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Question: The three Cars films establish that all biological creatures are just variations of mechanical devices. Yet in Cars 2, there is mention of dinosaurs. What exactly are "dinosaurs" in the Cars world?

Vader47000

Chosen answer: If you're taking it to that level, one would have to believe that dinosaurs to these characters would be primitive forms of their devices, evolutionarily speaking.

MovieFan612

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Question: I've heard the Doctor can only regenerate 12 times. So after the future twelfth Doctor leaves, will they just stop making any more episodes of Doctor Who?

Chosen answer: The Time Lords gave the Doctor a new regeneration cycle before the last crack in the universe was closed, in "The Time of the Doctor". (They've been shown to have the ability to do so before, as in "The Five Doctors," The Master was offered a new regeneration cycle if he rescued the Doctors).

Captain Defenestrator Premium member

Question: Neo stopped five sentinels in the end of Matrix Reloaded, so why did he ask the Oracle in the beginning of The Matrix Revolutions to explain to him how could he stop four sentinels?

torpe555

Chosen answer: Because he misremembered. It was pretty high-stress moment and he blacked-out immediately. Not surprising he'd be a little hazy on the details.

Phixius Premium member

Question: This question also applies to a similar scene from Episode I. When the Rebel Forces are fleeing Hoth, why do they have to fly right in the path of the blockade? There didn't appear to be any resistance on the planet's northern and southern poles, and the lack of gravity in space shouldn't preclude them from flying their planes at a ninety degree angle once they escape the planet's gravitational pull, instead of having to fly in a path parallel to the blockade's position.

Phaneron Premium member

Chosen answer: The Empire's ships are faster and more maneuverable and don't suffer speed restrictions from the atmosphere of the planet. They could easily outrun/pick off the Rebel ships as they left the protection of the planetary shield. By going directly at the Star Destroyers, they give themselves the best chance in two ways. First, they present a smaller target coming head-on. Second, by going between the ships, the Imperials risk hitting their own ships if they fire. It would also take more time to set the courses for hyperspace because of all the maneuvering.

Question: SPOILERS. We learn that when Vin Diesel and Paul Walker are driving across the bridge, the vault that they are dragging is empty. If this is so, why didn't they both just disconnect and run instead of Vin driving back and causing a huge pile-up? They had the money and dragging an empty vault didn't solve anything.

Gavin Jackson

Chosen answer: Dom wanted Reyes dead, the only way that was going to happen was for the chase to be concluded, and for both Dom and Brian to be caught up by the Police who were in Reyes' pocket. Reyes naturally would think he was safe going near Dom and Brian because of the Police presence.

GalahadFairlight

Question: Why did Paul Krendler dislike Clarice so much, and why did he ruin her career?

Chosen answer: Starling says to Krendler "Paul, what is it with you? I told you to go home to your wife, that was wrong?", implying that he had made a pass at her and she had rejected him. He replies that it was a long time ago, and that he didn't hold it against her, but combined with Mason Verger's bribe this was most likely the cause of his antagonism towards Starling.

Sierra1 Premium member

Question: Of all the Transformers who die in this film, how many of them have died before in the Transformers canon? I'm looking for specific examples and how many times they've died.

Brad Premium member

Chosen answer: I can tell you that every single one of them died in the old animated series, eventually. They had to make room for new characters to sell toys of.

Phixius Premium member

Question: Was "caption howdy" the demon? Or did Regen make him up, the way some kids do?

Chosen answer: The implication is that Captain Howdy was the name the demon gave itself while communicating with Regen prior to its possession of her.

Phixius Premium member

Answer: It was indeed Pazuzu, he wanted Regan to believe he was some friendly entity to gain her trust. Thus the Captain Howdy facade.

Question: Since Loki is the son of Laufey the Frost Giant, why doesn't he look like one?

Chosen answer: When initially found by Odin, he does. Something then acts on him that causes him to mimic Odin's more human appearance, which he then keeps until his exposure to the frost giants during the events of the film, which tips him off to his true nature. Whether this was caused by some magic inherent in Loki even as a baby or whether Odin did something to disguise the child's true origin is unrevealed.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: How did the Decepticons bring something as big as the Driller on Earth unnoticed? It's an earthworm the size of a building. Also, Megatron got here on purpose, Sentinel got here by accident, so did the original Seven Primes, so that would be an extreme number of coincidence. And even if that thing had been here for all these years, how did it manage to stay hidden? It's not like it can transform into something a little more subtle like a car.

Friso94

Chosen answer: Sentinel did not get here by accident. They stated out right that he was headed for Earth when he accidentally crashed on the moon. The Driller went unnoticed because it can tunnel underground; no one saw it. The Primes may have come by accident, but their arrival is the reason all the other Cybertronians keep coming here.

Phixius Premium member

Question: Jane tells the nurse that his name is "Thor". She instantly assumes that it is spelled T, H, O, R. Wouldn't it make more sense for her to assume that it is spelled T, H, A, W? That's a much more common word.

THGhost

Chosen answer: Thor sounds nothing like "thaw" (at least, not with Jane's accent). Also, "Thor" is not an uncommon name in Scandanavian countries, and even if she didn't assume he was from there, she probably just thought it was an odd name and left it at that.

Xofer

Question: When Padme goes to see Anakin, and he has his little fit, he says "It's all Obi Wan's fault! He's jealous" and then he goes on to say "He's holding me back". Why does Anakin think Obi Wan is jealous and that he's holding him back?

Chosen answer: Anakin, much like a typical youth, is acting immature here and rebelling against Obi Wan's tight control over him. Obi Wan knows Anakin is still too impulsive and rash to become a full Jedi Knight, and prevents him from taking the final Jedi trial. Anakin just wants more independence.

raywest Premium member

Question: On the corrections page for this movie, someone stated that Henry was the father of both of Mary's children. How? Didn't he stop seeing her while she was still on bed rest during the pregnancy of their first child?

Chosen answer: The information on the corrections page is inaccurate. Mary Boleyn married William Carey in 1520. Because her exact birth date is unknown, no one knows how old she was when she married. It was shortly after her wedding that she began her affair with Henry VIII. It is also unknown if either of the two children she bore during this time were fathered by Henry, though there was certainly a high probability that he sired one or both. However, Henry never publicly acknowledged either child, unlike the illegitimate son he had with another mistress. The events in the film and book are fictional, and they vary from the historical facts. It is never mentioned in the film that Mary had a second child, either by Henry or William Carey.

raywest Premium member

Question: After what seems like several hours of conversation between the crew and "Jerry", did the letters J and E occur in the text before the sentence "Don't call me Jerry" appeared and Dustin Hoffman realised the translation was wrong? I haven't watched the film a second time but surely we see words that contain J and E and still make perfect sense?

Chosen answer: It's been a while, but as I remember it, this is explained better in the book. If I remember it correctly, since the translation program was made by Harry, he subconsciously added a section that simply mistranslated "Harry" to "Jerry". That doesn't mean every H became a J or anything like that. It only affected that word.

Garlonuss Premium member

Answer: I did not read the book but I will say from just watching the movie I believe Jerry was changed to Harry during the duration of the movie with the idea that Norman wanted to believe Harry was the cause of all the problems. That is why we do not see a random J in all the words that needed an H earlier in the move. Or it was a giant error on the directors part but there were a lot of unanswered questions in the move.

Question: Where exactly are the girl and her brother at the end of the movie?

bpospech

Chosen answer: After escaping from the house, the fake Carlos drives Regina and Paul into a dark tunnel. It is not explained what happens next, but it's implied they will be killed.

raywest Premium member

Question: Towards the end of the film, in the wedding/balcony scene, Charlie states that there are two Patricia's, one there at the wedding and one who he just remembered. Who's the second Patricia?

MGG fan xx

Chosen answer: The second Patricia is Charlie's cousin, who Sophia had mistaken as his former girlfriend, Patricia.

raywest Premium member

Question: When Graham is talking to his wife about joining Crawford on the investigation, she says something about "we're all paid up, even Josh." What does she mean by this?

Chosen answer: What she means is that Graham (and, by extension, his family) has served his country enough, including suffering serious injury and mental trauma in the course of his duties. She feels that, whatever moral debt they might owe their country, they've paid it in full, Graham directly through his actions, and she and Josh through the negative effects his work and its consequences have had on them.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: Why does Christine unmask the phantom at the end of singing "Past the Point of No Return"?

mhambling@hotmail.com

Chosen answer: Because at that point, as unlikely as it seems, pretty much everybody else thought that was still Piangi (whom the Phantom killed just before replacing him). Since Christine has been used as a lure, she had to show the others that he was there.

Sereenie

Question: Why did The Jackal put a pillow under Major Koslova's head after shooting her?

Chosen answer: I believe it's to keep her head elevated, to keep the pain and swelling down.

Cubs Fan

Question: Why didn't Jackal execute Koslova after shooting her through the sofa ?

Chosen answer: He needs her alive to deliver his message to Mulqueen about how he can't protect the women in his life. Executing her wouldn't achieve anything.

Cubs Fan

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