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Question: After shutting down their business in delivering babies, why didn't the storks destroy the baby-manufacturing factory?

Johman

Chosen answer: It could have been for a number of reasons. It would be expensive and time consuming to completely dismantle and remove a large piece of machinery. It may have been something that was being delayed until a later time or was to be sold. Perhaps the machinery, after retooling, would be reused for another purpose, and so on.

raywest

Question: The Dark Lord Darth Vader has no military rank, he only answers to the Emperor. So, why do admirals give him orders that he obeys?

Charles Austin Miller

Chosen answer: Tarkin is a Grand Moff. He is in command of the Death Star. He has full authority on board the station, so Vader obeys him. In reality, they are of fairly equivalent rank, but Vader's respect for Tarkin allows him to follow his orders.

Question: Is the entire movie through the eyes of Blaire or the computer?

Chosen answer: Given the scene at the end of the film (the computer slams shut and Laura attacks Blaire) is in a POV, it should be assumed that it takes place through the eyes of Blaire.

TRENCH117

Question: What was the explanation for Princess Leia changing from an American accent to a bad British accent and back to an American again during "A New Hope"? Was this simply a case of bad acting and sloppy editing, or was Leia actually mocking Tarkin's British accent (which doesn't seem very dignified for a Princess)?

Charles Austin Miller

Chosen answer: In-universe, the accent Tarkin has (and that Leia starts with) is the Coruscanti accent. The one she uses later is an Alderaan accent. In reality, Carrie Fisher had been living in Britain for a while before production started and had picked up a slight accent, which she lost as production continued.

Greg Dwyer

Question: During the final fight between Anakin and Obi Wan, at one point Anakin has Obi Wan in a choke hold and seems to mouth something as he is pushing down further. Is he just doing that as he's exerting more force into the hold, or does he possibly say something, and if so what does he say?

Chosen answer: He is making sounds as he is exerting force. He doesn't say anything.

lionhead

Question: In "Empire Strikes Back", when Vader reveals that he is Luke's father, he tells Luke to search his feelings and sense the truth. Luke is able to do this after a limited amount of Jedi training. How come Anakin calls Padme a "liar" on Mustafar, despite spending more than half of his life (at the time) as a Jedi? Shouldn't he have known that she was telling the truth?

Chosen answer: By the time Anakin calls Padme a liar, he had begun his descent into the Dark Side and was becoming much darker as a person. As soon as he saw Obi-Wan, he immediately jumped straight to the conclusion that she had lied to him without putting any real thought into the scenario, so the likely explanation is that, in his anger and darkness, he did not really bother to sense her feelings and he just assumed that she brought Obi-Wan to Mustafar to kill Anakin. If he was much more calm and spent a few seconds to sense her feelings a little, it would have been more likely for him to discover that she was telling the truth, but by that point, he was much closer to the Dark Side for him to do that.

Casual Person

Question: Why did Harry and Ron bring Lockhart with them to the chamber of secrets? Did they really think he'd be any use? Especially after they found out he was a fraud?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Chosen answer: They couldn't leave him alone after finding out he was a fraud or he would tell the other teachers and lie about them and have them in detention before they would be able to enter the chamber themselves. They were in a hurry to save Ginny so they needed to bring him with them.

lionhead

Question: Both the movie and book make it seem like Harry did a merciful act by sparing Peter Pettigrew's life and trying to take him to the Dementors instead. It even created a life debt that made Peter hesitate to kill Harry later on (during the "Deathly Hallows" events). But having your soul removed by a Dementor is supposed to be a fate worse than death. How has Harry been merciful at all?

Chosen answer: It wasn't about his being merciful. Harry knew that Pettigrew needed to be alive long enough so he could exonerate Sirius Black by confessing his part in the crime. Sirius had been wrongly accused.

raywest

Question: When Lando goes to check on Han after being encased in carbonite, he touches a panel on the side. What did he do to Han's "carbon case" after handling the panel?

Chosen answer: He was checking the control panel readings that indicates whether or not Han survived the process.

raywest

Question: Why was Han Solo ever promoted to general, given that he typically ran from a fight?

Charles Austin Miller

Chosen answer: First off, he didn't always run from a fight. He was a prominent member of the Rebellion and excellent pilot and underworld contact. Second, he was one of the heroes of the Battle of Yavin and several other battles. This is going to get him influence. Third, a general needs to be someone with the courage to run away and not keep after a lost cause, especially as outgunned as the Rebels were.

Greg Dwyer

Question: If all of the staff knew that Gilderoy Lockhart was a fraud, then why would they let him teach at Hogwarts?

Chosen answer: One of the running bits throughout the series was that no Defense Against the Dark Arts teachers lasted longer than one year. Few wanted or would apply for the job. Professor Snape always wanted it, but Dumbledore would not consider him, ostensibly due to his dark history, but also for other reasons. Lockhart was the only other applicant for that year and he was better than nothing. The extent of Lockhart's fraud wasn't known yet.

raywest

Question: When Harry sees into the past of Dumbledore's meeting with young Tom Riddle, Tom admits that he hurts people if they are mean to him. Since Tom openly admits this with obviously no guilt or remorse, why would Dumbledore take him to Hogwarts to learn magic instead of leaving him at the orphanage?

Chosen answer: Leaving an untrained young wizard, who obviously has some behavioral issues and has no idea he is magical, alone in the Muggle world would be extremely dangerous. Dumbledore does not yet know that Riddle will become evil, but like any teacher, he wants to give a troubled youth an opportunity to find a new path in life.

raywest

Question: Why were there no rings exchanged during Bernard and Lydia's wedding ceremony?

Chosen answer: The priest had so mangled the entire ceremony that this was just one more blunder.

raywest

Question: What car does Brian drive in the beginning before it is blown up?

Chosen answer: It was a Mitsubishi Exclipse RS.

Question: Does anybody know anything about the song that Ivy sings to her sister? The lyrics, who wrote it, or anything?

Chosen answer: This is an old lullaby, called "Baby, Sleep." Submitted for publication by Jennie Joy in 'Golden Hours: A Magazine for Boys and Girls, Volume 9 (January 1877). Full lyrics: Baby, sleep, softly sleep, 'Neath the shadows cool and deep; Gently rest, sweetly rest, In the cradle nest: Homeward hies the drowsy bee, And the cricket dreamily Chirps a tune to the moon Smiling down on thee. Baby, dream, sleep and dream; Lilies slumber on the stream; Blossoms fair scent the air, Nodding every-where; All the winds are hushed and still In their caverns 'neath the hill; And the day bears away Noise of shop and mill. Baby, sleep, gently sleep, Life is long and love is deep; Time there'll be, sweet, for thee All the world to see- Time to look about and know How the shadows come and go, How the breeze stirs the trees, How the blossoms grow. Baby, rest, softly rest, Pillowed in thy cradle nest; Bird and bee, flower and tree, Waft sweet dreams on thee; Soon the little stars will creep To their places, and will keep Vigils bright through the night, O'er they slumbers deep.

Question: What is the name of the song being played in the background when Raymond is destroying the 4x4?

The_Iceman

Chosen answer: It's "I Check My Bank" by Sir Mix-A-Lot.

Bishop73

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Question: Why did Gus kill Victor?

The_Iceman

Chosen answer: There are several possibilities. Gus primarily does it to make an example out of Victor. Victor is one of Gus' most loyal henchman, and yet he had no problem killing him. Meaning it doesn't matter how loyal or valuable Walt is, he can still be killed and it won't bother Gus. However, Walt tells Jesse that perhaps Victor "flew too close to the sun." Meaning, Victor over stepped his bounds by learning how to cook meth. Gus didn't appreciate Victor's initiative and Gus only wants his employees to do the job they're given. Again, telling Walt and Jesse to do their job or else.

Bishop73

I think it was a combination of anger over Gayle's death and Victor being seen by witnesses makes Victor very vulnerable and therefore a dangerous liability to Fringe's empire.

Question: Why did Vader cut off Luke's hand? It seems like a strange thing to do right before you request that someone join you.

Chosen answer: The intent was to disarm Luke and end the fight and prevent Luke from gaining the upper hand (no pun intended). As seen at the end of the film, Luke received a new prosthetic hand that was nearly as proficient as his real one. There is also a bit of symbolism here. Vader had been severely mutilated by Obi Wan many years before, resulting him becoming more machine than man. As Palpatine later attempts to sway Luke to the Dark Side, Luke's lost hand serves to remind him that he could easily become a monster like his father.

raywest

Question: What happened to Sue at the end? Has she gone insane or there was a revenge plot from Carrie? What does the bloody arm from the hospital mean?

Chosen answer: She had just woken up from a nightmare in which she went to Carrie's funeral. In the nightmare, as Sue is bending down to put flowers on Carrie's grave, Carrie's hand comes out of the ground and grabs Sue's arm.

Question: What does Will Ferrell say to Mark Wahlberg in the scene at the fertility clinic, when Wahlberg first takes his pants down? Farrell makes a few remarks about the size of his genitals.

Chosen answer: He says, "James and the Giant Peach."

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