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Question: The bomb Mugatu had turned out to be a glitter bomb once it exploded onto him. So, is he dead?

Chosen answer: Mugatu was killed when the bomb was hurled back at him.

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Question: We all know The Headmaster and Derek Jr. are gone from the orphanage because The Headmaster is actually the Evil DJ and he kidnapped Derek Jr. But, why exactly is the orphanage in despair and where are the rest of the staff and students?

Question: Watney digs up the plutonium and places it in the rover. Why is the rover so cold later after the HAB blows up?

Chosen answer: He used the RTG to warm the rover on his trip to get Pathfinder. Once he returned he buried it again, since it posed a radiation hazard.

Grumpy Scot

Question: How does Blind Al know Deadpool is trying to remove blood? By smell?

Chosen answer: Yes that would be how she most likely was able to tell.

Question: Why did Bennett smash the wall of his old house?

Gavin Jackson

Answer: He was angry.

Question: Was there a specific reason Mark Hamill got 2nd billing (other than he's Luke Skywalker)? Was the billing order based on how much they each got paid? I don't recall seeing his picture on any The Force Awakens posters and it didn't seem like they needed to add hype to the movie by billing "big name" celebrities. Of course that leads to asking why Hamill reportedly got paid 7 figures for his "role" when the actual stars got less than half or a third of that. I know they're all in unions, so is it a union thing? Or just a better agent thing?

Bishop73

Chosen answer: The actors playing Rey, Finn, Poe, and Kylo Ren were mostly unknown, while Mark Hamill is famous worldwide as both a screen actor and voice actor. The billing order was likely based on their fame and then on their new roles. It's not a union thing, minimum wage in the Screen Actor's Guild is far lower than what they were paid. It's a combination of bigger star, better agent, and the future of the series.

Greg Dwyer

Question: Why does Kylo Ren kidnap Rey? Was it because of how good she was with a lightsaber, or did he do it so Han Solo, Poe and Finn would come looking for her? It just seemed to me that the two of them were having a lightsaber battle, and then he decided to knock her out and take her hostage. Have only seen this movie recently so might have missed something.

Heather Benton Premium member

Chosen answer: She had seen the map that Ren is seeking the droid, BB-8, to acquire. He does not have BB-8, but he does have Rey. So he takes her to extract her memory of the map from her mind with the Force rather than continue spending time and resources attempting to acquire the droid.

Phixius Premium member

Question: In the movie, the stripped down capsule that Mark is in tumbles uncontrollably through space. Admittedly it was a non-standard launch, but since this was the standard return vehicle, how was it intended to rendezvous/dock with the mothership? Wouldn't there be maneuvering thrusters?

Chosen answer: He removed the thrusters to save weight for the launch.

Grumpy Scot

Question: Why is the film titled "Interstellar" when the plot revolves around intergalactic travel?

Charles Austin Miller

Chosen answer: Interstellar means travelling among the stars, no matter which galaxy you're in, which is what was going on. While intergalactic does mean travelling between galaxies, it's more indicative of being in the empty void of space between galaxies, not going from one galaxy to another. And since they travelled by wormhole, they were never really in the empty space.

Bishop73

The Euclid Alternative - S2-E5

Question: Though it comes up in other episodes as well, this one is focused on Sheldon needing a ride everywhere he goes because he can't drive, not to mention his not being welcome on the bus. Of course, this story element would be nonexistent if there was a simple answer, but it does beg the question: Does Pasadena not have taxicabs?

MFWills

Chosen answer: It does. The variable cleanliness of the cab and the habit of taxi drivers to engage customers in small talk would be too much for Sheldon to handle, and not an option for him.

Captain Defenestrator Premium member

Question: This question is more of an overall question for the series. In Half-blood Prince Tom Riddle asks professor Slughorn if it is possible to create 7 horcruxes. In the movie, once the locket is destroyed, Ron says to Harry "3 more to go". If my count is correct, they destroyed the diary, Dumbledore destroyed the ring, and now the locket. That would leave the goblet, the diadem, and Nagini. In total there are only 6, and at this point, neither Harry nor Voldemort know that Harry is the 7th. So basically the question is, if Harry knew that Voldemort Planned on making 7 horcruxes, why do they only search for 6? Is it possible that I am completely overlooking a major plot detail?

Shane Carlson

Chosen answer: Voldemort wanted to divide his soul into seven pieces by making six Horcruxes and leaving one soul shard inside his body. The number seven was considered to be the most significant and powerful number in the magical world. He made six Horcruxes using Tom Riddle's diary, Marvolo Gaunt's Ring, Helga Hufflepuff's cup, Salazar Slytherin's locket, Rowena Ravenclaw's diadem, and Nagini. Harry Potter was also a Horcrux, but that was never Voldemort's intention. He accidentally (and unknowingly) created a seventh (sixth at the time - Nagini came later) Horcrux when he attempted to kill baby Harry. Dumbledore had correctly speculated to Harry that Voldemort's plan was to create six Horcruxes while leaving one soul piece inside his body.

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Question: How did Ramirez know who the DNA on the Joker card belonged to (the commissioner, the judge, and Dent), considering that their DNA would have had to be in the system for comparative analysis? My understanding is that only criminals are in the system. The obvious answer is she had insider information but the bigger question is why would Gordon or any respectable police agency not question this fact?

Chosen answer: It's possible that the Gotham Police Department works differently and most citizens of Gotham are in the system. It's also quite common that everybody involved with the police (commissioners, and former policemen included) has a DNA sample taken in case of accidental crime scene contagion. The judge could be in the system simply because she had her DNA taken as a youth for a small offence.

lionhead

Question: I might be mistaking this question for another movie (but I'm sure it's this one)... when this movie was first released in theaters, I vaguely remember a scene where one crewman yelled "go to commercial" and another crewperson said something like "we already had (some big number) commercials, stand-bys..." and other things in the sentence related to a big delay of the show. When this movie was recently on cable, I watched it and never found this scene in it, but remember this in 1982. Was this scene edited out in recent years, or am I mistaking this scene with another movie?

Question: Where was Castaway filmed?

Chosen answer: Cast Away was filmed on an island called Monuriki. It's part of a group of islands called the Mamanuca Islands, in Fiji.

Question: Was there anything in the film stating why the Jaegers couldn't be remotely controlled? I get the premise of 2 pilots and drifting, but it seems like the robots weren't controlled by cables and wires and the interface could have been off-site, just like piloting drones.

Bishop73

Chosen answer: It is stated that due to the sheer size of the jaegers it is incredibly complex to actually pilot one. So complex that advanced mind-linking technology was developed for the sole purpose of controlling the jaegers in combat. Presumably that complexity necessitates having to actually be inside the jaeger to operate it efficiently. There is also the possibility that drifting technology has a short range or must be hardwired into the technology you wish to control.

BaconIsMyBFF

Question: How did Peter Lake know Beverly's name? It was never given when they first met (at least in the movie). When he rescues her, he calls her by name.

Season 7 generally

Question: I don't understand why Leviathans feed on humans. They were created before humans existed and were locked away before humans existed. Why do they feed on humans?

Chosen answer: God created the Leviathans. These beasts were among God's earliest creations, predating angels and humans. Whereas Death "personally found them entertaining", God worried the beasts would, as Death said, "Chomp the entire petri dish" as they proved to be too strong, too hungry, and too destructive. Sometime after he bound the Darkness, God locked away the Leviathans in Purgatory - which Death reveals as being specifically created to contain Leviathans. In addition, after locking the Leviathans up, God devised a means of killing the Leviathans should they ever escape Purgatory. When He had the Word of God tablets created, God made one for the Leviathans in case they ever escaped, putting instructions for the weapon on the tablet as well as a warning about them. In other words, they feed on humans to make them stronger.

Question: What is the year and trim level of the jeep Cherokee Johnny Depp drives?

Pmillerpower0025

Answer: 1993 Jeep Cherokee Country [XJ].

Question: At the very end, how did the predators not know that their wounded rescuee had an alien inside of him? After all, he was able to see one inside Miller before he was shot by Alexa.

Chosen answer: They simply didn't scan their fallen comrade for a xenomorph. Mostly because he was wearing his mask and they didn't know he had taken it off and been incubated.

lionhead

Question: If Susie's body had been in a bag in the safe, how did people who went into his house (Lindsey when she broke into his house through the basement window) not smell her dead body?

Chosen answer: The only person who went into the basement while the safe was there was Lindsey. The safe was airtight, so the odor at that point would have been contained inside it.

raywest Premium member

New this month Answer: The dog could smell her body even from outside ands he barked and hesitated as he passed near the killers house. Dogs can smell people from a long distance.

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