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Question: I know practically nothing about submarines, so this seemed a bit strange to me. When there's that huge storm, why do they keep staying at the surface, only going down for an hour at a time?

Chosen answer: Because that's what the U-boat was designed to do. Unlike modern nuclear boats, they didn't have the capacity to stay submerged for long periods - basically just as long as the air lasted; there wasn't atmosphere control equipment. They would 'snorkel' near the surface, recharge the batteries with the diesel engines, and then dive for a few hours at most before having to come back up and repeat the process.

Rooster of Doom

Question: In the special edition there's a lot of mentioning of Randy Quaid's younger son being ill and having to take his medication. It's implied that the mother died of the same illness. What is he ill with?

Chosen answer: The reference to the boy's adrenal cortex, and the few symptoms that appear, sound like Addison's Disease.

scwilliam

Question: When we see four astrodroids fixing the ship trying to get past the blockade one of them is R2-D2, but out of curiousity, what are the names of the other three?

Chosen answer: There was a set of astromech droids included with the Naboo Royal Starship Playset from Hasbro which named two of the others: R2-B1 and R2-R9.

Sierra1 Premium member

Question: Why does Mace Windu have a purple lightsabre when every other good guy has green or blue ones?

Chosen answer: Samuel L Jackson wanted a distinctive lightsaber, so asked George Lucas if he could have a purple one - Lucas decided that there was no hard and fast rule that said that Jedi had to go with green or blue, so he allowed it. As for the story rationale, Mace Windu saw a vision of himself with a purple lightsaber and travelled to the planet Hurikane where purple lightsaber crystals naturally grow, and was gifted several as a gift for helping the local populace.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: What is the name of the first song in the end credits? It sounds a lot like it's by Shania Twain.

Chosen answer: It is, it's called "You've got a Way".

Tambil

Question: Do the holes in the shower-room wall serve any practical purpose, other than as a plot device? I've never seen a real shower with them.

Chosen answer: They are not supposed to be there - they were drilled by someone so they could look into the girls' shower.

pross79

Question: In one scene, Hugh Grant and his crazy roommate are talking, the roommate says something about Pandora's Box. He then goes on, "I knew a girl called Pandora, never got to see her box." I understand the no seeing box joke but what is 'Pandora's Box'? I've heard it mentioned before.

Chosen answer: It's a tale from mythology. Details can be found here - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pandora's_box.

Tailkinker Premium member

Homer's Barbershop Quartet - S5-E1

Question: In the scene where the fans turn against Chief Wiggum in Moe's Cavern, Moe says something to the Be Sharps manager about paying girls to scream. When the manager says "I didn't pay any girls to scream" Moe has a shocked look on his face and then turns off the Cavern's neon light and drives away fast. I've tried very hard but cannot get this joke. Can anyone explain it to me?

Chosen answer: Not as much a joke as it is Moe is so surprised that this small, unknown band is gaining that much support without needing to pay them to do so.

Lummie Premium member

Question: When Shaun asks Dave and Diane about tranport, Diane says she's only past her test. Shaun then looks at Dave, but I can't make out what Dave says, and my DVD deosn't have subtitles. Can someone please tell me what he says?

Chosen answer: He says "I don't see the point of owning a car in London".

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: Exactly how powerful is a Balrog? Could it defeat a Nazgul or a Witch-king?

Chosen answer: It depends on whose Balrog you're talking about. The Balrog were never more than a few in number, since they were Maia, just as Gandalf and Sauron were. Although the movie Balrog (Durin's Bane) was huge and fearsome, Tolkien's were much more man-like, although exuding fire and darkness, spreading terror among Melkor's enemies. It is unlikely that a Nazgul, even their leader, the Witch-King of Angmar, could have defeated a Balrog, although Gandalf did.

scwilliam

Question: When the lawyer told Nici that Mr. B. "already knew" she wasn't Lilly's granddaughter, did he know from the first day they showed up or from the day the lawyer came over to tell Mr. B. about what his nephew said about Mickey and Nici?

Chosen answer: He knew right away, because he knew that Lily didn't have any children, so Nici and Mickey could not be Lily's granddaughters.

Question: A friend and I were talking about the movie and about how Masquerade has a deeper meaning than just a party. She then tried to convince me that the phantom wrote all three operas based on how he was feeling. I think that the phantom only wrote Don Juan. Can someone enlighten me?

Chosen answer: The phantom only wrote Don Juan, the others are just being performed by the characters. The film takes place over a year and it is set in an opera house that needs to make money, so they put on other operas. The phantom tries to have input into the staging of the operas and enjoys watching them, but has not written all of them.

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Question: Is it possible that Palpatine was aware of Anakin's feelings for Padme and was trying to encourage something to happen between them by ordering her to leave Corusant with him? He later uses Anakin's love for Padme to turn him to the dark side.

Chosen answer: Absolutely. He wasn't encouraging it (since it was already happening) he was manipulating events to his vision. The jedi have a power of far-seeing (essentially they see the (or a) future), and Palpatine seems to be very powerful in this field, but just because he can see it doesn't mean it happens, he has to shape the events he sees in his visions. After all, from seemingly nothing he worked his way up to the ultimate ruler of the universe. Getting two lovebirds together (for his own later use, of course) is nothing to him.

Gary O'Reilly

Question: How did that person get turned into Nemesis in both the film and the game? I just want to know if it is accurate.

Chosen answer: It is never explained how the Nemesis came about in the game. But like the other Bio-weapons, it was probably created in a lab by a scientist. The reason it was created by Umbrella was to kill all STARS members. Because the T-Virus is so highly contagious, if one catches it of course, you turn into a zombie. But, that's not the only thing you can change into. Hence the man in the first Resident Evil movie gets cut, catches the T-Virus and starts to transform into the Nemesis.

Sir William

Answer: Matt from Resident Evil 1 gets scratched by a liquor he then catches the liquor version of the virus. Then as the movie ends you hear the same to say I want him in the Nemesis program which transforms the liquor virus into the Nemesis character. Nemesis is actually made up of several of the bio weapons put together he's another form of the tyrant. Which all together is another character from part 1 he's the boss character from the game.

Question: How did that person get turned into Nemesis in both the film and the game? I just want to know if it is accurate.

Chosen answer: It is never explained how the Nemesis came about in the game. But like the other Bio-weapons, it was probably created in a lab by a scientist. The reason it was created by Umbrella was to kill all STARS members. Because the T-Virus is so highly contagious, if one catches it of course, you turn into a zombie. But, that's not the only thing you can change into. Hence the man in the first Resident Evil movie gets cut, catches the T-Virus and starts to transform into the Nemesis.

Sir William

Answer: Matt from Resident Evil 1 gets scratched by a liquor he then catches the liquor version of the virus. Then as the movie ends you hear the same to say I want him in the Nemesis program which transforms the liquor virus into the Nemesis character. Nemesis is actually made up of several of the bio weapons put together he's another form of the tyrant. Which all together is another character from part 1 he's the boss character from the game.

Question: Is there a reason why Lucas chose the number 66 to be the "code" for the clones to kill the Jedi? According to an article on msn.com, it is something Biblical; however, as the article was nonspecific, I am still not sure if it is an actual textual reference, or if it's just referring to the fact that the Bible contains 66 books.

Chosen answer: Here is a site that contains several of the 66 references in and about the Bible: http://www.greaterthings.com/Word-Number/66.htm. There's no confirmed reason for George Lucas' decision.

Bruce Minnick

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Question: We can see a decoration in Ross' apartment, a kind of big Japanese sword hanging on the wall, especially on Seasons 2-3-4. Can anybody give some info about that weapon? I find it really beautiful.

Chosen answer: This is a Chinese axe called a Pudao or a Guan Dao. It's made of a broadsword, but has a much longer handle - about four to six feet. Also known as the 'Horse-Cutter'.

Question: Why is the guy with the yellow glasses always wearing them?

Chosen answer: The easy explanation: Because the doll was made with non-removable glasses. The advanced explanation: Probably because he thinks they look cool and he is very concerned with his cool-American-hero-image.

Twotall

Question: Chavez calls Billy "Chevato". What does this mean?

Chosen answer: Chevato is a Mexican name meaning "Goat" or Little Lamb. A young goat is called a kid, hence Billy The Kid was called Chevato.

Question: In the bonus features of the movie, the director and Will talked about how they both didn't see eye to eye or didn't get along. Is this true or were they just messing around and being funny?

Chosen answer: They're messing around. Will Ferrell and director Adam McKay are great friends. They wrote the screenplay for Anchorman together and are currently working together again on an as of yet untitled comedy about NASCAR which is due in 2006.

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