The Fly

The Fly (1986)

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Dr. Brundle (Jeff Goldblum) invents a teleporting machine, then tries it on himself. Unfortunately a fly enters the transportation chamber with him and in the process their genes got mixed.
Brundle's body and mind start to change -- he is a lot more powerful than before, he can think better and faster, but then he begins to transform into something he later name 'Brundlefly' -- he loses nails, then teeth,
His girlfriend (Geena Davies) is pregnant but she doesn't know whether it's a Brundle or a Brundlefly baby, so she wants an abortion. The Brundlefly kidnaps her right from the operation table.

Plot hole: In any given volume of air, there are any number of tiny, living organisms; dust mites, viruses, bacteria, etc. Why did the teleporter combine Seth's DNA only with the fly that was in the chamber? If he had taken the "floating organisms" into account in his calculations and programming, then why would he not have excluded ALL foreign DNA?

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Tawny: Are you a body builder, or something?
Seth Brundle: Yeah, I build bodies. I take them apart, and put them back together again.

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Question: Why exactly does Brundle experience a feeling of euphoria and strength after his teleportation? Why doesn't he turn into the Brundlefly immediately?

Answer: Brundle's just had all of his atoms separated and then joined back together with a massive influx of electrical energy; certainly that would generate some sort of sensation in cells that have never experienced it before. No reason to believe it couldn't manifest as euphoria and strength. As far as the transformation: Brundle's cells have been put back together with fly DNA in them, but with very little actual fly material, initially. It's reasonable to expect that as his cells die off and regenerate in the usual ways, they are replaced not by human ones, but by human/fly hybrids. As this happens, he becomes gradually more fly-like.

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