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Question: When Sauron spots Frodo on the plains of Gorgoroth, Sam screams 'Frodo. Get down.' and Frodo falls limp on the ground. Then Sauron just turns his eye away to the north (the black gate attack). Seeing as he knows the Ring is in the hands of a hobbit, and he has just seen two hobbits in his land, why doesn't he stop them (for example, call for the winged Nazgul)?

Chosen answer: One of the reasons that Aragorn decided to charge the Black Gate (which is not really mentioned in the movie but is in the book) is because he intended Sauron to believe that he had the ring. Sauron would undoubtedly assume that nobody would attack Mordor with such a small army unless they had the ring themselves.

Garlonuss Premium member

Question: What is the "flightless cormorant" that the doctor discovers in the Galapagos Islands? (It appears to be a dodo, which had already been extinct for more than 150 years.)

Chosen answer: "The "flightless cormorant" that the doctor discovers in the Galapagos Islands" is a Galapagos Flightless Cormorant (see http://www.rit.edu/~rhrsbi/GalapagosPages/Cormorant.html). In my opinion, it looks nothing at all like a Dodo (see http://www.nature.ca/notebooks/english/dodo.htm).

J I Cohen

Crossroads - S1-E5

Question: How exactly do the M1 Garands work? I noticed that after the clip is emptied a metal type plate comes out the top of the rifle, what is that?

Chosen answer: That actually is the clip. It is loaded into the top of the rifle, and is ejected with the last round. See http://www.wwiitech.net/main/usa/weapons/m1/.

J I Cohen

Question: What is the translation for The Rock's line, "Haku Machente"?

Chosen answer: He says that it means 'it's as hot as hell'.

Question: Why does Danny constantly repeat the phrase "Redrum" once Tony has taken over him?

Chosen answer: Redrum is murder spelled backwards.

Grumpy Scot

Question: In the trivia section it says that Tolkein's great-grandson has a cameo appearance in the film as a Gondorian ranger. Where abouts in the film is this?

Chosen answer: Royd Tolkien is seen during the Osgiliath sequence - he says that he's visible handing out spears. A picture of him, with friend and business partner Justin Nicholls, both in costume, can be found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/northeast/guides/halloffame/showbiz/royd_tolkien.shtml. As his role was created at the last minute, Royd is actually wearing Viggo Mortensen's Aragorn wig.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: I don't remember a choir in the book. Was it added or is it actually in the book somewhere? If it was in the book, where was it?

Chosen answer: No choir in the book. It was added for the film.

Grumpy Scot

Question: Does anyone know why Dracula calls Van Helsing "Gabriel" throughout the film?

Chosen answer: Gabriel is the true name of the character described elsewhere as the Left Hand of God, responsible for Dracula's original death. Dracula uses this to try to remind Van Helsing of their history together. The implication is that Van Helsing is actually the archangel Gabriel, credited with (among other things) announcing the pending birth of Christ to Mary his mother, Joseph his father, and Elizabeth mother of John the Baptist.

Phoenix

Question: In the flashback scene in the bar, Striker throws his hat, but it comes back to him like a boomerang. He then throws his jacket, and it also comes back to him like a boomerang, but this time you can see the hand that throws it at him. Is the hand a crew member's, or it is intended to be somebody throwing it back at him?

Jackie Menechino

Chosen answer: Too hard to say - potentially both. I'm guessing the hand wasn't meant to be seen, but at the same time there's no reason why someone couldn't have just hurled hat back at him, so seeing the hand isn't really a mistake.

Question: When the jeeps are outside the t-rex paddock there is a sign on the concrete wall with the word NO written on it, the rest of the sign is too small to read. What does it say?

Chosen answer: On the DVD it says, "Feeding, Flash Photography, Yelling", from top to bottom.

Pilot - S1-E1

Question: When they're flying on the plane, Scully starts breathing deeply and looks like she's afraid of flying. Has this ever been explained later? In all the later episodes, they never say she was afraid of flying.

Chosen answer: She's afraid in this scene because the plane has encountered turbulace and is diving down. No fear of flying has ever been mentioned.

Question: Three guys made up the offensive line that was affectionately nicknamed the "Coneheads" after the classic Saturday Night Live skits from the late 70s. What specifically caused them to earn this nickname? What's the connection between those three guys and the Coneheads from Saturday Night Live? The assistant coach starts to give an explanation, but doesn't elaborate enough to offer a clear answer.

Matty Blast

Chosen answer: The "Coneheads" (John Harrington, Mark Pavelich and Buzz Schneider) all were from the same area in Minnesota. Naturally, they gravitated together and would often be found working on plays around orange pylon cones at the end of the rink - hence the "Coneheads" nickname.

Question: What's the name of the "Van Helsing theme"? I'm talking about the song that plays three or four times during the movie in scenes heavily featuring Van Helsing (the beginning scene in France or the very end, for example). It's the one that has something similar to a Spanish guitar very noticeably playing from time to time.

Chosen answer: There are actually two tracks on the soundtrack you can choose from. "Journey to Transylvania" and "Transylvanian Horses" both feature the Spanish Guitar and are featured in the movie. Both songs are by Alan Silvestri. Just note that "Transylvanian Horses" is longer than "Journey To Transylvania" seeing as though the "Journey" track is only approx 1.5 min long.

Question: Where are Baboo, Squat and Finster?

Chosen answer: They weren't even considered to appear in the movie considering there were so many other changes (different suits, new Command Centre etc). Also the movie has been widely accepted as out of continuity with the TV show, so their disappearance doesn't really mean much.

Question: How old are Lizzie, Gordo and all their classmates meant to be in the film?

Chosen answer: In the TV show, they are 13-14 years old. Assuming this is after the TV show, and we never see Lizzie, Gordo or Miranda celebrating their 14th birthdays (we see Kate celebrating her '14th' birthday and Gordo celebrating his Bar Mitzfah a year late), Lizzie and Miranda are 13-14, Gordo is 14 and Kate is 15 (it is mentioned in an earlier episode that she was held back a year in Kindergarten.) This is only an assumption, due to the TV show.

Something Wicca This Way Comes - S1-E1

Question: Is there any way to watch this episode with Lori Rom in it?

Chosen answer: You can actually download the Pilot Episode in which Lori Rom was in it. It's available @ /server irc.irchighway.net on channels #tv-central, #charmed-episodes, #thesoureofcharmed (requires registered nick).

Show generally

Question: During the opening sequence, there are side shots of the incoming choppers that make the choppers appear to be flying backwards. When you see the choppers from the ground, they are flying forwards. Was this intentional?

Chosen answer: The first shot, that looks like the helicopter are moving backwards is a shot within a helicopter. The helicopter that is filming is moving faster than the others making it appear that the others are going in reverse.

Question: Is the clan language American sign language, some other sign language or made up?

Chosen answer: Completely made up. It was too difficult to teach all the actors ASL.

Question: I understand that certain changes need to be made when adapting a book to the screen, but can anyone tell me the reason why they so radically changed an ending which would have worked fine as it was in the book?

Chosen answer: The only reason I (and anyone I asked) could find was that, as usual, they discarded the ending though emotionally intense for the sake of another climax full of physical violence after the belief that this is the type of endings people prefer in the movies. Really sad indeed.

Question: On the DVD where are the hidden easter eggs, e.g. the gag reel?

Chosen answer: Go to Special Features, and choose the first feature (but don't select it). Then, click left on your remote, and a small picture of a Mini Cooper should appear above the list. Select that, and you'll get to the gag reel.

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