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Apr
20
comment Is there any reason why mostly technology deprived planets are pictured in the Star Wars movies?
If Star Wars is supposed to be a western, why does it borrow so much more heavily from swords-and-sorcery storytelling tropes than western ones? We've got wizards and knights, mysterious hermits and evil kings all over, but I can't really identify a single character who is obviously The Sheriff or The Drifter, for example...
Apr
13
comment Who was the man in the Wayne building?
Wondering why this got downvoted, as it contains a definitive answer with reliable sources.
Mar
15
comment Movie where a woman paints portraits of a man she sees in her dreams
Saw this movie back when it came out, would not recommend. Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore were a lot better together in The Wedding Singer.
Feb
16
comment Why does Wolverine drink alcohol?
Is there a non-tiny version of that comic image available where the words are legible?
Feb
16
comment Why does Wolverine drink alcohol?
@GroundZero The recent TV incarnation of The Flash has the same "problem".
Jan
20
comment Did Yoda appear in Star Wars The Force awakens?
Appear in The Force Awakens, Yoda does not.
Jan
11
comment How is Scarlet Witch able to stop the train?
While they have never actually used the word "magic" in the movie universe, this is (hopefully) about to change. ;)
Jan
8
comment What does Mr Bean have against the three-wheeled car?
Interesting about them being dangerous. Immediately makes me think of the Elio. Anyone knowledgeable enough to compare the two?
Jan
4
comment Why does the building explode at the start of Spectre?
Yes, the I in IED stands for "improvised", as in "cobbled together out of household chemicals by low-level terrorists," so that's not particularly surprising. You'd expect better from an organization of SPECTRE's caliber, though.
Jan
4
comment Why does the building explode at the start of Spectre?
Ah yes, the good old "high explosives are volatile" cliche. In the real world, this is not true; anyone who builds an explosive device that's capable of being accidentally detonated through impact or high heat really deserves what's coming to them.
Jan
4
comment Why does the TET want the water on earth when there is plenty of other water in the solar system?
Having it in liquid form is actually a disadvantage considering that they're transporting it. (What's easier to move around: 10 pounds of water or 10 pounds of ice?) Also, if you need it in liquid form when you're done, gathering it in solid form at the beginning is a very good idea, considering that dealing with heat buildup is one of the biggest challenges faced by spacecraft; you can use your waste heat to melt the water.
Dec
14
comment Was Star Wars (intended to be) a children's movie franchise?
Wait, wait... who didn't like Yoda? He's one of the most beloved characters of the entire franchise.
Dec
3
comment How many KITTs were destroyed during production of the '80s Knight Rider series?
@Chenmunka: Wow. I remember reading once that on Dukes of Hazzard they got a new General Lee every 1-2 episodes. 4 or 5 cars per episode sounds downright insane!
Nov
28
comment How did they do the Andorians' skin effects in Star Trek: Enterprise?
@Tetsujin: That's interesting. I remember hearing that the real reason for Jadzia Dax's trademark stance is that Terry Farrell had to hold herself very carefully in order to avoid smudging her Trill spots. Why would they smudge when Andorians' all-over blue makeup wouldn't? Was the proper makeup for it developed between the runs of Deep Space Nine and Enterprise?
Sep
18
comment Is Captain America worthy of Mjolnir?
Interesting point, but the scene later in the movie where Vision actually uses the hammer in combat would seem to undermine it...
Aug
26
comment Leslie Nielsen(?) and “molten steel”
Yes, it definitely is. Thanks!
Aug
12
comment What is the inspiration for Trial by Combat?
@JonathonWisnoski: Because historically, the smart people aren't the ones committing the crimes; they're the ones that the brutes commit crimes against. That's the entire point of the rule of law: to prevent the strong from dominating and imposing the Law of the Jungle, and thus establishing a foundation upon which civilized society can be built.
Aug
12
comment What is the inspiration for Trial by Combat?
@JonathonWisnoski: I'm struggling a little with the description of a system that tilts the playing field away from favoring the intelligent as "logical".
Aug
3
comment Why does the Amazing Spider Man not have the natural power to shoot web?
Producing and secreting that much organic material that quickly puts a tremendous metabolic load on the body. (That's the reason why breast feeding is such a good way for a new mother to get her weight back down.) Organic webs would have required Peter to suddenly start eating a huge amount more than his previous diet in order to keep up with it. Ironically, the Andrew Garfield version of Peter Parker started eating a lot more, and the Tobey Maguire version did not.
Jul
1
comment Leslie Nielsen(?) and “molten steel”
@Paulster2: It was quite a while before he died.