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How Is This Dude Still Alive in ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’?

Will Smith’s character dies, yet Brent Spiner’s character survives?

I’ve bought into most of the marketing for Independence Day: Resurgence. Its great seeing Jeff Goldblum back, along with Bill Pullman as the former POTUS. Together in their roles, these two add that nostalgia from the original. I’ve also learned to live with Will Smith’s character getting killed off, even after that poor excuse of “an accidental death during a test flight simulation”. However, one thing that’s been bothering me, as I’m sure many fans would agree, is the return of Brent Spiner as Dr. Okun.

Don’t get me wrong, its great that he’s back. I loved the character. He was one of the standouts in the original movie, thanks to both his sense of humor and horrific fate.

His presence in the original is short when he gets attacked by an alien, and his mind gets imprisoned as a means for the alien to communicate with the humans. Once Dr. Okun is rescued, one of the military personel checks on him by placing his finger on his pulse, and through facial expression lets the audience know that he is dead. Yet, here we are 20 years later, and not only is Dr. Okun alive, but also looks to haven’t aged a day! So what gives? Well, Brent Spiner himself gave an answer to Yahoo! Movies, saying that he never died while adding that…

People jumped to that. They always jump to ‘You must be dead’ if you’re laying on the ground. But they’re wrong… I’m back, I’m alive, I couldn’t be happier…

(Regarding the military guy checking his pulse)

He put his fingers on my neck [to feel the pulse], Spiner said. And I would say, ‘Why did he even do that? He wasn’t a doctor. He was a military guy!’

Point taken Spiner, but you don’t have to be a doctor to know whether or not someone is dead. No pulse means you’re dead, and whether or not you can comeback from the afterlife depends on several things happening.

Anyways, there you have it. Brent Spiner is back, and ready to crack more jokes. I guess this movie doesn’t need to explain itself any further than its already doing. You either go with it, or don’t. I’m kind of hoping the film allows him to play with the popular belief of him dying. That would make for a good laugh from the audience. And now that I’m thinking about it, I’m curious to see what the after effects are from his direct contact (link) to the alien. Independence Day: Resurgence just got a bit more interesting.

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