Azureth

Question: Can someone please explain what the whole deal was with the "The music stops" dialogue? I don't understand what it had to do with Lothose, and as to why he never killed her (despite her just sitting there on his lap while he talked)?

Azureth

Chosen answer: If she listened to the silence (didn't pay attention to what Lothos was saying), then she would be able to ignore what gave him the ability to put her in a trance, and she could then put up a good fight. As to why he didn't kill her when she was just sitting there: for some reason bad guys always have to have the last word (explaining their scheme, what-have-you). Chalk it up to Bad Guy Stupidity.

MoonFaery Premium member

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Question: Does anyone have any idea exactly how much in common the series is to the movie? As in what details changed, and do the events from the movie even transpire into the series?

Azureth

Chosen answer: The series followed on from the original script that Joss Whedon wrote, which was in turn radically different to the movie that was released - thus numerous references to Buffy burning down a building at her old school, which never happened in the movie. Basically, the only story that follows over is this: Buffy was a student at Hemory High, quite popular (she compares herself to Cordelia) until Merrick, her first Watcher, discovered her and told her her destiny. While fighting a group of vampires, Merrick ended up dead (according to Whedon, he was trapped by a group of them and was forced to kill himself to avoid being turned); Buffy later trapped the vampires in the school gym and burned it to the ground, resulting in her expulsion from Hemory and her move to Sunnydale.

Shay

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Question: I haven't seen the majority of all the BtVS episodes, so I could have missed something, but in the last episode Giles states that there are other Hellmouths' if that's true, and there is only one slayer (before Buffy had all the potentials powers unlocked) then are all the other people that live on them screwed? What keeps vampires from running rampant and killing everyone?

Azureth

Chosen answer: Several factors restrict the demons besides the Slayer. The Watchers' Council is obviously much larger than it would need to be to simply guide the Slayer; much of their energy is directed toward gathering information for their own use against the demons. They have elite teams (seen in season 3) for Special Forces-style offensives. There are also innumerable witches and warlocks around the world, some of whom fight for good (like Giles' coven from the end of season 6) and all of whom would be attracted to the energies of the Hellmouth. Some demons like Whistler (end of season 2) exist to balance the forces of darkness with the forces of good and would handle their share as well. The existence of the Initiative (season 4) shows that the world's powerful elite are aware of the demon world to some extent and take measures to address it. Lastly, there are always some civilians who take part in the battle because they become aware of the existence of demons, like Kain from "Phases", Gunn's gang from Angel, and Wood from season 7. Obviously, there's a whole lot more than just the Slayer defending the world, but no one else can really match her firepower.

Phoenix

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Question: Can someone please explain how exactly a Watcher knows who the chosen one is? In the season 2 episode "What's my line" Kendra explains that her parents gave her away to her watcher when she was young because they believed it would be best for her. How did they know about the slayer mythos and how did they know Kendra could be one? I always thought that when a new slayer is born it could be anyone; and that was no discernible factor in who would be the next one to become the slayer.

Azureth

Chosen answer: From what we see in the series, certain girls are identifiable as potential Slayers - Kendra clearly fell into this category. The identification method is presumably mystical in nature, but the Watchers' Council are pretty effective at that sort of thing, so they're quite good at tracking down the potentials ahead of time. Not perfect, though - it does appear that Buffy herself may have slipped through the net - certainly she had no inkling of what she was until she'd already taken on the role of Slayer. It is possible, however, that this was actually cultural - an American family would hardly be likely to turn over their daughter to some strange man for 'training', so the Watchers might have chosen to keep an eye on her covertly, whereas some other cultures (like Kendra's Jamaican parents) might be more willing to believe.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: So just how far is it from Hobbiton to Mt. Doom? And even though they didn't exist then, if possible to tell, how long would it take say, a modern day aircraft to fly from Hobbiton to Mt. Doom?

Azureth

Chosen answer: As the crow flies, it's approximately one thousand miles. This would be roughly a five hour flight in a Cessna light aircraft - a Boeing 747 at standard cruising speed would cover it in about an hour and a half.

Tailkinker Premium member

25th Jun 2004

Stargate SG-1 (1997)

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Question: Was the original actor who portrayed O'Neill in the Stargate movie ever considered for the role for the TV show? Or was Richard Dean Anderson picked from the get-go? And if so, why?

Azureth

Chosen answer: Anderson is one of the producers of the show, so I guess right from the start he wanted the role of Jack. (I believe he was instrumental in making the show happen) Nor do I see Kurt Russell wanting to do a weekly TV show.

Kenneth Brown Premium member

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Question: Is there a particular reason why they decided to get rid of Scorpinock and Terrasaur?

Azureth

Chosen answer: Terrorsaur was probably removed because his character was far overshadowed by Tarantulas. Both characters were treacherous and backstabbing towards Megatron, but it wouldn't have made sense to have two characters who served the same purpose, story-wise. Scorponok was removed because they wanted to introduce Quickstrike, and it wouldn't have made sense to have two scorpion characters on the show.

Question: Near the end, when Erin saves that nerdy guy (forgot his name) after they are chased into that little cottage and they are hiding, Erin gets attacked and the nerdy guy runs into Leatherface which causes him to drop his Chainsaw. Erin who was previously pinned-down by him gets up and starts trying to punch him. Did she never think to use the Chainsaw which was on the ground?

Azureth

Chosen answer: Seeing that they were fighting a psycho mass murderer, if she had had a clearer head her first inclination probably would be to pick up the chainsaw and kill Leatherface. As it was she was most likely trying to get him off their backs and do their best to get away alive.

Tobin OReilly

Question: Is the guy that plays the Sheriff the same guy that hosts the TV show "Mail Call"?

Azureth

Chosen answer: Yes. The man's name is R. Lee Ermey and you may have also seen him in the movie Full Metal Jacket.

Tobin OReilly

18th Apr 2004

The Big O (1999)

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Question: Can someone PLEASE explain the ending? The whole show was pretty confusing, particularly why everything disappeared at the end, why people lost their memories, etc.

Azureth

Chosen answer: The show was originally planned to have a second season, but then it was dropped because of low ratings in Japan, thus the abrupt ending leaving everything unexplained and out in the open. Still, the show was so popular on TV in the US that The Cartoon Network decided to finance the production of the second season, which is right now coming out on DVD (I think the first three volumes are already out). This should end up tying everything nicely.

Sereenie

Question: When Neo and Trinity are about to take off in the Logos to go to the Machine City, and after she goes down to check the problem and Bane attacks her, she goes up the ladder and calls for Neo on the intercom. However, right after she got up the ladder Bane grabs her foot and she proceeds to kick him, knocking back down the ladder. Why didn't she use this chance to lock him in? You can't open it from below. Yes, he could still mess with the ships operations, however they could've gotten a gun, opened it up, and shot him; it'd be as easy as shooting fish in a barrel.

Azureth

Chosen answer: He would have still been able to open the hatch up. It's a maintenance room, not a "lock-up" room. Someone in this room would still be able to open it from the inside.

XIII

18th Mar 2004

Alien 3 (1992)

Question: I've been told that the original script for Alien 3 was quite different then it turned out to be, but due to costs/times it was revamped. Is this true?

Azureth

Chosen answer: There are umpteen different scripts for Alien 3 available on the net, some of which are very different to what was eventually made - some of the early ones are set in a monastery, rather than the prison colony that was eventually used.

Tailkinker Premium member

14th Oct 2003

Stargate SG-1 (1997)

Point of No Return - S4-E11

Trivia: Near the end, right after they come out of the stargate to the Alien planet, there are lots of artifacts laying around. Look to your right, and you'll see what looks like a space pod. It's the same one Rita Repulsa came out of in the first season of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers.

Azureth

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