Questions tagged [plot-explanation]

Seeking to understand a story plot better, or to clear up confusion about certain aspects or plot points.

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Is Jeffrey involved in the virus plot or just the animal-release plot?

I love 12 Monkeys and have seen it a dozen times. Still I can't figure out if Jeffrey Goines is working in conjunction with redheaded scientist to destroy mankind, or if Jeffrey's only plan was to let ...
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What does the Mad Hatter say to Bayard?

In the film "Alice in Wonderland" (2010), at the Tea party, when Alice is hidden in the teapot Bayard comes sniffing under the table right up to the teapot, indicating that he knows she's in there. ...
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Why was the surgery pod configured only for men in Prometheus?

In Prometheus, when Shaw touch the surgery-pod Vickers warned her not to touch it because it is rare and so expensive, but i could not understand why the operating pod was made for a male, but the ...
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What was David's motivation in Prometheus?

For me, perhaps the most interesting person aboard the Prometheus was the android, David. I'm still confused by his seeming fascination with the movie, Lawrence of Arabia. Although I couldn't make ...
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Why did the Engineer at the start of the movie drink the dark liquid?

Why did the Engineer at the start of the movie drink the dark liquid? From the Wikipedia article for Prometheus*: Above a waterfall, a humanoid alien consumes a dark liquid, and a hovering ...
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Why did the ring affect Frodo so much and not Bilbo?

Every time Frodo put on the ring the Eye of Sauron could see where he was and almost see into his soul as well. Frodo appeared to suffer hugely when he put the ring on. Bilbo was able to turn ...
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What was the motivation behind the Engineers actions in Prometheus?

After watching Prometheus I don't have a clear idea of why the Engineers created the human beings. Because, if they created humans so that they can test their bio-weapons on us, then it makes sense, ...
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Do Frodo and Bilbo live forever at the end of the Lord of the Rings trilogy?

Elrond mentions that going to The Undying Land which is west of Middle Earth allows Elves to be immortal. Does this apply to other creatures such as Hobbits? I know Frodo and Bilbo Baggins go there ...
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What did David say to the engineer in Prometheus?

In Prometheus, when the android David is talking with the Engineer, first he stumbles a bit and stays crouched, then they are all asking him questions and David seems to translate it. Then they all ...
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Movie Title versus Movie Context

What's the significance of certain movie titles with respect to their context? I mean, take for example, these 3 movies (spoilers ahead, be warned): Winter's Bone Raising Arizona Monster's Ball I ...
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If Wolverine's skeleton is completely bonded with Adamantium, why are his teeth still white?

In "X-Men Origins Wolverine", Logan undergoes an operation to have Adamantium bonded to his skeleton. Why doesn't the Adamantium bond to his teeth?
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Where did they get all of the gum from?

When the Wyld Stallyons in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure have a breakdown in their time-machine, they just have all of their historical buds chew some gum and patch the antennae back together in ...
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When grabbing the commisoner what is Tyler Durden actually doing?

In the movie there is a scene where the group grab the police commissioner at fund raiser and drag him into the bathroom to threaten him so that he doesn't follow through on a vow to take down their ...
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What did Griffin show the Colonel to convince him in Men in Black 3?

I'm wondering what exactly is shown to the Colonel by Griffin near the end of Men in Black 3 (MIB3)? I don't remember exactly what the Colonel answered when J asked him what he saw, but it was pretty ...
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How can Jacoby be with Lana and Ben at the same time?

In Twin Peaks episode 21 (aka season 2, episode 14), we see Dr. Jacoby at the Great Northern helping Ben work through his “Civil War” insanity. Later, though, we see him walking out of the sheriff’s ...
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Where in Middle Earth is the Paths of the Dead?

The Paths of the Dead is where Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli go to recruit the undead army to fight for Gondor. The most detailed map of Middle Earth I could find is here. From reading on Wikipedia it ...
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How did Thor know Loki was on the plane?

During the movie Avengers, we are first introduced to Thor when he crashes the party on the plane, taking his brother Loki to get the location of the Tesseract from him. How did Thor know that Loki ...
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Was Frodo Baggins in the original version of The Hobbit?

I see from the trailers for the new Hobbit film that Frodo Baggins is in it. It has been a while since I read the book but I don't remember Frodo being in it. Was his addition only for the movie ...
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Why is the white ranger's transformation different in Power Rangers Dino Thunder?

In Power Rangers Dino Thunder the Red, Yellow, and Blue ranger don't transform when they first touch a Dinogem. Tommy Oliver modifiest their gems to morph them into rangers. However, Trent Mercer, the ...
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For Magneto, does being powerless mean he is innocent?

Magneto spends the better part of the X-Men trilogy trying to exterminate all human life on earth, being imprisoned and subsequently killing his way out. Afterwards, why was he left free to roam sunny ...
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How did they get to Singapore in Pirates of the Caribbean At World's End?

I imagine it's safe to assume Pirates of the Caribbean is based in the Caribbean. Do we assume that when they go to Singapore at the beginning of the film that they sailed all the way down around the ...
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Is X-Men First Class based earlier in time than X-Men Origins:Wolverine?

If X-Men First Class (XFC) is based before X-Men Origins (XMO) then how did Emma Frost end up being captured by Colonel Stryker? The last we see of Emma Frost in XFC she is with Magneto and Raven, ...
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What was the meaning of the elevator scene?

In the movie Revolver, towards the end of the movie Jason Statham’s character, Jake Green, ends up in an elevator by himself. In the elevator he has a dialogue with himself. I wasn’t able to quite ...
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Ending dialog in “The Bridge on the River Kwai”

In the war movie, The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), at the end Major Warden has a brief dialog with the women porters. The women back away from him as he exclaims: I had to do it. They might ...
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What is the significance of Benjamin Britten's “The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra”?

In the beginning of Moonrise Kingdom the children are listening to Benjamin Britten's "The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra". Basically the structure of this musical piece is: All musical ...
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Why does the werewolf exhale a green mist?

I have only watched a few episodes of Being Human (the original BBC series) so I may have missed something. (Just got hold of the dvds so trying to catch up.) In episode 3, George transforms into a ...
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Why is Alan considered to be a loser?

In Two and a Half Men, why is Alan Harper called a loser multiple times in multiple episodes by various characters? After all, the difficulties in his life are only due to the divorce. Otherwise he ...
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Why doesn't Joey move back to the bigger apartment in Friends?

In the very popular TV Series Friends, the character Joey Tribbiani moves out from his small apartment (where he lived with Chandler) to a very big and expensive place when he gets a role in the soap ...
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Why is J the only person who remembers K?

I just saw Men in Black 3 yesterday and it seems like they have a very half baked theory to the entire time travel plot. Why can only Agent J remember K correctly? As in - why can only he remember ...
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Why did the time machine work different for J?

Towards the end of the film, J decides to use the time machine to gain an advantage over Boris. However, unlike before, when he time jumps he comes back into his body that was in 1969 before he made ...
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Why didn't Loki's mind control work on Tony Stark?

Right before the final fight, we see Loki and Stark discussing the terms of the upcoming battle, bantering back and forth between who will win. It is then that Loki gets the idea of turning Stark ...
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Why did Hendricks jump from the parking structure at the end of the fight scene in MI4?

In Mission:Impossible-Ghost Protocol, at the last fight scene, Ethan and Hendricks were in a parking structure and Ethan was trying to get that briefcase which contains the Satellite launch terminal. ...
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Why did 'Milan' Actually Show up in end of movie Kahaani[2012]?

In the recently released Bollywood movie Kahaani, at the ending, why did "Milan" actually show up? Why did he want to Kill Vidhya Balan? How was he seriously affected by the things done by her? Why ...
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What lead to Don and Betty getting divorced on Mad Men?

Through the first three seasons of Mad Men, Don and Betty's relationship (and Don's indiscretions) are a primary focus. What factors contributed to the dissolving their marriage?
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What's wrong between Phoebe and her twin sister Ursula in Friends?

There is an episode of the very popular TV series Friends wherein Phoebe says that she wants to patch things up with her twin sister before their 30th Birthday (in a flashback in The One Where They ...
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What did Muir think was going to happen after he left McLean?

At the end of Spy Game, Nathan Muir is seen driving away from CIA headquarters; my impression of the scene is that he's in a hurry. He peels away from the gate, and the next shot of him is driving his ...
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In Mission Impossible 1, why didn't Phelps kill Ethan as easily as his wife?

We see Jim Phelps murder his wife, needlessly, and yet, only give Ethan what amounts to a glancing blow. Why wouldn't he just kill Ethan and try to escape with his wife instead of taking the risk of ...
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How does Ethan know that Phelps is the mole?

During a scene in the movie, while Ethan is looking at a bible with a Chicago stamp on it, he has a revelation that Jim Phelps is actually the mole. How did he come to this idea and how did the ...
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Who is the girl that poisons Jiraiya in Naruto 140?

When Naruto went to Orochimaru's base, Jiraiya is "entertained" by a female ninja that poisoned him. There is no continuation except that Jiraiya suddenly shows up later on the back of a toad. Who ...
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What is the meaning of the blue lettering on the board from Cabin in the Woods?

On the board of all the monsters in The Cabin in the Woods what does the blue lettering mean written next to the Monster's name?
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Where did the Spider-Suit come from?

Watching Spider-Man last night, after Parker's fateful night with the robber, we flash-forward to him being Spider-Man in full. However, it is never shown where exactly his costume came from or how ...
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Whose corpse is in the grave towards the end of The Woman in Black?

Towards the end of The Woman in Black (2012), Arthur Kipps finds the dead body of the child in the marshes, and he places his dead body into his grave. I thought the grave should have been empty, but ...
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What is the reason for the blood between Henry and Clair in The Time Traveler's Wife?

There is a scene after the miscarriage where Henry and his wife are sleeping on their bed and they see blood on the bed. What does it mean? Is this a second miscarriage or did I miss something?
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How did Thresh know that Katniss befriended Rue in Hunger Games?

In The Hunger Games, Katniss is attacked by Clove, but saved at the last moment when Thresh kills Clove. Thresh is then in a position to kill Katniss, too, but says (quoting from memory): Just ...
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What's with the alien and the video game?

In the movie The Last Starfighter, there's a scene where this guy walks in front of the video game. The game makes some noise and he loOks at it and encased with light, being replaced with an alien. ...
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How did Thor and Banner know where to go?

In the middle of The Avengers, the team is split up after coming together on the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier. Bruce Banner/Hulk end up in an abandoned warehouse. Thor ends up in a field. Shortly ...
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In the film “Limitless” (2011), why were the murder incidents relating to Eddie Morra downplayed by police?

In Limitless (2011): Eddie Morra was at the apartment just before and after the murder of Vernon Gant. He also called the police. Eddie Morra was at the hotel-room when the "blonde" was murdered. ...
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At which dream level did Inception end?

In the ending of Inception (2010), there is some doubt that Cobb is in the real world. But if he is not in the real world then at which level of the dream he is in? Starting at the presumed 'real ...
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Why is the big year record not accurate?

At the end of The Big Year (2011), Kenny Bostick does a big year and finishes with 755 bird species. After watching the film, I checked Wikipedia for Big year and reached the following information: ...
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When J's history is erased do they do so with the knowledge that Jeebs knows his identity?

Before being inducted into MiB, K takes J into Jeebs' Pawn Shop. Jeebs calls him "Officer Edwards" (Knowing J's name) Jeebs obviously knows J from his pre-MiB life. When J's history is erased do they ...

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