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Question: While at the park, why did Dudley still bully Harry? Knowing that Harry is quite capable of doing magic, wouldn't it have been better for Dudley to just leave him alone instead of trying to act macho in front of his friends?

Answer: Dudley was too much an immature bully to stop harassing Harry. His entire personality was selfish, boorish, and cruel. He knew exactly what he could and couldn't get away with regarding Harry. He also knew Harry was not allowed to perform magic outside of Hogwarts while underage and would get into severe trouble for harming a Muggle. The entire Dursley family increasingly feared Harry as he matured. Dudley started to change for the better after Harry saved him from the Dementors.

raywest

Adding on to this answer: In the "Chamber of Secrets" book, some of this is explained. Chapter 2 is when the Dursleys learn that Harry is *not* supposed to be using magic outside of school. Until then, he briefly enjoys their nervousness around him.

For All Time. Always. - S1-E6

Question: He Who Remains talks about reincarnation, and says "see you soon" to Sylvie. Does he literally mean this version of himself will return? If so how, given he's, y'know, dead? Or does he just mean that another version of him will encounter Sylvie in due course, either his younger self or another variant?

Answer: No he doesn't mean this version of himself, he means the other versions. They are all basically him.

lionhead

Question: My question is regarding the scene with the refuelling plane. Was it on the ship when it went back into the past? If so, that doesn't make sense. The refueling plane would have to already be in the air, conceivably arriving from another location. That location would still be in the future.

Answer: Apparently, the storm that pulls the carrier to another time can also catch planes in flight. It caught the planes launched to intercept the Japanese attack, and pulled them back to the future along with the carrier.

Question: Why do people in the film refer to replicants as androids and machines when (just like normal humans) they seem to be made of flesh and blood and are not mechanical?

Answer: This could start getting metaphysical but ultimately it's semantics. An android is a humanoid robot. A robot is "a machine capable of carrying out a complex series of actions automatically". A machine is "a physical system using power to apply forces and control movement to perform an action". Note none of those definitions specify metal parts, or even being artificial. Human beings are machines, in the same way that human beings are animals, in literal terms, we're "just" biological machines, but we tend not to think of ourselves as such, because "human" is a more specific definition, and people like to feel that humanity confers a higher status of sorts. So it boils down to us vs. them, really - despite all of their many human traits, a lot of humans don't want to be conflated with replicants, so different terminology is used. There's also an argument to be made that as with a lot of dehumanising terms used in the present day, calling them machines helps to justify mistreatment, even though the replicants are just as capable of life and thought as humans are.

Answer: The replicants are indeed androids/machines; like Terminators, they are made to look human by adding human parts, such as skin and blood and even organs ("surrounded by living tissue", if you will). Unlike Terminators, however, they are not programmed simply to kill/destroy humans...they are simply "upgraded" versions of humans, who like all of us want to live with freedom and self-actualisation.

Don't Come Back Alive - S1-E4

Question: Mr. Partridge's new job does not start until next month, and they will not receive the insurance pay-out until Mrs. Partridge has been missing for seven years. But Mrs. Partridge says the landlord will evict them on Monday if the rent is not paid. So how does Mr. Partridge stay in the house? And how can they afford to get a secret apartment and new glasses for Mrs. Partridge?

Question: Why didn't they need more than one pill? We take pills daily. These people took one dose the first day and then never again. They were there for about 50 years with one dosage but somehow they still worked?

Answer: The people were only there for about a day. The beach they were taken to rapidly aged them at the rate of one year every thirty minutes. The pharmaceutical company used them as test subjects by continually spiking their drinks with experimental medications for various health conditions to simulate a 50-year long drug trial within a 24-hour period.

raywest

Answer: A number of online explanations said it was because Lowe was already contractually tied to another project while this one was being filmed. Another explanation is that he was left uncredited so his appearance mid-film would come as a "surprise" when the plot took a different turn.

raywest

I read where his contract with the mini-series "The Stand" left him unable to take any credited roles. However, it seems "Tommy Boy" began filming after "The Stand" aired and he was credited for his role as Jesse James in "Frank and Jesse." However, it seems to be an Internet story where the source isn't credited.

Bishop73

Answer: Peter mentions receiving 3 telegrams from Libya, Iraq, and North Korea. At the pool party we see Muammar Gaddafi of Libya, wearing a green beret; Saddam Hussein of Iraq, wearing a red beret; and in the pool Kim il-sung (or possibly Kim Jong-il) of North Korea. Slobodan Milosevic brought the coleslaw. Also, playing Marco Polo in the pool are: Fidel Castro wearing military green cap and smoking a cigar; Yasser Arafat wearing a checkered keffiyeh; Idi Amin wearing a purple hat; Ruhollah Khomeini (or possibly Ali Khamenei) with a grey beard wearing a black turban. Stewie talks to Achmed (wearing mustard gas T-shirt) and calls out to "Manuel" which could refer to Manuel Noriega of Panama, but he's not seen.

Super Grover

Question: When Hans is interrogating Takagi, why would he remove a silencer to fire the weapon indoors without hearing protection? Wouldn't it be more menacing to put a silencer on in that situation?

Answer: I think he's just subtly showing Takagi that he's in control of the situation - there's no need to hide behind a silencer, which they were using earlier. They've taken over and can do whatever they want, including loudly executing people. It's a very subtle power-play.

TedStixon

Answer: They used guns with silencers to access the building and take control swiftly and quietly. Now that they no longer need to do that he takes off the silencer. A silencer affects the gun's accuracy. It is also highly likely he wanted the people in the other room to hear the shot.

lionhead

I had the same thought about Hans wanting the other hostages to hear the shot to instill fear and show how ruthless he truly was, like when Ellis was shot. I wasn't sure if Has and his accomplices were still on the same floor as the hostages when he killed Takagi.

raywest

Answer: Hans may be posturing to look less menacing. By removing the silencer and placing the gun on the table, he appears to be "disarming" himself, making Takagi feel less threatened and creating a false sense of security to relax him a little so he'd be more cooperative.

raywest

Question: What did Rachel mean when she told Anna that she took away her ability to have her own daughter?

Answer: I think she said that after she was stabbed.

Question: If the government killed everyone regardless if they were infected or not, why didn't they save themselves all the trouble and just nuke the town from the get-go?

Answer: Probably because using a nuclear weapon on a single small town within the US would a) call a ridiculous amount of attention to what happened and invite the kind of speculation/investigation the government wants to avoid; b) destroy or contaminate a huge area beyond the "problem" zone, killing tens of thousands, if not millions, of innocent people; and c) be considered, at best, a horrendous accident and at worst a terrorist attack, and either way would lead to who knows what consequences. For these and probably hundreds of other reasons, in this and literally every other scenario in movies and in reality, nuclear weapons are never considered the "from the get-go" option.

J.J.'s Condition - S5-E19

Question: As JJ and his new love interest are discussing needing more money, after the idea of JJ getting a second job fails, JJ comes up with an idea saying to her, "No problem - you can get a part-time job" (which she refused to do). After JJ suggests her getting the part-time job, the audience started whooing and screaming loudly. What was it about the idea of her working that made the audience react that way?

Answer: That seems to be the implication, yes.

lionhead

Question: Why was Early digging a big hole by his trailer?

Answer: Presumably it was to bury the trailer park landlord who Early had murdered.

raywest

Question: Why does Billy not tell anyone about his teacher's attack?

Answer: Gremlins have hatched and are about to start attacking the town and he's trying to stop them. Reporting a corpse is relatively low-priority in comparison to that.

TedStixon

The gremlins didn't start attacking the town until late at night but Mr. Hanson's murder occurred during the daytime. There would still be plenty of time to call the police and inform them of Hanson's death.

Again, it's low-priority, and there is definitely not "plenty of time." Billy realises that the cocoons have hatched and has to rush home to save his mom, and then Stripe immediately escapes, so he has to follow Stripe and try to stop him... and then Stripe multiplies and Billy realises the town is about to be overrun. Reporting a corpse can wait. Would you stop and take the large amount of time needed to report a dead body when your mother is in mortal danger or the town is about to be overrun?

TedStixon

Question: I think I can recall seeing a shot from Scream, maybe during a trailer or a promotional image with Ghostface swinging from a rope by his hands and smashing through a glass window, it seemed to be set in an industrial factory or something. Obviously I have never seen this scene again. Was it ever filmed or is this just a false memory?

Answer: To my knowledge, there isn't a scene like that in this film. It almost sounds like a shot from the movie "Saw 3D," where the Billy doll (whose face looks ever-so-slightly looks like the Ghostface mask) crashes through a window in an industrial-like setting in a cage attached to a wire. But at the same time, this isn't exactly an uncommon thing to see in movies. People swinging through windows from ropes and/or crashing through windows is very common, so it's probably just a false memory or your brain combining details from different movies.

TedStixon

Question: Why does Mason give Goodspeed the location of where he hid the top secret microfilm? I thought the whole point of why Mason was locked up was because he wouldn't tell the FBI where he hid it, so why divulge this information to Goodspeed? Does Mason think Goodspeed isn't going to hand in the microfilm to his superiors?

Answer: Mason got a clean slate, no more secrets for him because of Goodspeed. So, as a token of appreciation he tells him where he hid the government secrets, to do what he pleased with it. It was no longer his burden.

lionhead

Chapter 16: The Rescue - S2-E8

Question: What are those "prongs" appearing and disappearing on R2D2's shoulders? AFAIK they never appeared before in any life-action rendition of Star Wars material. I thought I remembered them from a Toy-R2 (Jabba's Sail Barge version where they aligned the accessory) but couldn't verify that. (00:37:10 - 00:37:50)

Question: Did Frank actually die when he cut the rope? Did they not find another way into the Galleria to check on him in case he only had a fractured leg, or did they just decide to leave him?

Answer: Frank fell several stories through the skylight of a mall. Even if he somehow survived the fall, Jack and Jason would have no way of rescuing him as the mall was buried under several meters of snow and the glass roof was precarious at best. Frank sacrificed himself so Jack could go to New York and rescue his son.

Invader_Gir

Question: How were the two Spanish galleons placed inside the cave?

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