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Question: After Ed and Norther rob the bank, Ed explains that he explained about how Texas oil money and poor federal regulation result in many savings and loans losing money. From the clothes and hairstyles, it looks like the 70s. Does anyone know what he is referring to?

Phoenix

Chosen answer: Deregulation of the U. S. savings & loan industry in the early 1980's greatly reduced the restrictions on which federally-chartered S&Ls could invest their money. Since the depositors' money was insured by the federal government, the S&Ls had no incentives to minimize risk. This resulted in a major political scandal by the end of the decade, to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars being lost through questionable investments, with taxpayers picking up the tab. Many of the most egregious violators were based in Sun Belt states, including Texas. The fashions do appear to be a bit out of date, however.

Chosen answer: We see the night Drusilla was turned in the Angel episode "Dear Boy" where Angelus has killed the entire convent and driven Drusilla insane. We don't see the exact moment of her turning, but it's implied that he does it right after that.

Question: How is it that when the kids are on the train with Lupin, Lupin is able to preform the Patronus spell without saying the incantation?

Chosen answer: There are numerous examples in the series of adult wizards and witches casting spells without any incantation. Presumably, as they age and gain experience, they no longer need to say the incantation out loud - they may choose to, or possibly speaking the words aloud increases the potential power of the spell. The pupils at the school need to know the incantations, so are told to speak them out loud - this would allow the teachers to correct flaws in pronounciation and so forth.

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Question: Could someone give me the following statistics about the Battle For Helm's Deep? How many Rohan warriors were guarding the Hornburg? How many elves were present (both behind and on top of the Deeping Wall)? How many Rohirrim came with Gandalf? How many Huorns finished off the Uruk-hai?

Chosen answer: There are no particularly precise figures anywhere - all that's available would be educated guesses based on watching the films, and you'd be just as qualified to do that as anybody.

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Question: Why is the film called "Reservoir Dogs"? Is there any special significance to why Tarantino chose the title?

Chosen answer: When Tarantino worked in a video store, he once recommended to a customer "Au revoir les enfants". The customer screamed back that he "did not want any Reservoir Dogs!". Tarantino must have thought it sounded cool.

Twotall

Question: How many ships were in each of the Rebel Alliance's five squadrons (Gold, Red, Green, Gray and Blue) at the Battle Of Endor?

Chosen answer: The Alliance Navy has 12 fighters to each squadron therefore there were 60 fighters spread among the aforementioned squadrons and over 600 fighters present in the battle in other unnamed fighter groups.

Darius Angel

Question: Whatever happens to Karl and Sarah? Are they the only ones who don't get together at the end?

Chosen answer: Karl and Sarah never get together, he just has that scene where he says Merry Christmas, and leaves.

Jack's Revenge

Question: What does Judas mean when he calls Christ a "jaded Mandarin"?

Chosen answer: Judas is accusing Jesus of being an worn out public official, someone that perhaps has to be ousted out of office.

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Question: At the end of this episode (when they find the bomb in the van) Jack calls for the 'bomb disarmer.' "N.E.S.T" is visible on the back of their jackets. Does this actually stand for something?

Chosen answer: Nuclear Emergency Search Team.

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Question: Could someone give me the following statistics about the Battle Of Pelennor Fields? How many Orcs were present? How many Gondorian soldiers were guarding Minas Tirith? How many Rohirrim came to Gondor's aid? How many Mumakil flanked the Rohirrim? How many Oathbreakers emerged from the Corsairs' ships?

Chosen answer: There are no particularly precise figures anywhere - all that's available would be educated guesses based on watching the films, and you'd be just as qualified to do that as anybody.

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Question: What role was N'Sync to have played in this film? (As I understand it, they were supposed to have made a "surprise" cameo, but their scenes were cut after the word got out.).

Chosen answer: If the rumours are to be believed - and there's never been any official indication that there was the remotest grain of truth in this - they were to play Jedi in the arena battle.

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Question: Exactly why has the time of the elves come to an end? They are smarter and physically superior to humans. Is this ever explained in the books?

Chosen answer: The elves were not supposed to be in Middle-Earth at all. While they awoke there, many thousands of years before the War of the Ring, the Valar (local deity equivalents) summoned them to Valinor, the Undying Lands, and the vast majority went willingly. When Melkor, the first Dark Lord, fled to Middle-Earth, taking the Silmarils (great jewels crafted by the elves) with him, a great host of the Elves returned to Middle-Earth in pursuit, against the wishes of the Valar. After the fall of Melkor, the elves remained in Middle-Earth, considered themselves in exile, although the Valar were content to allow them to return if they so wished. They also remained as a buffer against the return of evil - Sauron, Melkor's chief lieutenant, was still out there, as were many of Melkor's other allies - the Valar ensured that the elven magicks remained strong with this in mind. With the rise of humanity and the fall of Sauron, the elves are finally being called home by the Valar, going back to where they were always supposed to be, and leaving the lands of Middle-Earth to the younger races, as the Valar intended.

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Question: How old is Aragorn when he dies?

Chosen answer: Aragorn is 210 years old when he dies. Some of the early texts give his age at death as 190, but Tolkien eventually confirmed that 210 is the correct age.

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Question: I thought the war was suppose to rage for a decade. But this movie shows as if the war only happen for a month. Can anyone tell me what the movie left out from the original story?

Chosen answer: It left out and changed A LOT. Really more than can be written here. I would suggest doing a Google search on "The Iliad" There are several good sites that break down each book of the story.

Jack's Revenge

Question: What's the meaning of the Mexican war cry when they charge towards the Alamo?

Chosen answer: It is Viva Santa Ana meaning "Long live Santa Ana." Santa Ana was the leader of the army.

Question: At the end of Fellowship, we seen that Boromir's body (along with his sword and shield) was sent over the Falls of Rauros on a boat and if you look closely will see that the boat toppled forward. Yet in Two Towers, as Faramir sees the boat sail by, the body appears to be unharmed (as well as the sword and shield). Shouldn't the plunge have scattered his weapons as well as the boat and the corpse?

Chosen answer: There is a supernatural element to Faramir seeing his brother's body; even the way it is filmed indicates this. The implication is that the Elven power bound up in the boat, and perhaps some other greater power, safeguarded Boromir; there is also the inference that what Faramir saw was a vision, and not literal reality; there are elements of legend in it, too. From the book: 'He floated by them, and slowly his boat departed... and then suddenly it vanished... the River had taken Boromir son of Denethor... But in Gondor of after-days it long was said that the elven-boat rode the falls and the foaming pool, and bore him down through Osgiliath, and past the many mouths of Anduin, out into the Great Sea at night under the stars.'

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Question: Is Briseis in the movie supposed to be a 'combination character' of Cryseis (a priestess), Cassandra (a princess) and Briseis (a slave girl) in the Iliad?

Chosen answer: Briseis is indeed a combination character of Cryseis, Cassandra and Briseis with at least 3 very important features borrowed from each of them. There are also several ideas coming from Polyxena's story.

Question: When the Terminator is repairing himself his right eye is damaged yet when they show him in the mirror cutting it out it looks like it's his left eye that's damaged (judging from what the reflection we see would entail). Is this a legitimate mistake or am I mixing things up here?

Chosen answer: No, his left eye is damaged the entire time. Watch carefully; it never switches to his right.

Deidra Goins

Question: How much truth is there to the claim that if the G.I. Joe movie had been released first then Optimus Prime would not have died in this one?

Chosen answer: In the UK we don't have G.I Joe, only action force so thats your first problem, and secondly the UK comics built up to the Transformer movie without no mention of G.I Joe story lines which may have appeared in the US.

Brian Boulnois

Question: What happened to Christian after Satine's death?

Chosen answer: He wallows in self-pity for a while, then eventually begins to write their story. There's no indication that he has any further links with the Moulin Rouge - it would probably be too painful for him. Christian actually states in the movie that the night Satine died was the last time he ever stepped foot in the Moulin Rouge.

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