Fridge: Escape from L.A.

Fridge Horror:

  • Sure, Snake shuts down Earth is a badass act to say screw you to the president, but with this one act, Snake possibly kills millions of people. Picture this: where do are electronics most vital? Hospitals where people are in ICU or getting treated, as well other stuff to help people like pacemakers or iron lungs. What the fucking hell, Snake?
    • "Millions" is being fairly conservative- billions would likely perish without the electricity needed to run water treatment plants, sustain modern agriculture, produce and distribute vaccines or simply move anything at a pace faster than an a horse.
    • He doesn't care.
    • He could also be aware of the consequences but genuinely be that dark, making him either an extremely sinister Sociopathic Hero or a Villain Protagonist who finally shows his true colors, but just happened to be fighting other villains before.
      • Snake was pretty aware of just how destructively evil the organizations that desired the Sword were. It is possible that he believed giving all of humanity a hard reset was a mercy compared to what cruel things the United States or the Shining Path could do with it.
      • It's still a ridiculously extreme move, given that like at least 80% of the world he shut down had nothing to do with the plot.
      • Maybe less than half of that. The Shining Path is stated to be as much Mexican as it is Middle Eastern(Mexico Called; They Want Texas Back) and if they have the resources to launch a trans-Atlantic invasion via Miami they're not worried about getting hit by the UK, China or Russia, either because the Path conquered them or because they're part of the Path. And if that much of the world is under the control of fundies or terrorists, the hanger-ons are next once one side falls. Snake saved them, too.

Fridge Logic:

  • Most government buildings have Faraday Cages and are completely protected from EMPs, at best you would turn the lights off for a few minutes and then the generators would kick in. Second, why was their no failsafe for this doomsday device nor a secondary controller in-case the first one gets damaged? Lastly, why didn't they just invade L.A? In Escape from New York they try, but the gangs threaten to kill the president, displaying a severed finger as proof. In Escape from LA the president makes it clear that he doesn't care if Utopia lives or dies and would actually prefer her killed; he's even disappointed when she survives, remarking that Snake "didn't finish the mission."
    • The President didn't care about Utopia. However, Cuervo Jones had the Sword of Damocles and could have shut down all of America if angered and even threatens to do so during his broadcast if he sees any US military forces approach LA.
  • Not important, but where are movies produced now that LA is out of the picture?
  • Banning premarital sex is one thing, but smoking or red meat? Are those the kind of things a die-hard Southern conservative, steeped in proud traditions of tobacco-growing and barbecue, is likely to prohibit?
    • I always figured the President didn't really care about any of that and just wanted to control people.
  • If the "virus" Snake was infected with was just a bluff, why did Mission Control keep monitoring the timer so carefully all through the movie? Even if they were only interested in when the time ran out because that's when Snake would quit working for them, all that would've meant was that it was time to shove another Boxed Crook into the same scenario, not that they were beaten outright.