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"Turning to face a wall" isn't going to do jack squiddly against a facehugger. They're literally built to hug your face and plant eggs in your chest, and nothing you can do as a lone human is going to prevent that once they've jumped at you. Their little ovipositor (Egg Injector) secretes a kind of acidic substance that allows them to pierce pretty much any ...


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Lance Henriksen Henriksen is typically considered the correct answer, though whether or not he qualifies is more ambiguous than Paxton1: In the original Terminator film, Henriksen plays one of the detectives working the "Phone Book Killer" case. He's shot repeatedly during the T-800's attack on the police station, and we'...


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H.R. Giger actually came up with the second mouth, not Ridley. I have read interviews with Giger where he describes the second mouth as being added to evoke male oral rape. Some of Giger's paintings show that in a much more obvious manner (warning, NSFW!). Much of the xenomorph original design was based around the feelings Giger wanted to evoke with it, ...


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There really are abominations in nature with double jaw. For example Moray eel. I don't now about any in letter confirmation of this as source of inspiration, but I would be willing to put small bet on it.


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Firstly, Nostromo was constructed in 2101, only 12 years after Prometheus. Secondly, not all types of vehicles have the same level of UI polish. Generally, military and industrial vehicles/systems tend to look a bit dated compared to the latest consumer vehicles/products. Here's a cutting edge F-35 cockpit: Here's the Eurofighter, which is about ten years ...


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There is faster than light travel in the Alien universe franchise. It is demonstrated by the relatively short time (3 weeks) it takes for the Marines to arrive at LV-426, Zeta 2 Reticuli system (second moon of Zeta 2 Reticuli IV). This star system is 33 light years from Earth, so their ability to reach it in such a short time indicates a well-developed FTL ...


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Bishop is a 'gentle soul'. We learn from Burke and Bishop that modern androids (sorry, "artificial people") don't have combat training. He's literally incapable of harming humans and this presumably extends to other life-forms. BISHOP: Well, that explains it. The A/2's were always a bit twitchy. That could never happen now with out behavioral ...


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We know the Xenomorph from Alien must eat something since it is a living thing and one of the primary tenets of living creatures is they need energy to live and grow. It is illogical to assume the alien Xenomorph does not eat ANYTHING and yet can grow to well over six feet tall and weighing at least two hundred pounds. In addition, the creature has an ...


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Much as I hate the horrible pink slimebaby it's worth mentioning Alien:Resurrection. When the I'm willing to concede that it's no guarantee that they understand the concept of electricity... but I think we can safely say over the series that the xenomorphs are not animals as Hudson would mean it, as they possess cunning and intelligence. That they'd ...


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Jupiter averages about 43 light-minutes from the Sun, Earth is about 8.3 light-minutes. That means, at most, it's 51.3 light-minutes from Earth to Jupiter, and at a minimum 34.7 light-minutes. So, simple math. The ship would be traveling at between 0.193 and 0.285 c to take three hours to cover the distance, depending on the distance between Earth and ...


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Pass. Ripley: "That's not our system." Lambert: "I know that." Also, this is a convo with >2 people but as part of it they exchange replies with each other: Lambert: What? And end up like the others? No … no, you're out of your mind! Ripley: You got a better idea? Lambert: Yes! I say that we abandon this ship! We take the shuttle and just get ...


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There is no canon info available (confirmed by searching most Wikis and many many forum discussion threads). The only 2 points of info are: There is an possibility that the "inner mouth" is used to drink blood from victims One forum post mentioned that "I believe in the RPG book published by Leading Edge Games, it was written that the aliens eat some pretty ...


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The acidic blood of the Xenomorph is well within the boundaries of conventional science as far as powerful acids are concerned. As for the biology of such an acid and how it would be used in the Xenomorph metabolic process, that is beyond my ability to judge. "Strongest" Acid Known "Molecular acid" is a tautology. All acids are made from molecular ...


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It's hard to say for sure, but in Aliens at least, it takes the combined effort of 4 adults (3 of which are marines, 1 of which is Vasquez. Although arguably, Ripley might not be giving it her all), to pry a facehugger off Ripley. We'd have to assume they are very strong creatures and so facing a wall or covering your face with your arms probably wouldn't ...


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There's no reason why the first thing that the facehugger does has to be to extend the ovipositor. A better strategy would be to clamp onto the host with its legs, and then wrap the tail around the neck to constrict the arteries leading to the brain. Eventually the host falls unconscious, then the ovipositor does its thing, injecting an egg plus some toxin ...


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One key reason the alien doesn't kill Ripley immediately is explained by a rather famous deleted scene from the theatrical release. The scene shows Ripley, after Parker and Lambert are killed, finding a still-alive captain Dallas, who they all had assumed was killed earlier by the alien. In fact, Dallas had been cocooned by the alien, along with Brett, and ...


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Life cycle that may have influenced that of the Xenomorph It has recently been suggested that Phronima was the inspiration behind the Xenomorph: Meet Phronima, the Barrel-Riding Parasite That Inspired the Movie Alien Deep-Sea Creatures That Inspired the Alien Series From the Wikipedia article concerning Phronima: Although commonly known as parasites, ...


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There have been two alternative reproduction cycles that have appeared in the movies that show how individual xenomorphs can reproduce without the need for a Queen: The directors cut of Alien: There is a famous scene (deleted from the theatrical release) which shows Ripley discovering a barely-alive Captain Dallas and the body of Brett. They have been ...


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Who says they didn't? Remember that the scanner was being run by Ash (who was Science Officer) who had something of a hidden agenda, even if he did detect it he wouldn't have said anything...


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Wow - this lead me to some interesting links and info. The direct answer is in the Alien Species Wiki. In main Xenomorph article there's enough to figure this out. In the Biology Section it points out that the "tongue mouth" or secondary jaws (or mouth) is what the Xenomorph eats with. (So my original guess that the secondary one would hold the food is ...


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The xenomorphs in Resurrection are seen "communicating" with one another. I know, I know, Resurrection is not a great addition to the franchise, to say the least. But for better or for worse, it is part of the movie canon now. This scene does, fairly clearly IMO, establish that the xenomorphs are intelligent to a degree that they have some sort of language ...


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From the Alien and Predator wiki, it is unclear what happened (and people have tried to find out, because this is one of the most-asked questions about Alien and Aliens): Ripley and Jones remained in cryostasis for 57 years. The salvage crew that picked them up initially thought the unusual readings from the cryotube was that of an alien life form, but ...


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The two "attendant" xenomorphs back off at the Queen's command, but then we see one of the eggs open up as Ripley and Newt are leaving. The implication is that the Queen is not bargaining in good faith. That is when Ripley burns the eggs and launches grenades at the Queen.


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No it does not. The opening sequence of the movie indicates the Engineers have existed for quite some time. it is implied they gave the genetic material which became all life on Earth. This fact alone makes their species very old indeed. Even if the Predators had been using the Xenomorphs for a long time as AVP suggests (20,000 years at least) the Engineers ...


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I think all the inspiration for the overall look of the xenomorph, the ship, the space jockey and the second jaw came from H R Giger's work. There is a book about Giger and "The artwork behind Alien", the book is called "Giger's Alien". It was published in 1994, but it's all the artwork that Giger came up with for the original film.


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No, or they'd have taken off and nuked the whole site from orbit as soon as it became clear what they were dealing with... Gorman uses 'xenomorph' because it means he can show off the fact that he knows long words in Greek, it's another instance of him believing that his Staff College education puts him above the grunts despite his lack of field experience....


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In Alien, we saw a ship that contained no apparent xenomorphs aside from the facehugger cocoons. I believe this is exactly what happens when the Xenomorph population runs out of hosts. As adults die off (assuming they can starve or die of age, neither of which I believe are confirmed), the colony will simply go dormant, relying upon suitable hosts finding ...


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The original script indicates that the Nostromo was acting as a tug, pulling a refinery that contains two billion tons of "mineral ore". During the journey, that ore would be processed by the refinery into oil products such as petroleum. EXT. NOSTROMO The Factory Starship lumbering with the depths of inter-stellar space. Function: ...


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