In the derelict ship, the crew of the Nostromo find the Space Jockey.

Space Jockey

Apparently, he was infected by a Facehugger, so an Alien chest-buster had made his way out of his torso and bio suit.

What happened to this Alien?

  • 3
    What happened to the facehugger corpse for that matter?
    – Xantec
    Mar 28 '13 at 20:35
  • 5
    Well, the FH corpse could be somewhere in the bowels of the ship. Just cuz he burst there doesn't mean he was implanted there.
    – eidylon
    Mar 28 '13 at 20:36
  • 3
    True, there was some time between implantation and burstination.
    – Xantec
    Mar 28 '13 at 20:37

This is most likely the original Xenomorph that laid the eggs that filled the spaceship and attacks the crew of the Nostromo in Alien and provides the aliens for the colony which appears in Aliens.

Of the alien itself, there is no mention, but it is reasonable to assume after laying eggs if it died, there was no reason for concern, the next generation of Xenomorphs was already underway. The eggs had shown remarkable environmental resistance and able to survive for millennia as they did in Aliens vs. Predator.

There is no reason to presume the Space Jockey was implanted on the ship, he may have been implanted at a previous location accounting for the lack of a facehugger corpse. It could have also been some time before he was discovered, it could have simply decayed.

  • 10
    When making the original Alien, there were no egg-laying Xenomorphs. Ridley Scott's intention was that they took victims, cocooned them, and then those turned into eggs. This is hinted at in the deleted scene were Ripley finds some of the missing crew, and they're cocooned into the wall. The Queen was added as part of Aliens.
    – user1027
    Mar 28 '13 at 20:42
  • 1
    Based on Wikipedia, most of the DVD releases of the film have the Director's Cut on them, which includes this scene.
    – user1027
    Mar 28 '13 at 21:02
  • 1
    @Thaddeus Gnovice's answer to this question: scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/12424/… contains the deleted scene you seek. Mar 28 '13 at 21:19
  • 1
    @Thaddeus It's theorized that the room filled with eggs was the cargo hold of the ship. They were using the eggs as weapons. Then, of course, things went wrong and one got loose.
    – user1027
    Mar 28 '13 at 22:29
  • 2
    @Thaddeus Nah, that's a (disappointing) retcon for Prometheus. There were no Engineers in the original Alien, just the Space Jockey. No black goo, either.
    – Andres F.
    Apr 5 '13 at 23:18

I say that alien was alive and running around- but it happened to be far away from LV-426 when the Nostromo crew landed. It didn't see their shuttle come and land, and didn't know there was something it could hunt. Granted the alien likely would have been around when Hadley's Hope set up ship and started terraforming... but it's a big planet.

  • 1
    Do you have anything to back up this theory? Director's commentary, tie-in media, etc?
    – user31178
    May 9 '17 at 2:28

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.