Questions tagged [alien-1979]

A 1979 science fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott, starring Sigourney Weaver. Use in conjunction with the [alien-franchise] tag.

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Is this a reference to the film Alien in the novel 2010 Odyssey Two?

I recently reread the novel 2010 Odyssey Two by Arthur C Clarke for the first time since my teens (20 plus years if you are interested) and noticed this passage "Max" he said, in a tone of deadly ...
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How did the crew know where this character went, and where the Alien was going?

In Alien, there is a scene in which After this happens, the other members of the crew know this happened, and apparently know where it happened, saying that the Alien must have gone through the air ...
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Do the synthetics/artificial persons in the Alien universe really eat?

In both Ridley Scott's and James Cameron's Alien franchise films we see the synthetic Ash drinking a milk-like substance and artificial person Bishop eating some corn bread. Do they actually process ...
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Did Ripley age between Alien and Aliens? [duplicate]

When Ripley was in Cryo-sleep between Alien and Aliens did she age at all? The person in Cryo is still alive, reduced heart rate etc, but given that you wouldn't normally be 'asleep' for so long any ...
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What is the gestation period for an embryo implanted by a face hugger?

The facehuggers from the original Alien films are shown implanting an embryo into a host. Time elapses and we usually see other events taking place before we see the host again. When we see the ...
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Why was the Prometheus more advanced than the Nostromo? [duplicate]

I am aware that the Prometheus was an important research ship whereas the Nostromo was just a mining ship, but that alone is not a satisfactory explanation for the sheer technological difference ...
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Why did the crew of the Nostromo destroy the ship?

In Alien, the crew, finding themselves unable to kill the titular character, set the Nostromo to self-destruct and attempt to escape in the shuttle. But why destroy it? It actually cost extra effort ...
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Is Covenant canon with the first Alien movie?

This question is a little complicated but I will try to outline problem as neatly as possible. In Alien, the crew of the Nostromo land on a planet, find what we would now know to be an Engineer ship, ...
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What does Padme do in Alien?

Whilst Ripley is launching the Nostromo self destruct, she uses this panel with some interesting buttons: The image is from TypeSetInTheFuture.com. Some of the buttons are: PRANIC LIFT 777 LINGHA ...
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How does the Space Jockey’s chair work?

I have searched Google, but no joy. Are there details about the chair the Space Jockey is sitting in in Alien — what it does, and how it functions in relation to the space craft?
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Do the xenomorphs attack the synthetics?

In the Aliens universe do the xenomorphs attack the synthetics? At the end of Aliens (1986), we can see a xenomorph killing Bishop the synthetic. But in this case I think that the xenomorph killed ...
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How smart is the original Ridley Scott Xenomorph really?

In Ridley Scott's 1979 movie 'Alien', after Ripley rigs the ship to self-destruct she proceeds to the escape pod, all the while the ship announcing that it has been rigged to blow and commencing a ...
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What's the name of the refinery being pulled by the Nostromo?

In the film Alien, what is the name of the huge cathedral-spire refinery being pulled by the "Nostromo"? Unless the tug & refinery are both called Nostromo. We know that the names "Narcissus" &...
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Where had the Nostromo been before stopping to investigate the distress signal?

In Alien the Nostromo is on the way back to Earth bearing cargo, when it is redirected to investigate the distress signal from the downed ship. Where had it been? I know it was carrying (in the ...
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In the movie Alien, why did Ash use a magazine to try to kill Ripley? [duplicate]

When I read the answers to "What was Ash trying to do with the magazine?", I was wondering why he would use a magazine at all to kill her. As an android, he is stronger and faster than humans. He ...
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Do we know where Ridley Scott got the idea for the xenomorph inner-mouth?

The xenomorph inner-mouth is pretty unique, I don't think I've ever seen it or anything similar in any real creature. Do we know if Ridley Scott found inspiration for it anywhere in nature or did he ...
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Exactly how much did Ridley Scott think the Company knew by the end of Alien?

So, as we probably all know, the backstory and history of Alien has been retconned to hell and back over the decades. And through the entire affair, Weylan-Yutani basically became more and more ...
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What was the common usage of the term “alien” around 1977?

The Alien movie was released in 1979. If you walked up to the average person on the street in 1977 and asked them to think of an alien, what is the first thing that would come to mind: would it be 'a ...
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Did anybody turn the beacon off?

In the first movie, the Nostromo is awakened from a considerable distance by the distress beacon left by the spacecraft. They investigate the craft, things go bad, simple stuff. The thing is, I don't ...
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How old is the Nostromo?

The ship has obviously seen some wear and tear by the time the events of Alien take place and, based on Why Are Synthetics in Alien So Advanced? even the technology that built the Nostromo is ...
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Why Are Synthetics in Alien So Advanced?

According to the MU-TH-UR 6000 Wikia entry, we have the following: The MU-TH-UR 6000, known simply as "MOTHER" was a 182 model 2.1 terabyte AI Mainframe that served as the computer mainframe for ...
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Why does the Alien burst through the chest?

In the ultra (in?)famous ChestBurster scene we were introduced to the monstrous Xenomorph. But why the chest? Why didn't the alien simply claw up through the esophagus? It would have been far ...
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How long are prespawn Facehuggers viable after hatching?

Once a Facehugger leaves its egg, how much time does the organism have to find a host before it dies (or possibly has to reenter the egg)?
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Why would Sevestapol have a lot of panels that need to be cut open in an emergency?

The game Alien Isolation frequently uses control panels and sometimes ducts that need to be cut open with a plasma torch. Always painted on these panels is "Cut open in case of emergency" or some such ...
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What exactly was happenning to Ash?

In Ridley Scott's Alien, it is revealed that During this sequence, white fluid starts leaking from his face, and he begins shaking uncontrollably. It is shortly revealed that but there was nothing ...
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Alien universe - is there any information about the political situation on earth? [duplicate]

Alien universe - is there any information about the political situation on earth? As I know, in first three films, there were any information about wars or global government on earth or in outer space,...
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Why don't they freeze Kane?

As Parker repeatedly asks after they bring the face-hugged Kane aboard, why don't they freeze him? I understand that Ash doesn't want to, but neither Dallas nor any other crew member provide any ...
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What happened to the derelict spaceship between the 'Alien' movies?

In Alien, we saw that the derelict ship was filled with eggs, however in 'Aliens' we are told that LV-426 is now inhabited by colonists. Since the derelict was full of eggs Weyland-Yutani shouldn't be ...
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What does “MU-TH-UR” stand for?

In the movie Alien the ship Nostromo has in it a computer which the crew refer to as "mother". In looking that up I found that "mother" is actually the MU-TH-UR 6000, but I have been unable to find ...
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Does Alien actually pass the Bechdel test?

The idea of the Bechdel test originated in ‘The Rule’, a 1985 cartoon by Alison Bechdel. In it, a character describes the test as something she uses to determine which movies she'll see. If a movie ...
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Why did the crew of Nostromo not seem too surprised by new Alien life?

When some of the crew of the Nostromo discovered the space jockey and the alien eggs, they didn't seem too surprised. It kind of seemed normal to them that yes, a corporation like Weyland-Yutani would ...
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What is that song Ripley sings while buckling-in the space-suit in Alien?

Towards the end, when Ripley finally ... She mutters a little song that seems to go .... you .... are ... (my) ... lucky ..... star .... .... lucky-lucky-lucky .... or something. What ...
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Why is Nostromo's technology so… 1980s?

"Prometheus" is meant to be a prequel to "Alien", happening 30 years before (src). If that's the case, how come one of the very earliest spaceships, Prometheus from 2089, has a spiffy new technology, ...
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What happened to the Alien that came from the Space Jockey?

In the derelict ship, the crew of the Nostromo find the 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 ...
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What's the meaning of the fossilized engineer in the Alien space jockey scene?

Despite watching Prometheus and understanding the purpose of the navigation machine, I'm still not sure what was the significance of the space jockey in Alien, specifically... Why was the engineer ...
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Does Prometheus contradict Alien vs. Predator?

At the end of Prometheus one sees a creature that looks surprisingly like the xenomorph alien. Does that scene show the actual origin of it? Does it contradict the version from Alien vs. Predator ...
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Why did the Science Officer not get chosen for the mission to the alien spacecraft?

After the Nostromo detects a signal from a potentially intelligent alien, the crew are arguing what to do about it. Most of the crew want to ignore it and return home, but Ash (Science Officer) ...
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Is the ship the crew of the Nostromo find, the same “Engineer” ship that crashed in Prometheus?

At then end of Prometheus, I had expected the Engineer to go back to his ship and sit in that large chair he previously used when attempting to leave the planet. I assumed this because in Alien the ...
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Are the aliens from the Alien movie series more hive minded or more like individuals?

The aliens seem somewhat hive minded, based on the idea that they have a queen, eggs, soldiers, and generally are organized using a hive structure, including the building of hives and food storage ...
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Is the cat (Jones) in Alien immortal?

Just watched Alien for the first time. I've got two related questions about Jones, the cat: Is it in stasis at the start? I didn't see it with anyone waking up. How did it survive the ending, when
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Why didn't the crew detect the Alien inside of Kane?

In the movie Alien the character Kane becomes an unwitting host to an alien parasite, which eventually kills him. Why was this parasite not detected after the face-hugger died and fell off? Was the ...
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What was Ash trying to do with the magazine?

In the movie Alien, Ash What in the world was he trying to do?
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When (in which year) is Alien set?

Does the Alien film give any clue as to in which year it takes place? Or do any of its sequels? If not the exact year then do we have any clues, e.g. 500 years in the future?
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What caused the change in android behaviors from Alien to Aliens?

In the first Alien, the android is revealed to have an ulterior motive: a Hyperdyne Systems 120-A/2 android, who is acting upon secret orders to "Bring back alien life form. Crew expendable." ref ...
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Why doesn't the alien kill Ripley in the shuttle craft?

In the last scene of Alien, Ripley escapes in a shuttle craft. She screams when she sees that the alien is onboard. Why didn't the alien kill her immediately when she boarded the shuttle craft? Is it ...
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What happened to the cat Jones from Alien and Aliens?

In Alien and Aliens, Ripley had a cat named Jones. In Aliens when Ripley is preparing to go to LV426 with the marines she says to Jones, "And you, you little shit-head, you're staying here." So ...
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Who sent the distress signal in Alien?

I assume it was the pilot of the derelict ship who sent the SOS that set the plot in motion, but Alien only gives us a brief glimpse and not many clues (at least none so overt that I picked up on them)...