“Good God!” Marty [and Ryan] gasped. “It’s Mr. Strickland.”
It was true. Hill Valley High’s avenging angel, still wearing a bow tie, was there in the form of Gerald Strickland.
OH MY GOD YES, NOW HE IS AN AVENGING ANGEL. I don’t even know how that makes sense but I don’t care!! Mr. Strickland avenges… those who have been wronged by slackers! And he’s an angel because damn girl, with lips like that you musta fallen from HEAVEN.
He looked younger, a bit tauter, but basically the same.
NICE. Our taut avenging angel is BACK, BABY. BACK TO THE FUTURE, that is. Because that is the book we are reading, that is.
“McFly! Shape up, man!” Strickland shouted.
George regarded him like a prisoner about to be sentenced.
”You’re a slacker!” Strickland charged.
and one of the advantages of books over movies is that WE get to imagine the action, and I choose to read “charged” in the “bull running towards someone” sense, which means I get to imagine Mr. Strickland yelling “You’re a slacker!” as he rushes towards George McFly, students falling like so many bowling pins around him, and I invite you to join me because it’s great.
The rest of Strickland’s dialogue is way crappy (“Your head must be off on Mars or something”, “Wake up and join the human race”) but it doesn’t matter because after that our taut avenging angel “thrusts” the kick-me sign into George’s hands and “stalks down the corridor toward his office”.
Amazing. It’s like George Gipe loves Mr. Strickland as much as I do, because that scene was AWESOME.
Doc asks if George is really his father, Marty says yes, Doc says it “looks like a match made in heaven” which is PRETTY GOOD because it foreshadows George’s “A Match Made In Space” book, and Marty gets told to go make introductions between George and Lorraine so off he goes to talk to George. ”You remember me, don’t you? Saturday when you fell outa [sic] the tree… I probably saved your life.”
UP NEXT: LESS STRICKLAND, BUT COME BACK ANYWAY
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