History Headscratchers / Paul

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.
3rd Apr '13 4:43:39 AM Frank75
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** His home world. He was just making a Film/BackToTheFuture reference, which [[FridgeBrillance he could of come up with given his influence on pop culture.]] Plus given Paul's friendly personality, it's unlikely he'd sell her teeth to some aliens or something worse.

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** His home world. He was just making a Film/BackToTheFuture ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' reference, which [[FridgeBrillance [[FridgeBrilliance he could of come up with given his influence on pop culture.]] Plus given Paul's friendly personality, it's unlikely he'd sell her teeth to some aliens or something worse.
19th Feb '13 6:06:27 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 [[XMen 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 [[XMen [[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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