History Headscratchers / ETTheExtraterrestrial

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.
22nd Aug '15 5:33:02 AM nrrork
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** To hear if anyone was discussing the missing alien that they were searching for and was last known to be in the area-- and that's precisely what they found.
24th Apr '15 10:33:32 PM kateydidnt
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*Why are government agents driving around neighborhoods listening in on conversations? This is like some V for Vendetta level creepy.
2nd Apr '15 8:48:56 PM Souhiro
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** Maybe they did it before. Many times, indeed. But this time, they wanted to inspect the flora in that specific area. One that just grew close to the Californians. Perhaps some kind of polluted plant that you cannot find in wild nature, or something like that.
*** Maybe THE ENTIRE experiment was bonding with a human. The "Phone Home" thing was just saying "Ok. Job's done, folks. Now pick me up"
27th May '14 10:38:35 PM pittsburghmuggle
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*** ET may have signed a release saying "if left behind you have X [ET planet] days to call us or you will be assumed dead or captured."
27th May '14 10:33:31 PM pittsburghmuggle
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* Why did ET and his ship land ''so close to human development''? California has national parks and things, too!
27th May '14 10:31:45 PM pittsburghmuggle
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*** No would the kids be responsible for euthanizing the frogs!
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