Its been a slow couple of months down here in the Nit-pick
basement of Sci-Fi Online Towers, aside from helping Richard
McGinlay with some problematic stardates in his recent Star
So I have decided to look into some plot holes that Darren
Rea uncovered earlier this year in his review of the Fantastic
Four: Extended Edition
DVD. In doing so, I am motivated purely by my desire to answer
peoples queries and to keep this nit-pick section up-to-date.
My decision has nothing to do with watching Jessica Alba in
her skimpy underthings, goodness me no, nothing at all...
The first scene that has me scratching my head is the one
in which Reed Richards and Johnny and Sue Storm are eager
to get through a roadblock to Ben Grimm, but cant. Richards
soon realises that Sue could sneak past everyone by becoming
invisible, so she makes herself disappear. Her clothes can
still be seen, however, so she starts to take them off. Oops!
Her invisibility isnt working quite as well as shed
hoped, and she reappears in her bra and panties. Cue much
audience merriment and cold showers for the male teenage viewers.
Eventually she becomes fully invisible and makes her way through
the roadblock. The next time we see the Fantastic Four, they
have all managed to make it past the obstruction without being
spotted. Er... how? Were they just having Sue on? Did Richards
just want to see Sue strip off? Obviously something important
was left on the cutting room floor.
When the Fantastic Four are holed up at Richardss apartment-cum-lab,
how does Victor Von Doom manage to let himself in? Sue and
Richards look very surprised when he appears, but after that
no one really seems to care.
Then theres the question of where Johnny gets his car
with the personalised number plate Torchd.
Did he already have this before the accident? If so, why?
And if not, when did he buy it, as he has been restricted
to Richardss lab with no outside contact?
Actually, shortly after Sue has made herself invisible, we
see Richards noticing a way through the roadblock, to the
left of a parked ambulance. He and Johnny then make their
way past the vehicle while Sue shoves her way through the
people in her invisible state.
still begs the question of why Richards asked Sue to make
herself invisible in the first place. Quite apart from the
fact that this would only get Sue, not the other two, through
the crowd unnoticed, her turning transparent and her impromptu
striptease is bound to attract attention (which it does).
Maybe Richards really did want to see her strip off!
Or perhaps he realised that it would create a good diversion
for him and Johnny to take advantage of, though I doubt he
is that conniving. More likely, it just seemed like a good
idea at the time.
for how the gap in the crowd opens up, perhaps some of the
people were scared away by the sight of what might appear
to be a ghost (the semi-transparent Sue). More likely, the
distraction caused by Sues striptease and her invisible
shoving through the crowd diverts the cops attention,
allowing Richards and Johnny to slip through unnoticed.
Maybe they left the door unlocked. It could be that although
Sue and Richards are surprised to see Victor, they arent
surprised that he didnt bother to knock. Alternatively,
perhaps Von Dooms burgeoning electrical powers or super-strength
overcame Richardss security measures.
I can see a number of possibilities behind Johnnys personalised
Perhaps he did have them before he acquired his powers. After
all, the Fantastic Fours abilities are all based upon
existing character traits, in Johnnys case hotheadedness.
ii. Alternatively, he could have bought the car or plates
in between acquiring his powers and the Brooklyn Bridge scene.
iii. Or he could have bought them over the internet. You write
for a website and youve never heard of online shopping?
iv. Or he could have quickly bought them in between leaving
Richardss apartment and when we see the car for the
first time. Take your pick of these four fantastic choices!