In Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, Laureline and Valerian go to the Big Market to retrieve a pearl and a "converter animal" (not sure how they are called).
How does this Big Market work? I am obviously looking for some in-universe explanation, not hard (or even soft) science based.
The area of the market is a desert, as seen without the glasses. Once one wears the glasses, another view (dimension?) appears. The inconsistencies I noticed when watching the movie make me wonder how it is actually supposed to work:
- Valerian and Laureline are the only ones visible on the desert, being within the market at the same time.
- They are subject to physical threat both within the market (Valerian is hit, then carries some weights, etc.) and in the desert (where they could just be shot)
- There is a way for objects from the market to move into the "desert world", as seen with the purchases of the two visitors (the human couple), as well as the monster jumping out to attack the bus
- Valerian shoots in the virtual world and falls between "floors" (there are several levels in the virtual world) - how would that match with the desert?
- When in danger, why not just removing the glasses, since he is physically on the desert anyway?