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Question: Towards the end, after the Police Lieutenant says that they should wait and hear what Herr Sesemann has to say about the Grandfather, Heidi runs to the Grandfather and Fraulein Rottenmeier is last seen standing looking worried. What happened to her? Did she go to jail?

New this week Answer: It's obvious that she loses her position as the governess after what she's done, but I doubt she does any hard time. In the book, Fraulein Rottenmeier has no real malice towards Heidi, and in the 1968 TV movie, she even becomes a love interest with Herr Sesemann at the end.

CCARNI Premium member

Question: The ship is hit by a solar flare. But in that case shouldn't Earth advise them about the solar flare incoming? It is supposed that the Sun is constantly watched for solar flares, in case a human mission is en route. Shouldn't mission control on Earth be watching for any unusual solar activity to advise the crew? And they could warn them with time because radio waves go faster than solar flares.

New this week Answer: The ship is not hit by a solar flare, it is hit by a gamma ray burst. It is a completely different, much more violent phenomena.

BaconIsMyBFF

New this week Question: Why did Doug kill Harry when he saw the tear roll down Melina's face? It seemed like it proved something to Doug.

New this week Answer: The tear proved to Doug that the pain Melina felt when she couldn't bring herself to kill him was genuine. It also showed him that Melina was in actual fear of her life, that she was struggling to get through to him and Harry's pleas were a success. When she sees him begin to raise his gun, she fears she will be killed and sheds a tear. Doug believes that this is too real of an emotional response to be faked or just be a figment of his imagination.

BaconIsMyBFF

New this week Question: Paul lived to be an old old man because John touched him. Did Malinda live to be an old women since John healed her of cancer? Nothing was ever said about her but Mr. Jingles lived to be an old mouse.

New this week Answer: Yes she lived for very long and ailment free. But you gotta know Elaine was already much older than Paul was, so even though she lived very long, Paul outlived her. He specifically mentioned her, saying something in the lines of "eventualy I even outlived Elaine."

lionhead

I think you are confusing Melinda and Elaine. Elaine is the woman Paul is recounting his story to, she is considerably younger than him and yet he outlives her. Melinda is the wife of the warden who John Coffey heals. It is not said how long she lives but since Paul specifically mentions his long life being a curse for his role in John's execution, we can assume she was not particularly long lived as he was.

BaconIsMyBFF

Yes, of course. Melinda. I got the idea that the people who John Coffey heals have long life without ailments. Paul and the mouse are the living proof of that, so why not Melinda? I meant to say Melinda was I think already older than Paul when she was healed by Coffey (although the actress was 40 when this film was made) and thus her life was extended, but less so. She may have died even after Paul's wife, even though he mentions her first. It's still probably been a while though.

lionhead

Melinda's fate after John heals her is never mentioned. Paul believes he has been cursed with long life as punishment for his role in John's execution. That to me indicates that Melinda didn't live a particularly long life. If she had Paul would have no reason to believe he was being punished.

BaconIsMyBFF

Besides Mr. Jingles.

lionhead

New this week Answer: It would appear, based on what Paul says, that only he and Mr. Jingles were gifted (cursed?) with long life. Paul specifically mentions outliving his family and friends and is shown outliving Elaine as well. Paul speculates that his long life is punishment for his role in executing John, but he says nothing of why Mr. Jingles lives for so long.

BaconIsMyBFF

Question: When Sam meets the subway ghost, he is told that the subway ghost got pushed onto the tracks. As Sam leaves, he stops in front of a subway billboard for some kind of huge company. After he looks at it, he turns to where the subway ghost was with a shocked look on his face. What was on the billboard that made Sam react that way?

Chosen answer: The poster is an ad for Market Security Bank & Trust, the bank that Sam (and Carl, who had him killed) worked for. Seeing the poster gave Sam an idea how to use Oda Mae and his knowledge of the bank to expose Carl's criminal activities.

Sierra1 Premium member

But how is the subway ghost connected to the billboard?

New this week Question: Kimble's wife suffered from severe head trauma. Wouldn't his defense attorney demand her 911 transcript be stricken, as her serious brain damage could have caused her to say anything?

Brian Katcher

New this week Answer: His attorney could have done that, but I doubt such a strategy would have been successful, for two reasons. First, proving that she was just "saying anything" would be difficult at best, given that she wasn't just spouting random nonsense...she was speaking directly about what had happened. The prosecutor would have pointed out that she had been coherent (i.e., in control of her thoughts/speech) enough to a) dial 911, b) stay on topic, c) relay information, and d) name her killer (or so they believe). And second, given this high burden of proof, going with "this murder victim was just babbling as a result of the brain damage she suffered when she was brutally clubbed to death" probably wouldn't have gone over well with a jury.

New this week Answer: I'd say this was a definite plot hole. Basing Kimble's guilt on a dying, brain-damaged woman's incoherent mumbling was unrealistic. His guilty verdict in real life would never have happened this way.

raywest Premium member

New this month Question: Why is Angie (Chloe Grace Moretz) not back for this sequel?

New this week Answer: Angie was not a character in the first Diary of A Wimpy Kid book and was made specifically for the first movie, as told in the audio commentary of DoAWK. Chances are fans disliked the character.

New this week Question: Where were the Durmstrang and Beauxbaton students during lessons? I never saw them in any and surely they weren't excused from their final year of education?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

New this week Answer: It's not explained where they go during lessons but it is a safe bet that they don't sit in on lessons. Each school has their own way of teaching and subjects. So it's possible they may have had lessons with karkaroff and madam Maxine in their own area.

Ssiscool Premium member

New this week Answer: The Durmstrang and Beauxbaton students slept inside their respective vehicles while at Hogwarts. The Durmstrangs arrived by ship and the Beauxbatons on the flying carriage, which in the book was the size of a house. In the movie, they probably would have enlarged the interior with an extendable charm (like the Weasley's tent at the Quidditch World Cup. As most of the visiting students likely didn't speak English well, classes would be probably be taught separately, inside their living quarters or a designated space within the Hogwarts castle.

raywest Premium member

I thought there was one line in the books about the Beauxbatons students rooming with the Ravenclaws and the Durmstrang students with the Slytherins-or were those just their table assignments for meals?

I'd say it was only for meals and maybe the common rooms. The Hogwarts house dorms had a limited number of beds. There may have been some unassigned ones but not enough for all the Beauxbatons and Durmstrang students.

raywest Premium member

New this week Question: Where did Jack put his handcuff key after unlocking the cuffs from the guy who shot the bus driver? He could have used them to unlock Annie later.

New this week Answer: It is never shown or mentioned what happened to the key so any answer would be speculation. A lot of time has passed between when Jack uses the key and the subway scene. Jack could have lost the key or intentionally put it down and not picked it back up at any point.

BaconIsMyBFF

Also, he would not have known he was going to need the key. So why keep it.

Ssiscool Premium member

New this week Question: Why does Kroenen turn that key on his body? I thought it would be to help increase his speed but, he is very fast without turning it.

New this week Answer: The internal machinery that powers him is clockwork. It needs to be wound like a watch every so often. He releases most of the tension when he fakes his death.

BaconIsMyBFF

New this week Question: What happened to Cinna? It looked some men came into the room and started beating him up. But what happened to him after?

New this week Answer: They don't show what happens to him in this film, but Katniss is told in "Mockingjay" that they think Cinna was killed during interrogations. Even in the books his death is unclear. In "Catching Fire" she sees him dragged away, bloody and unconscious. And then in "Mockingjay", Katniss tells the readers "Plutarch's sources believe he was killed during interrogation."

Bishop73

There is also a line where she asks coin at the end of this film (been a while since I watched these) where she bluntly says, "they killed him. Cinna. Didn't they?" And the response is a simple yes.

Ssiscool Premium member

There's also a scene in Mockingjay Part 1 where Effie is showing Cinna's costume drawings to Katniss. Katniss asks if Cinna is dead, and Effie says that he is, though she does not elaborate on how.

raywest Premium member

New this week Question: What happened to the orphans at the end of Annie? Did they get adopted with Annie or are they still staying at the orphanage?

Margaux Marie Desantis

New this week Answer: They're still staying at the orphanage, but it seems Mr. Warbucks is helping to fund them and Miss Hannigan has had a change of heart, so it's not so grim.

Brian Katcher

Lucky Penny - S2-E15

New this week Question: I'm confused, what exactly was wrong with Barney's legs in this episode? Why couldn't he move them?

New this week Answer: After running the marathon for Marshall with no training, he's allowed to ride the subway for free. While sat on the train, the muscles in his legs start to seize up after the marathon to the point it is painful to move his legs. This is why he can't move them. It's the same reason your body aches after a good session at the gym the day before.

Ssiscool Premium member

New this week Answer: Barney ran a marathon without any training and over exerted his muscles. While he was able to walk after, later his leg muscles gave out and he couldn't move (or more likely stand). It is not uncommon when one works out too much to be sore the next day, even if they feel okay afterwards. Thus the saying "I'll feel that in the morning."

Bishop73

New this week Question: How long does Ghost Rider's penance stare work for?

New this week Answer: The movie doesn't show how long the effects of the Penance Stare last. I have Morbius #1, in which Ghost Rider uses his Penance Stare on Morbius, who recovers from it relatively quickly. I don't know definitively because I haven't read very many Ghost Rider comics, but the duration of the effects could vary depending on how much remorse the person already felt for their past sins, or how much their own super powers allow them to recover from it. From what I understand, the Penance Stare doesn't work on the Punisher, as he feels no remorse for the people he's killed. It also had no effect on Deadpool, as his greatest victim is himself and it actually caused Ghost Rider to revert to his human form when he tried it on Deadpool.

Phaneron Premium member

New this week Answer: It depends on the person. The penance stare is used to torture the victim into reliving every bit of mean and sinful behaviour in their life time. So if the victim is older and committed more sinful acts, it will last longer than say a 20 year old who hasn't committed that many acts.

Ssiscool Premium member

New this week Question: As Lloyd and Harry follow Jessica and Principal Collins with a shopping cart, what explodes at the Big A convenience store? (01:06:00)

New this week Answer: Because Harry and Lloyd had poured gasoline all over the car as well as let the pump keep running when they left. So when the hot ash of the store clerk's cigarette hit the gas fumes, it caused the explosion.

Bishop73

Mr. Dingle, the Strong - S2-E19

New this week Question: What was the reason for giving Mr. Dingle super strength?

New this week Answer: It's explained in the episode. The aliens are experimenting to see how humans react to various scenarios. This just happens to involve them using super strength.

Jason Hoffman

Question: What car is Gina driving at the end of the movie?

New this week Answer: A 1966 Ford Galaxie-500 XL. There's a website that lists the vehicles used in the movie.

Question: In a post-credits scene, Lola tries to find Oscar in his penthouse, but Crazy Joe pops up instead. I can't figure out Lola's fate, but does she stay with Crazy Joe or does he scare her away?

New this week Answer: That's for you to interpret, but most likely she went swimming away screaming in terror, being chased by a crazy fish. Think "My Crazy Ex-Boyfriend" premise.

Question: So how exactly did Doomsday's ship get buried so deep? On the movie the Project Apple Core workers say they discover it's "before Christ deep", but don't specify exactly how old. And they are 2 miles down at the time. Lex Luthor interprets the alien hologram as a warning and says that an alien race must have trapped Doomsday here because they could not kill it. And later the robot at the Fortress of Solitude identifies Doomsday and tells Superman what it is. I know there are several differences between the film and the comics it's based on. Are there differences in how Doomsday got there and how is it so deep?

Quantom X Premium member

New this week Answer: In the comic book, Doomsday was put in a strait-jacket, strapped in metal bondage and placed in a cube like metal prison buried deep in the earth. It took him centuries just to break the bonds, then spent more centuries just punching his way out. With earthquakes, volcanoes and other natural disasters those events could shift Doomsday's prison to the surface.

Question: In the scene where Cheyenne visits Jill at the McBain's residence for the first time, he asks her whether she knows something about a man with a harmonica, although the three of them (Cheyenne, Harmonica and Jill) met earlier in the movie when Cheyenne tells Harmonica to "watch those false notes." Why doesn't Cheyenne just ask her for the man whom she probably still remembers from this event?

New this week Answer: He meant what does she know about him personally. What's his real name, where does he come from and why is he so interested in everything.

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