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The Machine's still there


Why all these trust issues after the trip, when the machine is still intact and ready to go? They could just try for themself.

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It couldn't be used again. Refer to the old posts that discuss this.

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Fowler's knots? Did you say ... fowler's knots?

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So it could only be used once. Says who? They did not mention this in the movie.

But if it really can be used only once, why use a test dummy on the first machine?

I'm not sure which threads you are refering to, read most of them.

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The Machine by itself is useless. It merely connects to the "transportation network" that had been created long ago. After the first trip, the aliens disconnected the link at the Earth end, so the Machine couldn't connect to it.

The novel goes into more explanation.


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Fowler's knots? Did you say ... fowler's knots?

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There's a plot hole then... Wouldn't they have disconnected after the first attempt with the dummy? It looked like the vortex was starting to form and then boom the bomb goes off.

If I were that alien race I would have been like ok let's disconnect it because they failed the first attempt. The aliens had no idea the government built a second one to reconnect it.

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Another thought, what if the test succeeded and sent the dummy through? Would that have been it?

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The aliens would have been like "Not gonna contact them again. What a bunch of dummies!"

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Haha quite witty.

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Precisely. That's what I was thinking. It surely can't be a one use machine as that is an "awful waste of space and time" for everyone for a 10min contact that doesn't even explain or provide proof. And the whole "it's been this way for billions of year" would make me slap the alien silly. I mean, the whole point of Science is to question and seek truths. Not get passed around with religious like nonsensical - don't question things because that is how it works.

Now, if the machine was a one time use and they sent the dummy, then it would've been game over and Earth would've been laughed at by those civilizations and ignored.

Wonder what would've happened to see Drumlin go through and appear stupid. Couldn't stand his whole persona but that is so real with people being that way.

Personally, I feel they should've sent 3 people in that sphere and then they could've corroborated each other easily. Dr. Arroway, Joss Palmer (because he represents the 95% delusionals) and maybe Kitts or Drumlin or hell, Hadden

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