Battlefield Earth

Question: How did the Psychlos originally find Earth?

Socks1000

Chosen answer: Scout ships exploring the area detected the gold on the planet and sent a report back to the nearest base or to the Psychlos' homeworld.

Phixius

Question: Do the Psychlos have spacecraft or do they simply rely on their teleportation technology to get them from planet to planet?

Socks1000

Chosen answer: Yes, they have spacecraft. They can't teleport from planet to planet without and teleportation device being on the planet.

Phixius

Question: Is Jonnie correct in his assumption that there are other Psychlo colonies out there?

Socks1000

Chosen answer: Between the book and the hideous box office take, no he is not correct. In the book, Psychlo got turned into a sun and all the other colonies tried to teleport their ore shipments home and were wiped out by the resulting explosion.

Grumpy Scot

Question: How could one nuclear weapon destroy the Psychlos' home planet?

Socks1000

Chosen answer: It's actually very similar to what scientists of the time thought would happen on Earth if a nuclear bomb was ever detonated. They were convinced that the entire atmosphere, being made up of several combustible gasses, would erupt in flames killing everyone on the planet. On Psychlos, their atmosphere reacted with the radiation released by the bomb. It's the reason the Psychlos could not enter the irradiated areas of Earth where the last groups of free humans lived: their breathing apparatuses would explode.

Phixius

Question: Who's that weird little holographic alien Jonnie sees next to the learning machine?

Jane'sBitch

Chosen answer: It's a Chinko. A subject race of the Psychlos. They were scholars and historians until the Psychlos got tired of them and wiped them out.

Grumpy Scot

Question: Why did the Psychlos subject Jonnie to that learning machine? Surely a race as intelligent as the Psychlos must have known that there would be unforeseen risks of subjecting a human to so much knowledge? Also, why not simply programme the learning machine to download a limited amount of information into his mind?

Jane'sBitch

Chosen answer: To see if the man-animals could be trained to perform tasks more complex than simple mining. The machine wasn't programmed to restrict the information it gave him because, smart as the Psychlos are, they're also very arrogant. It simply didn't occur to them that a species as inferior as humans could possibly become that intelligent.

Phixius

Question: Why are certain areas of the Earth irradiated? What happened?

MovieBuff09

Chosen answer: It is residual radiation from atomic weapons used in an attempt to fight off the Psychlos.

Question: Was it ever revealed how the Psychlos invaded and conquered the Earth?

ModestFilmCollector

Chosen answer: They teleported a gas drone into Earth's atmosphere. The drone flew around the entire world and dropped poison gas which killed Earth's population.

Grumpy Scot

Question: What exactly are 'gas drones'?

ModestFilmCollector

Chosen answer: Huge robotic ships programmed to fly on a set course and drop poison gas.

Grumpy Scot

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During the revolt, Carlo (Kim Coates) is attacked by several Psychlo gunships on the dome's roof. He then uses a Carl Gustav recoilless rifle to destroy one of them. Strangely, the missile he fires is heat seeking, evidenced by it missing the target and arcing back around to strike the gunship from behind. Carl Gustavs are not designed to fire heat seeking missiles, as they lack the tracking systems necessary to do so, since the weapon is an anti-tank rifle in real life.

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John Travolta made the film with Franchise Pictures. A few years after the film, it was revealed in a court case that Franchise had fraudulently overstated the budget of Battlefield Earth by $21 million to scam investors. After losing the case, Franchise filed for bankruptcy, and Travolta fired his manager, who set up the deal with Franchise in the first place.

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