History Headscratchers / IndependenceDay

28th Apr '16 5:51:53 AM LtFedora
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** Exactly. Plus, they're not destroying cities for the fun of it. They want to move in, and the best way to move in is to kill the cockroaches first. I'm also guessing that a lot of those soldiers are sappers and logistics troops who are going to start building settlements for the alien civilian population and scout for resources they can exploit.
28th Apr '16 5:45:46 AM LtFedora
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*** Even if the target is straight down and a short distance away, it's still a good idea to have a targeting laser just to make sure you're completely accurate. Also, the beam itself seems to fuel part of the destruction. Remember that there's two parts to the firing sequence: the beam shoots down, then they fire the pulse that obliterates the target. We see the beam from the LA ship is still firing for a minute or two even as the blast wave has already consumed half the city. Plus, we see the White House starting to explode before the pulse, and Area 51 suffers a brief power failure as well. Why Russell's fighter seems unaffected is another matter, possibly from the beam being in low-power mode due to the virus.
25th Apr '16 2:45:42 PM MrDeath
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** Just bombing is not an invasion, it's a bombing. They took down what seemed to be the biggest population centers and military bases, and the infantry goes in to mop up and clear out whatever's left. And the fact that there was still armed human resistance means that the city destroyers obviously ''did not'' get the job done.
25th Apr '16 1:46:51 PM MetalJohn
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[[folder: Looks like their preparing for an invasion]]
* while Steve and David are flying through the Mother ship, they notice what appear to be an army of alien soldiers. David says that they appear to be preparing for an invasion. But why? wasn't the destruction of the world's major cities the invasion? Weren't the City Destroyers and Alien Attackers pretty effective at what they did? why did they need to send in ground troops when they could just use their Ships? they got the job done so why send in Infantry?
25th Apr '16 1:37:40 PM MetalJohn
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** in the Novelization, it is mentioned that the Ships and/or their parts are actually grown rather than forged, meaning that the Ships are all made of organic, possibly living, material. if this is the case, then it would make sense that the ships probably would not have changed over time if they are grown rather than built. kind of like Cattle, they are usually bred for specific purposes, but don't really change to much over time unless modified. i believe this is the most likely explanation.
3rd Mar '16 12:19:46 PM DarkHunter
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** Scenes early in the film suggest that Whitmore was elected in part ''because'' he wasn't a typical politician. Connie's comments over breakfast seem to say that his campaign was based around playing off his status as a war hero: a young, idealistic man who won't let the scheming politicians stand in his way. At the beginning of the film, they mention that Whitmore is being criticized largely because he ''isn't'' that kind of person: he's very willing to compromise if it means making a little progress toward his goals, ie, he knows how politics work and he's acting like a politician.
25th Feb '16 5:41:42 AM LtFedora
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** To use a historical example, in World War II, the majority of German submarines weren't sunk because their enigma codes were broken. They were sunk because destroyers were able to zero in due to their heavy radio traffic.
25th Feb '16 5:26:35 AM LtFedora
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** I always got the feeling that the Battle of Area 51 took place just before the rest of the global battle, allowing them to alert the other forces before they ran out of missiles too. Once they knew what to hit, the other air forces focused on the primary weapon (while screening from the attackers) since it's protected by fairly thin and weak panels. Plus, just because the weapon was probably cold in most instances, that doesn't mean that hitting it wouldn't cause a reactor breach.
21st Feb '16 9:07:10 PM LtFedora
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** OP here: I did a little digging on the wiki and found that the novelization says Whitmore was a junior senator. So I guess it's not a stretch that he was in Congress, then served, and used that popularity to become president.
19th Feb '16 6:49:34 PM LtFedora
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** David's original plan was to upload the virus and THEN launch the nuke. He didn't know how long the shields would be down or if they had a backup system that was independent of the mothership. However, once he uploaded the virus, it interfered with the dock mechanism, which meant they couldn't launch the nuke and escape. But, by then, the humans on the ground found that the primary weapon was the destroyers' weakness, and so began focusing on that, which is why they were all brought down so quickly.
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