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Keanu talks Bill & Ted – and I just don’t buy it

I caught something that io9 posted about the “really happening” Bill & Ted 3 movie. In case you don’t want to know what was said, because you’re interested in going into this movie fresh, then do not read on.

“One future ‘us’ refuses to tell us, and another future ‘us’ blames us for their lives because we didn’t write the song,” says Keanu Reeves, the Ted of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and the only one who seemed to have an awesome career after the sequel. “In one version we’re in jail; in another we’re at some kind of highway motel and they hate us.”

Now, I’m not really the most knowledgeable person on the films, but to me the way time travel worked in Bill & Ted was that everything occurred on a fixed timeline. I mean, they met themselves a day after their started their adventure, said the exact same things. Sure, the movie was a fun romp through the 80’s, but in the end, we knew everything was happening according to plan.  Rufus’ travel back in time wasn’t to ensure that Bill & Ted became the most excellent people they were to become. He traveled back in time simply because that is how it was to be.

So, this new movie where Reeves (who has since gone on to star in hits like Chain Reaction andThe Matrix Revolutions) says that there are different versions of Bill and Ted in the future is completely incomprehensible to me.

They’re playing with the concept of time that they had built, where everything is linear, and everything that happens is fixed. The interference of time travelers has no effect on the timeline, because they always traveled back in time, and they always will travel back in time.

Everything is pre-destined in the Bill & Ted world. There’s no real need for a third film. Ted’s dad couldn’t stop them. Death couldn’t stop them. So now we are to believe they stopped themselves?

Well if that’s the case, there wouldn’t be a third film.


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