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Alien and Aliens plot hole and science fiction conventions

In both the theatrical and special addition: At the meeting Ripley says "how many ways do you want me to tell it?" to which the reply is something along the lines "look at it from our ...
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Why does Weyland Yutani want a xeno for weapon when they have, for example, androids?

I could see xenos being useful from a medical standpoint but in a time when technology includes not just FTL drives but also controllable androids, what could xenos do as a weapon that would be useful?...
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Is there a connection between "Raised by Wolves" and the Alien universe?

In the first season finale of Raised by Wolves (which is executive produced by Ridley Scott), Mother is almost killed by a mysterious figure in rags (presumably the same figure seen in the cave under ...
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Did David cause the Covenant to stop near to his location?

The whole plot of Covenant seems to hinge on a "singular, random" event, as described by android Walter: a random burst of neutrinos that could not be detected by the ship, that causes the ...
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Novel with a group of soldiers sent to the Xenomorph homeworld to collect specimens, discover that the Xenomorphs are prey there, and they're androids

I think I read this as a paperback somewhere in the early 2000s, pretty sure before 2010. It was a book set in the Aliens franchise. I'm not certain whether it was supposed to be in continuity with ...
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What is meant when the xenomorph is referred to as a "perfect organism?"

Why is the xenomorph referred to as a "perfect organism?" Is it because it is very good at reproducing and does not let sentiment/morals interfere with its decisions? Always sounded a little ...
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What is this item in the movie Aliens?

There is a well-known image from James Cameron's science-fiction movie Aliens (1986) showing Ripley and Newt escaping from the queen and her xenomorphic fellows (see below). One of the two heroines (I ...
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Why weren't the marines in "Aliens" properly briefed on the cooling towers before they went in? [duplicate]

In the movie Aliens, it takes Ripley and Burke to point out that firing armor-piercing rounds inside a cooling tower is a no-go, since if one of the bullets damaged a tower, the result would be a ...
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The Hammerpede scene -- what was the purpose of going into Millburn's throat?

Of course, knowing what we do now of facehuggers and also the Engineer and the giant octopus, we might assume it intended to impregnate Millburn but as far as I know, it just kills him while his buddy ...
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What enemies did the company intend to use Xenomorphs on?

I find using xenomorphs as weapons problematic -- if the company was interested in xenomorphs for biomedical applications or materials science, I would have found that more plausible. But given that ...
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What was the exact content of the warning signal transmitted from the derelict in Alien?

I've always assumed that the transmission did not give many details about the xenomorph's biology, other than it was a dangerous organism. In other words, the transmission could probably be summarized ...
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Alien (1979) - Why send humans to collect the Xenomorph?

(Spoilers ahead, though in fairness the movie is 42 years old) Pretty late in the movie Alien (1979), it's revealed that Weyland Yutani Corporation knew of the existence of the Xenomorphs, and in fact ...
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Prometheus: Immortality of David?

I am trying to think how his makers know that or even could know that David (and other androids) are immortal. The fact that androids have sort of messy and complex insides suggests to me that they ...
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Was a scene in "Alien: Covenant" inspired by the death island painting of Böcklin?

In the movie Alien: Covenant there’s a shot of a dramatically illuminated rock on which tall, thin, poplar-like trees grow. I took a picture of the scene. The movie was on TV tonight. When I saw the ...
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Why didn’t Ripley and the survivors nuke the derelict ship from orbit?

After taking care of the Alien Queen when she sneaks aboard the Sulaco why didn’t Ripley and the others stay in orbit and destroy the derelict ship before leaving?
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How is it that the alien grows to full size in like 5 minutes in Alien Covenant?

Don't get me wrong, I love Alien, but there seems to be extreme inconsistency in how fast it grows. Out of curiosity, is a canonical answer ever offered for how the life cycle in Alien Covenant is a ...
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Are Androids sentient in the "Alien" franchise?

Of the known androids in the Alien franchise, Ash, Bishop, Call, David, Walter, do any of them show the basics of being or becoming sentient? Sentient comes from the Latin sentient-, “feeling,” and it ...
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Why did Captain Dallas not reprimand Ash for failing to spot the chestbuster?

I always wondered why Captain Dallas never tore Ash a new one for failing to spot a parasite as big as the chestburster. Ash was also their medical officer after all. Maybe it was a plot device, but ...
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Ripley and Ash's company orders: further mysteries

Recalling this question about why Ripley didn't mention Ash (either at the company enquiry or to the Marines) it is also confusing that at the end of Alien, Ripley, after she blasts the alien into ...
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How did Weyland-Yutani already know about the warning beacon on LV-426 before the events of Alien?

It's obvious from Special Order 937 that Weyland-Yutani had somehow already detected the warning beacon emanating from the derelict on LV-426, and had at least partially deciphered it. Is it ever ...
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Who first called it the "space jockey"?

In the movie Alien (1979), there is an alien creature that appears to be growing out of a chair that sits in a large chamber. Over the years, it has become known as the "space jockey". Where ...
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How do Xenomorphs grow up without eating anything in a spaceship? [duplicate]

There is nothing for Xenomorphs to eat in spaceships, but they grow up very fast after they burst out of their hosts. Don't they need any food to live?
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Was David rogue or just as designed by Peter Weyland?

Was David's behavior consistent with his design and his loyalty to Peter Weyland (even after the latter's death) or due to some malfunction? Is it implied that David's mind is based on Weyland's and ...
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Is Ripley (from Alien) a reference to 'Ripley's Believe It Or Not'?

To someone over a certain age, "Ripley" reminds us of "Ripley's Believe It Or Not" which was a sort of cartoon strip about amazing "facts" (not too worried about ...
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Xenomorphs spreading by infection from adult xenomorphs?

In Covenant we see a particularly insidious way for xenomorphs to propagate. In any book, etc. is it suggested that adult xenomorphs might reproduce by shedding viral/nanoparticles similar to what we ...
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Is the Superman/Aliens crossover canon to Post-Crisis DC comics continuity?

In 1995, DC Comics collaborated with Dark Horse Comics to produce the first, three-part Superman/Aliens crossover, scripted and penciled by long-time Superman comics writer, Dan Jurgens. Are the ...
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In the director's cut of Alien, Ripley in her final report lists also Ash as being dead — why?

Bottom Line: I am accepting the answer and I think the report is a very deliberate attempt by Ripley to signal she will cooperate and/or is ignorant. She of course was furious at what had been done ...
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Why does Ash do 'human' things when no-one's watching?

Why does Ash quickly start doing a warm up exercise before going into his observation blister? It’s not as if he suspects anyone is watching him and as he is There doesn't seem to be any reason why ...
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How can the xenomorph from the aliens franchise see, hear, and smell? [duplicate]

Has been on my mind for some time now, how can the xenomorph see, hear, and smell? When looking at this xenomorph you cannot see any indication of eyes, ears, or nostrils, yet it can still find its ...
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Has Ridley Scott ever been asked if the Alien franchise is canonically connected to Frank Herbert's Dune in a filmed interview? [closed]

Since Ridley Scott was intimately involved in the Dune Film before, during and after the making of Alien. Has Ridley Scott ever been asked if the Alien franchise is canonically connected to Frank ...
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What is the difference between the Xenomorph in "Alien: Covenant" and the ones in "Alien vs Predator"?

I've been binge watching the whole Alien franchise (following the right time line) and now I'm stuck right after Alien: Covenant because I didn't get one thing. At first I thought that the engineers ...
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Which cut is the "Director's Cut" of Aliens?

Upon the release of Aliens: Special Edition in 1991, James Cameron filmed an introduction, where he stated: This is Jim Cameron. What you’re about to watch is the special edition of Aliens. I ...
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What happened to the derelict spaceship after the events of Aliens?

What happened to the derelict spaceship? Did it survive the explosion of the terraforming processors?
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Why are androids in the Alien franchise so fascinated with the alien?

Why they are so fascinated by the creature? Why do they speak of the xenomorph as being a superior life form?
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How did the Alien know that Ripley was going to blow the Nostromo? [duplicate]

How could the Alien know that Ellen Ripley is going to blow up the Nostromo? He deliberately hid himself in the emergency ship in order to survive the explosion. Did he follow her? Is he super ...
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Are Xenomorphs immune to diseases and viruses?

Are Xenomorphs immune to diseases and viruses, at all stages of development, from the egg stage onwards?
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Why do the aliens in Aliens "mostly come at night, mostly"?

Newt tells Ripley and the marines that the aliens mostly come at night. Is there any indication of why they are less likely to come during the day? I'm looking for any indications from novelisatons, ...
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Why do androids hibernate in the Alien movies? [duplicate]

The android, Bishop, in the Aliens movie hibernates with the rest of the Sulaco crew for the 17 day voyage. Does he need to sleep? Unlike the Alien movie where Ash hibernated because was merely ...
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How long do alien chestbursters gestate inside human hosts? [duplicate]

In the Alien movie, Kane is attacked by an alien facehugger which implants an embryo inside him. The embryo gestates in seemingly a matter of hours to become a chestburster. ...
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How does David maintain a secret cabin in the ship without any human knowing about it?

In the final scene of Alien: Covenant (2017), David owns this cabin which contains alien embryos & some humans in hypersleep. How does David maintain a secret cabin in the ship without any human ...
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What are these hanging lamps used in Alien: Convenant?

In Alien: Covenant, hanging lamps start to glow when David approaches them. What are they, anyway?
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Why doesn't Tennessee have a tether attached during his EVA?

In Alien: Covenant, a stellar neutrino burst damages the ship. Tennessee comes out of the ship to fix the damage, but he has no tether, the way normal astronauts have. Why doesn't Tennessee have a ...
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Why does it go from Alien vs. Predator to Aliens vs. Predator?

The first film in the mini-franchise that is AVP is titled Alien vs. Predator. The sequel to it is titled Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem. Simply, why did the sequel add an "s" to the Alien ...
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Why statue's face is hidden like this?

In Alien Convenant, this statue looks like greek to me, but it is hidden like this. Why statue's face is hidden like this?
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Why didn't David help the alien in killing Daniels and Tennessee?

In final scenes of Alien: Covenant, the alien enters the ship and kills Upworth and Ricks. Mother alarms all the crewmembers about it. So Daniels and Tennessee kill the alien with David's help. Why ...
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In Alien franchise books/movies, ever any deliberate protection of humans by neomorphs?

I wonder if they have ever indicated sophistication like this, knowing that they need humans for breeding, they might, for example prevent a hull breech in space, etc.? In Prometheus, although it ...
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In Alien 3, where is Fiorina "Fury" 161? (pre 2012 sources)

In Alien 3, where is Fiorina "Fury" 161? I'm looking for an in-universe source (excluding Prometheus, including everything else) indicating some connection to the real-life night sky. In various ...
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How is Chemical A0-3959X.91 – 15 able to mutate Synthetics?

The Alien prequels reveal that aeons ago, life on Earth came into through the machinations of an ancient alien race dubbed the Mala'kaks/Engineers. The Mala'kaks/Engineers accomplished this feat ...
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How did Ripley know where to find these characters?

In Alien 2003 director's cut edition, after How did Ripley know where they are/head to this place, in case she didn't know she would find them there?
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Are Romulans related to Xenomorphs? [closed]

In the first episode of Star Trek: Picard the character Dahj is attacked for a second time. During the fight it is revealed that the attackers are Romulan. Dahj fights off all the attackers, but one ...
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