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For questions about the "Independence Day" franchise, which so far consists of two science fiction films: Independence Day (1996) and Independence Day: Resurgence (2016).

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How did the aliens destroy Cheyenne Mountain?

In Independence Day, how did the aliens destroy one of the toughest nuclear bunkers in the world? I believe they only attacked with their planes, not the City Destroyers, which wouldn't be enough ...
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Where is Contance Spano (David Levinson's wife) in Independence Day: Resurgence? [duplicate]

Why wasn't Contance Spano, David Levinson's wife, in Independence Day: Resurgence? Did I miss a bit of exposition about her absence?
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How did Mitchell know about the primary weapon being deployed?

In the film Independence Day (1996) we have the scene towards the end where the aliens become aware of the secret base and begin moving towards it. The civilian convoy people gathered outside are ...
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What technology do the Harvesters use to achieve FTL travel?

The Sphere from the movie Independence Day: Resurgence is described as traveling across the universe through a wormhole. I was thinking that each alien civilization from Independence Day has its own ...
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Why do Harvester Queens have mouths?

In the first film Doctor Oken, having studied the Harvesters who crashed on Roswell, theorizes that they communicated with each other telepathically as they had no vocal cords and we don't see mouths ...
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How did the Harvesters know to attack Cheyenne Mountain?

In the first film it's assumed that the Harvesters knew where to attack, because they were the ones who abducted Russel (the alien encounter he had that people said he was crazy about) and in the case ...
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Why is the First Lady calling the President a liar?

Independence Day movie script: INT. HOTEL ROOM - NIGHT [Dressed in a night gown, MRS. MARGARET WHITMORE unpacks her briefing papers lays them out on a small desk as she talks. Through the window we ...
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Why did the aliens destroy the 'Welcome Wagon' helicopter?

In Independence Day the aliens destroy the 'Welcome Wagon' helicopter. Why? They are about to take over the Earth and expect little or no resistance against their superior weapons. So why bother to ...
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Independence Day - Why is there gravity in space?

In the 1996 Independence Day movie when we see Jeff Goldblum's and Will Smith's charcters flying into space in order to transmit a virus, there doesn't seem to be anything floating around as you would ...
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How many cities were destroyed during Independence Day?

From the initial coordinated attack to the destruction of the mother ship, how many cities were destroyed ( in the space of three days)?
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Why was the alien mother ship in Independence Day so dense?

Towards the beginning of Independence Day, one of the officers reviewing scans of the alien mother ship says about it: We estimate it has a diameter of over five hundred and fifty ...
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Why do the aliens need molten core from Earth, specifically?

The big sphere alien ship said that the Bad Guy aliens were trying to suck out Earth's molten core, to refuel their ship (and upgrade their technology, to boot). Why did the aliens need to risk ...
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How do the aliens use the Earth molten core to grow their technology?

The big sphere alien ship said that the Bad Guy aliens were trying to suck out Earth's molten core, to refuel their ship and "grow their technology". I get how you can hand-wave using it to refuel. ...
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What is the point of a "cold" fusion bomb?

In "Independence Day: Resurgence", they plan to blow up the aliens with "Cold Fusion" bombs (twice). The whole point of cold fusion is that it's a low-energy controlled reaction, which is kind of the ...
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Why do things fall down?

The alien mothership in Independence Day: Resurgence is so huge that it covers a considerable part of the Earth's surface. A point is made that it even exerts its own gravity. Before landing it seems ...
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Why did the captive aliens in Independence Day II (Resurgence) have their body armor?

Why did the captive aliens in Independence Day II (Resurgence) still have their body armor?
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What happened to Constance Spano?

In the movie Independence Day (1996), there is a romantic subplot featuring David Levinson (played by Jeff Goldblum) and Constance Spano (played by Margaret Colin), leading to one of my favorite bits ...
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Independence Day: The spacecraft's force field

In the film Independence Day there is the scene where a military guy attempts to shoot an object off the captured alien spacecraft in the US military hanger. Upon firing his gun a force field ...
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Independence Day ship vs X-Files ship

I just rewatched the X-Files movie (the first one). Is the spaceship at the end the same model as the one from Independence Day? Both are made by Fox Pictures (I think), and Mulder, um, relieves ...
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Where is the Independence day power source?

Recently re-watched Roland Emmrich's movie Independence Day. It got me to thinking about the power systems the Aliens use. According to the statement made by Dr. Okun about the recovered ship in ...
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What destroyed the first recon plane in the movie Independence Day

In the movie Independence Day, there's this scene where a recon plane is approaching the mysterious flying phenomenon that's appeared off the west coast. When the plane breaks through the cloud (or ...
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Did Any Of The Aliens In The Independence Day Movie Survive Well Enough To Continue To Invade?

Here are things to consider: There were 36 "City Destroyers" and each of these have smaller interceptors, the thing our heroes fly into the Mother Ship to upload the virus and set off the Big Boy, ...
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Where did the bombers go in Independence Day?

In the movie 'Independence Day', they decided to launch a nuclear strike against the alien craft hovering over L.A. and the scene cuts to five B2 bombers flying at about 10k feet in tight formation ...
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In Independence Day, why was there no firewall in the alien mothership?

I was going to ask How did the computer virus get uploaded into the mothership in Independence Day? , so here is my 2nd question ! Those alien had activated [some kind of hardware firewall ] blue ...
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How did the computer virus get uploaded into the mothership in Independence Day?

Seriously, how did Jeff Goldblum get the virus from a Mac into the mothership's mainframe? When they docked, he didn't hook up any type of cables or anything like that, did the mothership have Wi-Fi ...
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What info is available about Independence Day aliens outside the movie?

It strikes me as kind of odd that ID4 (Independence Day) never had any sequels, as by most accounts it was a great financial success and at least a moderate critical success. Was there ever any other ...
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