History Fridge / ETTheExtraTerrestrial

30th May '17 12:10:22 AM Nakuyabi
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* A minor example. Since we don't know what happened after E.T. left, it is possible Elliott's family got in trouble with the federal government for setting E.T. free.

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* A minor example. Since we don't know what happened after E.T. left, it is possible Elliott's family got in trouble with the federal government for setting E.T. free.free.
* More an example of Fridge {{Squick}}, perhaps: E.T. has no obvious openings between his legs in front or in back, yet he's shown consuming food. Considering his physical frailties, I doubt he and his people are able to digest ''everything'' they eat into energy and nutrients, so they must have ''some'' waste products. Where does the stuff go, then? Most likely, out through their skin pores. That white stuff covering E.T. later in the film when he's sick? That's the waste his body is no longer operating efficiently enough to shed as quickly as it did when he was healthier. The scientists gathering stuff into containers were surely able to gather ''plenty'' of E.T.'s genetic material from all the dead skin cells he was shedding around Elliot's house for days along with his powdery white waste.
29th May '17 7:07:01 PM Nakuyabi
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* Do a little reckoning concerning how Elliot didn't have to go to school the first day after he met E.T. (and they both ran away screaming) and then stayed out again the next night to lure him into his house and room. The next day when he had to fake a fever to get out of going to school must have been a Monday, and the following day when he got drunk-by-proxy and caused such a commotion freeing the frogs must have been a Tuesday. That places Halloween on the following day, which must have been a Wednesday. The closest year in which [[ProductPlacement Reese's Pieces were a known product]] and Halloween (October 31st) fell on a Wednesday? Though the movie's first release was in 1982, the events in it must be taking place in the year 1984.


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** Of course, all that stuff with the Jedi and Sith took place "a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away." There have to have been some major political changes over all those eons, and the books indicated getting to other galaxies even with those hyper-drives everybody had was a daunting proposition. One of the orchestral pieces' titles on the soundtrack also indicates that in this story, E.T. is 3 million light years from home. Who knows how long it took his ship to get here, how long it might take for it to get back, and [[TheFederation who's running things]] over there these days?
19th May '17 3:13:54 PM Nakuyabi
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* Some of the stuff AllThereInTheManual you can figure out just by paying close attention to the movie. That E.T. and his people are from a lower-gravity planet is fairly obvious from how they waddle awkwardly around on ours, and from how E.T. himself rarely ever stands anywhere near to his full height; the gravity is obviously weighing hard on him. Also, while one might not be able to discern that he's part of a HiveMind, his telepathic link to his people through those glowing hearts of theirs certainly hints they're all rather closely connected mentally and physically. Finally, the wilted flowers he revived and the doctors' various life-sign scanning machines make abundantly clear that he was piggybacking on Elliot to survive until he could get back to his own people.

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* Some of the stuff AllThereInTheManual you can figure out just by paying close attention to the movie. That E.T. and his people are from a lower-gravity planet is fairly obvious from how they waddle awkwardly around on ours, and from how E.T. himself rarely ever stands anywhere near to his full height; the gravity is obviously weighing hard on him. Also, while one might not be able to discern that he's part of a HiveMind, his telepathic link to his people through those glowing hearts of theirs certainly hints they're all rather closely connected mentally and physically. physically; and when Elliot insists that "We're fine" (instead of "He's fine") in response to Michael's concerns about E.T.'s health, Michael points out that he's finding Elliot's new manner of speaking ("You say 'we' all the time now!") a bit disquieting. Finally, the wilted flowers he E.T. revived (which began drooping again as he got weaker) and the doctors' various life-sign scanning machines vital-sign scanners make abundantly clear that he had the power to transfer life to and from others and was piggybacking on Elliot Elliot's vitality to survive until he could get back to drawing it from his own people.
19th May '17 3:01:35 PM Nakuyabi
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* When E.T. sees Gertie for the first time she screams and he screams back. He was scared of Elliot at first, screamed, but came back and got to know Elliot. By the time he met Gertie and she screamed, he thought that was how humans greeted each other and was mimicking her facial expressions.

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* When E.T. sees Gertie for the first time she screams and he screams back. He was scared of Elliot at first, screamed, but came back and got to know Elliot. By the time he met Gertie and she screamed, he may well have thought that this was how humans greeted each other other, and was mimicking her facial expressions.expressions as well.



* Why does Michael find E.T. by a river? WordOfGod states that E.T. is a plant like creature (The ExpandedUniverse book and games touch upon this) and he could've been there to help himself survive.

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* Why does Michael find E.T. by a river? WordOfGod states that E.T. is a plant like plant-like creature (The ExpandedUniverse book and games touch upon this) and he could've been there to help himself survive.survive.
** A cut scene restored to the 20th Anniversary Edition confirms this somewhat, as it shows Elliot introducing him to the bath, and E.T. climbing into the water and thoroughly enjoying immersing himself. Elliot is initially worried that his new friend might drown, but then realizes that this is what E.T. considers to be having a good time.
* Some of the stuff AllThereInTheManual you can figure out just by paying close attention to the movie. That E.T. and his people are from a lower-gravity planet is fairly obvious from how they waddle awkwardly around on ours, and from how E.T. himself rarely ever stands anywhere near to his full height; the gravity is obviously weighing hard on him. Also, while one might not be able to discern that he's part of a HiveMind, his telepathic link to his people through those glowing hearts of theirs certainly hints they're all rather closely connected mentally and physically. Finally, the wilted flowers he revived and the doctors' various life-sign scanning machines make abundantly clear that he was piggybacking on Elliot to survive until he could get back to his own people.



* A minor example. Since we don't know what happened after E.T. left, it is possible Elliott's family got in trouble with the federal government for setting E.T. free.
* A {{Cracked}} [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7faGZJZzZ4k After Hours video]] argued that if E.T.'s mind-controlling, telepathic, lifeforce-draining, telekinetic, resource-harvesting race were ever to decide our planet was worth conquering, we would be in for a CosmicHorrorStory. Luckily, E.T.'s species seems to be as peaceful and sweet as he is.

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* A minor example. Since we don't know what happened after E.T. left, it is possible Elliott's family got in trouble with the federal government for setting E.T. free.
* A {{Cracked}} [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7faGZJZzZ4k After Hours video]] argued that if E.T.'s mind-controlling, telepathic, lifeforce-draining, telekinetic, resource-harvesting race were ever to decide our planet was worth conquering, we would be in for a CosmicHorrorStory. Luckily, E.T.'s species seems to be as peaceful and sweet as he is.
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30th Mar '17 8:22:53 PM PaulA
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* The movie is basically a retelling of TheWizardOfOz. E.T. wants to get home and is helped by three companions. Some scenes are even similar, such as E.T.'s tearful goodbye to each of his friends at the end.

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* The movie is basically a retelling of TheWizardOfOz.''Film/TheWizardOfOz''. E.T. wants to get home and is helped by three companions. Some scenes are even similar, such as E.T.'s tearful goodbye to each of his friends at the end.
20th Feb '17 10:06:15 PM rwe1138
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* [[https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc1/t1.0-9/10007485_279621632197643_4005398743775442218_n.jpg E.T. is more than likely a Jedi.]]
18th Dec '16 7:33:12 PM TheNerfGuy
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* I could never understand why Elliot didn't go with his best friend on adventures in space when I was a kid. And then I grew up, and realized that Elliot had matured during E.T's visit. At the beginning, he's a very typical 10-year-old, hurting from a divorce, and unable to keep that hurt to himself, even making his mom cry. His brother yells at him for that, telling him to grow up and think how other people feel for a change. When he comes back from sleeping overnight in the forest, he learns that he is just as capable of hurting his family as his father did when said father left his three kids and wife, and at the end, cannot bring himself to hurt his broken family further by leaving with the aliens in the spaceship, no matter how much he loves one of them. ''Ouch.''

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* I could never understand why Elliot Why didn't Elliot go with his best friend on adventures in space when I was a kid. And then I grew up, and realized that Elliot had matured during E.T's visit.with his best friend? The answer becomes clear throughout the movie. At the beginning, he's a very typical 10-year-old, hurting from a divorce, and unable to keep that hurt to himself, even making his mom cry. His brother yells at him for that, telling him to grow up and think how other people feel for a change. When he comes back from sleeping overnight in the forest, he learns that he is just as capable of hurting his family as his father did when said father left his three kids and wife, and at the end, cannot bring himself to hurt his broken family further by leaving with the aliens in the spaceship, no matter how much he loves one of them. ''Ouch.''



* Why the FBI are keeping their distance during the chase could mean two things, and there's a subtle payoff to how careful their being. One: They are following the kids to try to find where the spaceship is. But Keys is ultimately the only person outside the Taylor family to get near the ship. It's probable they were letting everyone go in peace. There's also a good chance the rest of them got to see their takeoff. Two: while the kids are harboring an alien, [[WouldntHurtAChild they are still kids and they are taking extra special care of not speeding up in risk of running them over.]] Even with the guns pointing at them, they were more or less a last resort warning, or else they would have shot them down during the flight. The guns probably weren't even loaded at all. They just wanted to intimidate the kids. The agents obviously don't mean any harm throughout the movie, they're just trying (and ultimately failing) to help and reach out to higher intelligence.

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* Why the FBI are keeping their distance during the chase could mean two things, and there's a subtle payoff to how careful their they're being. One: They are following the kids to try to find where the spaceship is. But Keys is ultimately the only person outside the Taylor family to get near the ship. It's probable they were letting everyone go in peace. There's also a good chance the rest of them got to see their takeoff. Two: while the kids are harboring an alien, [[WouldntHurtAChild they are still kids and they are taking extra special care of not speeding up in risk of running them over.]] Even with the guns pointing at them, they were more or less a last resort warning, or else they would have shot them down during the flight. The guns probably weren't even loaded at all. They just wanted to intimidate the kids. The agents obviously don't mean any harm throughout the movie, they're just trying (and ultimately failing) to help and reach out to higher intelligence.
17th Sep '16 5:29:36 AM Sharlee
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** Then, because Elliot relates to E.T as an outsider, the film could also be called Elliot Taylor (:The Extra-terrestrial part of the title hinting that Elliot also sees himself as an alien due to him being different and alienated after his father left home)

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** Then, because Elliot relates to E.T as an outsider, the film could also be called Elliot Taylor (:The Extra-terrestrial part of the title hinting that Elliot also sees himself as an alien due to him being different and alienated after his father left home)home).
** "E.T." being short for "extraterrestrial" carries a double meaning too. "Extraterrestrial" (one word) conveys the obvious meaning that he's from outer space, sure. But if heard as "extra terrestrial" (two words), it means ''very'' terrestrial, i.e. CloserToEarth. E.T. is a botanist who knows about nature, and he comes ''literally'' "closer to Earth", both physically (he's stranded there) and emotionally (he learns and cares about an Earth family), than any other of his kind.
16th Sep '16 11:41:25 PM johnnycade7
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* Why the FBI are keeping their distance during the chase could mean two things, and there's a subtle payoff to how careful their being. One: They are following the kids to try to find where the spaceship is. But Keys is ultimately the only person outside the Taylor family to get near the ship. It's probable they were letting everyone go in peace. There's also a good chance the rest of them got to see their takeoff. Two: while the kids are harboring an alien, [[WouldntHurtAChild they are still kids and they are taking extra special care of not speeding up in risk of running them over.]] Even with the guns pointing at them, they were more or less a last resort warning, or else they would have shot them down during the flight. The guns probably weren't even loaded at all. The agents obviously don't mean any harm throughout the movie, they're trying (and ultimately failing) to help. They just wanted to intimidate the kids.

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* Why the FBI are keeping their distance during the chase could mean two things, and there's a subtle payoff to how careful their being. One: They are following the kids to try to find where the spaceship is. But Keys is ultimately the only person outside the Taylor family to get near the ship. It's probable they were letting everyone go in peace. There's also a good chance the rest of them got to see their takeoff. Two: while the kids are harboring an alien, [[WouldntHurtAChild they are still kids and they are taking extra special care of not speeding up in risk of running them over.]] Even with the guns pointing at them, they were more or less a last resort warning, or else they would have shot them down during the flight. The guns probably weren't even loaded at all. The agents obviously don't mean any harm throughout the movie, they're trying (and ultimately failing) to help. They just wanted to intimidate the kids. The agents obviously don't mean any harm throughout the movie, they're just trying (and ultimately failing) to help and reach out to higher intelligence.
16th Sep '16 11:38:57 PM johnnycade7
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* Why the FBI are keeping their distance during the chase could mean two things. One is that they are following the kids to try to find where the spaceship is. Two while the kids are harboring an alien, [[WouldntHurtAChild they are still kids and they are taking extra special care of not speeding up in risk of running them over.]] Even with the guns pointing at them, they were more or less a last resort warning, or else they would have shot them down during the flight.
** It's possible the guns weren't even loaded at all, and they just wanted to intimidate the kids.

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* Why the FBI are keeping their distance during the chase could mean two things. One is that they things, and there's a subtle payoff to how careful their being. One: They are following the kids to try to find where the spaceship is. Two But Keys is ultimately the only person outside the Taylor family to get near the ship. It's probable they were letting everyone go in peace. There's also a good chance the rest of them got to see their takeoff. Two: while the kids are harboring an alien, [[WouldntHurtAChild they are still kids and they are taking extra special care of not speeding up in risk of running them over.]] Even with the guns pointing at them, they were more or less a last resort warning, or else they would have shot them down during the flight. \n** It's possible the The guns probably weren't even loaded at all, and they all. The agents obviously don't mean any harm throughout the movie, they're trying (and ultimately failing) to help. They just wanted to intimidate the kids.



* The movie is basically a retelling of TheWizardOfOz. E.T. wants to get home and is helped by three companions. Some scenes are even similar, such as the kiss goodbye at the end.

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* The movie is basically a retelling of TheWizardOfOz. E.T. wants to get home and is helped by three companions. Some scenes are even similar, such as the kiss E.T.'s tearful goodbye to each of his friends at the end.
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