History Headscratchers / TotalRecall1990

15th Nov '16 8:04:42 PM AbnormalMoose
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**** Because Eraser has no component that would bring its reality into question. That doesn't mean they're not equally intended as summer action blockbuster movies, it just means this one has a slightly more cerebral plothook.
18th Sep '16 6:04:37 AM Sharlee
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** Benny may also have been turned by Hauser only very recently. If he'd joined the resistance some time ago, getting vetted and approved by a shirt-hidden Kuato ''before'' becoming a double agent, but later got greedy and/or hard up for cash, he could have cut his deal with Hauser and betrayed the group before its leader had the chance to re-check his thoughts.
18th Sep '16 5:56:17 AM Sharlee
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** We're told that the device extracts oxygen from water. It's never stated that that's ''all'' the device does; it might simultaneously be extracting nitrogen from the Martian dirt that's intermixed with the ice. As the "ice core" is, itself, a fictional premise, there's no reason it can't contain nitrogen-bearing minerals if the writers want it to.
18th Sep '16 5:45:21 AM Sharlee
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** Maybe the Martians never activated the device because the "foreign" air ''wouldn't'' have been right for them. If they'd intended for it to generate a slightly different mix of gases suitable for ''them'' to breathe, but discovered once the device was finished that it would generate an oxygen/nitrogen ratio more like Earth's. Unable to fix the problem, they abandoned the device rather than turn it on: after all, if they'd been adapted to tolerate ''that'' sort of air, they could have just relocated to prehistoric Earth instead of altering their homeworld.

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** Maybe the Martians never activated the device because the "foreign" air ''wouldn't'' have been right for them. If It's possible that they'd intended for it to generate a slightly different mix of gases - one that was suitable for ''them'' to breathe, breathe - but discovered once after the device was finished that it would generate an oxygen/nitrogen ratio more like Earth's. Unable to fix the problem, they abandoned the device rather than turn it on: after all, if they'd been adapted to tolerate ''that'' sort of air, they could have just relocated to prehistoric Earth instead of altering their homeworld.
18th Sep '16 5:44:06 AM Sharlee
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** Maybe the Martians never activated the device because the "foreign" air ''wouldn't'' have been right for them. If they'd intended for it to generate a slightly different mix of gases suitable for ''them'' to breathe, but discovered once the device was finished that it would generate an oxygen/nitrogen ratio more like Earth's. Unable to fix the problem, they abandoned the device rather than turn it on: after all, if they'd been adapted to tolerate ''that'' sort of air, they could have just relocated to prehistoric Earth instead of altering their homeworld.
7th Sep '16 12:11:22 AM DoctorNemesis
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*** To be fair, "they died or left" is just a shorthand for "we don't have a clue who they were, what they were doing, why they were doing it or why they didn't finish it, but obviously something stopped them before they could activate the machine". It's so far in the ancient past that there's no evidence left to provide a clear or exact answer for what happened, so they're just summing up the two main alternatives as either (a) everyone died before they could activate it or (b) something happened that forced them to leave before they could activate it. No one said it was a ''perfect'' explanation, but it's the only one they've got.

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*** To be fair, "they died or left" is just a shorthand for "we don't have a clue who they were, what they were doing, why they were doing it or why they didn't finish it, but obviously something stopped them before they could activate the machine". It's Assuming that the aliens would have activated the machine if they were alive and able to do so and didn't put in all that hard work and effort just to lose interest, the only two plausible alternatives are either (a) they died ''en mass'' before they could activate it or (b) something happened that forced them to leave the planet ''en mass'' before they could activate it. But either way, it all happened so far in the ancient past that there's no evidence left to provide a clear or exact answer for what happened, so they're just summing up the two main alternatives as either (a) everyone died before they could activate it or (b) something happened that forced them to leave before they could activate it.happened. No one said it was a ''perfect'' explanation, but it's the only one they've got.
6th Sep '16 9:01:51 AM DoctorNemesis
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*** To be fair, "they died or left" is just a shorthand for "we don't have a clue who they were, what they were doing, why they were doing it or why they didn't finish it". It's so far in the ancient past that there's no evidence left to provide an exact answer for what happened, so they're just summing up the two main alternatives as either (a) everyone died before they could activate it or (b) something happened that forced them to leave before they could activate it. No one said it was a ''perfect'' explanation, just that it's the only one they've got.

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*** To be fair, "they died or left" is just a shorthand for "we don't have a clue who they were, what they were doing, why they were doing it or why they didn't finish it". it, but obviously something stopped them before they could activate the machine". It's so far in the ancient past that there's no evidence left to provide an a clear or exact answer for what happened, so they're just summing up the two main alternatives as either (a) everyone died before they could activate it or (b) something happened that forced them to leave before they could activate it. No one said it was a ''perfect'' explanation, just that but it's the only one they've got. got.
6th Sep '16 8:59:57 AM DoctorNemesis
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*** To be fair, "they died or left" is just a shorthand for "we don't have a clue who they where, what they were doing, why they were doing it or why they didn't finish it". It's so far in the ancient past that there's no evidence left to provide an exact answer for what happened, so they're just summing up the two main alternatives as either (a) everyone died before they could activate it or (b) something unknown happened that forced them to leave before they could activate it. No one said it was a ''perfect'' explanation, just that it's the only one they've got.

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*** To be fair, "they died or left" is just a shorthand for "we don't have a clue who they where, were, what they were doing, why they were doing it or why they didn't finish it". It's so far in the ancient past that there's no evidence left to provide an exact answer for what happened, so they're just summing up the two main alternatives as either (a) everyone died before they could activate it or (b) something unknown happened that forced them to leave before they could activate it. No one said it was a ''perfect'' explanation, just that it's the only one they've got.
6th Sep '16 7:33:57 AM DoctorNemesis
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*** True, but the very fact that there's been so much discussion over this movie for nearly thirty years suggests that there's something more going on than a by-the-numbers Schwartzenegger shoot-em-up. You don't hear people discussing the nature of reality as depicted in ''Film/{{Eraser}}'', after all.
21st Mar '16 1:25:37 PM MrDeath
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** She's a random person who tries to steal something that's not apparently being watched or attended. It's a demonstration of the [[CrapsackWorld crapsackiness of the world]].
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