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In Aliens, there is a scene when Ripley and Newt wake up and suddenly find two Facehuggers in their bedroom. It's obvious that Burke brought them there.

But the question is - HOW did he do that? Why didn't they attack him in the first place? They were in special glass containers. In order to achieve his plan, he should have been attacked by them when he first opened them. However, he somehow managed to bring them without any harm and noise into the bedroom...

  • It must have required either some mechanical cleverness or some equipment we didn't see (e.g. laboratory robotics) but I don't think there was a good time to show us without distracting our attention from more pressing matters. – Beta Oct 23 '12 at 4:57
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    "In Aliens, there is a scene when Ripley and Newt wake up and suddenly find two Facehuggers in their bedroom." Ripley put Newt into a bunk in the lab. This is made clear when the fire is noticed and one of the characters explicitly states "Fire in the .. lab!". – Andrew Thompson Oct 25 '12 at 21:15
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He need only to have sealed a door behind him. The steps would look something like this.

  1. Roll the containers in on some cart.
  2. Place near door.
  3. Rig something to knock over the containers while at the same time closing the door behind him.
  4. Remotely open the doors to the room Ripley and Newt were in.

Of course, he was playing with fire and almost certainly too stupid to realize it. These things were inhumanly fast and capable of melting through space helmets. One can only surmise that they were more interested in easy prey.

  • Remember that they had already attacked colonists before they were captured, so they may have expended much of their limited reserves of energy/acid/whatever. – Beta Oct 23 '12 at 5:00
  • @Beta I agree that these facehuggers might have been past their expiration dates. It certainly seems reasonable, after all these were removed at the very beginning, when there was still enough semblance of civilization for them to be removed. That was what, several weeks prior? Even so, you wouldn't catch me taking risks with them. I wouldn't go near the damned things until they were burnt down to ash. Burke was not only a piece of $#&#*$ but stupid beyond belief. – John O Oct 23 '12 at 5:03
  • I wouldn't say he was stupid, exactly. He didn't realize just how dangerous they were, but then who would? And if I remember right, his back was to the wall; Ripley had discovered his secret and was going to expose him, so he had to do something, and fast. (And he was a psychopath, but you don't climb that high in Weyland-Yutani if you're a Boy Scout.) – Beta Oct 23 '12 at 5:19
  • Ok. So he just ignores everything Ripley says. Hey, maybe she's hysterical and exaggerates. But then the marines roll in. Get their asses kicked. People cocooned up in the walls only to have parasitic aliens burst out of their chests. They hole up in a building where it's obvious the previous inhabitants knew more about the aliens and still couldn't put up an effective defense. He reads the medical reports on the facehuggers too. And yet he decides to mess with them? To release them, after all that? If they had decided to attack him, there's nothing he could have done. He's stupid. – John O Oct 23 '12 at 5:27
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    @JohnO: Well, yeah, okay, he had plenty of evidence of how dangerous they were. So trying to smuggle them out was stupid^3. But as for using them to silence Ripley, maybe he just felt that avoiding ruin/prison was worth, say, a 90% chance of death (and the certainty of killing some more people, if he gave that more than a millisecond of thought). – Beta Oct 23 '12 at 13:28
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This question is flawed, because the girls weren't in a bedroom. They were in the lab that they visit previously where the live specimens are clearly seen in their glass vessels. So, Burke just rigged the glass containers to break, as well as removing Ripley's gun and locking the doors.

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I think Bishop released them. He was beholden to the Company after all.

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    Any evidence of this? – Adamant Jul 31 '16 at 6:34

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