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  1. BubBiggin at |

    Wow, I never noticed #1. That’s pretty wild.

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  2. dannyexplosion at |

    I’ll buy that…..
    Man seeing that movie, when I was 11, made me want a Kuwahara BMX soooo baaad.

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  3. Chris at |

    okaaayyyy? This list is dipping and “reaching” into the nerd-well of anything is possible fantasy. The Easter egg senate thingy is purely in homage to the character Since George and Steven have made movies together… but I guess if you wanted to get technical.. they do exist now in the SW universe.. or being that look oddly like the Alien from ET ;-)

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  4. marc at |

    Is it too much to imagine that the other ETs would return for a lost crew member? Modern day soldiers go to great lengths to save their comrades and will even do so just to return a man’s remains to his family. A race capable of intergalactic flight should have no problem turning the ship around to come back. And who said they even went that far? What if they hid on the far side of the moon What if they stayed in high orbit and used some stealth technology? What if simply flying around at the speed of light made them invisible to us? If they never went all that far all ET would have had to do was make a shortwave radio capable of sending some sort of SOS to the moon, which really isn’t that hard. Given some reading and the will to build it almost anyone reading this could build just such a radio.

    We have no idea of how many ETs there are, so losing even one of their race may have been catastrophic. It may have been vital to their survival to rescue him.

    Ffinally, in the crawl at the start of ANH, it clearly says the story takes place “in a galaxy far away”. ET (the movie) may have taken place on Earth but Star Wars clearly does not take place in the Milky Way. This further demonstrates the ET’s far superior technology and understanding of science and that signalling the mothership may not have really been that hard. They had to bide their time and strike at the correct moment, the same way modern search and rescue commando teams operate.

    I don’t disagree with the possibility that ET was a Jedi, but you make too many assumptions about their race. Once a race is capable of intergalactic travel, all bets are off.

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  5. Seymour at |

    Am i a bad person seeing how i have never seen the movie?

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  6. Dan at |

    Very cool list. I agree with Marc that there are some serious liberties taken with regard to assumptions, there are a lot of “Maybe”, “What if”, “If this, then why not that?”, not much of a correlation for causation so to speak. That said, this is a toptenz.net list so its meant to be interesting and thought provoking, not a scientific abstract to an essay so I can dig it. Also, like Marc said about “A galaxy far far away” it also says “A long, long, time ago”, so it is safe to assume the timelines do not overlap.

    I totally forgot the ET species were shown in Star Wars, so that was a cool reminder.

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  7. Tyler at |

    I’m not entirely sure, but doesn’t Elliot’s older brother quote Yoda at one point? And I’m pretty sure Elliot plays with Star Wars toys at one point. How would they have made a movie based on something that happened in a galaxy far far away?

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    1. Jim Ciscell at |

      It also says a long time ago. The Force is supposed to be universal. If ET was in a universe in which the Force was real and midichlorians live in people, is it also not possible that I legend or story from a bygone age could be used to inspire even subconsciously someone to make it into a movie. Lets put it another way. Lets say that there are alien races. Lets also assume that the only way to salvation is through Christ. If that is a universal principle, then would there not have to be some sort of delivery method for the story of the crucifixion to other planet or even stories passed down from person to person to reach the deepest recesses of the world. Put another way, Yoda would have had to be an important figure in the universe no matter where or when he lived. He would have been part of Jedi lore long after the nine centuries in which he lived and his is a story that would have resonated in the Force itself. Centuries later, the Force could have given this story to our planet through whatever method and ET would have recognized a figure like Yoda… no matter how long dead he was. There is an apocryphal comic in which Indiana Jones finds the Millenium Falcon having crashed a couple centuries before and Han Solo was killed by native Americans while Chewie became a Bigfoot legend. If the Falcon had crashed and contained some sort of historical records, then those records could have been extracted and passed on as a legend as well. Of course, a lot seems plausible to me but I do not see that as a killing point.

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  8. Solinbeb at |

    This list did forget that while the trick or treating scene was going on, ET recognized and tried to talk to someone dressed as Yoda.

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  9. Daniel at |

    I’m going to use your rules to respond. ET is in the Star Wars universe. The ETs we see on the senate floor were there “A long time ago.” They had to have evolved quite a bit in that time.

    Being a highly evolved race that can travel to distant planets to pick local flora! They are not going to have quite the hassle to retrieve their colleague and they are going to be more inclined than we would be to do so.

    If ET were a JEDI, he wouldn’t have been caught completely off guard when the ship left!. He wouldn’t have allowed the ship to leave without force-calling the pilot to tell him to cool his jets long enough to get there. He wouldn’t have been wailing helplessly as the ship flew away. Also, if he had to be very important for the shipt to return so suddenly, then they would not have left without him!

    ET was clearly a scientist from an incredibly advanced, probably hyper-intelligent race that can travel faster than the speed of light. That makes it somewhat plausible that he could use our electronics to send a simple beacon that his ship would have the power to read from a couple of days of travel time distance away.

    I’m pretty sure some other ET bellies are glowing during the exploration scene in the beginning of the movie.

    ET drew many stares while they were walking on the streets trick or treating. That said, it’s most likely that plenty of people thought he was kind of weird looking, wrote it off because weird makes people uncomfortable, and forgot about it five minutes later.

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  10. mad fadder at |

    You missed: Someone in a Yoda costume walks by ET during Halloween, and ET tries to walk after him!

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  11. Sasha Grey at |

    ET was a Jedi.

    Ok.

    And you are a virgin level 9000000.

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    1. Jim Ciscell at |

      I guess my two kids were fathered by midi-chlorians then. Admittedly, they are going to be tough to get child support from :)

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      1. kerys at |

        Yes. Because us womenfolk don’t like Star Wars. Or E.T. :)

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  12. Kirk Bradford Myers at |

    The theory that E.T. (Or Zrek, whichever you prefer to call him,) may have been a Jedi is an interesting one. But there are some issues with this. You mentioned that midichorians may have manifested themselves in Zrek’s alien physiology in many different ways, such as the heart light, and that was exclusive to him. But if that’s the case, why was the lead alien on the ship clearly trying to call out to any other members of the species during the escape who may have still been on the ground using the very same heart light? Go back and watch the movie “E.T.” again, this ability is clearly demonstrated by at least this one other member of Zrek’s species. If the people of Brodo Asogi, though not necessarily being Jedi, were not force-sensitive to some degree as a whole then how was the alien on the ship able to do this? And why was Zrek not able to send a telepathic message that said “I’m still here, wait for me!”. Perhaps there was no time left lest they risk capture and had to get out of there quickly…but why wouldn’t they come back within a few hours to pick up the comrade they had to know wasn’t there then? Even the Brodo Asogians must be familiar with the basic concept of roll call. Or, barring that, they would have felt a “depression” in the force indicative of one of their crew going missing.

    My theory on this? Yes, people from the planet Brodo Asogi were definitely naturally force-sensitive, but not to the level that a full-blown Jedi Knight would be. In that regard I believe their abilities were somewhat limited in scope. Which would certainly explain your theory as to why Zrek would need to create an “amplification” device for his telepathic communications. If it wasn’t even powerful enough to for him and his people to call each other across a cornfield half a mile away it certainly couldn’t have had the range to call across lightyears and lightyears of space.

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  13. tridtan at |

    E.T also acted like he recognized yoda during the halloween scenes. They both acknowledge each other’s presence

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  14. Alex at |

    Now I totally want to go back and watch E.T. and pretend he’s a Jedi!!!

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