In the movie ET(1982), at the near beginning of the film ET is left behind by his spaceship. He simply couldn't fly up to get back to it and he stayed on Earth as seen below:

We see in a later scene that the boy is riding a bike with ET in the front basket as shown below:

How is it that ET couldn't fly to get to his ship at the start of the movie and here he suddenly can fly on a bike?

  • According to the TV Trope page for E.T, 'the novelization claims his growing telekinetic powers are a side-effect of the same process that is killing him.' - I can't find the relevant quote just yet though... – Longshanks Aug 28 '17 at 16:17

Well it's a different thing to fly a spaceship back to a planet and fly a bike a few meters into the air. Just like you can throw a stone a few meters up in the air but not to Alpha Centauri, E.T.'s powers have limits.


I believe it's because E.T is a teenager and doesn't know all of its powers. Think of it like Clark Kent in Smallville, as Clark aged, he started to discover his new powers and had to practice controlling them. He just didn't become Superman over night it took years to fine tune his powers and become the Superman.

  • Do you have any source to back your answer up? – A J Aug 28 '17 at 5:55
  • The book states he's 10 million years old. I thought it also said something about it being young for his species but I can't find anything to back that up. – Shawn Aug 28 '17 at 18:30

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