Hosted by Remi Lavictoire, Ian Fults and Jonathan Colbon
Podcast length: 1:38:04
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.
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?
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Sci Fi Movie Podcast Aliens