Learning he hosted a late-night talk show, they naturally wondered what happened to Johnny Carson. Kimmel didn’t go into the whole The Late Shift story, telling them simply that he was no longer with us. They likewise seemed disappointed to learn there were no flying cars and that we still had not achieved peace in the Middle East.
“What the hell have you guys been doing for 30 years?” Marty (Michael J. Fox) wondered, reasonably. Kimmel explained cronuts, and took a selfie with his smartphone. That piece of technology that greatly impressed Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd), who marveled that the “tiny super computer…must allow astrophysicists to triangulate complex equations in real time.” Kimmel, the bearer of bad news in this act, broke it to Doc that it was mostly used to send smiley faces.
When Marty wondered what became of that guy who, back from whence they came, “became a rich casino owner” and seemed to be taking over the world, Kimmel updated him with news “That guy’s running for president right now.”
“2015 sucks,” Marty declared, speaking for many. Doc speculated, accurately, “we may have traveled into an alternate 2015, where human evolution has been stopped by superfluous technology.”