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The Geek Life: 5 Geek Movie Questions

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By Robert T. Trate     June 06, 2012

The Geek Life is a weekly look at what is going on in the Geek Culture. Movies, Comics, Books, Video Games, and TV Shows encompass more than just release dates and reviews. This week the Geek Life asks 5 Geek movie questions. 
There are always questions that arise from movies we watch over and over again. Somewhere upon the 100th viewing a switch in our mind goes off. Wait a second, why couldn’t he just...? It becomes a quagmire wrapped in a riddle and it will always be an enigma. The Geek Life has come up with 5 of its own questions. These are questions that I am sure some of you have also asked before. However, we have supplied answers as well. 
Lord of the Rings
Question: Why didn't the Eagles just take the one ring to Mordor? 
Answer: If Gandalf would have called the Eagles for help, there would have been no adventure, no quest, and nothing really would have been gained. Dropping the one ring in Mount Doom via Eagles express is about as thrilling as emptying the trash on your computer. We’re happy that the Eagles sat on the sidelines for as long as they did. 
Star Wars Saga
Question: Why do Obi-Wan and Yoda disappear after they die and Qui-Gon doesn't?
Answer: Since, technically, Qui-Gon did die first he passed on the knowledge of how to “become one with the force” to Obi-Wan and Yoda after Episode 3. Obi-Wan, as you can see, prepares himself before Vader’s final blow and, well, Yoda knew he was about to “forever sleep”. This allows them to become spirits and show up to pass knowledge onto Luke and drink Ewok Ale at the celebration. The “becoming one with force” theory does have its hole. How did Anakin become one with the force and show up at the celebration? As he, too, did not disappear like Qui-Gon when he died.
Superman 2
Question: Why did Lex Luther want Australia?
Answer: It is the Geek Life’s belief that the greatest criminal mind of our age knew Australia housed secret deposits of Kryptonite. Addis Ababa wasn’t the only place to get hit by the meteors. Australia is one of the largest land masses on Earth and it stands to reason that meteorites from Krypton would have landed there. If anything, it does have great beach front property. 
Back to the Future


Question: How did Doc and Marty get the DeLorean to work?
In 1985 Marty asks Doc if the machine runs regular gasoline. Doc informs Marty that it runs on something with a little more kick, plutonium. When Marty makes his fateful trip into the past, the DeLorean gets him from old man Peabody’s to the future site of Lyon Estates. When Marty tries to drive into Hill Valley, the car stalls. We don’t see the gas gage, we see that the plutonium supply is empty. To get Marty home, Doc informs him that he is going to run a lighting rod directly into the Flux Capacitor (since plutonium is a little hard to come by). He’ll then harness lighting to generate the 1.22 gigawatts of electricity necessary to fuel the Flux Capacitor. 
So the question comes up again: how did Doc ever get the DeLorean to drive down the street to 88 mph, let alone start up if it runs only on plutonium? 
We know that in future installments it runs on regular gas, but this is question is for when we originally saw the film in 1985 without knowledge supplied by the sequels. 
Answer: ?
JJ Abrams’ Star Trek (2009)

Question: Why didn’t Nero save Romulus and its inhabitants from destruction when he was trapped in the past?

This is my biggest problem with Abrams’ reboot of the Star Trek franchise. Nero follows Spock into the past and, instead of alerting the people of Romulus, he goes all Captain Ahab. He possessed the means to save the population and not destroy the time line. The technology of his ship and the knowledge of future events alone could have backed him up. If he loved his family and wife enough, he could have saved the future/ his present. 

Answer: None. 

Robert Trate writes three weekly columns for Mania: the DVD Shopping Bag, the Toy Maniac, and The Geek Life. Follow Robert on Twitter for his for Geek ramblings, Cosplay photos and film criticisms.


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SarcasticCaveman 6/6/2012 1:00:35 AM

For the Star Trek question - and I know this isn't a great answer since the movie in and of itself didn't provide it - 1.) He already saw his planet destroyed and people killed and 2.) - this one you find out in deleted scenes - he and his crew spent the time in between George Kirk's death and capturing Spock Prime on Rura Pente, the Klingon prison asteroid from Star Trek VI being tortured for information...ever notice that at least one of his ear points was bitten off?

So the reason he went all Ahab was because he had lost everything, been torturned, and been reduced to a crazy f*ck bent on nothing but revenge on whoever he could dish it out on.  Not a good enough reason?

Why doesn't The Penguin put his time and resources into helping deformed babies?  Because he's a crazy f*ck.

There's plenty of crazy f*cks in sci-fi, fantasy and comic books...I don't see what's so hard to understand.

vitieddie 6/6/2012 1:02:34 AM

Wasn't Nero a bit mentally gone by that point?

And maybe the eagles would have gone all "preciousssss" over the ring ...

wrrlykam 6/6/2012 2:05:08 AM

Trek script timed travel Paradox syndrome I think. or as SC says. Nero = nutter, the Ahab theme does indeed run deep in Trekdom.

InnerSanctum 6/6/2012 3:02:03 AM

 There is no real explanation why Nero didn't save Romulus.  It is a JJ surface film.  What the guy makes.  

DaForce1 6/6/2012 3:43:16 AM

 Actually, old Spock just has to tell young Spock exactly how and when to stop the destruction of Romulus. This way, old Spock can be on time to save Romulus and prevent Nero from yada yada yada. Oh, and it still wouldn't prevent Kirk's older brother, Sam, from being born. Which Abrahms and crew left out of the timeline.

Doc tells Marty (in the video) that the car is electrical. The plutonium is just the kick he needs to operate the Flux capacitor.

Lex is always obsessed with beachfront property, and Austraila is the world's largest 'island'.

Qui Gon was a character in a script written by George Lucas. That's pretty much all you need to know to answer that question. RotJ was also more hands on by Lucas after his disappointment of what Empire turned out to be. That explains Anakin.

Not using the eagles is just plain bad writing. Never write an easy solution into your story and then cop out on using it by saying some B.S. that the eagles were out busy having a shag and a smoke or some other stupid excuse.

Dazzler 6/6/2012 5:09:01 AM

Flying Ring wraiths would have owned the Eagles taking the ring to Mount Doom.  Two Hobbits are low radar traveling on foot. 

Ozymandas 6/6/2012 5:10:48 AM

Superman 2: Lex Luthor is the greatest criminal mind of our age. Also, his schemes may have a greater end game than made known. Who's to say that Australia is not perfectly positioned to be top dog within his new world order?

Hethrow 6/6/2012 6:06:13 AM

Who says Nero didn't save Romulus?  The destruction doesn't take place for years after the events of ST.  Nero could have sent word to Romulus to take the steps to prevent the catastrophy.  He is bent on revenge and that is what the movie is about.  They may have a throw-away line in a sequel about how Romulus is preparing for the future.

Two theories on Vader: 1) It was the armour that was burned on the pyre.  Vader himself did vanish. 2) Obi-wan and Yoda had time to commune with Qui-gon and learn the new passing therefore that were able to do it immediately.  Anakin had to learn after the fact as Qui-gon did.  None of the other jedi in the Geonosis arena or during Order 66 vanished either.  I lean to #2 as a less contrived feeling explanation.

jamauntre 6/6/2012 6:13:41 AM

U smell that? That's some good geekiness in the morning I'll tell ya! And I'm with vitieddie, I wouldn't trust those wacky birds with the ring,, eagles have a superiority complex

Wiseguy 6/6/2012 6:35:09 AM

As for Star Trek and Nero

The time travel stuff is always funny. But saving his planet in this timeline would not undo what happened in his and that pain can not be erased. He loved his wife not the woman in this timeline.

And even if he didn't think that far along like vitieddie said he was gone mentally, it's all about rage and revenge at this point. He wanted Spock to suffer the same pain not undo his

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