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When Brent Spiner’s character, Dr. Okun, was spotted in the trailers for INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE, it caught some by surprise. After all, his character was thought to have died in the first film. But beyond that, it was also interesting to notice that the character has remained virtually unchanged since the initial “War of 1996” depicted in INDEPENDENCE DAY. It’s a credit to Spiner, of course, that he’s aged remarkably well, but is there more to it? Is there a reason Dr. Okun seems almost like he’s been frozen in time for the last two decades?

In the clip below, something is eluded to- that we’ll discuss afterward- that may reveal an interesting plot point. Check out this latest bit of marketing for INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE.

While the video is clearly aimed at shining a spotlight on Dr. Okun, and where he stands in the annals of the history of the fictional version of earth depicted in INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE, it also makes mention of the character being in a coma for the last twenty years. If you’ll recall, Okun is strangled by one of the aliens in the film, and with a tentacle wrapped around his neck he conveys a message for the creature. He’s used as a conduit of sorts. The implication that he’s been comatose ever since, only to awaken now as the invaders return, implies that his connection to the aliens remains in some way intact.

Could lead to some interesting twists.

We’ll find out on June 24, when INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE invades theaters everywhere.

SOURCE: 20th Century Fox