History Headscratchers / ETTheExtraTerrestrial

29th May '17 11:54:37 PM Nakuyabi
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** Considering that there were several different kinds of agents in all those scenes, what happened next probably depends on whose jurisdiction won out. Actually, my concern would be what happened with the family due to all the ''publicity'' they'd be receiving for having been in contact with an extraterrestrial. "Keys" and the scientists from SETI would probably be able to talk the other government agencies into letting Elliot and Michael and their friends off the hook for stealing that van (especially since it was recovered soon afterward) and evading arrest, but they would probably want to go on monitoring the family and especially Elliot for any lingering effects from E.T.'s empathic influence. Meanwhile, the whole neighborhood saw the home quarantined and Michael's friends in particular are likely to get chatty about their encounter with a real live space alien. What happens when Elliot and his family basically become super-celebrities with their names and faces known to everyone on the planet who has a television (or buys the merchandise some enterprising soul will undoubtedly make from them)? They'll have no more peace and quiet with their fans from all over the world making pilgrimages to their house and neighborhood on top of their own neighbors swarming around to gawk at them, and probably have to move out to some undisclosed location elsewhere under a government witness protection program just to get some semblance of a regular life back. To be sure, the fortune in royalties they'll make from having their likeness next to E.T.'s on that merchandise means their money troubles are over, but the price of that kind of "success" might make them wish they'd never gotten mixed up in this whole FirstContact incident.
29th May '17 11:31:45 PM Nakuyabi
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** An alternate possibility: those six nucleotides in his DNA the researchers discovered (two more beyond the four that are standard to the DNA of every living thing on Earth) mean he wasn't able to get enough nourishment from our food. Apart from the junk food Elliot was bringing him not being all that nutritious anyway, he'd be suffering from his species' version of scurvy due to being unable to get the right chemicals from any of our food to give his cells all the building blocks they need to make more of those other two nucleotides (whatever they might be). He was able to draw life from Elliot and then his own people to slow his degeneration, but he really needed some of his own food to put an end to the "rabbit starvation" from which he was suffering.

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** An alternate possibility: those six nucleotides in his DNA the researchers discovered (two more beyond the four that are standard to the DNA of every living thing on Earth) mean he wasn't able to get enough nourishment from our food. Apart from the junk food Elliot was bringing him not being all that nutritious anyway, he'd be suffering from his species' version of scurvy due to being unable to get the right chemicals from any of our food to give his cells all the building blocks they need to make more of those other two nucleotides (whatever they might be). He was able to draw life from Elliot and then his own people to slow his degeneration, but he really needed some of his own food to put an end to the "rabbit starvation" from which he was suffering.suffering.
* Am I the only one who ever spotted that "tree-man" thing in the interior shot of E.T.'s space ship where all the plants are stored? I was noticing the face and the lips moving as he sighed way back when we first owned a copy of this movie on ''VHS'' in the late ''1980s''! Didn't Spielberg or anyone else ever mention anything about that while discussing film trivia? (Granted, I haven't heard any of the commentary tracks on the discs or seen very many of the "making of" features...) Considering his fairly smooth dark-brown exterior not being that different from E.T.'s, and E.T.'s lack of any genitals, I kinda thought that creature might be the asexual "parent" to all of these sexless "little squashy guys" or maybe a living ship's core with them serving as his drones to gather resources for him. Given the novels and guides not saying anything about that, now I figure he's one of the acquisitions E.T.'s people made on some other planet before they came to ours. Anybody else seeing what I'm seeing in that scene?
29th May '17 11:12:03 PM Nakuyabi
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** I guess he didn't use a telepathic message to say, "Help, I'm being left behind..." while the ship was taking off, though.

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** I guess he didn't use a telepathic message to say, "Help, I'm being left behind..." say "Man overboard!" while the ship was taking off, though.



*** One of them did have some kind of beeping and blinking thing with him, but he was right next to the ship while using it. Also, E.T.'s jerry-rigged communicator was clearly working on regular radio waves like any transmitter we use here on Earth. The only chance humanity would have had of capturing any advanced technology from E.T.'s people was if they could capture the ''ship itself'', which obviously had some kind of advanced hyper-drive to be able to get from one galaxy to another. As for communicators otherwise, their short-range telepathy was sufficient for ''most'' situations, just not this one.



** The suits seem more a precaution to protect ''him'' from ''them''. When the doctors [[spoiler: [[ItWasHisSled figure they've failed and ET is dead]]]], everyone takes off his and her surgical masks, suggesting they figure they don't need them to protect him from them anymore.



** E.T.'s people are a race of empaths. The farther away from each other they are, the sicker they get, because their bonds are weakening. He'd been away from them for some time, and their apparently not receiving his "phone home" only made him reach the DespairEventHorizon that much faster. When they finally got his signal and responded, he was barely clinging to the last fibers of the last thread.

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** E.T.'s people are a race of empaths. The farther away from each other they are, the sicker they get, because their bonds are weakening. He'd been away from them for some time, and their apparently not receiving his "phone home" only made him reach the DespairEventHorizon that much faster. When they finally got his signal and responded, he was barely clinging to the last fibers of the last thread.thread.
** An alternate possibility: those six nucleotides in his DNA the researchers discovered (two more beyond the four that are standard to the DNA of every living thing on Earth) mean he wasn't able to get enough nourishment from our food. Apart from the junk food Elliot was bringing him not being all that nutritious anyway, he'd be suffering from his species' version of scurvy due to being unable to get the right chemicals from any of our food to give his cells all the building blocks they need to make more of those other two nucleotides (whatever they might be). He was able to draw life from Elliot and then his own people to slow his degeneration, but he really needed some of his own food to put an end to the "rabbit starvation" from which he was suffering.
17th Apr '17 9:43:53 AM PrimeEvil
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----** E.T.'s people are a race of empaths. The farther away from each other they are, the sicker they get, because their bonds are weakening. He'd been away from them for some time, and their apparently not receiving his "phone home" only made him reach the DespairEventHorizon that much faster. When they finally got his signal and responded, he was barely clinging to the last fibers of the last thread.
13th Apr '17 12:11:20 PM Unicorndance
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* So why exactly did E.T. get sick anyway? And why did he suddenly get better?
17th Jan '17 2:51:16 PM Lawyerdude
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** This is just a guess, but space suits are designed to allow survivability in the harshest environment we've been to, other than the deep ocean. The first guys into the house had no idea what sort of crazy alien tech E.T. could have been packing. Best to wear the safest thing you can find until you verify there's no weird-ass radiation or toxins in the house.
21st Oct '16 4:10:36 PM Emperor_Oshron
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* So why exactly did the first government agents to arrive at the house wear space suits? It makes a sort of sense if they're going for protection from potentially hazardous alien substances, (since they don't know anything about E.T. or his biology and motives at the time) but that being the case, why not hazmat suits like Keys is shown wearing in the next scene when he first enters the house?
17th Sep '16 5:08:00 AM Sharlee
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** It's called "urban sprawl". The plants in question had been there for ages, but the suburbs have been spreading in recent decades. When the alien botanists noticed the area was being encroached upon by human settlements, they shifted that site from "Maybe we'll get around to it three or four years from now" to "Holy ****, we gotta sample that spot ''right now'' before somebody builds a shopping mall on it!". Hence, the haste with which they were searching the area, and the sloppy contingency-planning that led to E.T. being left behind when some humans showed up.
17th Sep '16 12:28:34 AM johnnycade7
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*** Technically, yes it is. George Lucas put an envoy of [=ETs=] in the galactic senate in The Phantom Menace as a joke and a ShoutOut to his old mate Stephen Spielberg. As to why ET didn't have a blaster, his race is clearly quite peaceful and even if they did have blasters, a scientist collecting samples probably wouldn't know how to use one.

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*** Technically, yes it is. George Lucas put an envoy of [=ETs=] [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Asogian Asogians]] in the galactic senate in The Phantom Menace as a joke and a ShoutOut to his old mate Stephen Spielberg. As to why ET didn't have a blaster, his race is clearly quite peaceful and even if they did have blasters, a scientist collecting samples probably wouldn't know how to use one.



* In the movie ''E.T.,'' since E.T. can make the bicycle fly at the end, why doesn't he use it to fly in the beginning of the film to avoid pursuit?

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* In the movie ''E.T.,'' since Since E.T. can make the bicycle fly at the end, why doesn't he use it to fly in the beginning of the film to avoid pursuit?



** Maybe it takes concentration that is harder while running (not to mention the mindless fear). Sitting in a basket, on the other hands, doesn't tire one out nearly as much, and by then he was more used to the idea of being chased, leaving him with a clear enough mind to pull it off.
*** The novelization claims his growing psychokinetic powers are a side-effect of the same process that is ''killing him.''
* Why in the worlds did E.T.'s companions ''abandon'' him in the beginning? They appeared to be on a scientific expedition. Some local natives find them and start chasing. The rest of the expedition runs back to the ship, leaving one of their number behind. Wouldn't they have done a head count? Haven't they heard of the buddy system? And if they had no reason to wait five seconds for him to get back aboard, why did they come when he "phoned home"? Bunch of jerks.

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** Maybe it takes concentration that is harder while running (not to mention the mindless fear). Sitting in a basket, on the other hands, hand, doesn't tire one out nearly as much, and by then he was more used to the idea of being chased, leaving him with a clear enough mind to pull it off.
*** The novelization claims his growing psychokinetic telekinetic powers are a side-effect of the same process that is ''killing him.''
* Why in the worlds cosmos did E.T.'s companions ''abandon'' him in the beginning? They appeared to be on a scientific expedition. Some local natives find them and start chasing. The rest of the expedition runs back to the ship, leaving one of their number own behind. Wouldn't they have done a head count? Haven't they heard of the buddy system? And if they had no reason to wait five seconds for him to get back aboard, why did they come when he "phoned home"? Bunch of jerks.



*** It would make sense for them to leave behind one to save the rest; maybe a little cold, but [[BlueAndOrangeMorality who are we to judge?]] Alternatively, they didn't want their technology to fall into human hands--a bioloical specimen is bad enough--and since humans were converging on their landing site, having their craft captured was a distinct possibility. After taking off, maybe they just took up a temporary position orbiting Mars or something in the hopes that E.T. would find a way to communicate; in fact, given that this is pretty much what I would do, I'm all but convinced that that's what Spielberg ''et al'' meant to imply. (Of course, this again runs into the BlueAndOrangeMorality issue again...)

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*** It would make sense for them to leave behind one to save the rest; maybe a little cold, but [[BlueAndOrangeMorality who are we to judge?]] Alternatively, they didn't want their technology to fall into human hands--a bioloical biological specimen is bad enough--and since humans were converging on their landing site, having their craft captured was a distinct possibility. After taking off, maybe they just took up a temporary position orbiting Mars or something in the hopes that E.T. would find a way to communicate; in fact, given that this is pretty much what I would do, I'm all but convinced that that's what Spielberg ''et al'' meant to imply. (Of course, this again runs into the BlueAndOrangeMorality issue again...)
13th Sep '16 2:13:39 AM Luppercus
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***Imagine a group of scientists in the middle of the Amazonian forest with a helicopter taking botanic samples and then a very primitive and aggressive tribe attacks. They certainly will get away as fast as possible even if that means left one behind (though they may stay close to see if the lost scientist is able to send them smoke signs or something like that to show his position), now put that analogy but with aliens and humans.
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