Back To Back To The Future
The episode picks up right where the last one left off, with Marty slowly fading out of existence after altering his own timeline a little too much. That little affair is soon resolved, and a once again whole Marty heads back to 1986 to get on with his happy life (remember, Marty lives in the post BttF film world, where his family is actually cool), only to find out things are not quite how he left them.
Turns out, somewhere along the line, Marty and Doc altered something that prevented Kid Tannen from going to prison like he was supposed to. As a result, the Tannen's of 1986 are more powerful than they ever were, and somehow there are MORE of them. The powerful Tannen syndicate has kept the McFly family down, and the still rebellious Marty was run out of town. After an amusing sequence foiling the modern Tannens temporarily, Marty and Doc head back to 1931 to try and set things right.
I won't spoil the story by telling you any more, but I will say that the vast majority of the action in this episode takes place in a single location, and most of the rest is still happening in the same Hill Valley town square you spent a good portion of the first episode in. In the end, it gets a little stale, and the characters that are introduced in this episode aren't quite as related to the movie trilogy, so you don't quite get that same fuzzy nostalgic feeling this time through. The puzzles are pretty straightforward, and I still lament that there isn't a bit more action where you are actively trying to avoid a time paradox. The humor here didn't have me laughing as much as the first time either.
In the end, this whole episode feels like a bridge to the next part, which, judging from the little preview at the end of part 2, should really start to open things up. If you are a Back to the Future fan, or a Telltale fan, you won't be disappointed, but you wont be overcome with euphoria either. If you are just an adventure gamer looking for a good challenge, this probably isn't going to be for you. I've grown a little tired of prohibition-era Hill Valley, and I'm ready to go back to the future in the next episode.