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What's his interaction with Seamus McFly? He probably hassles him for his inability to stand up to Buford, much like the way his descendant calls George McFly a "slacker". - Turtle Soup 04:48, June 3, 2010 (UTC)

Circumstances surrounding death and charges against Buford Tannen

I am thinking that the circumstances of Buford's arrest for robbing the Pine City Stage may have been the first charges thrown against Tannen, whereas Strickland is discovered later, and then Tannen is charged with murder. Would this be agreeable with canon? -- Riffsyphon1024 10:25, January 1, 2011 (UTC)

I agree with that. -Turtle Soup (talk) 03:34, May 7, 2013 (UTC)
I myself think that the killing of James Strickland never happened. I know that he is apparently dead in the Game and that he is killed in the deleted scenes by Buford, but it's the deleted scenes, therefore for me it never happened. But that's just my opinion. -IsaacBTTF (talk) 07:42, May 7, 2013 (UTC)
Yes, a deleted scene, by definition, would be non-canon.  The Bobs decided that the scene of a child, watching his father murdered, not only added nothing to the plot, it dragged down the rest of the film.   It's like the scene of Lorraine cheating on an exam in 1955, or George getting trapped inside a phone booth.   It's nice to see the deleted scenes on the DVD, but, in all cases, it would have been terrible if they had been left in.  Even if the scene had been left in, the audience's glimpse of 1885 ended with the morning of September 7; what happened to Buford after he got arrested is left to the imagination, and that's where it should be left. McFord (talk) 01:45, May 9, 2013 (UTC) 
Exactly thanks for agreeing McFord. I must say that even if Bob Gale or Robert Zemeckis themselves come out and declare that Stricland was actually killed by Tannen, I wouldn't accept it. Don't get me wrong, I really respect Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis! but there is a point where the makers of the film don't have any right adding to the canon. I know it sounds harsh but for me it's the right of the audience to not accept anything as canon unless it's shown in another sequel. For me only what is shown in the film is canon.
However, the game has its own canon ( so to speak). So I'll accept him as dead if I'm playing the game because it's part of the story of the actual game. Sorry for the long and probably repetitive comment but I wanted to comment on this subject. IsaacBTTF (talk) 14:14, May 9, 2013 (UTC)
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