Illustration for article titled How iBack To The Future/i Could Be The Most Complex Trilogy Ever Made

The Back to the Future trilogy is generally considered fun and awesome and grand and good for kids and adults, and that’s fine, but what if it’s actually an incredibly complicated storytelling device employing elements from ancient Greek rhetoric? That’s what the Lockhard Theory postulates.

The theory states that the entire trilogy is essentially a “chiasmus.” A chiasmus, from a Greek term meaning “shaped like the letter X,” means that the story is a reflection upon itself. Each beat of it in the beginning must reflect a beat at the same relative point towards the end.


As this video from Netflix puts it, the entire story is a palindrome.

To create not just one film, but an entire trilogy of films that follows a chiasmatic pattern would be incredibly difficult. Though it may just be true.


Watch the video above to see what we’re talking about, and if you still need convincing check out this even more complicated analysis of damn near every single plot point from all three movies from DejaReviewer.

This is heavy.

Deputy Editor, Jalopnik. 2002 Lexus IS300 Sportcross.

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