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Question: I was watching this movie last night, and I noticed there were a few people of color in Lake Town. The vast majority of people shown in The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings films are white, so are there any particular places in Middle Earth where people of color might be more prevalent, at least according Tolkien's writings?

Phaneron Premium member

Chosen answer: People with brown skin come from the land of Harad, to the south of Gondor and Mordor. Really black people probably exist south of it, but is unknown to the people of Middle-Earth. Any land east of Rhun is just as unknown, it's possible people of colour came from there and settled in Lake-Town.

lionhead

Question: Who's the actress who played Loengard's wife (the woman who says the gold he acquired was blood-money)?

Every Witch Way but Loose - S5-E1

Question: Did Salem take Mr. Kraft's life? The last we see of Sabina's vice principal (and royal pain in the butt) is when Salem hits him with Sabrina's car. It's used as a laugh, but you never see Mr. Kraft again. Did Salem really take his life?

sabrinafan17

Answer: This is a family TV show so it is safe to assume Salem did not murder Mr. Kraft in cold blood.

BaconIsMyBFF

Show generally

Question: Is Miles even alive? He was cut from the show with no explanation, after he found out Salem wasn't a real cat. Then, in season 7, it was reported that somebody with his surname was shot.

sabrinafan17

Answer: There was never any explanation given about what happened to Miles or if the reported shooting had anything to do with him. He just suddenly disappeared. There is some indication he was written out due to the show undergoing budget cuts and reducing the number of characters.

raywest Premium member

Answer: The background of the real-life Walter O'Brien is a continuing source of controversy. Many of O'Brien's claims about his history, intelligence, and his crime-fighting remain unsubstantiated. Even the actor who plays O'Brien on the show said he finds many of the stories impossible to believe. Most, if not all, of the claims of O'Brien's exploits come from O'Brien himself and the CBS network and have not been verified. For example, O'Brien claims he scored 197 on an IQ test as a child but did not keep the paperwork proving this claim. O'Brien also states that he cannot discuss certain exploits in detail because he is bound by non-disclosure agreements, which his critics say is convenient because even that cannot be verified.

BaconIsMyBFF

Question: When DCI Lewis finds Jacks glasses after he's had to let Tom Allen go, He says "It's WHERE I found them that's important." I might have missed it but I don't recall it being explained where he found them. I thought it would be somewhere that proved he was sleeping with his wife.

The_Iceman

Job Switching - S2-E4

Question: Why would Ethel do a silly thing as pinching chocolates to see what kind they were? Surely she'd realise this wasn't a good idea.

Rob245

Answer: It's a comedy show from the 1950s. Slapstick, over the top humor, and silly situations were typical of the era. Characters were written to behave in unrealistic or illogical ways purely for comic effect.

raywest Premium member

Question: Why did Wendy smile and waved at Squints after she threw him out of the pool?

Answer: Although she was initially offended that Squints grabbed her and kissed her, after she had a moment to think about it she likely found his actions brave and kind of sweet.

BaconIsMyBFF

Answer: She does like him a little bit. They ended up getting married, after all.

Brian Katcher

Question: Why did Thorne ask Scott if he had a marker after Scott reluctantly let Thorne see his hands?

Answer: It seems that Mr. Thorne thought Scott's behavior was suspicious. He was in a bathroom he shouldn't have been in (i.e. he should be using one closer to his classroom) and that it appeared he was washing his hands for a long time. Mr. Thorne thought maybe Scott was writing on the walls with a marker and was trying to wash off "evidence." Since Scott's hands were clean, he just wanted to make sure Scott wasn't writing on the walls or planning to.

Bishop73

Question: What mental illness does Arthur's mother suffer from, if any? That, and why claim Arthur was Wayne's son if he wasn't?

Rob245

Answer: It isn't exactly specified in the film what illness she suffers from but she definitely appears to be schizophrenic. This would also explain why she claimed Arthur was Wayne's son.

BaconIsMyBFF

Question: How did the robbers know of the money? There was no mention of inheritance from the main crook.

Answer: Junior (Jared Leto) was a grandson of the deceased former occupant. He told his cohorts that he was the only one in the family who knew that his grandfather had hidden the bearer bonds (worth about $22 million) inside the panic room. He wanted it all for himself, so that is why he enlisted the other two to help him break into the safe.

raywest Premium member

Season 1 generally

Question: I wanted to know what was the name of the episode where these cancerous creatures suck the bones out of you and turn you into a pile of mush - it was one of the first episodes I think.

Answer: Your right it is, "Island of Terror."

Answer: I don't think this was a Doctor Who story. It sounds more like the 1966 film "Island of Terror" (although it did star Peter Cushing who played Dr Who in two Dalek movies around the same time).

Sierra1 Premium member

Question: If Amanda felt guilty about abducting Adam, why couldn't she just return to the bathroom, unshackle his chains, and nurse him back to health, like John did with Dr Gordon, instead of killing him?

Answer: She could have, but if she did and John found out, she might get punished and he might start to lose her trust. He could also just put Adam in another game (possibly inescapable since he was meant to die of thirst).

Question: Why is it that the machines they used to fight back didn't try to attack the humans? The military vehicle had a .50 cal machine gun that shot AT them, but their guns seemed to work just fine.

applejackson

Answer: It should be noted, the ending title cards seems to set it up so there are no plot holes and answers any "why" questions (which, intentional or not by King, can be debated). While the opening premise is the comet's close pass by Earth caused all machines to turn on people, at the end, the Russians blew up a UFO 2 days later, suggesting that it was the aliens controlling the machines. Bill suggests aliens are trying to wipe out humanity (although at that point he's just guessing and had no evidence of an alien or UFO present), but it can be debated the actual premise was that aliens were just testing or experimenting on people.

Bishop73

Answer: The movie is infamous for its plot holes, among them this one, and "How come cars didn't start attacking people"? From the story point of view we can surmise that the M60 is part of the vehicle's structure, while hand-held weaponry stay inert.

Jukka Nurmi

Elfie - S3-E11

Question: Why did the young girl not welcome her Dad home when he came out of the box?

Answer: I'm not sure what little girl the question is asking about. But, the scene in question was a real life surprise to the family of Petty Officer 1st Class Raymond McKnight. It was his wife and two sons that were there. His son was already excited about being on TV and then just shocked at seeing his Dad and didn't know how to react. But then he is hugging and welcoming him home.

Bishop73

Answer: It's just one of Frasier's little arcane witticisms. Roz is acting over-the-top surprised (hands on her heart, wide-mouthed gasp, etc.), the way theatre actors and actresses would back in the early 20th century. Tallulah Bankhead was a successful American stage actress of that era, so Frasier is comparing Roz to her after seeing her "performance." He (or, more accurately, whoever wrote the episode) probably chose to reference Bankhead out of all possible actresses because it's an unusual name, unlikely to be confused with some other, non-theatre Tallulah.

Answer: This is a reference to Tallulah Bankhead, a prominent stage and movie actress in the mid-20th century. She mostly played somewhat over-the-top, strong-willed, opinionated characters. Frasier appears to be comparing Roz's melodramatic behavior to her.

raywest Premium member

Question: I have a question, I don't know if it's true or not but I have heard about this for years after Part III was released. Had Crispin Glover decided to do the sequels, would he have had the role of Shamus McFly in Part III, or once Glover turned down the sequels, then it was decided that Michael J. Fox would play the part of Sheamus once Part III was greenlit? Or was it always going to be Fox playing the role of Sheamus regardless if Glover came back for the sequels or not?

Answer: In an interview, actor Jeffrey Weissman (the actor who replaced Glover as George McFly) mentioned Glover was slated to play Shamus since Lea Thompson, who played Lorraine (Marty's mom) also played Maggie (Shamus' wife). So it made sense the Mom and Dad would play the great-Grandparents. However, without the heavy makeup and prosthetics to look like Glover, the film makers thought having Weissman playing the role would look too unrecognizable that the audience wouldn't know who he was. In a side note, the scene of elderly George hanging upside down in BTTF 2 was written with Crispin Glover in mind as payback.

Bishop73

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