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In the book by Jack Finney, the original bodies would decompose into their composite atoms as the pod duplicated the atomic bonds. Chapter 16: “Yes, Doctor Bennell, your body contains a pattern, all living matter does—it is the very foundation of cellular life. Because it is composed of the tiny electrical force-lines that hold together the very atoms that ...


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As the OP mentions in the question, there are plenty of out-of-universe statements regarding the glove, such as this one from Nimoy himself: NIMOY: We were looking for something that the character could wear that was distinctive and immediately recognizable. I got the idea from a friend who had a badly burned hand and wore the leather covering. (Source) ...


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In the novel their one purpose is 'to survive' p224, and they return to space looking for a less 'fierce and inhospitable planet' The Body Snatchers by Jack Finney (1955) Chapter 21, p223. [While the narrator's opinion, the implication of the text is that he is somehow in touch with their intent, and feels their departure.] It is however clear that they can '...


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Well, given that Leonard Nimoy is a famous Jewish man and it is on the correct hand for a tefillin or phylactery. It seems more likely than not he was expressing a part of himself that would have been rarely seen in that era of film. That he is a doctor in New York just makes it more likely that him wearing something like that is no big deal except for the ...


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The original film does NOT have the original bodies disappear when the process is successful. We know this from the cave where the doc and lady friend are on the run. The doc leaves the human woman in the cave for a few minutes. When he returns and kisses her, he realizes she fell asleep as she is no longer human. It's entirely unreasonable to assume that ...


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