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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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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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What level of control does the Alien Queen (from the “Aliens” films) hold over the eggs and other aliens around her?

The title says it all. And this is spurred by a comment posted to this post on the “Movies & TV” site here. Does the queen get to choose when the eggs open? That's not how it works with any egg ...
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Did the xenomorphs intentionally cut the power?

In Aliens, the marines have fortified a position and are preparing for a last stand when the power suddenly goes out. Hudson appropriately asks, "How can they cut the power, man? They're animals!" ...
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Did Weyland-Yutani know about the Xenomorph before purchasing Sevastopol?

We know that WY puts a ton of value on acquiring a Xenomorph for their weapons division. But purchasing a whole new space station seems incredibly expensive, especially since the only thing they ...
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Xenomorph Life expectancy

Is there any indication given in the Alien movies or literature of how long an Xenomorph lives for? It occurred to me that given a limited number of potential hosts ( as per the colony on LV-426, the ...
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At what speed should a ship travel from Jupiter to Earth to reach Earth in only 3 hours?

In Alien Resurrection, the science ship was parked in "unregulated space" while they did experiments. Then, when the aliens get loose, the ship starts an autopilot trip program to fly back to Earth. ...
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How/Where did the Yautjas (Predators) get the Xenomorphs

The Yautjas (or more commonly known simply as Predators) are an extra-terrestrial race of warriors who hunt for sport and honor. Their hunts included humans and several species (judging from the ...
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Why did the Engineers' Home world appear so primitive?

In the movie Prometheus, we see what appears to be an advanced race the 'Engineers' travel throughout space, they seem to be able to create life or at least cultivate it very well. Yet we see when ...
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How did the Alien eggs get inside the shuttle? [duplicate]

The Alien queen was in the exterior landing gear space of the Sulaco shuttle in Aliens. Even if she laid eggs on that exterior space, how did those eggs enter the shuttle? If two did, as many state, ...
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Why did the engineers give a map to their weapons of mass destruction?

In Prometheus they are given a map, Ordinarily you would think that at the time they would be giving the map to their position of where the Engineers originated from. So why was the map to the ...
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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 did everyone on the Sulaco go down to LV-426?

In Alien, it made sense for the whole crew to land on the planetoid. The crew was relatively small (and got smaller as the story progressed) and you might expect the Science Officer (Ash) to go as ...
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How did the ancient people of Scotland know about Zeta Reticuli if it's in the Southern Sky?

In Prometheus, Elizabeth Shaw and Charlie Holloway discover a star map in Scotland that matches others from several unconnected ancient cultures that leads them to the Zeta Reticuli system. How is ...
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How common are androids in the world of the Alien franchise?

In the Alien franchise androids have played an important role in the story line, from Ash through to David and Walter. However, is it known how common androids are? The names Ash through to Walter ...
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Why are Cpt. Branson's hands cable-tied in this shot?

This isn't a head scratching, convoluted plot question. I'm just curious as to why the charred remains of James Franco (aka Captain Branson) has its hands cable tied together? Is that just a thing ...
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Do FTL communications exist in the Aliens franchise/universe?

Inspired from this question, do FTL communications exist in the Aliens franchise/universe?
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Does the Covenant have FTL communications capabilities?

At some point in the beginning of the recent Alien: Covenant movie, the crew discovers an odd signal and decide to alter course to investigate the source. However, a more logical course of action ...
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In the Alien franchise, is there any evidence of colonisation within our solar system?

I've been wondering if, in the Alien franchise, humans have been colonising any other planets or moons in our "home" solar system. We have many different stories where people are somehow overrun by ...
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Why would Bishop be following an order from Burke?

Why would Bishop agree to return 2 of the living facehuggers back to the company labs as per Burke's order? Bishop himself says earlier in the film to Ripley That could never happen now with our ...
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What do the worker xenomorphs do when they are not gathering more hosts for eggs? What happens to the hive when the host supply is depleted?

I have seen all of the Alien movies as well as the Prometheus series. What do the drone or worker xenomorphs do once the host supply is depleted? Does the queen keep on laying more eggs, or does she ...
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Interpretation of the dialog between David and Weyland

Alien: Covenant (2017) starts with a dialog between David and Weyland. At some point David says this: You seek your creator I am looking at mine. I will serve you, yet you are human. You will die ...
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How is Prometheus related to the Aliens, and how were the Aliens created?

I've just watched Alien: Covenant. I watched Prometheus quite a while back but don't fully remember the story, so I couldn't exactly relate the two movies. But from what I can tell, Covenant is just a ...
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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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How did Walter and David resolve their disagreement?

You should only read this question if you already saw the movie or are not afraid of spoilers. I cannot formulate this question without giving away crucial parts of the plot. In the a scene between ...
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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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In the Aliens movie (1986), why did the colonial marines leave the pilots behind on the dropship?

After the Colonial Marines landed on the planet and determined the control building was "secure", most of the marines moved into the control building. The pilot, Corporal Colette Ferro, and her ...
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How did David create the face hugger pods/eggs when previously only a queen was seen doing that?

In Alien Covenant, David lures Captain Oram into a room where we see what look like the eggs that only queens lay (refer to Aliens and Alien Resurrection films). David later admits that he has been ...
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Do aliens retain their hosts' memories?

In the Alien movies, some form of bio-matter enters a human body and then consumes the human's tissue as source material for a new Alien body. We then see the new Alien body run around creating ...
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What does David mean by soul?

In Alien:Covenant, We learn later that What concept of the soul underlies the Alien movies? And how does that concept of a soul relate to what happens when an alien takes over a human. And is ...
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What happened to the cryopod?

When the colony ship Covenant has suffered some severe damage some people aboard the ship die. Why? What happened to that cryopod? At least on-screen, none of the crew seemed to be concerned about ...
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What is wrong with the embryo?

As a part of his routine aboard the Covenant the android Walter checks the stored embryos. Nothing special has happened by that point, the colony ship and its crew and cargo (~40 crewmembers, 2000 ...
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Who created the Alien xenomorph?

Since I couldn't post a spoiler as the question itself, I'll clarify what I mean here: The movies ‘Alien vs. Predator’ and ‘Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem’ take place in 2004, a hundred years prior to ‘...
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Why is the “Covenant” crew so careless?

It seems that the "Covenant" crew shares the same foolhardiness as the crew from the previous "Prometheus" movie: they descent on an unknown planet without any protective equipment other than rifles. ...
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In Aliens, what is the “ornament” that Drake has in these two scenes?

Watching Aliens again, I know every scene pretty well, but I noticed something new. The smartgunner "Drake" seems to have some sort of ornament / decoration. I spotted it in two scenes, once it was ...
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Why was the alien released on board the Covenant?

Why did let the Alien out on board the ship? He already had the crew fooled, so all he had to do was to wait for them to go into hypersleep and then he could conduct as many experiments as he ...
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Why was Newt not cocooned by the Alien?

Why wasn't the little girl, Newt, not cocooned or killed by the Alien after she was captured? It's not clear why would the little girl be just resting with that alien glue in there and not be ...
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Did anything happen to Acheron after the events of Aliens?

After the terraforming plant goes boom at the end of Aliens was that the end of the Xenomorphs on that planet or did some survive? Did the company attempt to rebuild the colony?
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What form of government exists at the time of Alien/Aliens?

In The Alien universe we see that a powerful company has faster than light space travel, off world colonies and their own marine force. Despite this, they still need to be cloak and dagger about ...