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Top new questions this week:

Why is invisibility the power granted by the One Ring?

Why is non-optional invisibility the one active supernatural power granted to non-Sauron wearers of the One Ring? I'm looking for an answer explaining authorial intent, not an in-universe answer. ...

lord-of-the-rings  
asked by Praxeolitic 61 votes
answered by Taemyr 72 votes

Did Darth Vader ever talk to R2-D2 again?

C3P0 had a memory wipe, but R2-D2 and Darth Vader never had their memories wiped. Both were very good friends. Did they ever interact with each other again?

star-wars  
asked by S S 36 votes
answered by Richard 103 votes

Was Neo actually born on 9/11?

I saw a video on YouTube showing the file on Agent Smith's desk talking about how Neo's birthdate was on September 11th. It's hard to read, and I’m not sure if this was conspiracy, truth, or ...

the-matrix  
asked by Sidhartha 30 votes
answered by Richard 46 votes

What happened to Gandalf the Grey's body when he was sent back as Gandalf the White?

So Gandalf and the Balrog of Moria have a little fisticuffs and they both died. Presumably dead bodies lie on the mountain side somewhere. Gandalf "strayed out of thought and time", gets a can of ...

lord-of-the-rings gandalf  
asked by James Khoury 27 votes
answered by Darth Satan 34 votes

Why do the Agents bother trying to get the Zion mainframe codes?

In the first film, Agent Smith spends a lot of time torturing Morpheus because he knew the code for Zion's mainframe. My question is, why did they even need that code, I mean, surely they would ...

movie the-matrix  
asked by Dan 26 votes
answered by Michael Edenfield 65 votes

How could Treebeard call for war without an Entmoot?

In the movie of The Two Towers, there is an Entmoot, in which the Ents decide not to go to war. Then, after Treebeard sees what Sauruman has done to the forest, he calls for the Ents to go to war. ...

lord-of-the-rings  
asked by Scottie 25 votes
answered by Jason Baker 39 votes

Why were Aragorn and Arwen buried in separate places?

Is there any evidence from Tolkien which gives reasons as to why the said characters are buried away from each other? From what I gather: Aragorn died on March 1, 120 of the Fourth Age and was ...

lord-of-the-rings tolkien  
asked by user35594 23 votes
answered by Darth Satan 47 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Does Wolverine still get his adamantium skeleton after Days of Future Past?

So at the end of X-Men: Days of Future Past, we see Stryker pulling Wolverine out of that river. But sure doesn’t Stryker only turn out to be Mystique... What I'm wondering is, if ...

x-men x-men-days-of-future-past  
asked by Daft 8 votes
answered by Thaddeus 11 votes

What happened to Ashoka Tano after she left the Jedi Order?

In the last episode of the Clone Wars cartoon series, Ashoka Tano was accused by the Jedi Council and put out of the Order, but after some diligent research, Anakin found out who was the real culprit, ...

star-wars the-clone-wars  
asked by BGM 11 votes
answered by Sachin Shekhar 7 votes

Can you answer these?

The owner of a newspaper in the future describes his day as he effectively runs the world

I believe this short story was from the early to mid 20th century, i.e., Gernsback, Heinlein, Asimov etc. The setting was retro-futurist: airships, chrome, food pills, and the like. In the story, the ...

story-identification short-stories  
asked by Stewart 8 votes

HMS Bounty and park-goers in The Voyage Home

In The Voyage Home, why didn't park-goers bump into the cloaked Bird-of-Prey (also known as the "HMS Bounty") more often? It seemed to be a fairly active park in an urban area (San Francisco). ...

star-trek  
asked by Praxis 4 votes

Maximum Operating Depth of a Jaeger

My sister was watching Pacific Rim the other day so as a fan of the movie I decided to join her. I've never really cared about the science of the movie because I've always taken it at face value. It ...

pacific-rim jaeger  
asked by AlMar89 3 votes

New blog post:

The (new) Star Wars Canon guide

by Richard on Jan 28

Over the years, there have been 1366 Star Wars tagged questions on SFF:SE. These have attracted some great answers from a wide variety of sources including the Star Wars films, comics, games, TV ...

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