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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Plan for Tug of War game with odd number of players?

In the 2021 Netflix series Squid Game, round 3 was Tug of War, which made the remaining 80 players divide into 8 teams of 10 members each, for a deadly tug of war game where each 2 randomly selected ...
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Why is the timeline so different in the episode 2 of “What If...?”?

In the episode 1 of What If...?, the story follows the same events as in the first Captain America movie, but with Peggy Carter as Captain Carter. The other characters have the same roles until the ...
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In Prisoners, why does Bob Taylor and Alex refer to the house as "the maze"?

I can't really wrap my head around one thing: the fact that two victims of the kidnappers - Bob Taylor and Alex Jones - refer to the house as "the maze". Alex Jones tells Keller that he can find the ...
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Was Jacob's downward spiral motivated purely by self-preservation?

In Shot Caller (2017), Jacob is sentenced to 18 months of jail time, which he and his lawyer consider "no time", when compared to the much longer 5 year sentence he might have faced, had he fought the ...
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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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When did Clay become a phoner?

At the end of the movie Cell we see that Clay has turned into a phone zombie and has become part of the zombie flock around the cell tower. We find out that he was unable to destroy the tower and was ...
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Why did fighter jets shoot Steven's helicopter without caring if Steven would survive?

In the series 24, season 3, last minutes of episode 22, catching Steven alive is very important for finding the rest of viruses so why did fighter jets shoot the helicopter without caring if Steven ...
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Meaning of the shapes used in Squid Game?

Related to the 2021 Netflix original Korean series Squid Game. Throughout the series, we see these 3 particular shapes popping up; Square, Circle and Triangle. First we see them printed in the card ...
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Why doesn't Bathurst use the device this way?

The antagonist in Infinite (2021) has a device called the dethroner which allows him to download the consciousness of an opponent, thus preventing reincarnation. But Bathurst's end-goal in the movie ...
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Why did Hermie do this to Joe?

Joe and Hermie are sitting in a corner of a restaurant. They discuss the Screen Writers Guild: Joe: Hermie, the guild's in its infancy. It needs you. Hermie: You're telling me. What writer failed to ...
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Why didn't Mickey testify before court?

In Payback (2021), at 25:51 the dialog goes like this -- Mickey: Mr. Strauss, I didn't do this. Slava sent me to the store. Ruslan killed those men. Strauss: Are you prepared to testify to that? ...
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Why did the old man (player 001) vote as he did?

In Squid Game, during the vote as to whether the players wanted to participate in further rounds, why did the old man i.e. player #1 vote no? Since I assume it would have been better if he voted yes ...
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How did Sherlock know it was a Boomerang?

In A Scandal in Belgravia (Sherlock S2E1) we come to know that Sherlock comes to know that the person who was standing near the river got distracted by the blasting of an engine and was hit by a '...
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What happens to Clifford in Ad Astra?

In the end of Ad Astra, Clifford asks Roy to unhook him. Roy reluctantly obeys. But in the next shot, they show Roy staring at a bright near Neptune’s rings. Was it his own ship, or is there a ...
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Why are there visual representations of elements during attacks in Demon Slayer?

In Demon Slayer, there are; When watching the show, they are often represented visually, but so far (and from my research), I can't seem to figure out a reason why it would be important for them to ...
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Why did Connie Sumner use tissue paper in the train's restroom after having physical contact with Paul?

In Unfaithful (2002), why did Connie Sumner use the tissue paper in the train's restroom after having physical contact with Paul?
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Why was Mickey framed?

According to this review, in Payback (2021), the whole mob gang designed a shoot-out and framed Mickey for manslaughter. Why was Mickey framed? What was the gang's objective?
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Did Blondie know Tuco before they met?

In The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Blondie and Tuco meet when Tuco is saved from three bounty hunters/bandits by Blondie. Tuco is then worth 2000 dollars, and Blondie gets 1000 from their first scam ...
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Why did Lantos help Roy?

Per the Wikipedia article on Ad Astra, Lantos reveals that Clifford's crew had mutinied and tried to return to Earth, causing him to turn off their life-support systems, her parents included. She ...
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Explain the love triangle?

In Duck, You Sucker (aka A Fist Full of Dynamite), John (played by James Coburn) has numerous flashbacks to his IRA days. In the final 15 minutes of the film, two seemingly important points are ...
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Why did Ethan Hunt dream of Solomon Lane with a beard?

In the first minute of Mission Impossible: Fallout, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) has a dream that features Solomon Lane and Ethan's ex-wife Julia. In the dream, Solomon Lane does not appear clean-shaven ...
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In Silicon Valley 04x02, did Gavin Belson acquire a free license to Richard's algorithm in his deal with Dinesh?

Spoilers for Silicon Valley's first 4 seasons (read at your own risk) In Silicon Valley, season 4 episode 2, Terms of Service, Dinesh as CEO of Piper Chat ends up giving away his company to Hooli and ...
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Was the smoke in this scene accidental or a practical effect serving to depict something?

In the Star Trek: The Original Series(TOS) episode "Journey to Babel", There were several shots of an "operating room" scene, in which McCoy (DeForest Kelley) is operating on Sarek. In at least a ...
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Meaning of "Never get involved in a land war in Asia" in The Princess Bride?

The clip below of the Battle of Wits scene from The Princess Bride (IMDB), the character Vizzini (Wallace Shawn) says: You’ve fell victim to one of the classic blunders! The most famous is never ...
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Does Alice actually sleep with Larry?

In the 2004 film Closer, every affair between two people always has a scene alluding to it, except the one between Larry (Clive Owen) and Alice (Natalie Portman). She is only shown stripping in front ...
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Why did Aaron Cross take the watch from the security chief?

At one point during The Bourne Legacy Aaron Cross comes up behind an Austrailian security chief and knocks him unconscious. He then proceeds to take the man's watch, and then leaves the area. In this ...
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What's the meaning behind Khan's firing on the Enterprise as it approaches the Mutara Nebula?

About 80% of the way down in the Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan movie script, [Reliant bridge]JOACHIM: If they go in there we'll lose them.KHAN: Explain it to them.[Enterprise bridge]SAAVIK: That ...
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What was the significance of the tire iron?

In Brokeback Mountain, there are references made to a tire iron that coincides with hate crimes. Ennis explains to Jack about an incident involving a tire iron involving a homosexual when he was ...
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Apple TV "See" series - are the knots a real form of communication?

In the Apple TV Series "See", are the strings they read real? I think the last episode or 2 I heard them called knots. Just curious if it's a real way of communications or made up. Doesn't ...
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How Does Doctor Strange's cloak of levitation work inside the mirror dimension?

In the Doctor Strange movie, his cloak of levitation only worked when he entered the mirror dimension but was afterwards never used in that dimension. (If the cloak would have worked, he could have ...
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Why did Sergeant Dignam provoke Billy Costigan so much?

Why did Sergeant Dignam provoke Billy Costigan so much in The Departed (2006)? I mean both Colin and Sergeant Dignam attended an interview for a state trooper. But Sergeant Dignam provokes only Billy ...
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Why is Michael Burry's assistant shown working at a convenience store stocking Red Bull?

In The Big Short, Michael Burry has a recurring assistant character throughout the movie. As his firm continues to lose money, the staff dwindles until only the assistant character is left. He asks ...
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How does Arthur manage to get into the cave?

In the movie Bone Tomahawk, we learn that in order to get into the cannibals' cave, the only way is dragged up via ropes. Arthor, with a broken leg, manages to get into the cave. The question is how? ...
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What happened to the knowledge of VGER?

In the first full length Star Trek movie The Motion Picture, Commander Decker assumes the role of The Creator and directly inputs the final code sequence so VGER can transmit its vast amount of ...
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Why did Michael fire Tom Hagen as Consigliere?

Tom Hagen from The Godfather was absolutely loyal. He never had done something which was not in the family interest. He never orchestrated any coup. He might not be so foresighted as Genco but was it ...
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Why is Tell locked back into a military prision?

In the movie, The Card Counter, Tell kills his ex-commanding officer and locked back into a military prison. But the question is, he has been locked up once before and has been dishonourably-...
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Does Paterson adopt a backup strategy?

In Jim Jarmusch's 2016 Paterson, I didn't see this resolved. I thought of course you need backups of your data. Except the film doesn't seem to say that. Paterson seems to resist publishing his ...
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How did Cooper know the quantum data is what Murph needed to solve the gravity equation?

In Interstellar Professor Brand reveals only to Murph (on his deathbed) that Plan A, solving the equation was 'impossible'. I am struggling to reconcile; A) How Murph knows that it is quantum data ...
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Why didn't Hippolyta lift the horse?

In the scene from Justice League where Steppenwolf attacks Themyscira and Hippolyta was riding the horse with another Amazon carrying the mother box, when Steppenwolf strikes them, why did Hippolyta ...
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Why did Carter give Bird the shotgun, knowing it has no bullets left?

After the initial shooting, Carter has one bullet left in his shotgun, he makes it very clear while talking with Bird about it. He also says there are no bullets around, no way to get more. Given a ...
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How did Sonny buy the hotel?

In The Second Best Marigold hotel after the hotel inspector resigns Sonny offers to drive them... To the Very soon after this Sonny announces that he has bought it with help from his investor. But ...
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Did both anti-Nazi parties know about each other?

In Inglorious Basterds, there are two parties of people planning on killing Hitler and everyone else at the theater. The first being Shoshanna and Marcel, who planned on burning the theater down, and ...
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What does Madam Blanc look at?

This question is regarding Suspiria 2018. At about 2hrs into the film, Suzy is sitting with the rest of the girls at the restaurant, she & Blanc staring at each other. Blanc's gaze slightly ...
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What happened to the last of the sins in Se7en?

I have watched Se7en and followed Gluttony, Greed, Sloth and Lust. But I couldn't place the events of the other sins: Envy, Wrath and Pride. Please provide some light on these. I am really confused.
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Did Hope know her blood would heal Jossie Saltzman

In the latest Legacies episode (S01E16), Hope went to Triad Organisation's place (in GA) to save Landon. After she reached there, Landon told her about Malivore and its/his history, might have ...
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Why did Williamson lie to Roma in Glengarry Glen Ross?

I loved Glengarry Glen Ross but there is one thing I still find strange. Why did Williamson lie to Roma about the contract before? I mean, if the contract was stolen Roma should have gone back to ...
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Did Jeremy Clarkson really make it to Blackpool in the Jaguar on one tank of gas?

In Series 12, Episode 4 of the BBC show Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May attempt to make an eco drive to arrive at Blackpool in time to turn on the "world famous illuminations."...
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Did Raymond Reddington lie to Liz about not being her father?

In the TV Series "The Blacklist" starring James Spader as Raymond "Red" Reddington, he tells Elizabeth Keen that he is not her father when she asks him. It was made to appear as that were true, ...
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Why did Mr White text Vesper's phone at the end of Casino Royale?

I just watched Casino Royale trying to understand every plot move. At the end of the movie when Bond is on his ship, he picks up Vesper's phone and receives a message saying "For James........Mr. ...
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What is the last scene supposed to tell us?

At the end of Out of the Furnace, after Russell lethally shot DeGroat, much to Wesley's dismay, the last shot of the movie shows Russell sitting in his house at the table doing nothing: But I'm not ...

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