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New this month Question: After Ripley has set the ship to self destruct, she grabs Jones and hurries towards the shuttle. She then runs into the alien in the corridor, drops Jones and runs away and then tries to stop the self destruct system. Now she'd set the ship to self destruct, needed to get the hell out of there, the alien was in her way, why didn't she just blast it with her flamethrower? Ripley is not like Lambert, she's feisty and brave and I think Ripley would have done just that.

New this month Answer: Ripley is, for the majority of this film, not "feisty and brave." She is written to be an intelligent, capable, but otherwise average person. She is for all intents and purposes an "everyman" character. She does not become the tenacious, bold heroine that defines her in popular culture until her last battle with the alien, and these character traits are solidified in the sequel. For most of the film, she is very much terrified of the alien and the prospect of fighting it head on is the furthest from her mind. At that moment in the corridor, her fight or flight response kicks in and she flees. All of this serves to make her fight against the alien in the shuttle more poignant, as she is forced to literally face her fears and defend herself. Note that while she is trying to get the alien to come out of its hiding place on the shuttle, she is soaked in nervous sweat and is singing a song to calm herself down. Would the Ripley of later films have blasted the alien to kingdom come? Of course. The Ripley in this film has yet to become the no-nonsense, composed heroine we remember at that point.

BaconIsMyBFF

New this month Question: Why did the last three remaining crew members split up? Surely it would have made better sense to stay together as up until that time the alien had only attacked people when they were alone.

New this month Answer: They felt like they didn't have enough time. Parker and Lambert stayed together to get coolant while Ripley was to prepare the shuttle and set the auto-destruct. They wanted to escape as soon as possible. Staying together would have, in their minds, lengthened the time they were on the ship with the alien.

BaconIsMyBFF

New this month Question: What was the point of Sean Bean's role in this movie? I get that he is exposed as a fraud, but it doesn't really affect the plot one way or the other.

Phaneron Premium member

New this month Answer: It is true that it doesn't affect the plot. However Spence's (Bean's) failure can be contrasted with the professionalism of the main characters. Also it raises the possibility that whoever hired them isn't taking necessary precautions in planning and hiring. Earlier we heard Sam (De Niro) ask Vincent (Reno) if he was "labour or management" which suggests a theme of professional operators getting their hands dirty while their bosses play politics.

New this month Question: Towards the end when George is at the bridge looking to jump in to kill himself it's snowing. However, after Clarence shows him what the world would have been like without him, he runs back to the bridge and it is not snowing. George is then begging Clarence to let him live again, and just like that it starts snowing just as it was when George was looking to jump in and kill himself. What did George's life have to do with changing the weather?

DrLoomis1978

New this month Answer: It's just a cinematography thing. It's snowing in the real world, the weather is clear in the alternate world. When the snow resumes, it shows us that he's returned to his real life.

Brian Katcher

Very good answer.

DrLoomis1978

I agree, a good answer.

raywest Premium member

New this month Answer: Most likely it had nothing to do with it. This is probably a plot inconsistency.

raywest Premium member

New this month Question: At the end, would McClane really have been able to hit that electrical wire with the piddly little model 36 revolver he was holding? Would it even be able to shoot that high? (00:21:05)

New this month Answer: He could have but probably not. It would be a very lucky shot. Chalk this up to "movie magic."

raywest Premium member

New this month Question: Why were Harry and Hermione messing with Ron when they got back to the hospital wing?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

New this month Answer: Because they were just having a bit of fun at Ron's expense. After saving Sirius and Buckbeak and going through a rather harrowing ordeal, they can now relax and enjoy themselves. The levity provides an "end point" to the main story, indicating to the audience that it has reached its conclusion.

raywest Premium member

Are You Right There, Father Ted? - S3-E1

New this month Question: When Father Darren walks into the room, what was Father Ted asking him? The only thing I could make out was "What time are we..."

New this month Answer: He asks what time they're going to the horse racing.

New this month Question: A few questions: 1) Why did Fletcher recruit Neiman if he knew he ousted him? 2) Did Fletcher purposefully set up Neiman to fail by switching up the song list? If so, wouldn't that look bad on Fletcher? 3) Why did Neiman go crazy and start/keep playing out of sync with everyone else?

New this month Answer: Fletcher recruited Neiman with the intention of ruining his career. He informed Neiman they would be playing songs he was familiar with, but secretly had other songs planned. Fletcher knew there would be influential people in the audience, whose opinion of Neiman would be made or destroyed based on his performance. Neiman attempted to play along with the unfamiliar songs, but couldn't. He decided to prove his talent by playing Caravan. This impressed Fletcher who was angry at first but came to respect Neiman and help him out.

New this month Answer: 1) Fletcher recruited Neiman to attempt to humiliate him publicly. 2) Yes, he purposefully set Neiman up. He reveals to him before the performance that he is aware Neiman testified against him. He doesn't care whether or not the performance will make him look bad, he is out for revenge. 3) Neiman turns the tables on Fletcher by playing "Caravan" instead of the song the rest of the band is playing. "Caravan" is the song Neiman failed to play properly after his car accident. Fletcher, finally showing a modicum of true respect for Neiman, then smiles at him acknowledging his talent and his tenacity.

BaconIsMyBFF

New this month Question: What happened to the limo on the curb of the toy store after Kevin got out? Why did the limo driver leave him there?

adamtrainman@aol.com

New this month Answer: During that time, the hotel found out the credit card Kevin used was stolen. So since they were the ones who got the limo for Kevin, it's safe to assume they also called it back.

lartaker1975

New this month Answer: The limo company may have only had an agreement with the hotel to take Kevin to one destination of his choosing or to drive him around for a certain amount of time.

Phaneron Premium member

New this month Question: In the final battle, as the IOI people are killed by Chucky, their pods turn red, they bail out, run to different red pods, which turn white again, and they're back in the fight. Why can't they just stay in their initial pods and re-enter the fight?

Jon Sandys Premium member

New this month Answer: The red pods probably need to be reset for a new player first, which takes longer than going into a new pod.

lionhead

New this month Question: When Constantine asks to use the chair to go surfing, why does it need to face East?

New this month Answer: That's probably got to do with the spinning of the earth, to face the side where the sun rises so you are basically sitting forwards, the same direction the earth is spinning in, possibly making it easier to "surf" (like with a wave). Either that or it's associated with facing Mecca like in Islamic religion.

lionhead

New this month Question: At first, the football team doesn't realise that they died. So why do they think that Juno is their coach?

New this month Answer: They are very confused and probably not the sharpest tools in the shed. Juno probably told them they should do what she says and they immediately associated that with a coach.

lionhead

Show generally

New this month Question: What's the name of the episode where Arthur hosts an open house on the Heffernan House?

New this month Answer: S5 E3 "Holy Mackerel."

Jon Sandys Premium member

New this month Question: In the movie, Robert meets a theatre owner and he shows his basement. Why did he get scared and run out?

New this month Answer: It was theorized that the Zodiac Killer had a basement, and not many people in California have basements. Robert's paranoia was just getting the better of him.

Phaneron Premium member

New this month Question: With Kurt's ability to teleport, how was Stryker able to capture and brainwash him into assassinating the president?

New this month Answer: According to X2: X-Men United: The Movie Prequel: Nightcrawler (an official comic book prequel series to the movie), Stryker had his son Jason use his mutant powers to deceive Nightcrawler with an illusion. Nightcrawler thought he was escaping to freedom with the woman he loved but instead was running straight to Stryker's men who immediately placed an inhibitor collar on him and locked him in a cell.

BaconIsMyBFF

New this month Question: What did Palpatine mean when he said to Anakin, "We will watch your career with great interest"?

DFirst1

New this month Answer: Palpatine is the Dark Lord of the Sith and he knows Anakin is highly Force-sensitive. He's planting the seeds of corrupting Anakin to eventually make him his apprentice.

Phaneron Premium member

New this month Question: What is ironic about the people crossing the Rio Grande River at the border of Texas, USA and Mexico?

New this month Answer: It's far more common for people from Mexico to seek a better life by crossing into the United States, rather than the other way around.

Jon Sandys Premium member

New this month Question: If Mr Orange was a cop, why was he so scared when he saw the cops in the bathroom?

raph

New this month Answer: He's not actually in the bathroom. He's telling a story from the perspective of a criminal with bags of drugs on his presence who walks into a bathroom full of cops and this is how he feels in his story.

The_Iceman

New this month Answer: Orange is telling a story to convince the other characters he is a criminal. In that story he is hiding drugs which the police dog can smell. As he tells it he is afraid of getting caught but the police ignore him. Orange has made all this up based on an anecdote from his police buddy but he is trying to make it realistic and entertaining to the rest of the crew.

New this month Question: How did Cinderella's father die?

New this month Answer: A cause of death was never revealed in the movie versions. In the Grimm fairy tale, the father left on a long business trip, but took ill and died during the journey.

raywest Premium member

New this month Question: What happened to the daughter?

New this month Answer: She is killed, and its implied from what he was trying yo do with the wife that he may have raped her before killing her.

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