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There are no answers in canon (since no canon exists as far as I know), but we can speculate starting from what we know. While the alien AI did seem very powerful, it did seem to have some limitations. Let's look at the only completely manufactured automated units that it produces: the drones. While they are marvels of engineering they are still quite ...


13

There is no reason to assume the Tet was near completing its project. If the Tet were a self-replicating machine, a basic strategy would be to mine energy and other resources from Earth to make as many Tets as possible. Fifty years isn't nearly enough time to sift all the deuterium out of Earth's oceans, or to strip mine the planet for metals, fissile ...


13

This was discussed by the film's Director in an interview for CinemaBlend. In short, the aliens who created the TET are aboard the ship, but as uploaded 'digital' minds rather than as physical forms, that being the only way in which any crew could survive the immense amount of time that it takes to travel from star system to star system. Q. We see the Tet ...


12

The script is explicit on the issue. The "water processors" you've described are referred to by a different name: Much earlier Jack shifts the Bubbleship, in the distance a series of RESOURCE-GATHERERS on the horizon. Essentially titanic vacuums, sucking up the oceans. After the explosion there was an unfilmed sequence: EXT. VARIOUS LANDSCAPES - ...


10

We are never given the official path to the moon's apparent destruction. We know the alien invaders are somehow responsible, mining the moon, apparently destructively, before turning their attentions toward invading the Earth. The IMDb Oblivion synopsis provides us with: In the year 2077, Jack Harper (Tom Cruise), is a drone technician living in a tower ...


9

These are my thoughts, the up or down votes can determine how plausible it is. All evidence suggests that if the first Jack was not unique amongst his kind, he was certainly rare. In fact, let's go with 'rare', since on his arrival at the Tet, it correctly predicted he was being deceitful, and challenged him on it. It probably had other 'malfunctioning/...


9

As far as the pod question is concerned, we never see Jack's pod and even if he did see it, there's no reason to think that just because he sees his surname (Harper) on the pod that he'd immediately jump to the conclusion that he was a clone who'd had his memory erased by an alien species in order to subjugate humanity and that his entire life was a lie.


9

The flight recorder was in the auxiliary sleeping quarters and separated from the cockpit with the rest of the vessel. However it continued to record the conversation in the cockpit remotely, right until it entered the Tet, at which point we can suppose the massive hull required for any vessel of this size simply caused the contact to be lost (imagine ...


8

How long were the clones on Earth? How long were the particular couple manning tower 49? What would have happened after the final two weeks concluded the five-year stint? So what was the Tet actually doing. Would it have been finished in two weeks?


8

The Tet was big, and it is possible that either the physical size of the AI, or its power requirements, made it impractical to install in the drones. Perhaps it could remote pilot them, but maybe the delay in communications made them less accurate and effective at their primary killing role. Further, while it might have been able to remote pilot 1, 5 or ...


7

It would seem that the Jack (and Vika) clones aren't what we would call clones today. They were not grown from the same DNA template in the normal way. The fact that all the clones are of the same age and appearance indicate that they are more likely exact copies of the original Jack and Vika. Being exact copies means that they retain the original's memories,...


7

Vicka #1 uses the drones to observe Jack #1. When Jack #2 fights Jack #1, there aren't any of her drones in the immediate vicinity which means that Vicka #2 is blind. We see Jack #1 working without the drones on several occasions, calling them in for support only when he feels threatened. There's no reason to assume that Jack #2 doesn't also do the same. ...


7

My understanding is that Even though It takes him this long to find the cabin because The areas Jack and Victoria are servicing is very large, and without assistance of flyers and monitors, it takes him this long to search for it on foot. He is closely followed by


6

From the film Oblivion it is apparent that Jack-49 is fertile as he is the father of Julia's daughter.


6

Normal clones are the same as any other biological entity, so as long as there is no genetic defect leading to sterilization, then a clone would be able to reproduce naturally. However in the context of the movie, we don't know what kind of technology the Tet used to clone them; it can be inferred that some form of accelerated aging is used, which may ...


6

Since the Tet is an automated system that has been using the Earth's own resources to power itself (and as a source of genetic material to make soldier clones) and since the "scavs" are proving annoyingly persistent as a guerilla force, I think we can reasonably assume that Sally would consider creating and storing clones on case of a resurgence of ...


5

The film's Writer/Director; Joseph Kosinski has specifically addressed this question in an interview with CinemaBlend. In short, the Tet aliens value our ingenuity and the benefits this brings in terms of efficiency (in killing all remaining humans): CB : So, why does the Tet use human beings? Kosinski : Well there's a little clue when Jack goes to ...


5

If the Tet were always online and communicating, Jack and Vika would inevitably begin to wonder why Sally was the only human they ever spoke with and how Sally managed to be awake and sane 24 hours a day. The real reason of course is that Tet only knew how to imitate Sally, so the Tet's cover story had to account for that. Thus Jack and Vika are told that ...


5

They aren't running away on four legs, they're running away on two legs and have stumbled. The image is then frozen at the moment they fell, as you say, to mislead Jack/Vicka/The audience. This poor unfortunate manages to take precisely two steps before falling down. Upright Running and stumbling Freeze-frame of someone in the process of falling over


5

It wasn't explained in the movie how or why. Further, I'm not sure the tidal disturbances supposedly caused by the moon's destruction really hold up. It was clear in the film that most of the moon was still in orbit around the Earth. If most of that mass is still basically in the same place, the tidal disturbances, if any, would be minimal.


4

It seems like a plot hole. Since Malcolm Beech was in on the plan of using a second pod to smuggle his badly wounded self into the Tet in Julia's place, it seems very implausible that he never told any of the Scavs where Julia's pod went (like the Sergeant Sykes portrayed by Coster-Waldau). Especially since Julia selflessly volunteered her life for the sake ...


4

Throughout the film, the feed from the Tet is in black and white, the feed from the bubble-ship is in color and the feed from the drones is the red "Terminator vision." This serves as a visual shorthand to remind the audience why they are seeing what they are seeing. The Tet feed is in black and white only because the Tet is playing an imitation game. It ...


3

Not only do we not know, but it would appear that the Director left the ending intentionally ambiguous in order to provoke 'fan discussion' after leaving the film. That would seem to include the fate of Vika-52 and the other Jack/Vika pairs: Q: At the end of the movie Oblivion, there were two Tom Cruises and only one of them noticed the other. I had ...


3

I will add an answer to this. The Tet possibly had some drones visit the pod after the first visit, do a basic inventory (in which the flight recorder was missed) and decided it contained nothing inherently harmful to itself (weapons, lots of fissile material, a space going capability). The Tet probably felt that reducing the pod to rubble might have been a ...


3

Scavs wore the disguises because the drones detected Human/living life forms, the disguises made them look like robots or like nothing that has life. This is explained in the movie.


3

There is some information here: Very little is known about the Tet's origins. According to Malcom Beech (Played by Morgan Freeman), the artificial intelligence feeds off of one planet after another for its resources, most likely for its own survival, as it was only interested in fusion energy during the harvesting of Earth. It was detected in deep space ...


2

As stated by Morgan Freeman's character, the outfits that the Scavs wore helped hide them from the drone's attention, probably by masking or blurring the heat signature to look like the surrounding landscape. Full coverage does make them look alien or, as Spencer VDE described it, like robots, but is also likely necessary to prevent any heat leaking out when ...


2

The memories came from the original Jack, when the clone of Jack saw the female(cannot remember her name) it triggered the memories that were suppressed in his mind.


2

Given the ruthless way Vika was "retired" after she reported that she and Jack were no longer an effective team, it seems clear that her body would have been recycled at best once her mission was completed. To keep her around and alive only invited uncomfortable questions as the Tet continued sifting Earth's oceans; the mop-up crew cover story would wear ...


2

How long were they on Earth? Between a few weeks and five years.


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