Questions tagged [alien-franchise]

For questions about Ridley Scott's Alien film series and related franchise, including prequels, spin-offs, video games and more. Use with the relevant work tag such as [alien-1979], [prometheus], [alien-covenant] etc.

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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 part? Why not ...
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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 was there any indication that evidence of intelligent ET had been previously discovered? [duplicate]

Was the discovery of the ship the first such discovery? If so, they don't seem to make a very big deal of it. If not, do we know anything about previous discoveries?
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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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Any instance of Aliens using human technology beyond elevator scene?

Besides: Script where alien in Alien is supposed to impersonate human Use of elevator by queen in Aliens Use of button to freeze human in Alien Resurrection are there other instances? In general in "...
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Why is there such a dislike for the Alien Prequels? [closed]

The prequels have great depth compared to the original Alien. Themes of creationism, where we came from, where the alien came from and why the virus was created to destroy us. The original alien films ...
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In Prometheus, is it not implied that they did not just create human life but literally all life on Earth?

Although it seems to be the understanding Elizabeth Shaw and Weyland that the Engineers created human life, the first scene on the apparently pristine planet where the Engineer's body dissolves and ...
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Why is Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem so dark?

One of the most common complaints about Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem is that it is way too dark to see anything. I think most viewers will attest to this. My question is why is it that way? It ...
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In Aliens vs Predator, why does Predator bother dissolving the “evidence”?

I don’t understand why the predator bothers using the dissolving liquid? He is leaving his own evidence everywhere, skinning the cop? Why bother dissolving everyone that has had a Xenomorph burst out ...
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What should I watch before playing Alien: Isolation?

I know that the game Alien: Isolation is between Alien and Aliens. However, it is from a long time later than those films, so I’m thinking it might have big connections to the prequels or something. ...
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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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Is there an in-universe scientific explanation for the Engineers having white skin?

In Prometheus, the Engineers have very pale white skin. Is it explained why? Has an in-universe scientific explanation been given?
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How will the Predator deal with the remaining weapons​ if their owner dies?

I will take the Predator Wolf as the sample. In Alien vs Predator: Requiem, we can saw that Predator Wolf was assigned​ to neutralize the Predalien Queen and finally they both die together in a ...
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How long does it take the xenomorph to build the hive?

I am curious how fast can a xenomorph build a hive? Does it only take 1 day? Let's take Alien vs Predator: Requiem for example. There is a scene that the hospital is target where the Predalien Queen ...
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Why doesn't it matter if it's Arcturian?

In Aliens there is a dialogue between the marines while at 'chow time' when Frost gets called out for sleeping with a male Acturian and defends it by saying "it doesn't matter when it's Arcturian, ...
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How long did it take from Earth (or Gateway station) to LV-426?

In Aliens (1986), the occupants of the Sulaco are in "hypersleep" for the journey, but how long did it take? When Asked how long before they would be overdue Hicks replies 17 days, presumably plus ...
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Would “nuking it from orbit” have taken out the alien spaceship as well?

In Aliens, it's decided that the only safe way to be sure that the aliens in the colony township were destroyed was by nuking the area. Was the nuclear explosion powerful enough to include the ...
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Why is Bishop in cryosleep despite being an android?

In Aliens, it appears that Bishop awakes from being frozen. But why should he have been frozen in the first place? I can understand Ash being frozen, this was necessary to allay fears that he was ...
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In Prometheus, is it possible that the trilobite which attacked the Engineer was protecting Shaw?

Is there any indication that (perhaps in some script version), as in Alien 4, that the trilobite, being the offspring of Shaw, recognizes her and that motivates it to attack the Engineer which, in ...
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What was Carter Burke's job for “the Company” in Aliens?

Burke seems to be a pretty involved guy for Weyland-Yutani Corp. He acts as point of contact/liaison with Ripley at Gateway Station, sends a message to the colony on LV-426 to investigate the 'Space ...
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What was the last communication from the colony in LV426 in “Aliens”?

In Aliens, Burke tells Ripley that they lost contact with the colony on LV-426 and they were sending Colonial Marines to investigate. Did the 'Company' assume that Ripley's story may be true or did ...
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In “Aliens”, is there anything special about the date 6-12-79?

Within the "Alien" universe, does anyone know if there is any significance for the date 6-12-79 (USA format) in James Cameron's "Aliens"? Ripley quotes it as the date Burke informs the colony on LV426 ...
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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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In Aliens, how many people were on LV-426 before the Marines arrived​?

At the beginning of "Aliens" during Ripley's hearing she is told there are 60-70 families on LV-426 but is it know how many people in total? This would then reflect the maximum number of Xenomorphs ...
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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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Are Avatar and Aliens in the same universe?

The obvious out-of-universe relationship between the films Avatar and Aliens is that they share a director, James Cameron. This of course doesn't mean the story-lines cohabit but there are other ...
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What purpose built functions (besides nurseries) do the alien hive structures perform?

As we have seen in the film franchise, Xenomorphes are constantly building onto the resin hives that house thier egg nurseries. What other specific purposes are demonstrated in thier architecture?
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Why did the engineers leave the map to their military base planet? [duplicate]

Prometheus starts with the finding of the cave paintings of a star map. Shaw and Holloway had interpreted it as an invitation. In the further action it occurs that the place pointed to by the map was ...
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Why was the Covenant heading to Origae-6 instead of the Engineer's Planet?

In Alien: Covenant the ship was heading to Origae-6. After the neutrino blast and receiving the signal from Elizabeth Shaw the crew found out that near their position was a planet that was ...
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In “Aliens” when Bishop enters the access tunnel, why does he refuse a pistol?

Towards the end in Aliens (1986), Bishop volunteers to crawl down a narrow access tunnel to reach the uplink tower. In the scene, they cut a hole in the access tunnel and when Bishop hops into the ...
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Breeding of predalien and predators

In "Alien vs Predator: Requiem" movie the genetic croos of alien and predator - predalien queen, had an ability to fertilize victims, just like facehugger, but with multiple seeds (and straight into ...
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Why do the Xenomorphs kill their hosts instead of using them?

I’m curious as to why the Xenomorphs from the Alien series tend to kill some of their hosts instead of infecting them with the face huggers? If they are to reproduce by using the hosts to carry out ...
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Why do Janek plus at least two other crew members throw their lives away when one could pilot the ship?

At the climax of Prometheus, Janek and two other human characters (and possibly more offscreen) make a kamikaze suicide run, ramming their ship against the alien craft and destroying themselves in the ...
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Timeline on LV 426 in Aliens (1986)

How long is Ripley and the Colonial Marines on LV 426 in Aliens? Ripley states that it took 1 Xeno less than 24 hours to destroy the Nostromo ship and crew and considering the fully formed nest, ...
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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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Why are the engineers completely different between movies?

There are dramatic differences in technological aesthetics and anatomy between the engineers across Alien, Prometheus and Covenant. The differences are extreme enough that they do not look like ...
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How did the nuclear reactor in Aliens (1986) explode like a nuclear bomb? [closed]

According to various supplementary sources, the atmosphere processor on Acheron was powered by a fusion reactor. As far as I know, it is not physically possible for a fusion reactor to explode like a ...
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Why did the cloned Xenomorphs kill one of their own?

Why did the cloned Xenomorphs kill one of their own in order to escape their holding cells when they could spit acid? Wouldn't they have been able to just spit at the ground, thus melting it? It ...

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