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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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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/liason 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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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 ...