Questions tagged [plot-explanation]

Seeking to understand a story plot better, or to clear up confusion about certain aspects or plot points. Please also use the specific tag for the movie or TV series, if it exists.

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Is there a “MacGuffin” in Star Wars?

In a lot of good movie series, there are "MacGuffins' that are central objects that serve as a trigger for the plot. In the lord of the rings, it was the one ring. In Harry Potter, is was the ...
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Why does “The Affair” have two perspectives of the same story, and which one to believe?

I get it that the series The Affair uses parts to describe the story. But when two characters are involved in the same storyline, each character of that story depicts the story differently according ...
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Why did Ben calmly show up in the window instead of shouting “Help!”?

In the original 1968 Night of the Living Dead, Ben gets shot by the posse when they mistake him for a ghoul. What puzzles me is that Ben, having heard sirens and gunshots outside, and then even seeing ...
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Why has nobody looted or settled Las Vegas?

At some point before the events of Blade Runner 2049, Las Vegas was hit by a dirty bomb and thus deserted due to the radiation. During the events of the movie however, Deckard apparently has lived ...
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How come Fury and Hill could not identify Quentin Beck?

In Spider Man Far From Home, Hill and Fury are investigating an unnatural storm in Ixtenco Mexico. This is an earth elemental of Mysterio's orchestration.  With the unnatural storm data and the access ...
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What does the demon want to do in two scenes in “Becoming”?

In Becoming (2020), in the first scene when Alex just gets possessed and goes out for a ride and outside a store, another person thinks he is Alex too. Why does the demon inside Alex try to control ...
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Why do they think the plot will work in “The Burnt Orange Heresy”?

In The Burnt Orange Heresy (2019), if James Figueras and Joseph Cassidy really want to have the final work of Jerome Debney, then they should kill him. Why do they think burning down the house and ...
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Why does Peter Sullivan do anything or report the firm's risky position?

In the movie Margin Call (2011), Peter Sullivan who is a Risk Analyst (not a partner or major investor in the firm), after being given a thumb drive with some data, discovers late at night (once ...
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Why is Jerome Debney's last work not published?

In The Burnt Orange Heresy (2019), Joseph Cassidy knows that Jerome Debney sent a work to Berenice Hollis, but he thinks there is no signature so it is worth nothing. Indeed there is a signature in ...
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Why did David Budd lie about Andy Apsted?

In the UK TV series Bodyguard (2018), David Budd lies about not knowing Andy Apsted. The truth was simply that Budd knew Apsted from his days in Afghanistan and he was completely surprised to find him ...
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What is the significance of Lyle cleaning the fryer in Better Call Saul S5E4?

Close to the end of episode S5E4 of Better Call Saul Lyle, an assistant manager, is closing the restaurant after a shift and saying bye to the workers of Los Pollos Hermanos. One of them mentions that ...
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What is the importance of the souvenir from Lagos, Nigeria?

In X-Men Origins: Wolverine, what is the importance of souvenir acquired from Lagos, Nigeria, that William Stryker wants the source of.
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Is Phillip Banks Hilary's father?

I'm trying to determine if this is just a goof in details or if Hilary Banks was actually not Phillip Banks' daughter. Vivian Banks birthday is October 21, 1951 Hilary Banks birthday is May 25, 1969 (...
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What did Uncle Owen want with an R2 unit?

At the beginning of Episode IV, Luke and Uncle Owen purchase C-3PO and R2-D2 from the Jawas. Well, whenever Uncle Owen talks with 3PO he mentions that he needs a droid that can understand the binary ...
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How did the cars get inverted in Tenet?

After re-watching Tenet on the small screen there is one thing really bugging me. In the car chase sequence, there appear to be two inverted cars: the silver Saab driven by the inverted protagonist, ...
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Why don't they try to change the past?

I always saw Twelve Monkeys as being centered around the fact that the past cannot be changed. But why is that? Is it a physical law that makes it impossible to change or is it just the scientists ...
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How to explain the end of the game from the point of view of the kids?

In Jumanji (1995) Robin Williams' character is sucked into a board game as a kid in 1969, while his friend Sarah escapes. He lives in the game-world jungle for 26 years until two different kids bring ...
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Why does Red John never attack Jane directly like his other victims?

I have just finished watching S03E03 of The Mentalist, where Red John leaves Kristina Frye in a hypnotised(?) state. According to Jane, Kristina was targeted because she talked about Red John in the ...
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2067 movie plothole, not really a plothole… but there is a plothole [closed]

There have been questions about a plot hole in the movie 2067 concerning the murder of Ethan's mother... and his introduction to Jude.. I don't believe that this was the intention of Ethan's father... ...
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In Logan's Run (1976) how does controlling the population work when it comes to births?

I recently rewatched Logan's Run. The concept of "Carousel" is explained well. Citizens participate when they turn 30 and believe they will be able to renew (be reborn) and it is shown later ...
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Why did Patrick Jane have to steal the suspect list from LaRoche by hiring Donny Cullpepper?

Ok so here's what I don't understand, on season 3 episode 10, Patrick approaches Virgil and convinces him to help him give the suspect list that J.J. LaRoche possessed. At the end of the episode we ...
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How does this character suddenly catch fire?

Near the end of the film Maps to the Stars, is out by the swimming pool when she suddenly erupts into flames. I never understood how/why that happens - is it some sort of accident? Does she perform ...
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What was Lucy doing to try to describe rice to her mother-in-law?

In one episode of the classic sitcom I Love Lucy, Lucy's mother-in-law arrives from Cuba to visit Lucy and Ricky. In one scene, Lucy is alone with her mother-in-law. Unfortunately, Lucy can't speak ...
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What happened to the dogs when Brienne came?

In the 1st episode of season 6 of Game of Thrones, what happened to the hounds used by the search party when Brienne of Tarth came to rescue Sansa? They were there for a moment and then disappeared. ...
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How are all the chief's stones on the one island in Moana?

I'm confused about the origins of Moana's people. From the moment she finds out that her tribe was once wayfarers or voyagers, we hear stories of how Maui pulled islands from the ocean for her people ...
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Why could not the doctor just shoot John Wick in part 3 and get the reward?

Here is the thing: when I first saw the Asian doctor pull out a gun, I thought he would just kill him and receive his reward. Why could not he just kill John Wick? Of course the movie would end.. and ...
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What was Aquaman's motivation for killing Black Manta's father?

In Aquaman, after Black Manta's father was dead, Black Manta gets revenge on Aquaman. At times I feel like Aquaman just killed Manta's father for the sake of it. So why did Aquaman kill Black Manta's ...
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Did Michael Corleone ever get revenge against those who killed his wife?

Did Michael Corleone ever get revenge against those who killed his wife? I just watched the 3 Godfather movies again and I was not able to figure out who made the attempt on his life and in the ...
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Why do the three boxes appear when the parademon explodes?

When Batman is fighting the parademon in the beginning of Justice League, he catches the demon with a net on the wall. The demon explodes after some screaming and twitching, leaving goo picturing the ...
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Why is the stalactite covered with blood before Gabe lifts up his opponent against it to kill him?

In Cliffhanger (1993), there is a scene where Gabe is fighting with an opponent in a cave. His opponent seems to win, but finally Gabe grabs him and lifts him up against a stalactite which pierces his ...
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Why did the train need to keep moving?

Presumably, the Snowpiercer (2013) drove in a circular pattern since it had been running for 17 years prior to the events in the movie. At one point, the creepy woman with glasses who seemed to be at ...
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Why did Nancy forgive Steve even after he called her a slut?

In Chapter 6: The Monster of Season 1 of Stranger Things, Steve had seen Nancy and Jonathan together in her house. Based on what he saw he assumed that Nancy and Jonathan are together, and that Nancy ...
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Why is John Wick wasting bullets?

In the third installment of the series, John Wick is caught in multiple shootouts. Two sections especially trouble me. First, the fight alongside Sofia where they keep picking up guns off their dead ...
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Why does the thin man want Josephus to leave his apartment

In Metropolis (1927), Joh Fredersen orders his bodyguard/spy, called only The Thin Man in the movie, to shadow his son, Freder. He tracks the boy to the apartment of Josaphat, Joh Fredersen's former ...
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What was Robb Stark's true motivation in his rebellion against the crown?

As soon as Ned Stark was captured by Joffrey, Robb Stark gathered all the leaders of the most powerful houses of the North and started marching towards King's Landing, apparently motivated by the ...
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Why did Kaguya cry and run away?

Somewhere near the end of the Tale of Princess Kaguya, Kaguya is returning home in a carriage and she spots Sutemaru. He has robbed someone and is running with some vegetables in his hands. They see ...
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Why does Maria flee the flashlight beam?

In the first section of Fritz Lang's "Metropolis," the mad scientist, Rotwang, descends into catacombs under the workers' city to capture their moral leader, Maria. He easily succeeds, ...
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What was Groot doing during the fight between Drax and Ronan?

On Knowhere, Drax calls Ronan, and just after he arrives, the Guardians steal some pods. Rocket tells Groot he can't fit in the pod and to wait for him until he gets back. Drax then attacks Ronan. ...
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Why didn't Harriet Vanger look for protection with Henrik?

I am wondering why Harriet Vanger didn't try to contact her uncle looking for protection in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. After these many years she would have been able to receive protection from ...
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Lisbeth and the title

In The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Lisbeth plays an important lead role. But why is she so important to the story that the movie is named after her? Even Mikael found the killer without Lisbeth ...
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How is Rogue forced to help Magneto with his machine to convert people in mutants in the Statue of Liberty

Magneto's plan is to use Rogue in his machine, which requires to grab two handles by the hands. She is handcuffed to the machine (both made of metal) and we see that Magneto puts his hands on her face,...
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Why does Marla yank out her tooth?

In the movie I Care A Lot, Marla nearly drowns. After exiting the water, she pulls out a molar. She then preserves it and has a dentist put it back. Maybe I missed something, but why would she do this?...
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Where did the disease come from and why did it disappear?

Does anyone know what is the cause of the disease in the movie Blindness? Is it explained any further in the book? I wonder if there is a plausible explanation why the population lost their sight and ...
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Was the FBI trying to suppress information?

After the main climax of Bright both Ward and Nick are shown in a secured hospital facility. The FBI visit them for taking the statement of the two police officers. Nick recants his version, and after ...
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What do the owls have to do with the events of Twin Peaks?

I recently finished watching Twin Peaks (season 2, not yet the prequel movie) and the ending has been driving me crazy. I'll spare you the rant and come straight to the point. In Twin Peaks many ...
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Doc knows he will invent time machine 30 years ahead and it doesnt change the future

In Back to the Future, Doc invented time machine in 1985 and he was really excited and little surprised that it worked. But later in movie, Marty goes back and tells young Doc about it. Why was Doc ...
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When does Chris realize his feelings?

In the film Just Friends, when exactly does Chris realize his feelings for Jamie? I mean, I know he has feelings for her, but when he first arrives back in New Jersey he thinks he's only interested in ...
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Who stands at the top of the mountain in The End (Fin)?

In The End (2012), or Fin (original title), the main characters see a person standing at the top of a mountain. They shout and wave at the person, but the person doesn't react and leaves a few seconds ...
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When did Alonzo decide to do what he did to Jake?

In Training Day, did Alonzo always plan on having Jake killed by Smiley? After the scene where he kills Roger, he appears to still be trying to win Jake over to seeing his side of things; that they ...
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In HBO's Chernobyl, how does Professor Ulana know Lyudmila was pregnant?

When Professor Ulana Khomyuk visits the hospital in Moscow to talk to the plant workers, she sees Lyudmilla in her husband's room, inside the plastic, and inmediately goes nuclear (pun intended). When ...

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