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Question: Priscilla tells Rango that Rattlesnake Jake never comes to Dirt due to his fear of the hawk, and much later after Rango kills the bird, Jake shows up. Shouldn't Jake have known that the shadow of the hawk wasn't the real thing since it was dead?

Chosen answer: There's more than one hawk in the world.

Phixius Premium member

The Eye of the Beholder - S2-E6

Question: Why were two different actress used for the character of Janet Tyler?

Chosen answer: Apparently, the producers wanted a specific look for the face that would be unveiled by the removal of the surgical bandages. Actress Donna Douglas was that face chosen to portray the "ugly" woman, outcast from a State Dictatorship of pig-faced humanoids which values conformity over all else. The voice of actress Maxine Stuart was chosen to portray the desperation and urgency of a patient whose only goal is to fit the "norm." It may seem unusual that they couldn't find one actress with both the looks and the voice required by the role. In this case, it added a certain level of surprise at the reveal, as the face we see isn't the one most of us imagined by the voice alone. But it isn't the only time in Hollywood history when voice and actor haven't matched. Singing voices in musicals were often dubbed over by an alternative performer, rather than finding one actor/actress who could both act and sing the role. And dubbing of a different voice actor has also been used for dramatic effect in other instances, as well. Chalk it up to a dramatic decision.

Michael Albert

Pretense - S3-E15

Question: Either it was explained in this episode and I missed it or maybe it was explained in a later episode and I haven't seen it yet, but I have always been curious. If the Asgard were able to remove the Goa'uld from Skaara, then why couldn't they do the same with Teal'c?

lartaker1975

Chosen answer: Skaara has a Goa'uld in his head controlling him. Removing it returns him to a normal human being. Teal'c has a Goa'uld in a sac in his stomach. The Goa'uld in Teal'c acts as his immune system and helps him to have a very ling life span. Removing it would kill him.

Question: Why couldn't Po open the gates to the ceremony but his father could when Oogway declares Po the Dragon Warrior?

Roman Curiel

Chosen answer: They were locked.

MasterOfAll

Question: How come Bilbo never told the dwarves that Gandalf had lied about him being a burglar? When Bilbo found out he was shocked so why didn't he say something like, "I'm afraid Gandalf lied to you. I'm not nor have I ever been a burglar"?

Chosen answer: Gandalf has already convinced the dwarves Bilbo is a burglar and Bilbo realised he needs a lot to convince them otherwise. Bilbo is also intimidated by Gandlaf and confused about his claims so he is not sure how to handle the situation.

lionhead

Question: Why did Stryker bother using the adamantium bullets in Logan? Logan was never coming back.

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Chosen answer: Wolverine was in the middle of laying waste to Stryker's facility, releasing his mutant prisoners and battling Deadpool/Weapon XI. Wolverine is a big liability to Stryker at this point and he wants to eliminate him.

Phaneron Premium member

Question: What are the dogs' collars rigged with that allows them speak?

Roman Curiel

Chosen answer: It is a fictional device that translates their barks into English (or, presumably, other human languages). It is impossible to say more than that because such a machine does not exist outside of the film.

Question: Who was the actress who played the servant who cleared the patio table of dirty dishes? She asked Uncle Max if he wanted more strudel. When Uncle Max asked how much strudel he had eaten, she replied he had eaten two.

Chosen answer: There were several uncredited roles in 1965's "Sound of Music, " and the role of the maid on the terrace appears to be one of them. A search of the Internet Movie Database (IMDB), as well as a search of the original Lehman screenplay and production notes, reveals no clue as to the character's name or the identity of the actress.

Charles Austin Miller

The Matrimonial Momentum - S9-E1

Question: In the previous episode Amy says she needs time to step back, but did she not think she was overreacting by taking a break just because Sheldon asked if he should start watching The Flash while they were making out?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Chosen answer: Amy said she needed to take some time away from the relationship because she feared that their relationship wasn't going anywhere. They had already been dating for five years and they haven't actually gotten intimate after all this time, and when Sheldon asks if he should start watching The Flash, she was worried that he wasn't giving her as much attention towards her as she would have thought given the years that they had been dating.

Casual Person

Question: Why is Ronan able to hold the Infinity Stone? Isn't he a mortal like Peter?

Chosen answer: As a Kree, he has superior physical and mental strength that allows him to briefly hold the Infinity Stone, just as Peter held it briefly. But if he had held it longer he would have been destroyed, although he would be able to hold it longer than most. This is why he was trying to embed the stone into his Cosmi-Rod.

Bishop73

Halloween Candy - S3-E6

Question: Frank was dressed up as Frankenstein's monster (played by him once), what was Marie supposed to be?

Chosen answer: The Bride of Frankenstein.

Bishop73

Question: What is the musical song called that's played during Otter and Mrs. Wormer's affair in Otter's bedroom?

Chosen answer: It's Bossa Nova music that has no title. It was incidental music composed by Elmer Bernstein for the film.

Bishop73

It's the theme from A Summer place.

The theme from "A Summer Place" is playing when Mrs. Wormer comes into the house. But it's not what is playing when they get into the room.

Bishop73

Question: Vincent and Mia are shown smoking cigarettes inside Jackrabbit Slim's, but California has long been known to have some of the most restrictive anti-smoking laws in the US. While I'm aware that neither Vincent nor Mia was exactly law abiding, was smoking in restaurants in California still allowed at the time this film was made?

zendaddy621

Chosen answer: California passed a ban on restaurant smoking in 1994, as part of labor policies meant to protect the health of employees (such as bartenders, waitresses and bellhops) from the risks of secondhand smoke. However, "Pulp Fiction" was produced in 1993 and was released in 1994. The actual law did not take effect until 1995.

Question: How did Lieutenant Dan find out about Forrest and Jenny's wedding? Forrest appears to be surprised to see him there, and Jenny had never met him before.

Chosen answer: Presumably, Forrest called Dan and invited him. He seemed surprised to see Dan standing. The last time Forrest saw Dan he was in a wheelchair. His reaction was all about Dan's "magic legs".

af4dable Premium member

Question: What did Jenny's boyfriend, Wesley, mean when he referred to Forrest as a "baby-killer"?

Chosen answer: He is referring to Forrest having fought in the Vietnam War.

raywest Premium member

Answer: Baby-Killer was a term that anti-war protestors used to describe soldiers who fought in Vietnam. This was because a lot of innocent babies were killed by soldiers during the Vietnam War along side men, women, and children. Https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Lai_Massacre.

Question: How did the British manage to populate Port Royal (i.e. What is now Jamaica etc.) by so many ordinary people who were evidently dirt-poor already? Surely they were not all pirates and surely there were no shuttle ships. What was their motivation to move to the Caribbean, compared with the 19th and 20th century immigration waves to the U.S.?

Chosen answer: The British motivation was to colonize areas of the world that could produce the raw resources England needed or could trade (lumber, tobacco sugar, etc.) These were exported back to their own country and traded to other nations for huge profits. Private English citizens could immigrate, obtain land, and sell what they produced to the trading companies that began operating there. The local population provided a cheap labor force to work on the plantations. The Caribbean was also a strategic military location. The Port Royal in the POTC movies is a fictional version of the real Port Royal and therefore, is not an historically accurate depiction.

raywest Premium member

Question: There is a scene that shows nothing but blackness and two people are speaking, one says, "Hoist the colors..." the other says, "Dead men tell no tales." The scene plays right after the crew of the Black Pearl and Sao Feng's crew fall over the waterfall in Sao Feng's ship. What does it mean?

Brittany Renaud

Chosen answer: It's dialogue from the Disneyland ride.

Phaneron Premium member

Answer: The first sentence is a part of the sea shanty "hoist the colours", sung at the beginning of the movie and reminds about the bretheren court and the reason they are trying to find Jack. The second sentence is a reference to Salazar as a prelude to the 5th movie. They died and went to Davey Jones locker, and thus are dead men.

lionhead

Answer: It is the transition into Davey Jones' locker. Just a creepy, fantastical way of showing how the place can mess with your mentality.

Question: Why does the Emperor seem to want Luke to kill him so badly? I get he is trying to turn Luke to the dark side but he can't exactly own Luke if he's dead.

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Chosen answer: He's trying to rile Luke up. The Emperor knows Vader will intervene. The Emperor sees the situation as a win-win for him with either Luke being killed by Vader or Luke kills Vader and turns to the Dark Side.

Phaneron Premium member

Question: Where was Pyro when Magneto went to Jean's house and the professor was killed?

Chosen answer: We aren't told for certain, but given that he is Magneto's right-hand man, he may have been instructed to remain at their base camp in order to assume command of Magneto's army should Magneto's mission to recruit Jean have gone awry.

Question: In the movie, Buford shoots two flying bottles whilst holding the gun at his hip. Is that even possible?

Gavin Jackson

Chosen answer: Technically, yes, but no matter how adept the shooter, such a trick would always rely more on luck than skill. Shooting from the hip makes it impossible to aim any better than "in the general direction of the target."

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