- In a loose sense, the short story "Farewell to the Master" that inspired the movie's plot involves Gnut being Klaatu's creator and not the other way round. It could be that, in that other planet, robots are "living beings" and living beings are "robots", conceptually speaking.
- The new movie seems to support this; in it, Klaatu is played by an actual robot, Keanu Reeves.
- He could, in fact, be a bioloid representative of the Scarran Imperium.
- Again, refer to the short story's twist.
- Ah, but those words would have STOPPED the Deadites. It was Ash saying them wrong that led to the plague getting worse. Obviously, aliens were trying to save us from the deadite hordes until a certain S-Mart employee shows up.
...means "Klaatu lives not." There was a deadline by which Klaatu was supposed to tell Gort not to destroy Earth, and the only way to stop him after he gets going is with a distress call from Klaatu.
- Not, a pre-programmed codeword for Klaatu forgives? So that when Klaatu dies, someone who was told the codeword could tell a robot to prevent vengeance with the destruction of Earth?
- Likely. The equivalent of saying 'Klaatu Protocol Nikto,' or "Riker Alpha," Star Trek: The Next Generation. A lot of instructions can be packed into a short code phrase. Also what little Klaatu does speak in his native language, appears to be 'simple.' At the end of the film Klaatu says "Gort beringa," perhaps being the equivalent of 'Gort come/we're leaving/inside/etc.' And Gort goes inside. As apposed to 'complex,' 'Gort let's finish that philosophical discussion over whether Earth is worth ...'
- So you're saying Gort is a Cyberman?! Cybus or Mondas?
- Only less evil.
- You have to ask? Mondas. Look at his outfit.
- So, kind of like Special Circumstances in The Culture?
His people regret the decision to leave the policing to the robots, but the robots by nature prevent any going back on that decision. While the robots aren't opressing them, their presence is stifling. If the humans would have had enough firepower to actually defeat Gort upon arrival on earth, Klaatu would have been asking for Earth's help to free his civilization from the robots. This is why Klaatu advanced towards the military with a weapon-like device - he was specifically trying to get exactly the reaction he got. The device may have even been a weapon humans could have used to defeat Gort, and Klaatu was lying about its true nature after it was broken. Because the humans didn't/couldn't defeat Gort Klaatu had to just go on about his job like normal, and hope the next planet he is sent to can save them.
- Well, this is implied in the original short story...
- In this timeline, a more threatening and dark Klaatu arrived in the 50s but did a more private demonstration and warning to just a few selected people. Those selected realized that there was no way in hell that they'd be able to do everything Klaatu asked them to do, so spent the next half-century reverse-engineering what little tech he left behind to create the lanyards. It was originally hoped that that technology would be able to be shield the whole world, but before they could create larger versions of it, the blackout came from Klaatu's people.