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86 june 8, 2012 | the boston phoenix | Alien metamorphoses A genetic analysis of the alien franchise _By P e t er K e o u g h Film Alien [1979] Aliens [1986] Alien 3 [1992] D: Ridley Scott D: James Cameron D: David Fincher Alien: Resurrection [1997] Prometheus [2012] Cargo vessel investigates unknown signal; leaves with extra passenger. Returned to civilization, Ripley helps investigate what happened to the colony on Acheron. Ripley crashlands on a penal colony planet with a bun in the oven. D: Jean-Pierre Jeunet Ripley and alien DNA merges; goes on killing spree. Who are we? Where did we come from? Where are we going? What the fuck is that? Why are we doing this again? Genre Horror War Medieval allegory Buddy movie All of them Times & Places F2122 FUSCSS Nostromo (named for treacherous title character of a Joseph Conrad novel); Uninhabited planet LV-426; Shuttle Narcissus F2179 FUSS Sulaco (probably named after the mining town in Conrad’s Nostromo); Acheron (named after the “river of pain” in Greek mythology F2179 FPlanet Fiorina 161, aka “Fury” F2381 FUSM Auriga, owned by Wal-Mart, which bought out Weyland-Yutani in 2340 FThe Betty, unregisterated pirate vessel F2089 FIsland of Skye FPrometheus, research vessel owned by Weyland Coporation FMoon LV-223 Ripley Effect Rookie hero learning on the job 57 years asleep in a cryo tank leaves a bad taste in her mouth Virgin birth ... and Second Coming With alien powers, ready to try out for for The Avengers Just a glint in Ridley Scott’s eye Robotic Behavior Science officer makes an Ash of himself Bishop shows that not all robots are defective — some are defectors “If I’m not top of the line, I’d prefer to be nothing.” Even robots got religion Michael Fassbender is even prettier than Peter O’Toole Endangered Innocent Jones, the cat Newt, traumatized orphan and scrappy little survivor Ripley’s daughter? Ripley’s grandchild? The human race? Alienating image The worst case of reflux ever French-kissed by a xenomorph A chest cracked open like a lobster during an autopsy Brad Dourif’s ponytail The logical outcome of anti-abortion legislation Quote “You are my lucky star.” “Get away from her, you bitch!” “This whole planet is a basement.” “Must be a chick thing.” “Imagine how disappointed you would be to hear that from your maker.” Anti-Alien tactics FHome-made blow-torches and cattleprods FSend in the Marines! FSuction FMeat cleavers FRunning away FMolten lead FContraband weapons and terrorist tactics FSuction FSelf-medication FDumb questions FUsing your head Alien influences F2001 FStar Wars FHalloween FDark Star FHieronymous Bosch FMcHales Navy FRambo FPlatoon FThe Warriors FThem! FHogan’s Heroes FWaiting for Godot FDay of Wrath FThe Seventh Seal FMonty Python and the Holy Grail FFrankenstein FThe Fly FFirefly FLawrence of Arabia F2001 FThe Mummy FThe Odd Couple FThe Books of Genesis and Revelation Real-world events FShah of Iran deposed FAyatollah holds American hostages in Teheran FSoviet Invasion of Afghanistan Fhree Mile Island FFirst American case of AIDS FIran-Contra scandal FChallenger explosion FPlatoon wins Best Picture Oscar FClinton elected for first term FWar in Bosnia FJohn Paul II pardons Galileo FPresident Bush (elder) vomits on Chinese premiere FTimothy McVeigh sentenced to death FTitanic wins Best Picture Oscar FClinton starts second term FClinton bars funding for human cloning Take your pick. Real-world enemy aliens FAyatollah FSoviet aggression F AIDS FWall Street FCIA FMilitary Industrial Complex FWomen FDead cattle FTechnology FReason FLife FMotherhood FScience FThe Federal government FThe Alien franchise FCorporations FNon-believers FBig white guys FAlienation of labor FEuthanasia FDarwinism FCapitalism vs. Socialism FFeminism FReproductive rights FRape FMisogyny FAbortion FFundamentalism FThe Apocalypse FPatriarchy FTerrorism FRevolution FIdentity FHumanity FAll those from the pevious films . . . in 3D Alien concept D: Ridley Scott

Alien metamorphoses

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