Sci Fi Movie Podcast Aliens

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Hosted by Remi Lavictoire, Ian Fults and Jonathan Colbon

Podcast length: 1:38:04

Sci-Fi Movie Podcast - AliensThis week on The Sci-Fi Movie Podcast, Rem, Ian and Jonathan dig deeper into Aliens from 1986 and directed by James Cameron.

It’s not often that we encounter a sequel that is considered better than the original, but Aliens is a rare exception. Carrying on the terrifying storyline established in Ridley Scott’s Alien, Aliens not only continues the story, but brings new elements to the story.

The Positive
Aliens succeeds on several levels. First, it’s a top notch Sci-Fi action movie, and it accomplishes this better than most.  It also continues and fleshes out (pardon the pun) the story of Ellen Ripley, her survival of the first Alien encounter aboard the Nostromo, and they psychological toll taken on her. The story then catapults Ripley in to another confrontation with not just one Alien, but hundreds! But the Humans have come prepared, introducing Space Marines with tremendous firepower. Should be a more even fight, right?

The Negative
Ian and Jonathan noticed that the puppetry of the Queen Alien didn’t quite work. It lacked the more fluid flow that a real creature would have.  We need to remember this film was done in 1986 before Computer animation.  Rem thought it was odd that the Sulaco had a second drop ship, but there was literally nobody else aboard the Sulaco.  We understand it builds tension to give the characters that sense of alone-ness, but in a real world experience, they’d never send every single person down to the surface.

Overall
Aliens came 7 years after the original Alien, and was every bit worth the wait.  We suggest you watch the first two movies (Alien and Aliens) and stop there!  The series goes down hill with future movies and the best of the franchise was captured in the first two.

Storyline
It’s been 57 years since the crew of the Nostromo discovered Alien eggs on LV-426.  Now that planet has been colonized.  Ripley is discovered in hyper sleep and woken just as contact with the colony is lost.  She is asked to consult for a group of Space Marines who are on a mission to find out what happened to the colonists.  Is it just a broken transmitter, or is something more terrifying waiting for them?

Director: James Cameron

Writers: James Cameron, David Giler, Walter Hill

Cast

Sigourney Weaver – Ellen Ripley

Carrie Henn – Rebecca ‘Newt’ Jordan

Michael Biehn – Cpl. Dwayne Hicks

Paul Reiser – Carter Burke

Lance Hanriksen – Bishop

Bill Paxton – Pvt. Hudson

Jenette Goldstein – Pvt. Vasquez

William Hope – Lt. Gorman

Al Matthews – Sgt. Apone

Mark Rolston – Pvt. Drake

Ricco Ross – Pvt. Frost

Colette Hiller – Cpl. Ferro

Daniel Kash – Pvt. Spunkmeyer

Cynthia Dale – Cpl. Dietrich

Tip Tipping – Pvt. Crowe

Trevor Steedman – Pvt. Wierzbowski

Links

Aliens Trailer

A big hello to Wayne Henderson from MediaVoiceOvers.com who co-hosts the Resurrection Revealed Podcast

Jonathan talked briefly about a hypothesis called The uncanny valley which describes how humans react when presented with human looking qualities and movements that are not human.

Big thanks to Odell for sending in this video compilation of Hudson quotes from Aliens.

Also, big thanks to Geeks Rising and Retrob8 for listening and giving us all that Twitter love!

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Sci Fi Movie Podcast Aliens