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Question: Why can't the video just be passed to inmates on death row?

Answer: There was a deleted subplot from the film involving Chris Cooper as a child murderer. Originally Rachel would show the copy of the tape that she had Aiden make to this character, in order to end the cycle started by her on someone deserving of death.

Phaneron Premium member

Answer: Maybe because we have something called a "humane death" which caused all the death sentences that involved pain to be banned, leaving only the lethal injection to be a humane death. I think being assaulted by a child ghost who will literally scare you to death isn't considerd a "humane death."

lionhead

This presents a paradox. Whether or not it is "cruel and unusual" to force a condemned inmate would be a matter for the Supreme Court. but in order for them to rule, they themselves would all have to view the tape (and perhaps the lawyer for the condemned and the Solicitor General as well), so at least 11+ "death surrogates" would have to be found just for a decision to ever be rendered. But, if it's true that the person has to watch the entirety of the tape for it to be lethal, perhaps they could divvy it up, so that every part of the tape could be watched by at least one justice.

Sam Donaldson

Question: How does Wahlberg realizes that the head of police is the man sleeping with the mayor's wife?

AnthonyA

Question: Several times near the end of the movie, there is a biker type man. He is wearing some Harley Davidson clothing and a black leather cap. He is one of the pilots. He stands out if he is just an extra. Is he anyone famous?

Answer: In the book of the same name, this man is called "Pig". He was a test pilot during the Vietnam War. He played a crucial role in training the new pilots.

Answer: He is just an extra, who just happens to be in more shots then the other extras. He is not more famous than the other extras.

lionhead

Question: So what are these tournaments called in China? I'm trying to find one similar to them but am having a hard time.

Answer: There are known as Wushu tournaments. Wushu means martial arts in Chinese.

Chosen answer: It is Hebrew. It means "soul" but is used as a term of endearment as in you're a part of me, "Neshama shellee" means "my soul".

Bishop73

Show generally

Question: Is there any reference to other witches, besides the sisters, that have vanquished a source? Or are they the only witches ever to be powerful enough? The source does have the ability to be reconstituted with a spell in the grimoire.

Answer: The sisters are the only witches that have been powerful enough to vanquish the source, gaining their strength from the power of 3.

strikeand

Answer: The Charmed One (The Power of 3) are the only witches strong enough to do it but other demon have done it the source that the sister's and Cole killed got it in a demon war.

Dr. Nobel - S1-E6

Question: If the death ray is about to go off and they are trying to restore the doctor's memory, why does Henry get dressed up for the ceremony, but then has time to change and get back in the hole he's digging to access the power source when no one else takes the time to change? If they have given up on the hole, why would he even change back? If they haven't, why would he waste time at the ceremony?

Answer: He did not change, he just put on some kind of gown over what he was wearing.

Bowling255 Premium member

Question: How could they possibly remove Archer's bullet scar? If they could, wouldn't that just create a bigger scar?

MikeH

Chosen answer: Surgical scar removal is a real thing, usually involving skin grafts or lasers. Keloid scarring is a result of the body aggressively attempting to heal/repair itself after trauma or injury (in this case, the gunshot). With proper surgical techniques, the body isn't traumatized to the point that deep scarring occurs. Of course, just like with the face surgery, the movie exaggerates the results of the scar removal.

Bishop73

I thought he kept it.

He says he wanted to keep it at the beginning of the movie, but when he is about to have his face changed back at the end of the movie, he says he doesn't need it anymore.

jshy7979

Chosen answer: It's obvious that enough time hasn't passed for a trial of such magnitude to take place, meaning that the brothers have been remanded in custody to await trial. They should have been arraigned but we don't see that onscreen.

Question: Why does Voldemort say that Barty Jr.'s loyalty has never faltered? At his trial, Barty Jr. got upset and tried to deny that he helped torture the Longbottoms.

Answer: Of course Barty denied it. He would do anything to keep from being convicted, and it has nothing to do with his loyalty to Voldemort. If he's sent to prison, he can't serve his master very well.

raywest Premium member

Question: When loading the bullet into the gun, why didn't they realise that the chambers of the revolver were empty of any spent cartridges? They could have easily concluded that the "corpse" wasn't dead and the film would have ended quite differently.

Freefall1984

Chosen answer: First, odds are neither of them had much experience with guns. They wouldn't necessarily think about it. Second, who's to say that the person who put them there wouldn't have removed it anyway.

Greg Dwyer

Question: What kind of judge would agree to this kind of custody arrangement?

Answer: None. It's total fiction made up solely for the purpose of the movie. Even for a movie, it's far beyond the "suspension of disbelief" that siblings would ever be divided up between the two parents, and neither would have no contact with them, much less be prevented from knowing they had a brother or sister.

raywest Premium member

It was during the 1960s, the courts had no way of forcing parents to share children. They could have very easily just stayed away from each other out of the view of the judicial system.

Season 1 generally

Question: The kitchen door to Gemma and Clay's house opens outward in the first couple of seasons, then in the later seasons it opens inward. Is that a mistake or did they have to repair the door and put it on the wrong way? Just wanting to verify.

Answer: In various episodes, the door opens in. In others, it opens out. In one episode, it opens out when Opie comes over then opens in when he leaves.

Question: Right before the fight between Preston and DuPont, DuPont re-quotes Sean Bean "you tread on my dreams." How did he know that quote, and why did he know it would mean anything to Preston?

Answer: Since Preston is the one who discovered Partridge's sense-offense and executed him, he was probably required to give a report of how it went down and mentioned Partridge's last words, which one would expect would make its way to DuPont.

Phaneron Premium member

Answer: "Father" is a very human psychopath in my opinion. I don't believe he was ever dosing. Therefore, he was probably already familiar with Yeats. Just like his "office" at the end is filled with illegal artwork, which if he didn't "feel" would be completely unnecessary. He tells Preston at the end that he "feels," and that's true. It's just that he "feels" only as a psychopath can feel. And, since he was setting Preston up from the very beginning, he also probably knew exactly what book Partridge had been reading when Preston shot him. And he used that phrase right before his fight with Preston, why? Perhaps to attempt to throw him off his game by reminding him that he had killed his partner (something that he guessed - correctly - about which Preston felt incredible sadness and guilt).

Question: In the later scene where the two Asian gang members are being interrogated to discover who hired them, they jokingly say something to each other in their own language, the translator cop makes some smug comment back, and then reveals to Steven Bauer that their employer was Lauderdale. Is anyone able to translate what was said during this little exchange?

Gavin Jackson

Question: When Seth and Veronica are in bed for the first time and Seth rolled onto something that got stuck in his back (that Veronica had to pull out), what was it?

Bishop73

Chosen answer: I think it was a chip from an old-styled electrical device, like a computer.

kh1616

Answer: The Chinese character on the necklace means, "good fortune."

sarvate3

Question: When the Phantom takes Christine's engagement ring at the Masquerade ball, does she ever get it back, or is it the same ring he has proposed to her with?

Answer: In the movie, the ring that the Phantom gives Christine at the end of the movie is the same ring that he took from her at the ball and is the same one that he left at her grave (since she gave it back to him before she left).

Answer: The ring that Phantom gives to Christine is a different one. In the stage production, the Phantom never takes the ring.

No, its the same ring he proposed to her with, at least in the movie.

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