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*** I like the explanation someone wrote on the WMG page that the aliens attacked the cars worried that they might be hidden Transformers, their race having been negatively affected by the Autobot-Decepticon War. It certainly makes the movie more interesting to watch with that in mind.

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** Does the film ever state that Planet G is in a Gliese system? I thought it was called "Planet G" because it's in the Goldilocks Zone. Planet G might actually orbit Barnard's Star, which is within 6 light years of Earth. Barnard's star is also a red dwarf, which might help explain why the Regents have trouble with sunlight.

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*** Not to mention that trying to a man's daughter when that man is a higher ranking staff officer in the branch of the military you serve in can open a whole can of worms if he doesn't like you.

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* What I want to know is simple, just how did the signal even managed to reach that system within the 6 years between 2006 and 2012? The closest Gliese system that has potential of having a habitable planet is Gliese 832 and that is 16 lightyears away. Meaning it would have taken 16 years for that signal to reach. I can buy that the satellite is a booster to ensure that the signal remains clear from light diffraction after travelling such a distance but unless we managed to develop FTL communication in 2006, there was no way for the aliens to have even received the signal to investigate in the first place, not for 16 years at least. Even if the aliens have FTL that allows to travel that distance in an instance, there was simply no way for them to have received that signal in 6 years time.


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** CIWS can still track fast moving objects via simple sight from the cameras. It could simply be told to fire at any objects coming towards the ship at above certain speeds.

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** Some people are old fashioned and want their parents to approve of their spouses.


* Minor point: Why does Alex need the permission to marry Samantha from her father? If Samantha and Alex are legal adults, they should be able to marry each other without her father's permission.

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* Minor point: Why does Alex need the permission to marry Samantha from her father? If Samantha and Alex are legal adults, they should be able to marry each other without her father's permission.permission.
* Whatever happened to the coast guard? I realize that their vessels aren't dedicated to combat, but surely at least one or two of the cutters posted to the Hawaiian Islands would've been inside the dome.


** I may be incorrect, but my understanding is that when an entire unit is lost in combat the units leader is given the medal that the rest of the unit earned. So ships commander goes down with the ship and his crew rather then giving everyone a medal who died they just give the commanding officer the medal and imply all 200 odd members of the crew got the same thing. If anything it at least makes sense from a Hollywood perspective as they don't have to show 200 medals sitting out on a table somewhere...

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** I may be incorrect, but my understanding is that when an entire unit is lost in combat the units leader is given the medal that the rest of the unit earned. So ships commander goes down with the ship and his crew rather then giving everyone a medal who died they just give the commanding officer the medal and imply all 200 odd members of the crew got the same thing. If anything it at least makes sense from a Hollywood perspective as they don't have to show 200 medals sitting out on a table somewhere...somewhere...
* Minor point: Why does Alex need the permission to marry Samantha from her father? If Samantha and Alex are legal adults, they should be able to marry each other without her father's permission.


**** Short answer, the sequel that never happened. Much like how the Decepticons brought dozens of troops as reinforcements for the sequel to Transformers, the aliens presumably would've brought a much larger force. Which would in turn allow for massive sea battles with several battleships versus several alien ships.

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**** Short answer, answer; the sequel that never happened. Much like how the Decepticons brought dozens of troops as reinforcements for the sequel to Transformers, the aliens presumably would've brought a much larger force. Which would in turn allow for massive sea battles with several battleships versus several alien ships.happened.

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**** Short answer, the sequel that never happened. Much like how the Decepticons brought dozens of troops as reinforcements for the sequel to Transformers, the aliens presumably would've brought a much larger force. Which would in turn allow for massive sea battles with several battleships versus several alien ships.


* Okay, I got that the aliens were simply a scouting mission to see what was up with that signal they received, and we got lucky that the lost their communications ship. Shouldn't their planet eventually send another mission to see whatever happened to the first one?

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* Okay, I got that the aliens were simply a scouting mission to see what was up with that signal they received, and we got lucky that the they lost their communications ship. Shouldn't their planet eventually send another mission to see whatever happened to the first one?

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** There is some rather hurried dialogue about how they pulled the alien prisoner from the sea after its troop carrier crashed, which appears to have been an accident rather than because of anything the Navy did. The alien running around trying to destroy the ship was probably part of the team that rescued the prisoner, the rest of whom leave in an aircraft.


** I may be incorrect, but my understanding is that when an entire unit is lost in combat the units leader is given the medal that the rest of the unit earned.

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** I may be incorrect, but my understanding is that when an entire unit is lost in combat the units leader is given the medal that the rest of the unit earned. So ships commander goes down with the ship and his crew rather then giving everyone a medal who died they just give the commanding officer the medal and imply all 200 odd members of the crew got the same thing. If anything it at least makes sense from a Hollywood perspective as they don't have to show 200 medals sitting out on a table somewhere...


* Why exactly was Stone given a medal? Yes he died in the line of duty, but so did a lot of people; and there wasn't anything especially heroic about his last actions/death. He just got blown up with the rest of his ship.

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* Why exactly was Stone given a medal? Yes he died in the line of duty, but so did a lot of people; and there wasn't anything especially heroic about his last actions/death. He just got blown up with the rest of his ship.ship.
** I may be incorrect, but my understanding is that when an entire unit is lost in combat the units leader is given the medal that the rest of the unit earned.

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*** We do have protocols for dealing with extra-solar craft. Which amount to giving it directions on where to park... and nuking it if it doesn't comply. The plans are operating on the assumption that anyone advanced enough to fly from solar system to solar system has the ability to communicate with us and that they aren't advanced enough to take a few hundred nuclear weapons to the face of course.

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*** Also, we have the remains of their tech now so assuming it takes a while for them to show up again, we'd be on equal footing in that regard. If this trooper were the alien leadership I'd not return for sure. Expect maybe to negotiate a cease fire so the humans don't come after me...

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