History Headscratchers / Paul

10th Jan '17 8:01:50 PM ApeAccount
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** I think that was rather the point. Paul even makes the point that his existence only disproves "one world views". The use of the term "Traditional, Abrahamic God" is technically wrong because as you point out above not all Abrahamic faiths would discount the existence of aliens, however many people in the Abrahamic religions would (which is the view of "traditional" being used here) which is the point that Paul is making that obviously if there were aliens then that wouldn't make sense. This film isn't about an attack on religion. The reality is many religions are open to the idea of aliens, many are open to the idea of evolution. There are people who believe that evolution and God exist side by side. There are some people who don't believe that but who respect other people's beliefs. None of that's an issue. The argument is never "aliens exist, religion's stupid". The argument is just "don't be closed-minded, there's more to the universe than may be dreamt of in your philosophy". The film never tries to disprove any religion that's open to a grander universe.


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**** Regarding the healing abilities, there's no reason to assume that it needs to be used on Paul's own species. Keep in mind the first time we saw it was Paul using it to heal a dead bird and then eating it. He explains that he's not going to eat a "dead bird". As humans, we naturally always eat dead animals rather than living ones. However, maybe Paul's species is different. Maybe for the animals on his planet meat spoils quickly after death and so they have to eat living beings as Paul did with the bird. If so, the ability to bring something back to life would be a significant evolutionary advantage as it would allow them to scavenge dead animals. The point is, it's quite possible that it could serve as an advantage, especially only if used on small creatures as Paul did at first. As mentioned above, camouflage could serve to protect him from predators which it's quite possible do (or at least did) exist in whatever environment he happens to occupy. Regarding the ExpositionBeam it's not really that taxing. It's more tiring that a conversation for day to day communication, but compared to the time and energy taken to impart knowledge on a new generation it'd be a huge advantage so it makes perfect sense that it would be a favoured evolutionary trait.
10th Jan '17 7:15:29 PM ApeAccount
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**** Looking at Paul's character, does anyone honestly think that it would have been at all out of character for him to ask a male and female character if they're having sex by miming a sex act at them? He's a crude character. There's nothing homophobic about the fact that he mimed a sex act at two male characters to ask whether they were having sex.
14th Apr '16 12:27:56 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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** It would be hard to do a trailer without some of her dialogue, and her voice is [[HeyItsThatVoice pretty recognizable]]. They probably couldn't help it.

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** It would be hard to do a trailer without some of her dialogue, and her voice is [[HeyItsThatVoice pretty recognizable]].recognizable. They probably couldn't help it.
13th Dec '15 6:51:39 PM nombretomado
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** Lastly, the [[HealingHands healing hands]] ability is not very well explained, but seems to work by transferring the injury to someone else who is capable of surviving it. Excellent for use on humans and birds who don't have Paul's [[Franchise/{{X-Men}} wolverine healing]], but next to useless on members of his own species. If everyone on his planet heals from injuries near-instantaneously, then what's the point of transferring wounds at all? By the time something is grave enough to need it, the person you're trying to help will be dead.

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** Lastly, the [[HealingHands healing hands]] ability is not very well explained, but seems to work by transferring the injury to someone else who is capable of surviving it. Excellent for use on humans and birds who don't have Paul's [[Franchise/{{X-Men}} [[ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} wolverine healing]], but next to useless on members of his own species. If everyone on his planet heals from injuries near-instantaneously, then what's the point of transferring wounds at all? By the time something is grave enough to need it, the person you're trying to help will be dead.
27th Apr '15 7:30:31 PM N
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*** Since the details aren't explained, it could be that the injury is ''temporarily'' transferred. The rapid healing that follows it may be a function of the healing hands itself - in which case, it would be incredibly useful. Quite a lot of injuries would be fatal (or permanently disfiguring or crippling) but not immediately so.
22nd Sep '13 11:26:52 AM misfit119
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*** Unless there are dangerous predators that also live like that. It's possible that Paul comes from a planet, or region of a planet, with a high density of forests and very dangerous creatures both in the trees and on the ground. Then it would make sense for primates to evolve where possible to move about at night and survive by moving carefully through the trees. If the predators then evolved to hunt them more effectively the invisibility power could have come as they developed the psychic abilities.


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*** Paul says repeatedly that it's basically the sum of all his knowledge so it's not just a thought beam, it's a literal mind meld with him. This is not an efficient means of communication. I'd assume it's something that's mostly only used to pass down life experience to the next generation of children or to transfer information on a dangerous area or even military action. I doubt it's a part of everyday life at this point.


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*** The Healing Hands thing could easily have been a psychic ability that was useful before their bodies got to the point of massive self-regeneration that held over due to the usefulness in keeping children or even pets / livestock alive. Just because it's not useful now doesn't mean that it was never a factor in their lives. Could be like their appendix for all we know and that's why it's so draining on them.


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*** Also people seem to be missing the obvious explanation that they somehow evolved psychic powers in general and these are simply the ones we see in the movie. It's possible there are others we aren't shown, it's possible other people in Paul's race have different abilities or just generally that they simply possess psychic powers in general.
20th Sep '13 3:44:07 PM Jallen
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*** Basic human psychology states that you're more likely to retain knowledge if you understand it. Paul is completely alien (literally) knowledge imparted would be highly confusing and hard to grasp without some guiding hand.
27th Apr '13 9:23:26 AM bartraeke
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** If anything, Zoil's headscratching behavior is keeping the two rookies close, and during that time, belittles the hell out of them any chance he gets. He only tries to cut them loose after O'Reilly actually sees Paul confirming Haggards suspicions that they were chasing an alien, and at that point they're more than happy to try and snag Paul before Zoil to elevate themselves above him. Zoil could have sent them on a wild goose chase, or some other way to misdirect them.
26th Apr '13 10:32:32 PM bartraeke
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** When re-watching, Zoil's actions come across as him trying to run interference for Paul without blowing his cover that he's Paul's accomplice on the inside. He assumes Haggard and O'Reilly are Keystone Kops-ish, and figures he can control them. He wasn't expecting them to grow a pair and try and muscle him out. It's only when they do, and when The Big Guy makes it obvious she's going to head out there herself that he drops the pretense of keeping his cover. First viewing this seems like he's starting to lose it because of the near misses and goes rogue, on the subsequent viewings him shooting out the radio comes across as "screw it, I gotta go make sure he gets away okay."
26th Apr '13 10:09:14 PM bartraeke
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** It's not hard to look up where someone currently lives.

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** It's not hard to look up where someone currently lives.lives.
* After the group is caught out in the open after falling asleep in the woods, why don't they figure out the obvious plan that Paul figures out later when Clive stops them to buy the sword? Sending one of either Graeme or Clive to the RV while the other hides out with Paul makes way more sense than trying to walk all the way back with Paul in a really paper-thin disguise.
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