations, Robert! So excited for you!! Keep writing, bro!

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  3. Will Morgan says:

    New reader here, Robert – converted from your Mr. Boogedy article. Congratulations on being promoted by something so big as Netflix! That’s awesome and it has me excited to read more of your stuff.

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