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Question: Where does Richard come up with the "Atlas of Limb Prostheses" that he's studying at the Polish woman's house? You don't just go to the library and find that, and you need a library card if they had it. Probably an expensive book and his funds are limited.

Answer: In addition, if it was outdated he could have found it at a used book store for nothing. Medical libraries and college bookstores only keep the most updated books on hand and sell old versions cheap.

Brian Katcher

Answer: He may not have a library card, but he could have smuggled the book out of a library. Being that Richard is a doctor, he'd know where to find medical books, including used ones, that he could access. There are several medical schools in Chicago which would naturally have extensive libraries. There would also be bookstores near those universities that sell new and used textbooks. Richard could have taken the book from one of those.

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Question: What song is playing as Christine is crushing Darnell against the steering wheel?

Answer: "I've Got A Girl Named Boney Maroney" by Larry Williams.

Question: In the Extended Edition, John Connor is depicted as a senator whilst Sarah observes happily nearby. After all the deadly shootouts and chases, how did two of the most wanted individuals in the whole country (based on sheer destruction, especially against police) manage to get off free, and even get involved in politics? Sarah would've surely gone back to the secure hospital, and John put back into foster care. Or did they somehow convince everyone the Terminator existed after all?

DEvans

Answer: These questions and more are the reason the ending was changed to one where the future is left uncertain.

Captain Defenestrator

Question: 1) If a commanding officer orders you to do something but what they ask you makes no logical sense should you still do it? I'm of course referring to Apone ordering his people to get rid of their ammo. And what are the repercussions for NOT obeying the order? 2) Why wouldn't they check for aliens coming on the ceiling? Wouldn't the ceiling ducts show up on the blueprints they looked over earlier?

Answer: 1) Of course they are supposed to obey orders. Superiors don't usually completely explain the full reason why they give a specific order, it takes too long. That's why soldiers are trained to obey orders, no questions asked. You can see what happens when soldiers don't obey orders, because they had a good reason to tell them not to fire their guns, and they got lucky they didn't hit anything that could compromise the reactor. Insubordination is a serious offense. But since these are fictional space marines we can't really know what the repercussions would be. 2) The aliens didn't come through any ducts. They were hiding in the walls, which had a similar structure and colour as their bodies (logical since they made it). The marines didn't know the aliens would be so stealthy and smart to hide in the walls. They were there for search and rescue and weren't ready to face the aliens, since they hardly knew anything about them.

lionhead

I think the second part of the question is referring to the scene where Hicks checks in the drop ceiling and finds aliens there. The poster is asking how come the drop ceiling doesn't show up on the blueprints.

BaconIsMyBFF

Question: How could Stan and the train driver still be alive in such extreme heat and with lava just underneath them? Shouldn't it destroy their lungs? Shouldn't they get incinerated by the extreme heat of magma?

Answer: Yes, the chances of surviving those circumstances is completely impossible. Not just the heat, but also toxic fumes which will incapacitate you very quickly. At one point the soles of his shoes were melting, at that point you would have been dead. It's a heroic scene, but not very believable.

lionhead

Question: Why was Dr. Grant so dismissive of Tim when they first met? I can understand Grant being annoyed with the bratty kid at the dig site but Tim showed a genuine interest in dinosaurs and even mentioned he'd read Grant's book.

Answer: Dr. Grant doesn't like kids. Any kids.

lionhead

That was an issue between him and Ellie Sattler, who wanted to have a family, while he did not. She eventually married someone else and had kids.

raywest Premium member

Answer: Yes. After stabbing Maximus and later fighting him in the arena, Commodus knew that despite Maximus' weakened condition, he was unable to beat him especially since Maximus is a better fighter and Commodus was desperate to kill him. He took the knife that he used to stab Maximus with in hopes of succeeding but Maximus was able to turn the knife on Commodus instead.

Question: Alastor Moody has searched Snape's office, supposedly because Dumbledore instructed him to. Snape says "'I refuse to believe that he gave you orders to search my office!'" So why did Snape allow him to search it, and why did he not ask Dumbledore about it?

Answer: Moody is known as a wizard you do not mess with, he has the nickname "Mad" for a reason. We also don't know that Snape didn't ask Dumbledore about this, especially since we know from later books they were very privately working together in a way not mentioned in earlier books. It's possible he did and it may have made them a little suspicious, but obviously not enough to assume Moody is not who he says he is yet.

Question: What was the reason for the kidnapping?

Answer: Two reasons, as Draisen said, he was tired of working for wealthy clients, while he worked for peanuts, Plus he lusted after Helen Downing and knew she wouldn't go with him without a fortune.

Question: How did Cecilia manage to change so quickly during that final dinner, especially after she put on the invisibility suit, killed Adrian, then changed back into her little black dress so quickly? I would image the suit would have been so difficult to wear and remove. (01:13:00)

Answer: A couple things... when she pulled the mask off Adrian's brother earlier, the suit seemed pretty thin and flexible, so I can't imagine it's all that difficult to put on and remove. It'd probably be like slipping on some coveralls. It would defeat the whole purpose of the suit if it was hard to put on, wear and use. I also don't think she necessarily needed to take the time to completely change. Her dress is small enough that she could honestly probably just slip the suit on over it. Finally, it's really not uncommon for movies to "compress time" a bit by cutting scenes shorter. You could easily make an argument that we're simply not seeing everything in "real time." Why waste an extra 30 seconds just showing Adrian lying on the floor bleeding? It'd totally kill the pacing of the scene.

TedStixon

Question: Red is involved in weapons smuggling but why would he hijack the rig that Jack was driving if the weapons were supposed to be delivered to Cutler?

Question: I have always wondered why the entire senior bridge crew beam down to Khitomer at the end of the movie - (1) this crew is already senior - you would expect some junior crew members to come as support even in the series episodes, they always brought the "red shirts" to do at least some of the dirty work or act as security escorts; and (2) Who's left flying the ship?

Answer: The logical reason is that this is the final movie with the original cast. The plot is written so that they all have a heroic climatic moment, are shown to still share a strong united bond, and are all together before bidding Star Trek fans farewell. It was a fitting and satisfying ending to their long participation in the ST franchise. There would certainly be plenty of crew aboard the Enterprise to fly it.

raywest Premium member

They've uncovered an assassination conspiracy with one of their own senior officers is involved, and she enlisted the help of two jr. Crewman. The plan would be classified to bridge crew only in case there were more crew involved. As for the ship, if they're in standard orbit, the computers can maintain that with very few crew on the bridge.

Answer: To answer question #2: nobody! When we see the senior officers return to the bridge, it is completely deserted.

TonyPH

That doesn't mean there was no-one on the bridge while the senior crew were on the planet. They may just have exited the bridge prior to Kirk and the others stepping back on. Also, bridge control can be transferred to engineering and the ship flown from there while in orbit. I would emphasize again that the scene was written without other crew being seen solely to focus on the original cast members one final time. It's their moment, so a bit of artistic license was appropriate.

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Question: When Jimmy says: "fell asleep on the train, wound up in bloody Neasden" was that possible in 1964, as the Jubilee line didn't open till 1979? Was there a different train station in Neasdon at the time?

Question: Why isn't Chong-Li disqualified for any of the times he puts his hands on the referee?

Phaneron Premium member

Answer: In the Kumite contact with the referee is apparently not illegal.

BaconIsMyBFF

Question: Can anyone please tell me what is the song, and the artist/band playing during the movie credits? Thank you.

Answer: If you're talking about the opening credits, it's "Prophecy" by Remy Zero. If you're talking about the end credits, it's "Kiss Me" by Sixpence None the Richer followed by "Prophecy." Although, in the opening credits, they skip the first "verse" of the song.

Bishop73

Question: If Ralph has robbed the victim, how come Harvey can also steal his money?

Answer: He didn't. After Ralph killed Mr. Colbert, he stole his wallet. He took the money and threw it away. Harvey found the empty wallet, and that's why the police charged him with murder.

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Question: Maybe I missed a full explanation or it's a plot hole for the show, but how do Michonne's armless, jawless walkers on a leash help mask her scent or let her walk among the walkers?

Bishop73

Answer: The other walkers see the two already upon her, figure that she's already taken, and move on.

Captain Defenestrator

What do you mean "upon her" if they're in front of her and walking forward?

Bishop73

A satisfactory answer hasn't really been given. The general consensus on Reddit is that having the two tame rotting zombies close by overpowers her own smell and the zombies can't detect her. In my previous answer, I was thinking that it was a psychological tactic. The other zombies see that they're about to eat her and about to attack, figure "that one's taken," and move on. This time, I'll go with the internet's answer.

Captain Defenestrator

I broke this question up into 2 because I ran out of room. But, yeah, I thought the idea was either mask her smell or make other Walkers think she's "taken." But in the show, those options don't seem to work for other characters.

Bishop73

Yes, but I was asking about times when they're in front of her and she's following, not that ever showed any signs of descending down on her.

Bishop73

Well, zombies don't look that carefully to distinguish "Oh, those guys are walking in front of her instead of about to throw her on the ground and eat her. Let's get really hung up on the word "upon" now, shall we?"

Captain Defenestrator

It was my polite way of letting you admit you didn't know what you were talking about and were guessing with a total BS answer.

Bishop73

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Question: Has there been any explanation (in-show or by show creators) about the inconsistency of what attracts Walkers? They've shown that people who cover themselves in Walker guts aren't detected or attacked. When it rained, the rain washed off the guts and then the Walkers do try to attack. But if people hide under cars or don't make noises, the Walkers don't detect them. But it's also been shown that people under a pile of "dead" walkers are still attacked. So what causes a Walker to attack?

Bishop73

Answer: Walkers are attracted to noise, they can tell who's dead and who isn't dead, in S1 when Rick and Glenn cover themselves in walkers' guts they're able to get far by walking through the herd of walkers because they smell like they're dead, but as soon as the guts get washed off by the rain the walkers immediately attack them, if you draw attention to yourself they will attack you which we've seen that many times throughout the series that it's not always successful. Whether you're covered in guts hiding under dead corpses or under a car.

Question: How come the footage from the security cameras in the restaurant and the mental hospital haven't been looked at when Emily was murdered and all those guards were attacked? They all could've proved Cecilia's claims.

Cody Fairless-Lee

Answer: It's entirely possible that there weren't any security cameras in the restaurant that would have her on camera. As for the mental hospital, it doesn't really matter whether they look at the cameras or not - there are now plenty of witnesses to back her up, as evidenced by the fact she is free at the end.

TedStixon

Answer: Sydney was upset and reacting irrationally. Being that she is still quite young and not yet fully in command of her emotions or reasoning, she reacted immediately and jumped to what seemed a logical conclusion. From her point of view, there was nothing else that could have hit her.

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