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Question: I don't know whether this is a mistake or if there was a certain reason for it but, at the end of the movie when Maximus tells Quintus to free his men, Quintus turns to the line of guards standing behind him and says, "Free the prisoners, go!" Two of the guards standing next to each other immediately go to free the prisoners, and the rest of the guards don't budge. How did those two guards know that the orders were given directly to them?

dan coakley..

Chosen answer: Because they would be the ranking soldiers, and accustomed to being given orders. Being disciplined, they would obey Quintus without question. The legions would necessarily have soldiers assigned to following orders at different times, similar to how a captain would give an order to a full room, and the first mate would be the one to carry out the order.

rswarrior

Question: What is it about the moon being destroyed that caused loads of earthquakes and tsunamis?

Casual Person

Chosen answer: The moon's own gravity affects the Earth, most notably in the form of ocean tides. Over the eons a balance has been established between the two celestial bodies. When the moon was destroyed, that balance was thrown out of whack and the Earth basically adjusted itself. Sort of like if you hold a ball bearing to the inside of a bowl near the top with a magnet on the outside; remove the magnet and the ball bearing suddenly drops and careens around inside the bowl until it finally comes to a rest at the bottom. That rolling around would be analogous to the earthquakes and tsunamis that resulted from the moon's destruction in this film.

Phixius Premium member

Question: What are the keys played to get into the batcave, in Batman Begins?

Hannah_lyn07

Chosen answer: Starting at middle C on a piano move up one scale. He plays D and E together, moves up a scale and plays D and E together again, then backs down to play A and B together.

oddy knocky

Is this combination of notes an Easter egg of some kind?

Question: The scene where Maria and the children sing 'The Lonely Goatherd', there is a girl singing: 'One little girl in a pale pink coat heard' and 'She yodeled back to the lonely goatheard' (nearly at the end, the second time this is in the song). Who is singing here: Brigitta or Louisa?

peach

Chosen answer: This line occurs 2:15 into the song. We see the singer is Brigitta (dark hair), played by Angela Cartwright, and not blonde Louisa, played by Heather Menzies.

kuffpah

Question: How in the world was Kiddo allowed to bring a sword that length onto a plane and have it right beside her at her seat?

dan coakley..

Chosen answer: Tarantino has said that he intends Kill Bill to exist in a slightly different world than the real one. In this world weapons are more commonplace and can be freely carried. If you notice, on the plane there are actually little holders on all the seats for people to put their swords into.

Question: There are marked similarities between Cole's present day asylum and his future world, such as the showers he receives, and the scientists/doctors. What is the significance of these parallels? Do they have a hidden meaning?

Chosen answer: It is meant to draw similarities between the treatment of the mentally ill and convicted felons. Quite often, even today, the mentally ill are housed and treated in facilities that are little better (for quality of life or prospects of rehabilitation) than prisons.

Question: Dylan finds out Daniel took his phone during the interrogation and made a clone. At exactly which point in the movie did the Horsemen manage to get the phone back to Dylan? (01:13:20)

Casual Person

Chosen answer: At the same time - they had the clone ready before going into the interrogation and made the swap then. They kept the original.

Rajani Isa

Question: This has to do with The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. When Joker is caught by police, I'm assuming he got sent to Arkham Asylum. When Bane released all the prisoners, what became of the Joker?

Chosen answer: Bane actually freed the prisoners at Blackgate Prison, not Arkham. The Joker's whereabouts are never revealed, but the novelization states that he is the lone inmate at Arkham. Realistically, the Joker probably would have received the death penalty for his crimes sometime between the 8 years that have passed between films.

Phaneron Premium member

Question: Why the hell did they give Batman and Robin's suits nipples in this one?

Quantom X Premium member

Chosen answer: Purely a creative decision, but based on the tone of this question I don't suppose you're honestly after an answer so much as you are just looking for someplace to express your distaste.

Phixius Premium member

Question: In the chase scene that shows Dylan and Alma chasing the four Horsemen through New Orleans, Dylan runs onto a street where there is a huge crowd and loads of people throwing beads off their balconies. Why they are doing this? (01:05:30)

Casual Person

Chosen answer: In New Orleans, during Mardi Gras, there are parades, and huge crowds partying. People on balconies throw beads to women if they "flash" them.

rswarrior

Question: When Pi finds the island, he begins eating some root like stuff. What exactly is that?

Quantom X Premium member

Chosen answer: It is never really defined. It is just presumed to be some sort of tubular seaweed or algae which ultimately will consume (either literally or allegorically) he who consumes it.

kuffpah

Question: After Ralph destroys Vanellope's kart, she runs back into Diet Cola Mountain. The next we see of her, she's inside the Fungeon. When did that happen? King Candy and his officers apparently don't know that she can enter the mountain, so how would they have known where to find her?

New this week Answer: This was just an oversight. In early versions of the film, we see King Candy lie in wait and capture Vanellope as she exits Diet Cola Mountain. It was cut for time and most audience members usually just assume this happens. Source: worked on the film.

Chosen answer: This happened between the time Ralph left Sugar Rush and when he came back to Sugar Rush to confront Sour Bill. They knew that Vanellope was located in that specific area, so King Candy and his officers searched every part of this area since he knew for sure that she was around this place. Soon enough, he would have discovered Diet Cola Mountain, found Vanellope inside the mountain, captured her and locked her in the Fungeon.

Casual Person

Question: I have a question about the first patient Don and his boss go to see (the one trying to solve the Rubik's cube). I can find no information about him. However he seems like he plays an AIDS patient in a couple of other movies, with the same lesions, same gay act, etc. Is he really like this or do they seem to cast him in the part because he plays it so well? Or am I mistaken about him? Any info would help. It is driving me crazy.

lartaker1975

Chosen answer: The actor's name is Stephen Spinella. He is listed in the credits for "And the Band Played On" as "Brandy Alexander." Though neither his given name nor his drag name is mentioned during the cameo, he does show a book with pictures of his female impersonation to the doctors. The "trivia" portion of his IMDb profile states: "Vaulted from obscurity with his frighteningly realistic portrayal of AIDS-ravaged Prior Walter in Tony Kushner's two-part stage epic "Angels in America." An openly gay actor, he has since played in a number of gay-related themes on stage, film and TV."

kuffpah

Question: In the movie, the team of snatchers were able to smell Hermione's perfume through the protective spells that she put up. This may seem silly, but why did she have perfume on? It seems quite careless on her part and there was absolutely no reason for her to have it on for their mission, so why the perfume?

Chosen answer: They aren't exactly staying in 4-star hotels and showering every day. Camping is dirty, and with that comes certain odors. And that can get unpleasant in close quarters. It's likely the perfume was her way of countering that. In that instance, sure, her perfume may have been a tip off, but it's not unreasonable to assume that that doesn't come up all that much.

Garlonuss Premium member

Question: What does Samara mean when she says on the tape "Daddy doesn't know"? Daddy doesn't know what?

Jeanne Perrotta

Chosen answer: She says "Daddy loves the horses...but he doesn't know" meaning she knows what's about to happen to all his horses. (Because she makes them commit suicide).

Show generally

Question: Are the characters aware they don't age?

Quantom X Premium member

Chosen answer: In general, no. However, in the episode "Behind the Laughter," Lisa comments about how Homer fed her anti-growth hormones to prolong the run of the show. Chronological events do occur, such as birthdays (which all of the characters have had in various episodes), and several episodes include flashbacks and peeks into the future. However, for the most part, the characters remain in a chronological stasis.

kuffpah

Ling Bouvier is one character who has aged.

Dan23

The Angels Take Manhattan - S7-E6

Question: In this episode, River meets the doctor again. Where is this in her timeline?

Shadow5

Chosen answer: Somewhere after "The Wedding of River Song," but before "Silence in the Library" and "The Name of the Doctor."

Captain Defenestrator Premium member

More precisely, shortly before "The Husbands of River Song."

Question: After old Biff returns to 2015 he appears in pain. I've seen several submissions on this site saying it's because Lorraine shot him in 1995. My question is where do they get that information from? I've seen these movies numerous times and have never seen anything to suggest that.

Chosen answer: If you have the DVD or Blu-ray, watch the deleted scene with Biff vanishing and be sure to have the commentary on. Bob Gale confirms that Lorraine discovered that Biff had killed George and therefore shot and killed Biff in retaliation.

Question: Why was Doc sent back to 1885 with the lightning if he was not going at 88 mph?

Chosen answer: According to producer Bob Gale, the lightning that struck the Delorean caused it to spin up to 88 miles per hour. If you have the DVD or Blu-ray, watch all of the deleted scenes with the commentary on.

Show generally

Question: What happened with the duck and the chick? It isn't shown how they left the show, is it?

jimi

Chosen answer: The chick and the duck died of old age sometime between season 6 and 7. We find out in season 10 the Friends told Joey they had been sent to a farm where nobody could visit, to save his feelings.

kristenlouise3

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