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Question: Every ship in the fleet has got an EMP, why didn't they build one at the platform?

Chosen answer: They never wanted to have the possibility of it getting set off accidentally, as it would render the entire dock area (and possible more) inert instantly. In fact, they probably weren't terribly prepared for the Sentinels ever to find/reach their location. In 100 years, they hadn't yet.

Rooster of Doom

When You Wish Upon a Weinstein - S3-E22

Question: Cartoon network said in a commercial that they had to change one word in Peter's song in this episode ("I need a Jew tonight") so they could air it. They also say that the DVD really says the word they couldn't air. My question is, what did Peter really say in the song and what else was changed to make this episode airworthy?

Chosen answer: The original line was "Even though they killed our Lord". This was changed to "I don't think they killed our Lord".

Question: Who plays the guy who goes to America and comes back with the two girls? I'm sure I've seen him before, but I can't remember in which movies.

nightline

Chosen answer: I'm not sure if he's done any movies but he's called Kris Marshall, and is in a British sitcom called My Family starring Robert Lindsay and Zoe Wanamaker. He plays Nick, the hilariously ditzy eldest son. He's also in The Four Feathers with Heath Ledger.

Question: Adrian Ricard is credited as Buddy's mother Rose Rydell. How come she doesn't appear in the movie? Has she been cut out of the one-and-half-hour DVD version?

NancyFelix

Chosen answer: Yes, there is a deleted scene where Adam, and Jack visit her in the hospital. I'd also like to say that on the DVD, there is a section with all the deleted scenes from the movie, including the bizarre visit to his whacko mom.

Question: Does the word "Merovingian" actually mean something?

Chosen answer: Dictionary.com lists "A Frankish ruling dynasty (c. A.D. 450-751) founded by Merovech (fl. fifth century) and brought to prominence by Clovis I." The Merovingian family believe they are direct descendents of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdeline.

Question: When Cypher is about to betray the team he calls Tank and talks about the car crash: 'All of a sudden BOOM.' Did the agents set it up? How did they know where they'd be escaping from, given the humans weren't expecting to leave so quickly?

Chosen answer: The agents are aware of everything, via their earpieces. When informed that their "inside man" was captured by the police, one could easily possess the police van's driver and deliberately wreck it so Cypher could escape.

Grumpy Scot

Question: I never really got the line "it came with a black dude, but he kept getting pulled over". What was so funny?

Piemanmoo

Chosen answer: It's referring to the innate racial prejudice some people have - an inflatable black guy driving a nice car got pulled over, whereas an inflatable white guy had no problems.

Question: I know that in the movie you never get to know, and I've read almost every theory, but has anyone answered, once and for all, officially, what's in the briefcase?

Chosen answer: No one will ever know. Quentin Tarantino has even said so in interviews. It's supposed to be a classic 'McGuffin' - a term spawned by Hitchcock to describe an object on which the plot hinges without being important to the outside viewers.

Ral0618

Question: After Neo beats Smith, what is stopping the machines from destroying Zion anyway? It's not like they can't go back on their word.

Chosen answer: Twice we see reference to an intriguing quality about machines: they apparently can't break their promises. The Frenchman is trusted in the "Hell" scene when he promises the three safe passage (if anyone is NOT to be trusted, it is him), and the architect's last line "what do you think I am, human?" reflects that same idea - a human would betray his word, a machine wouldn't.

Grumpy Scot

Question: What is the symbolizim of the church at the end of the film? Could it be Heaven? but if you actually believe in Heaven then you might not think that some of those people will be going there. Another possibility is that it could be, well, places in the heart.

Chosen answer: I think the church represents three things: one, showing that we're all one with God, whether we're alive or dead. Two, that those that have died are still in the memories of those that are living (places in the heart). And three, forgiveness, as shown in the last shot with Mr. Spaulding and the kid who killed him.

Krista

Question: Does anyone know what Enid writes with her finger on the dusty antique record player?

Chosen answer: Her name.

jle

Question: Commander Lock states that he wants to use all the APCs, half the infantry and any volunteers to defend the dock. I was wondering why half the infantry apparently consists of four people carrying a grand total of two rocket launchers. (And . These guys could be taken out by red hot ejected shell casings from one of the other APCs. Even hockey players wear visors.

Chosen answer: The answer is simple. The rocket launcher carriers are all volunteers, the half infantry is the group of people with electro-guns that are behind the doors where the ammo is stored, you can also see them in a large group just as the machines stop attacking. In regards to the A.P.U. (they are not called A.P.C.s) question, the people of Zion probably would not have the needed technology or resources for the extra protection. Anyway, why put up a window to 'protect' them? If it smashed (and it almost certainly would), the driver would be showered with sharp, hot shards of glass or something, putting him in more danger. Plus, it probably would obscure his vision and restrict his movement. It's also shown in the Animatrix that machines would have no problem removing such a cover.

The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate - S1-E1

Question: In the very first episode, there is a scene in which Ross is in his apartment, talking to Joey and Chandler about his failed marriage to Carol, and is worried that there is only 'one woman' for everyone. Joey encourages him to 'grab a spoon' - to which Ross replies: 'Do you know how long it's been since I grabbed a spoon? Do the words 'Billy don't be a hero mean anything to you'? Well the words 'Billy don't be hero' mean very little to me, so I'd be grateful if somebody could fill me in on this. Thanks.

JoeyJoeJoe

Chosen answer: It's a song released in 1974, earlier than he met Carol (1988) but he's probably exaggerating for comic effect - it's been that long since he grabbed a spoon. It also means that he is unadventurous and too scared to 'grab a spoon' and take the opprtunity. The song was about a kid in the war who wanted to be the hero and get up and fight.

Ral0618

Question: The Welcome Wagon helicopter brings a message in lights. Exactly how would that work, how do different light patterns communicate any message and who decided what patterns there would be?

Chosen answer: The pattern of lights shows that we are an intelligent race. The lights would show a pattern and then become random. There isn't a message to speak of, but a demonstration of our intellect. Scientist would normally use the lights to represent a scientific equation or something of that nature. The aliens would respond by either mimicing the patterns, or producing a variation of the pattern we showed them.

Timothy Cheseborough

Question: Gandalf says "three hundred of the lives of men.... etc." does he mean he is that old? I have not read the book, but plan to.

Sol Parker

Chosen answer: "Three hundred lives of Men I've walked this earth, and, now, I have no time." That is an implication of his age. This isn't, though, referring to how long he's been walking the earth as the wizard Gandalf. From the book: "Olorin I was in the days of my youth in the West", Gandalf came to Middle-Earth about a thousand years into the third age, yet he was a Maia, and is much older. He has only been in human form for about 2000 years.

cullothiel

Question: How does Will get out of the sinking Interceptor? He is stuck there, it's full of water. Several minutes later (it must be some time later, because the Black Pearl had time to move away) the ship explodes, and Will shows up. How did he do that?

nightline

Chosen answer: Heavy objects are easier to lift when submerged in water. It is quite possible that once submerged, he was able to lift a hatch that he was not able to do before.

Scrappy

Question: This film is also known as ID4. What's the relevance in this (or am I missing something big)?

Phil Watts

Chosen answer: ID stands for Independence Day and in the US, Independence Day is on July 4th.

shortdanzr

You Only Move Twice - S8-E2

Question: When the Simpsons are walking down the street and stop outside the sport store Bart says something like "Wow, a baseball made entirely of secretariat" Not sure of the spelling but what's secretariat?

troy fox

Chosen answer: A famous race horse.

J I Cohen

Question: Why does the woman with the dreams attach so much importance to the creature's number plate?

Chosen answer: Because the number plate is BEATNGU which translates to Be Eating You, foreshadowing what will happen to Darry.

troy fox

Question: Is it me or after Owen says shut up to C3P0, he says to Owen shut up, sir?

Dr Wilson

Chosen answer: No, he says "Shutting up, sir."

tromatic

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