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Question: The warden tells Frank Morris he is not permitted to have newspapers, or magazines carrying news. Why not?

Answer: In part, to break inmates. Alcatraz was notoriously tough on inmates, psychologically (although they did relax some of the strict rules by the 50s). In general, inmates had very little contact with the outside world, and many even had little contact with other inmates. In the film, the warden tells Frank the only news inmates get is what the warden tells them is the news.

Bishop73

Question: Doc Brown's workshop at the beginning of the movie strikes me as highly reminiscent of the one belonging to Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, right down to the elaborate food-dispensing mechanisms. Potts also had a dog named Edison in that movie, just as Doc has one named Einstein. Were these similarities intended as a deliberate homage, or are they just similar expressions of the "mad scientist" trope?

Answer: It's definitely a deliberate homage. The similarities between the two characters don't end there...in fact, both share the line "I've finally invented something that works!"

Question: Are we ever given any suggestion as to what offence Lorraine's brother was incarcerated for?

Answer: Not in any official, canon source. In the Back to the Future comic books published by IDW he is an aspiring member of Biff's gang and gets arrested breaking into the home of Doc Brown's mother in an attempt to steal a large sum of money. It must be reiterated that the comics are non-canon and this should be taken with a grain of salt.

BaconIsMyBFF

The comic books are so skewed from the movie events, they cannot be considered canon. "Jailbird Joey" was only a baby in a playpen when Biff and his gang were seniors in highschool. Unless Biff and his highschool buddies were still recruiting gang members into their mid-30s, there is no way Jailbird Joey would be trying to join their gang.

Charles Austin Miller

While the answer does state the comics aren't cannon, it's the only place that really delves into Uncle Joey's criminal history since the film's didn't need to spend time discussing the exact nature of his crimes. However, it would not be unreasonable (or even unheard of) for Biff to be recruiting members for his "gang" at 35. Plus, Joey wanting to be part of Biff's gang wouldn't necessarily require Biff or his high school buddies to be personally involved in recruiting young Joey.

Bishop73

Question: Given that the entire McFly family's circumstances have changed at the end of the movie due to Marty altering the past, shouldn't Marty's whole life have gone down a completely different path from childhood on? What are the odds that he even still knows Doc and Jennifer in the revised 1985 (let alone has the exact same date planned with Jennifer for the very same evening), given that everything else has changed?

Answer: The suggestion is given that he was the only "normal" person in the family and when he changed the past his parents and siblings became more "normal" people as well whilst he stayed as he was, despitegrowingup with different parents and siblings, since he was "normal" anyway. This totally ignores the linear timeline idea given during the entire movie, but it's obvious that was the idea.

lionhead

You're absolutely right about Marty being the only "normal" one in the family, but that doesn't ignore the linear timeline idea. There are two different Marty McFly's by the end of this movie. There's the one we follow, who grew up with unhappy parents, and then there's the other Marty McFly who grew up with cool parents. We see the 2nd Marty go back to 1955 when Marty gets back to the Twin Pines mall. The idea isn't to ignore the linear timeline idea, but rather to imply that unhappy parents or not Marty will still always be Marty.

BaconIsMyBFF

Except for the fact Marty kept being in danger of disappearing if his parents wouldn't get together. If his old self would disappear from his parents not getting together then so he should if his entire life is different and he would be a different Marty just like his siblings. Even if it's only memories rather than an entire personality.

lionhead

Answer: It's definitely a paradox. Marty actually goes back to the life of 2nd Marty, but if that's the case then original Marty should have still faded away since he created a new timeline when he gave George confidence. Original Marty shouldn't exist anymore at all, he should have faded completely away on the stage. I've said it before and I'll say it again: time travel movies are a mess.

BaconIsMyBFF

Question: Kreese told Bobby to put Daniel out of commission for their semi final match but why didn't he have Johnny put his semi final opponent out of commission?

Answer: Because Kreese has a personal vendetta with Daniel and Mr. Miyagi. He likely wouldn't stoop to that level for a random competitor, but he will to keep Daniel from winning.

Jason Hoffman

Question: If the Kaiju are artificially created clones, why do they have parasites?

Answer: Presumably the parasites are simply creatures that exist on the other side of the breach. We see very little of the world in which the kaiju live, we only ever see the facility that is directly on the other side of the breach. The kaiju homeworld could be infested with these parasites, we just never actually see any up close.

BaconIsMyBFF

Question: Were there scenes in the movie that were shot but deleted? There is evidence in the movie that at least two scenes were cut. (1) Near the beginning of the movie, there is a scene outside Big Kay's Burgers in which Packard is bullying Billy Hankins to make him race his Triumph. While that's going on, the Turbo shows up and revs its engine. Packard asks Rughead what kind of car that was and Rughead answers that he didn't know but would find out after they had added the Turbo to their "collection." Oggie Fisher then asks Packard "come on, let me take him this time." This suggests that the gang had encountered the Turbo earlier in the movie and had not been able to catch it. Also, when Oggie lines up with the Turbo to just before the race, Packard tells Oggie "I want you to rip this guy a new asshole." Why was Packard so angry at the Turbo's driver if he had never seen him before and didn't know how fast the Turbo was? There must have been an earlier scene involving the Turbo and Packard's gang. (2) In the scene in the warehouse, just before the Wraith shows up with the shotgun, there is an odd conversation between Packard and Minty. Packard starts to ask Minty something but Minty interrupts, saying "yeah, don't worry, I got those elbow joints sold to the Dallas boys for $2900." Packard then smiles and says "yeah, that old man was pretty pissed off." There must have been an earlier scene where the gang rips off the "old man" and steals a bunch of elbow joint to resell and raise money. That would explain how they got the elbow joints, why Minty sold them and why Packard said what he did. Anyone know about deleted scenes?

paktype

Question: Should Nebula not have ceased to exist after the other one was killed?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Answer: No - as stated in the film, timelines/realities are independent from each other. Thanos/Nebula coming to "our" timeline means a new timeline is created where they don't exist any more, but we don't follow that one. "Our" Nebula isn't affected by the actions of the "alternate", because "our" Nebula's history is unchanged.

Show generally

Question: Is the actress who plays Robby's mother in season 2 the same actress from season 1?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Answer: Yes, it is the same actress, Diora Baird. The character's name is Shannon.

Bishop73

Show generally

Question: Between season 2 and season 6 we periodically meet a serial killer called The Grave Digger who's actual name is Heather Taffet. Having watched the complete series a while ago, one thing was never made clear (or I might have missed it) How did Taffet physically bury the containers her victims were in? The twins were buried in a park in a submerged beer vat that is stated as being 6ft high. Bones and Hodgins are buried around 4ft underground in a car. How does she manage to bury them without being seen or interrupted?

Ssiscool Premium member

Question: Spoiler! At the end why would Steve Rogers pass his Captain America mantle to Sam Wilson? He doesn't possess any kind of super strength, and his only talents are flying and being a decent fighter.

Gavin Jackson

Answer: This is right out of the comics. When Steve Rogers retires as Captain America in All-New Captain America #1, he passes the mantle to Sam Wilson.

wizard_of_gore Premium member

Answer: Steve Rogers didn't have super strength when he was chosen to be Cap. His demeanor, personality, and selflessness earned him the mantle. The abilities came with it.

DetectiveGadget85

His character earned him the slot in the super soldier program - his abilities are a direct result of the now-unavailable super soldier serum. Falcon is highly skilled and trained, doesn't mean he can't do a good job as a "new" Captain America with a different skillset, but he won't have the same strength and speed.

Answer: As shown throughout the events of the "Captain America" and "Avengers" sequels, Cap and Sam are very much kindred spirits with a great deal in common. Cap thus saw him as the perfect person to pass the mantle onto.

TedStixon

Question: James Harrison reports to general James Longstreet that the union Army of the Potomac is moving in their direction. If that is true, why didn't General Stuart report it? Stuart's mission was to report any movement by the union Army of the Potomac.

Question: Is the woman who asks Daniel and Mr Miyagi why they were in her cab the same woman from the first movie who tells Daniel where to find Mr Miyagi so he could fix his faucet?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Answer: Yes, it's the same woman. She is Frances Bay. In the first film she's listed as "Lady with Dog." In the third film she is listed as "Mrs. Milo." She lives in the apartment complex.

Bishop73

Question: Does the guy eat the pie himself at the end?

Answer: In the book, yes. In the film it's unknown, but implied that he plans to feed it to his wife's 'friend'.

Jason Hoffman

Answer: No, he fed it to the man who is friends with his wife. He is jealous of him and believes they are having an affair.

They were having an affair. This was seen when Billy came home and saw a vision of Heidi and his "friend" Mike kissing each other passionately. Another hint that they were having an affair is that when Billy calls home after being gone for so long, Linda says that Mike has been visiting the house quite frequently.

Question: What happened to Chozen after Daniel beat him? It's unlikely he'll show up in Cobra Kai.

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Answer: There has never been any explanation of what happened to any of the characters who debuted in The Karate Kid Part II. The series Cobra Kai has so far focused only on Daniel, Johnny, and Kreese while introducing new characters. I wouldn't say it's unlikely Chosen would show up at some point, Yuji Okamoto (the actor who played Chosen) still acts regularly and could easily be brought to the series if the writers decided to focus on his character.

BaconIsMyBFF

Question: The man with his daughter, was that Sean Casey?

MikeH

Answer: No. Sean Casey "died in a car accident" according to Fletcher, but he actually killed himself after feeling traumatised by Fletcher's teachings.

Question: Was Jimmy the one who Kreese made do 50 push ups on his knuckles?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Answer: It didn't look like him. It appears to be a random student and not part of Johnny's group of friends seen throughout the film.

Well in that case, I heard Jimmy has two lines throughout the film and I figured they were both of the "yes sensei's." What are Jimmy's two lines then?

Question: When Charlie brings a pizza to the puppies, and they shout, "Charlie", how do they know what his name is?

Answer: Charlie talks to Anne Marie about them so my guess is that he has visited the puppies and the female dog before maybe even a few times.

Answer: Charlie may have visited the puppies before so they know who he is.

Question: Did Daniel really mean it when he said he hated his bike, or was it just out of anger?

Answer: It was just out of anger. He's frustrated that he has to ride a bicycle around while his bullies ride around on expensive dirt bikes.

BaconIsMyBFF

Question: Harry burns his hand by touching a red hot doorknob, and then cools it off by putting in the snow. In real life, wouldn't putting in his hand in the snow make the burn worse?

Answer: Putting ice or cold water on a burn provides immediate temporary relief. It wouldn't make the burn worse.

Jason Hoffman

Answer: Yes, on major burns you never want to use ice or cold water because it can further damage the tissue and water can cause bacterial infections. A 2nd degree burn on the hand is considered a major burn. However, in the context of the film not only would Harry not know this and seek for immediate relief, we don't really see the extent of the tissue damage so we don't know how much the ice affected it.

Bishop73

Would Harry have gotten a 2nd degree burn if the door knob was as hot as shown in the movie?

He definitely would have gotten 2nd degree burns, more likely 3rd degree given the handle was shown to be red hot. Although it should be noted, the red glow would indicate the handle was over 900°F and at that temp, the door itself would probably have caught fire before Harry touches the doorknob.

Bishop73

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