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Question: While there were various characters being held in a sort of "suspended animation" entwined in the "canker man's" roots/webs, only one was set free (the foster care agent), why? (01:20:35 - 01:24:25)

Answer: We only see her released, but the implication is that the others were, too.

TedStixon

Question: Who is the guy sitting alone on a picnic table in the school courtyard while the girls are singing "Summer Nights"?

Answer: This man is the high school's kitchen staff. He's wearing a blue shirt, beige trousers, and a white apron. All during this lunch scene we can see him in the background in a few shots, while he's collecting students' trays, etc., even before they start singing "Summer Nights." (00:11:15).

Super Grover Premium member

Thank you SO much for this answer! I have recently gone back and looked at the scene, and sure enough - he's a cafeteria worker. What he's doing sitting on the table in the "thinker" pose at the end of "Summer Nights" is another question, altogether. But at least you've answered my question as to who the heck is.

Michael Albert

The Summer Nights scene shows the progression of their lunch - at the end everyone has gone except the pink ladies + classmates. He's probably waiting for them to go so he can clear up, you see him resume work as the girls leave.

Answer: The guy on the table that was just at looking out at the end of "Summer Nights" was John Travolta's brother he was just an extra.

Travolta has 2 older brothers, Sam and Joey, who are also actors and have been involved in the industry. The guy sitting on the table near the end of the song is neither Sam nor Joey.

Answer: I think a school teacher.

Can't be Danny since he was also singing the same song on the bleachers with the guys.

lartaker1975

Question: When Sydney had to walk across the ladder she had to take out her phone to video tape it from her point of view. Why wouldn't she just give the phone to someone in the window to video tape it for her?

Answer: Having to video tape it herself while traversing the ladder makes the task more difficult to perform, thus heightening the risk and suspense.

raywest Premium member

Question: When Borden meets his wife she had a son. By the time she kills herself he is nowhere to be found - where is he?

Question: The last shot in "Batman v Superman" showed the soil on top of Superman's casket beginning to levitate, inferring that Superman was still alive and on the verge of bursting out of his grave. Why then, in this movie, do the other heroes have to exhume his body and use the Motherbox to bring him back to life if the former movie made it clear he wasn't actually dead?

Phaneron Premium member

Chosen answer: It's sort-of a crappy answer, but the truth is... like many sequels, this movie simply ret-cons and "forgets" the last few seconds of the previous film. This happens more often than you'd think. The filmmakers decided that rather than go with the notion that Superman might still be alive as implied by the ending of BvS, they'd instead add in a sequence where he's brought back to life in this one. I'm sure if you really stretched, you could also say that the dirt rising was a hint that he might be able to be brought back or wasn't beyond being saved, and that some of his power still existed somewhere.

Answer: Zack Snyder said "It's always been symbolic of hope and lessons learned." Sounds like it was more of a fourth wall wink nod to the audience than the literal sense he was actually doing it.

DetectiveGadget85

Question: Why was Zendaya considered as one of the "freaks" (like they called them), even though she looked normal?

Answer: I'm pretty sure because she was a person of colour.

Answer: Her brother said people of the time didn't want to see colored people on the stage. It's clear throughout the entire movie that she faces undue discrimination from the public just for not being white.

Answer: There were other people in the circus who were just normal but had amazing abilities.

She was half black and half white.

Question: How does the cop end up in the alternate Silent Hill? Alissa doesn't need her, and she shows up after Rose has already explored a little. I wouldn't expect Alissa to leave the opening to The dark Silent Hill open (not how you trap someone). Furthermore when it shifts from them and the spitting monster to the father and police, the police are already there, how did they not end up in the dark hill?

Answer: It's never explained in the film, but in all likelihood, it's feasible that Alessa brought her into the "fog world" in order to help Rose with her goal. Especially as she likely senses that Cybill is protective of children, and thus would want to help find Sharon. Or she simply was pulled in somehow when she was pursuing Rose. It's difficult to say, since the "rules" for how the town works in the film adaptation are not as clear as the rules from the original video-game, and there are plenty of changes.

Answer: All three died in the wreck. This is how they were able to enter the purgatory version of Silent Hill and why Alessa and Rose returned to their own home to find it similarly deserted.

Phixius Premium member

Nobody died in the car-wreck. This is a fan-theory that got out of control and contradicts not only the sequel (where it's blatantly shown they are alive), but this film's internal logic (which operates on the idea of there being multiple realities/dimensions) and the logic of the video-game source material. (Which similarly operates on the idea of there being multiple realities).

Any word on why Alessa and Rose returned to a home that was shrouded in fog just like Silent Hill, and why they and Christopher could not see one another? They left Silent Hill but remained in the alternate dimension? I'm genuinely curious because this is the first I've heard that their deaths were just a fan theory. I know Alessa was in the sequel, but I just chalked that up to the sequel being a really, really bad film.

Phixius Premium member

The implication at the end of the movie seems to be that Sharon and Dark Alessa merged back together into one person, and she is purposely keeping herself and Rose in the fog-world. While the movie itself isn't clear about why, a common interpretation is that Alessa wants to be together with Rose forever, perhaps to have a mother figure. (Which is definitely keeping with the film's themes of motherhood and the repeated mantra about mother being god in the eyes of a child.) The sequel is admittedly really bad and ret-cons this. But neither film indicates that they died.

TedStixon

Show generally

Question: Why did Voyager seem to have more photon torpedoes than the number of photon torpedoes they said they had?

Dan23

Answer: For the first 4 seasons they kept to the number originally stated and often referred to the number remaining, however by season 5 it was too much of a writing constraint. It is just assumed that they had found somewhere to replenish their supply.

Answer: It most likely represents varying power levels. Think of fire; as its temperature rises, its color changes. Energy weapons are likely similar.

Answer: Tom mentions wanting to join the Federation Naval Patrol. It was a military organization that patrolled the oceans of member planets to provide security as well as explore the oceans.

Bishop73

Question: Sam killed Peter at the end, so he got his life and he became safe. So how did he die on the plane?

Answer: In order to be "safe" you have to kill someone who didn't cheat death. Peter was one of the people who were supposed to die in the bridge collapse so killing him granted Sam nothing.

BaconIsMyBFF

This is in response to the answer. You mention that, to be safe, one has to kill someone who didn't cheat death. Peter was supposed to die in bridge collapse. Sam killed peter. So no gains for Sam. But you missed one point: Prior to being killed, Peter kills Agent block (someone who didn't cheat death) transferring agent's life on Peter. So Peter's life now in the judgment of 'death' should be effectively of someone who didn't cheat death. By extension, if Sam now kills Peter (who can now be deduced to be a clean soul from death's perspectives), Sam should get life of Peter, a person whose slate should be clean in the eyes of death. Why did Sam still die then?

Maybe the cop was supposed to die at the time of the plane blowing up.

The bullet from the gun was meant to kill the girl - he saved her so she dies on the plane, taking everyone down with her.

But by killing the cop, Peter had already paid off his debt to death. Then by killing Peter, Sam should have become safe.

Answer: The Banks' decided to remodel their house.

Answer: I think because he never tried to kill anyone as an elder before Gideon.

Answer: At this point within the series, it remains a mystery. It may, however, be revealed in a future episode.

zendaddy621

Answer: I think it is because they don't have the rights to it. A lot of the songs in episodes on Netflix are different than the originals. For instance, the song playing at the end of Give Me a Sign (Season 2) is different on Netflix than it is on the original episode that airs on TV.

Question: So did Matt really work for the DOJ? Or a different organization (DOD, CIA, etc)?

Answer: Likely CIA as the waiver the agent is forced to sign essentially allows him to operate in the USA. Alejandro doesn't need it as he works for...well you know.

Answer: He doesn't at first because she already has a Cynthia doll of her own. But later when the doll goes missing she gets the new Queen of the World doll. But Spike ends up digging up her which she had buried and gives it back to her so Drew just decides to take the doll back to the store because she had her doll back.

Why can't Drew just let her keep it instead of returning it, even though she wanted it so much like she said to him earlier, so she can have them both?

Trainman

Answer: Because she already had a Cynthia doll of her own. It also depends on how much the doll costs some dolls when they are brand new cost a lot of money.

Answer: Aside from the fact that Hermione is obviously a terrible liar and her dialogue is suspiciously inquisitive for someone who often buys and sells dark artifacts, wizards can use Legilimency to determine if someone is lying.

Greg Dwyer

Legilimency is a rare talent among wizards- only Snape and Voldemort are known to have practiced it openly in the books. It is more likely that Hermoine has no idea how to act like a bad person, let alone a Death Eater.

Answer: Star Station India was a Federation facility located in a sector adjacent to Gamma 7 sector.

raywest Premium member

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