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Question: We were made to believe that they would be helpless without the holo device to spot the pods. Weren't all of the pods triggered by movement? Couldn't they just throw rubble ahead of them as they progressed? They would have to anyway as there could be additional pods that weren't shown by the holo device.

Answer: Knowing where the pods are exactly gives them a major advantage over throwing rubble. We are shown a pod that triggers machine guns. They know the pod is ahead of them so they take cover behind the stone structures. If they just randomly threw rubble and the pod was to the side of them, they would have been hit by the machine guns.

Ssiscool Premium member

Answer: It saves time, energy, and is safer and more efficient if they can specifically pinpoint where the pods are located rather than randomly throwing rubble in an attempt to find them.

raywest Premium member

Question: If Jack thinks the room is the whole world and that space surrounds the room, where does he think Old Nick is coming from when he walks in the door?

Answer: He's a five-year-old child and lives in a very structured, controlled, and unnatural environment. He isn't capable at that age to really begin questioning how and why something should or shouldn't be. He believes what he is told.

raywest Premium member

Well, except when Joy tells him that something outside Room exists and he doesn't believe what she tells him and immediately questions how that could be possible.

And that is certainly a starting age point of where a child will begin to have an ability to analyze and interpret their environment and question what they are told. They begin asking "why" to whatever they are told.

raywest Premium member

Question: What does V compare the people of England to during his TV broadcast?

Answer: Either to himself ("I, like many of you, enjoy the comfort of the everyday routine,") or saying that the people of England voted the dictatorial Suttler into power and that they are responsible for the state that the country is now in. ("Then again, truth be told, if you're looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror.").

Friso94

Question: Why did Selvig free Thor, since he doesn't like him at that point?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Answer: Most likely because Jane convinced him to.

Friso94

Question: At the Jedi Temple, why does Commander Appo aim his gun at Senator Organa and try to kill him?

Answer: When Organa is trying to investigate what's going on at the Temple, he's simply just stopped by the troopers at first. They don't want him to witness what they are doing. At first he is just going to be turned away and threatened. When the Padawan attacks them and they kill the boy, Organa is now a first hand witness to the Troopers slaughtering the Jedi children. So then he becomes an enemy and they have to try and dispose of him. It would not have been good for them to just to out right kill a Senator on their own so that's why there were just going to turn him away.

Quantom X Premium member

Question: During the big fight scene near the end, one of the henchman Will Smith fights lifts a wrench to strike, only to randomly die for seemingly no reason. He screams, some sparks shoot out of his ears, and he's dead. What killed him? I've seen some people say he electrocuted himself on the equipment around him, but that's not true - the wrench is nowhere near hitting anything. Did he just... randomly blow a fuse or something?

TedStixon

Answer: He's some sort of robot or cyborg, and he's shorted out from the damage he received in the brawl.

Brian Katcher

Answer: In the original script, Jim West simply sidestepped the menacing MetalHead henchman, who plunged through the doorway, falling to his death. Apparently, this wasn't a spectacular enough way to end the brawl, so the scene was revised to add the huge machine wrench and electrical sparking effects. West intentionally hands the wrench to MetalHead, who grabs it with both hands and raises it to strike; he then shorts-out with electrical sparking effects before falling out the door. I believe the implication is that, when MetalHead grabbed the wrench with both hands, it completed an exposed electrical circuit that caused him to quickly short-out.

Charles Austin Miller

Question: How exactly do both the Terminator and Kyle find addresses? We are led to believe that is the reason for the phone books, but none of the addresses in the phone books match up to the addresses where either the first Sarah is killed, nor the apartment of our Sarah.

Answer: The phone books are the reason for finding Sarah Conner. The Terminator didn't know what Sarah looked like or where she lived so he looked in there and when he saw three Sarah Conners listed, he was in Kyle's own words, "being systematic." In other words, going to each of the addresses listed for Sarah Conner and killing the women whose name were a match for his primary target. Kyle already knew what Sarah looked like as he was given a photo of her by Johnn Conner but, just like the Terminator, didn't know where she lived so he used a phone book to locate and protect her.

Question: What did Loki say after Volstagg started to threaten him?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Answer: Volstagg: If you even think about betraying him... Loki: You'll kill me? Evidently there will be a line.

Question: Why do we never see Sarah or Henry in school?

Answer: Film makers have to make choices about what can be shown in a movie. They are limited by the running time of the film, what best serves the overall continuity of the plot, and also the logistics of setting up and filming many different scenes. Sometimes scenes are filmed, but later are cut out entirely. If showing Sarah or Henry in school does not directly serve the storyline, then there is no reason to have it in the film.

raywest Premium member

Question: How come Connie knew Michael killed Carlo, but she believed Fredo drowned?

MikeH

Answer: It's less that she believes it than that she chooses to believe it. In the first film, she's naive about Michael, her father, etc., and so doesn't understand the realpolitik behind Michael's killing of Carlo. By the third film she's become much more inured to the family business (as well as more cynical and world weary), and so accepts the "official" explanation for Fredo's death even though she knows, deep down, it isn't true.

I'd add that by the time of Fredo's death, Connie knew Michael had grown more powerful and was becoming more dehumanized. She feared him enough to know to never confront him directly. She was also totally dependent on him for money.

raywest Premium member

Question: How old are Peter, Lulu, Seth and Zoe?

Answer: Peter - 3. Lulu - 10. Seth - 13. Zoe - 16. Although the children actors were 2-3 years older than the characters they were playing (which isn't uncommon, but more noticeable at these younger ages).

Bishop73

Question: Did they ever look at the hole in his pocket that the knife supposedly slipped out of?

Answer: If you're referring to the jurors, no. We see the entirety of their deliberations. If you're referring to the prosecution or defense, that is unknown. Given, however, that none of the jurors brought up the question, it's likely there was at least a check of his clothes to verify he had a hole in his pocket.

Jason Hoffman

Given how easy it would be to simply tear a hole as an excuse, even if it was there, it wouldn't be much in the way of corroboration.

LorgSkyegon

Question: In the scenes where Rick lights a match to use on a stick of dynamite, he does so by striking the match against either his own ear or the ear of Ardeth Bay. Is there an explanation to how he does this?

Josh West

Answer: He's lighting the match on his beard-stubble by raking it down his face. He's not striking the matches on his ear. It's not practical at all (and in fact, it's basically impossible unless you have beard-stubble like sandpaper), but it's just a cute way for the movie to show how much of a bad-a** he is. In reality behind the scenes, they actually had a strip of matchbox taped to the actor's faces that they were striking the matches on to light them. But with the right camera placement, it looks like they're lighting them on their faces.

TedStixon

Answer: Matches in those days were friction matches, with added red phosphorous so you could light them on basically any surface, as long as you generated enough heat. Some prefer the bottom of their boots, or a wall, but others light them on their own body, or someone else's.

lionhead

Bare skin does not provide the necessary friction to light a match. It's possible to light one using one's fingernail by flicking it hard against the match head, but not with skin. There has to be a hard textured surface to create a spark.

raywest Premium member

Answer: I don't think he was rubbing the match on bare skin, more likely the edge of where the beard grows. The rough hairs would make the area of skin able to produce enough friction to light the match as long as it was rubbed fast enough.

scaryterri Premium member

That is very unlikely, and even if it was possible, it would cause deep pain and injury to the skin.

raywest Premium member

Don't be ridiculous. It's not a sanding stone you are rubbing with, it's just a match.

lionhead

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lionhead

Answer: There's no explanation, but really, this is just a movie invention.

raywest Premium member

Question: When they get chased by the other kids Charlie asks Jack (the living snowman) to turn them to ice to which Jack replies he "doesn't even got pickets". Was this some sort of joke? Could someone enlighten me?

Answer: He says "I don't even have pockets." He's just saying he doesn't have the power to zap them into ice.

Bishop73

Question: The last act of the movie revolves around the fact that the group has to get to the bank before midnight to avoid foreclosure. Since it's an impossible task, the group rides bikes to the Big Ben where Jack climbs to the top to turn the hands back. First of all, why didn't Mary simply fly the Banks straight to the bank? If she still was tight on time, why did she let Jack climb the clock tower and stare at the ordeal, thus risking his life and putting the Banks' house at risk too? She could've flown to the Big Ben herself and solve the task in a few seconds.

Sacha Premium member

Answer: Jack had to turn off the lights in Big Ben first, otherwise Mary Poppins would be seen.

Answer: How do you know if she could have flown Jack to the the top of Big Ben? She may have the ability to fly with her umbrella, but that does not mean she can carry a heavy load.

raywest Premium member

She does fly to fix the clock but she waits til the very last second. The whole part is absurd.

Sacha Premium member

Answer: This is a movie where Mary Poppins flies in on an umbrella, and takes children on other-worldly adventures in a bathtub and a ceramic bowl, but you're questioning why she did something that makes no sense to you? The simplest in-universe answer is a quote from her from the first movie, there's no explanation: "First of all, I would like to make one thing quite clear... I never explain anything." Or from this movie: "One thing you should know about Mary Poppins: she never explains anything" You can't ignore the rest of her inexplicable and nonsensical acts and somehow expect sound logic and reasoning for anything she does - she did exactly what was needed for the outcome she wanted. If she knew how it would turn out, no-one (or the house) was at any risk despite appearances to the contrary - don't forget that her goal wasn't to save the house but to save the Banks family - if she'd just swooped in and used her magic to fix things in the first 5 minutes of the movie, she'd have saved the house but not the family.

sfbiker1

Question: Can anyone explain the dates in the first movie? I am very confused. The Terminator arrives on Thursday May 12 at 1:52 AM. The first killing is on Friday (although there is no indication that more than a full day has passed. Lastly, Sarah's timecard says it is 5/19. This would also be a Thursday (although we know it is a Friday). Has a week really passed? Makes no sense.

Answer: It takes the terminator time to gather weapons and find each victim so yes, time has passed. Easily several days.

Jason Hoffman

Question: After finishing the game, did Spencer, Fridge, Bethany, and Martha still have detention or did changing the timeline prevent them from their punishment?

Cody Fairless-Lee

Answer: They still had detention. The only thing that changed was Alex. But since they had become such close friends, detention would hardly be a punishment for them anymore.

BaconIsMyBFF

It just seemed like they just simply walked out of detention. I mean did they finish their detention or did they had to continue on a Saturday?

The movie doesn't explain. But regardless, it also really doesn't matter.

TedStixon

Question: Does anyone know which scenes Nick Castle is playing Michael Myers? I know he is Myers when Laurie tries to shoot him through the window and the after credits breathing was his. But is it him any other times?

Gavin Jackson

Answer: Based on multiple things that I've heard, those are the only two times Nick Castle is on screen. He was mostly just there to help James Jude Courtney get the mannerisms down.

hbkedge3

Question: What happened to Dave York's wife and daughters after his death? Do they ever find out about his evil motives?

Cody Fairless-Lee

Answer: It is never mentioned, but it stands to reason that eventually they did find out. York's crimes most certainly would have been made public, he is solely responsible for several murders including the murder of a police officer at the beach. There would be very little reason for the government to cover up his crimes since he was acting as a rogue agent.

BaconIsMyBFF

Question: Can someone reiterate the reason the Oracle gives for why her face is different?

Answer: It is explained (partly in "The Matrix Revolutions" and partly in the video game "Enter The Matrix") that the Oracle was forced to change identities and go into hiding because the Merovingian had acquired the Oracle's termination code. Oddly enough, it was Rama and Kamala Kandra (the Indian couple seen in the train station) who betrayed the Oracle, giving her termination code to the Merovingian in exchange for saving their daughter, little Sati, from deletion.

Charles Austin Miller

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