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Question: What exactly was the purpose of the cigarettes? It seems like in order to kill Adam, Lawrence would have to give Adam a "blood soaked" cigarette. If this was how Lawrence was going to kill Adam, then what was the point of the saws and bullets? Also, wouldn't Lawrence be skeptical as a Doctor that something like a blood soaked cigarette would kill Adam while a normal unsoaked one wouldn't kill him? The whole part with the cigarette's leaves many unanswered questions.

Kelsey H.

Chosen answer: The killer knows that, in this early stage, Lawrence is unlikely to really try to kill Adam, and also that he is likely to try and pretend to do so to get out (hence the electrical shock administered to Adam). Thus, the saws and gun are for use later in the game, when things really heat up; the cigarette is there specifically for the ruse Lawrence attempts. Also, the deadly effect of the cigarette is not just the blood, but the fact that the blood is poisoned (or so they are led to believe); hence, if Adam put the poisoned blood in his system, it could very well have killed him if it really were poisoned. Smoking an unsoaked one might kill him with cancer, but that would have taken far too long to do Lawrence any good.

Question: Why does Andy go to Norton (warden) about the information that Tommy provides him rather than see his lawyer? While he may not think Norton would go to the lengths he did to keep him there, what advantage would seeing the warden before a lawyer do?

Lummie Premium member

Chosen answer: You're right--it's a character mistake, but an explainable one. Andy probably figured that because he was doing so much work for the Warden (accounting for dirty money, kickbacks, tax compliance, etc.), that the Warden would use his power to get Andy a new trial. Sounds like a fair trade--Andy makes sure there's no way for anyone to disover the illegality of the laundering, and the Warden gets Andy pardoned. What Andy didn't realize, however, was that the Warden didn't want to risk having Andy, after his pardon & release, reveal the details of the illegal schemes that were going on. So to make sure Andy got the message that he was going nowhere and would reveal nothing, he was give the two months in solitary confinement (as you know from the movie, of course).

Matty Blast

Answer: It was the 1940's to 1960's. Prisoners did not have the same rights and access to the legal system as they do today. Look what happened when a new prisoner cried...In those days all they had to say was "he got out of line and we had to beat him and he died." Prisons were not scrutinized - they were there to hold "bad" people and no one really cared what went on in them.

Question: What was the true sole purpose of the Predator killing people? Was it for sport, some kind of training, or was he sent to earth to do it? Most of all, at the end of the movie, why did he kill himself. He still had some weapons on him so why didn't he use one of them to kill Dutch instead of using his self-destruct device to take them both out?

Answer: Predators appear to be drawn to conflict (as well as heat, which is why it's in a Jungle in the first film and during a heatwave in the second), and they seek out the most challenging prey. Obviously to a predator, a lion or something isn't going to be much trouble, but a heavily armed group of highly trained commandos is a hunt worthy of honour. They are honourable hunters, not just bloodthirsty killers, which is shown when it actively avoids the woman because she is unarmed (and is also shown in Predator 2 ignoring a woman as she is pregnant). It kills itself at the end because it's dying, and it can't do anything else, so go out with a bang, basically. If he had used another weapon to kill Dutch, he'd have died eventually anyway.

Gary O'Reilly

Question: The trivia section mentions Ed saying something about a man called Snakehips, my question is who is Snakehips?

Answer: When they are in the Winchester after Shaun splits up with his girlfriend. Ed is talking about the others in the pub. Snakehips is the guy smoking at the bar.

Cybermoose

Question: How long did Darth Sidious keep Darth Maul, Tyrannus, and Vader on as apprentices?

Cubs Fan

Chosen answer: We have no particularly accurate way of telling how long Maul was his apprentice, although it's stated that Maul was trained as a Sith from a very young age, so it was probably some considerable time. As far as we know, Tyranus became the apprentice after Maul's death, so he held the position for roughly thirteen years. Vader then took over, holding the position until the events of Return of the Jedi, a period of about twenty-two years.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: What are some of the plot points that are covered between Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions within the "Enter the Matrix" video game?

Steph_Jared

Chosen answer: The game covers the retrieval from a post office of the information about the sentinels digging (information we see dropped at a post box in the Animatrix), the escape from the ambush at the start (ie. what's happening inside while Neo fights the agents), Ghost and Niobe getting into the matrix and ending up in a car behind Morpheus, further exploration of the mansion the Keymaker's held in (including more details on the type of program Persephone kills, ie. vampire-like), the destruction of the power plant, and Niobe's arrival at the end in her ship. In terms of specific plot, from memory there's nothing particularly significant - the game fleshes out minor events not seen in the film, but there's no particularly new information.

Jon Sandys Premium member

The Rebirth (3) - S4-E3

Question: What exactly happens to the Decepticons? Because at the end we see Galvatron flying in a ship with a Quintesson, surly the producers could have killed Galvatron, but just leaving us with a cliffhanger that will never be answered? Can someone tell me if anything happened after that?

Answer: The cliffhanger was never followed up on: basically, that's it for these characters!

Daria Sigma

Season 4 generally

Question: Was there a series after the three episodes called 'The rebirth' called Transformers: Headmasters? Because I saw an old video of Transformers in a shop once called that, or is it just 'The rebirth' I saw?

Answer: The Headmasters series was in place of The Rebirth (ignoring its events) it was drawn by the same animation company but translated from Japanese scripts into English without any of the original voice actors returning to their roles, likely Japanese actors with good English and subsequently the translated scripts, and story lines, were terrible. Names didn't match up after translation (Blaster becomes "Billy", Blurr becomes known as "Wally", Jazz is "Marshall", Hot Rod is "Rodimus" (pronounced "Roadimus"), the Matrix becomes "the Power Pack", Spike is "Sparkle", Soundblaster is "New Soundwave", Metroplex is called "Philip", Cerebros is "Fortress", and Fortress Maximus is known as "Spaceship Bruce") So, the resulting series was barely watchable, I bought the whole box set myself several years ago and only ever sat through it once.

Answer: There was a longer Japanese series called 'Headmasters' that ignored Rebirth and took it from there. However, The Rebirth was released on video in some markets as 'Headmasters'. Depending on where and when you saw the video, it's likely Rebirth.

Daria Sigma

Question: When mama said she dreamt of fish last night, her daughter said that it meant either someone was coming or someone was pregnant. Then Faith showed up at the front door. So wasn't Faith really the fish in Mama's dream and not Bird?

Answer: Yes, but it could have easily been both.

T Poston

Question: What is the song playing when Bullseye kills Electra's father. If there were two separate songs, the one when he's riding the motorcycle.

Answer: This was one song, it was "The Man Without Fear"performed by Drowning Pool featuring Rob Zombie.

T Poston

Question: Who's singing "Secret Agent Man" in this film? It's during the 'master of disguises' montage.

Answer: It is sung by Blues Traveler, covering the song originally written by Johnny Rivers (whose version of "Secret Agent Man" was used as the theme song for the Patrick McGoohan TV series "Danger Man").

Cubs Fan

Question: After Zep is killed and before Lawrence leaves the room to get help, why doesn't he take Zep's gun to shoot Adam's chains? They probably didn't know how many bullets were left on the gun, so it's possible that there would have been at least one bullet left?

Answer: Shooting at anything solid like chains or a wall with a gun is never a very good idea. First, it is very unlikely to work, and secondly, the bullet is bound to ricochet seriously injuring one or both of them while leaving the chains untouched.

Myridon

Question: Since Cyclops' optic blast is on 24/7, how can he see anything?

Answer: It seems that it is a very long, drawn out answer that can be found here:http://www.marveldirectory.com/individuals/c/cyclops.htm.

Rlvlk

Question: Why does Susan Storm nose bleed when she uses her powers.

Answer: It's a generally accepted idea that using superpowers (especially force fields/telekinesis) is very draining on the body and mind, and is often seen to cause nosebleeds. Plus, any physically difficult task will cause the same thing if you overexert yourself enough.

James King III

Question: When Buzz is "repairing his ship" and Woody is telling him to stay away from Andy, Buzz is holding a jack in his left hand. What is he supposed to be using the jack for?

Mister Ed

Chosen answer: To jack up the ship so he can fix the bottom.

Bowling255 Premium member

Question: During the course of the film we see the "Tripods" spill out an orange colored liquid. What is that fluid supposed to be?

Answer: The reddish liquid is a defoliant that eradicates indigenous vegetation and reseeds the planet with alien plant life.

raywest Premium member

Question: When Greg, Pam and their parents are in the garden drinking, one of them gets onto the fact that Greg is an only child. Jack says to Greg 'You said you had a sister. You milked your sister's cat'. Then Greg looks at him strangely and looks away. I never get that. Why did he lie about having a sister?

Answer: In Meet the Parents, the film to which this is the sequel, Greg says something about how you can milk anything, even cats "I once milked my sister's cat". Obviously, Greg was clutching at straws and concocted this story about his fictious sister's cat to try get out of it. Of course, Jack being a former CIA man picked up on this.

SexyIrishLeprechaun

Answer: Greg is also a nurse so the head nurse tends to be called a sister.

Show generally

Question: What is the DAR that Emily always talks about?

Answer: Daughters of the American Revolution is an organization for women. Part of the membership requirements is that you have to prove that one of your ancestors was a "Patriot of the American Revolution", i.e. in America back in the 1770's and working on the American side. Stereotypically (not true but assumed), the membership are upper-class snobs like Emily.

Myridon

Question: Considering that only Obi-Wan, Yoda, and Bail Organa knew the truth about Luke and Leia's existence, do we know if Bail told his wife about the truth of Leia's background? Also, in episode IV, when Owen says, "That's what I'm afraid of," in response to Beru's comment that Luke has too much of his father in him, it seems to imply that he knows that Anakin is Vader, and that Vader is Luke's father. So how much of Luke's background did Obi-Wan reveal to Owen and Beru?

Answer: I think it's fairly unlikely that Obi-Wan told Owen and Beru everything - had he told them the truth, they might well have refused to take Luke. Owen is obviously aware that Anakin was a Jedi Knight, from their encounter in Episode 2, and he's also aware that the Jedi have been hunted down and exterminated. With this in mind, a more likely interpretation of his statement is that he worries that Luke will learn about his true heritage somehow and start learning about the Force. This could easily have the effect of bringing him to the attention of the Empire, which would probably end with his death. Owen's simply concerned that he'll get himself killed on some adventure or other, which is probably what he thinks happened to Anakin.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: In the opening credits, Vanessa Ferlito is listed as a cast member. In the end credits, she is listed as Louise. I looked up Vanessa on IMDB, and didn't recognize her from anywhere in the movie. So, just who is Louise?

Answer: She is one of Mary-Jane's co-stars in the Play she stars in.

XIII

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