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The creature is a Mül Converter. These adorable critters come from the planet Mül. They're capable of reproducing any object by eating it and excreting hundreds of replicas. (source slide 7 of 18). Toward the end of the movie, one of the surviving 'Pearls' (The Pearls are a peaceful, holistic race of humanoids who come from the planet Mül source slide 8 of ...


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This is Captain Kris, played by Alexandre Willaume.


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The official novelisation indicates that she was repeatedly stabbed while defending Valerian. There's no special indication that, even as a shapeshifter, her body is capable of taking that kind of damage. The fact that the guards didn’t appear to have much in the way of armor—well, much in the way of any kind of clothing, really—made it that much ...


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There a lot of... guest appearances :) This article identifies some of them, e.g. Kistna from On the Frontiers (#13), the Marmaka from Ambassador of the Shadows (#6) and so on. Quote: "Besson has confirmed that the movie will loosely be based on the sixth volume of the comic, Ambassador of the Shadows, first released in 1975"


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Those voices aren't intended to be female. They're intended to be ambiguously gendered and hence alien-sounding. "I met Elizabeth who I love and I think I will shoot with her something for sure," Besson told AAP in Sydney. The French director seemed impressed by Debicki's versatility as she took on the role of a male alien - the emperor of a ...


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We can determine the first two cultures easily; Russia and China. Russia (note that this is historical footage) China (note the flag) The following cultures (India, Japan, Arabia and the Ukraine) are captioned as below in the '100 days with Valerian' behind-the-scenes factbook. "Indian Delegation" "Japanese Delegation" "Arabic Delegation" "Last ...


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Bubble is a slave. Depersonalisation of slaves by not being interested in their name is a common form of additional control. In a sci-fi setting, you can see this in the Star-Trek Mirror Universe "Designations". W article; Valerian is disturbed by Bubble's enslavement, which she mistakes for displeasure at her performance. Eyes brimming with tears, she ...


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To add on to the answer above by Valorum, if you look over the shoulder of the African astronauts, you can see the Senegalese flag. Likely they are representatives of ECOWAS, which is an EU-like organisation (although not currently as mature) for West African states and of which Senegal is a member. I don't think the logo on their chest is a Buddha, as West ...


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Bob the Pirate is a creation of Luc Besson. But there is a somewhat similar character in the comic book that most likely inspired this character. The character in the comic book arrives in a boat right after Laureline has used the caught jelly fish (there is no captain in the mini sub in the comic), he is a former space farer that now is poor, and has many ...


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The film's official novelisation covers this. It's a bit wordy, so bear with me. The Europeans What happened in 1998, at Alpha Space Station in orbit around the blue-green world, was not merely two nations meeting. When the European Hermes spaceplane, proposed in the same year as that first historic handshake, arrived to dock at Alpha, it ...


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Their information on offer is the identity of the armed mercenaries looking for Valerian and Laureline (or rather the thing on her belt). However, once the Pearl soldiers have actually appeared on Valerian's scanners just a few corridors away, the information is no longer useful since they're going to find out very shortly who's chasing them, whether they ...


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There was no infection. It was simply a ruse used by Commander Filitt to justify to the council the use of troops and explosives at the centre of Alpha and to keep interested (e.g. nosy) aliens away while he mopped up the last evidence of his genocide. *“So when you found out that survivors from planet Mül were living in the heart of Alpha, you decided to ...


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In short, the world of Valerian is one in which the docking of the Soyuz and the Apollo heralded a new era of international cooperation rather than a further twenty years of Cold War. A large international co-project was evidently announced and the Alpha Space station was built in Earth orbit by the Russians and the Americans. What happened in 1998, at ...


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The novelisation refers to the "War against the Southern Territories". This was the army humanity had fronted in one of the worst wars of its entire checkered history—the War against the Southern Territories. It was largely because of this war, with its years of violence and astronomical numbers of casualties on both sides, that humanity had ...


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During the firefight all but two of the K-Trons in the Command Centre were destroyed. We cut away for a few seconds and when the scene resumes, all of the robots have been destroyed. If we turn to the film's Official Novelisation, we can see the missing part of the scene. The general directed his impotent grief and outrage upon the final two robots, ...


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