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Question: At the end of the movie, did Bobby really fly off in the Radio Flyer plane or did Mike make that story up?

Answer: Yes. He actually did fly off. Adult Mike even tells his two sons that sometime after Bobby flew off, he began receiving postcards from Bobby from every place he traveled to and still keeps sending postcards to him.

Chosen answer: He flew off alright - straight to heaven!

Myridon

Answer: The script's ending was ultimately changed by director Richard Donner from what writer David Evans had originally written. In the original ending, it was made clear that the Radio Flyer had actually worked and it was seen hanging (actually floating) next to the Wright Brother's plane in the Smithsonian. Donner instead wanted the ending to be a "Rorschach Test", meaning the viewer sees the ending as he or she wants. So if you perceive it as working and Bobby being free or you see it as Bobby committing suicide, etc, it's meant as a reflection on you. However, Evans has said that he never intended the ending to be, or allude to, suicide, but because of the script changes, he understands how people could make that conclusion.

Bishop73

Question: Why exactly does Brundle experience a feeling of euphoria and strength after his teleportation? Why doesn't he turn into the Brundlefly immediately?

Chosen answer: Brundle's just had all of his atoms separated and then joined back together with a massive influx of electrical energy; certainly that would generate some sort of sensation in cells that have never experienced it before. No reason to believe it couldn't manifest as euphoria and strength. As far as the transformation: Brundle's cells have been put back together with fly DNA in them, but with very little actual fly material, initially. It's reasonable to expect that as his cells die off and regenerate in the usual ways, they are replaced not by human ones, but by human/fly hybrids. As this happens, he becomes gradually more fly-like.

Rooster of Doom

Question: Why is River bare-foot so often, especially on a ship that has a lot of metal flooring?

Chosen answer: She has several mental disorders, presumably she finds shoes confining or uncomfortable. It's notable that when she does have footwear it's almost always heavy calf high boots, instead of slippers or more comfortable shoes.

Grumpy Scot

Question: Why does the Phantom leave Christine's ring on her grave? It is the only personal possession of hers that he has and therefor very important to him.

Chosen answer: That is open to each viewer's interpretation. I like to think it's his way of acknowledging Raoul, to let him know he too is still alive and has kept on loving her during all those years. They both end up leaving something of significance in each other's relationship with Christine.

Sereenie

Question: How old is the phantom, because if he was the same age as madam Giry he would no longer be alive.

Chosen answer: He is supposed to be five years younger than her. And even if they were the same age, she is still alive, so why couldn't he?

Sereenie

Question: Ben explains the code on the Declaration reading 'Heere to the Wall' refers to the corner of Broadway and Wall St. But inside the church he reads 'Beneath Parkington Lane' and assumes that must mean beneath the church. But why is there no explanation for what Parkington Lane is and why wouldn't Ben think it's just another clue?

Chosen answer: He doesn't simply assume "Beneath Parkington Lane" means beneath the church: Parkington Lane is the name etched on the tomb hiding the entrance to the tunnels. When he saw it, he naturally deduced what he had to do.

Sereenie

Question: I noticed that during the Cell Block Tango, "Pop" shoves the Hungarian girl pretty aggressively. Is this a mistake?

Chosen answer: It is not a mistake, it is choreographed that way. "Pop" is deliberately pushing the Hungarian girl ("Uh Uh") out of her way as she walks to center stage.

raywest

Question: The beginning of the film states that most of it is true. Are there any specific happenings which can be pointed out as not true?

Chosen answer: It's doubtful Butch and Etta rode around on a bicycle together, and Butch and Sundance did not jump off a cliff into a river.

raywest

Question: Does anyone know the date that the R4 DVD of Stewie Griffin will be released?

Chosen answer: Currently it is set for release in Australia on the 25th of January, 2006.

Lummie

Question: In the book, there is a bit (I'm not sure which chapter) where Danny is in the playground and is nearly trapped in a cement tunnel with what he thinks is a demon that doesn't want him to leave,and the swings move on their own.There are also lots of bits in the book where he is chased by the hedges shaped like animals but never sees them move, just hears them.Is there a good reason why this wasn't in the film, because for me they were the scariest parts?

Chosen answer: I know they cut the hedge animals simply because the special effects to make hedges move were deemed impossible to do at the time. But both of these scenes were included in the TV miniseries "Stephen King's The Shining", http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118460/.

Twotall

Turnabout Intruder - S3-E24

Question: As Captain Kirk didn't die until the film 'Star Trek: Generations' (1994), what happened in the last episode of the series?

Chosen answer: The original series didn't have an ending, it was just cancelled. The last episode was "Turnabout Intruder" where Kirk and Dr. Janet Lester switch bodies and then switch back.

Myridon

Question: So is Charles, Grace's husband, dead too or is this another example of the worlds of the dead and living colliding?

Steph_Jared

Chosen answer: He is dead, but he has accepted it. He spirit is going to Heaven or Hell and has stopped to say goodbye to his wife and children on the way.

Grumpy Scot

Question: The clones are released prematurely, one even sits up. Then the facility seems to spontaneously explode. What caused this? What happened to that one clone.

Chosen answer: The facility only ever cloned Rico and Dredd. It had never been tested at max capacity. The equipment was also 30 years old and Rico tried to birth the clones early which the system wasn't designed for. The stress of all these things added up to destroy it.

Grumpy Scot

Question: In the Control scene in Cuba, where Bond notices Boris clicking and twirling the pen in his fingers, how does the grenade pen get into Boris' possession?

Chosen answer: All of Bond's possesions were taken from him and put on the desk. Boris had his own pen at that point. Then there is a small ruckus, and Boris bangs into the table if I recall correctly. He picks up Bond's pen then.

Soylent Purple

Question: When the Hulk reverts to Banner for the final time, while watching Betty walk down the stairs towards him, steam rises from him and water seems to drip from his hands. What's that all about?

Chosen answer: He's having to shed a lot of excess cells as he reverts - it can't just vanish into the ether, so you'd expect to see something leaving his body as he shrinks.

Tailkinker

The Truth About Will & Dogs - S1-E10

Question: Who are the Ronco Fry Daddy, the Von Bulows and the Lingbergh baby, which are all mentioned in this episode, and how do the jokes relate to them?

Chosen answer: Ronco is a company that makes infomercial products - the Fry Daddy is a deep-fat fryer. Claus von Bulow tried to kill his wife Sunny by giving her an insulin overdose. It was never proven and Sunny is still in a coma. Claus in particular is portrayed as cold and heartless (see the movie Reversal of Fortune) and not the sort you want babysitting. World-famous aviator Charles Lindbergh's infant son was kidnapped and murdered. In what was known then as "the trial of the century", Bruno Hauptmann was found guilty and later executed although many doubt his guilt.

Myridon

Question: Is there supposed to be some kind of trivia when C3P0 says the odds of surviving are 725 to 1, 3720 to 1?

Mister Ed

Chosen answer: No, they're just numbers.

Tailkinker

Show generally

Question: Shelley Godfrey is the real name of Number 6, (or one of them.) What are the numbers for Sharon Valerii, Aaron Doral and Leoben?

Chosen answer: Sharon Valerii is Cylon Model #8, Aaron Doral is #5, and Leoben up to the end of season 3 has not been given a number.

Answer: Cavil - 1 Leoben - 2 D'Anna - 3 Simon - 4 Doral - 5 Six - 6 Daniel - 7 (never seen) Sharon - 8 Then the Final Five that don't have numbers.

Question: Is there a significance to the little boy? Is he from the comics? Or does he become a hero/villain when he gets older?

Chosen answer: As the little boy is never given a name, it can be safely said that he's not intended to be of any larger significance than 'somebody who needs protecting'. If he was supposed to be somebody of importance to the Batman tales, they'd have included his name as a nod to the fans.

Tailkinker

Show generally

Question: In one of the episodes, it's discovered that Dan's name isn't really Dan Fielding. What is his real name?

Chosen answer: Reinhold. As soon as this name is revealed (during the episode with all the pregnant women giving birth) all of the cast repeat the name incredulously. This is a tribute to Reinhold Weege, the creator of Night Court.

Guy

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