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I totally understand why they took this scene out. The movie works so much better if you have zero idea of what the place was like before the Marines arrived.
agreed, its a perfectly good scene but the film is stronger without it
But then it introduces the plothole of how there got to be so many aliens out of an original population of only 159.
It really is an extremely weak plot saved entirely by the marine banter and sound design.
Binro the Heretic
Hey, don't be dissin' the Nostromo! It's one of my all-time favorite sci-fi spaceships. It looked like a "real" ship designed for an industrial application.
That "leaking" water was condensation. That room was one of those enormous tower things you see in the distance shots of the Nostromo so it's huge, like a hollow skyscraper. The water vapor in the air condenses on the walls & equipment and "rains" down.
As for the hanging chains, again, this was meant to be a mining ship. Think of the Krupp Bagger with a built-in warehouse floating through space. The chains and cranes were there for lifting heavy loads.
The computer "Mother" was, again, a pretty good representation of a no-frills, non-user-friendly industrial computer such as you might find in a factory. The panels of indicator lights, the monochrome screen, all things you're likely to find in such a setting.
But, yeah, they definitely screwed up letting the audience see the full-on alien at the end. This is what my ten-year-old nephew had to say after the movie:
"They made us wait the whole movie to see the monster and it was a dude in a suit!"
Snot-nosed little punk. "Alien" gave me nightmares when I was eleven.
What plot holes did the Nostromo set design introduce? Rather than being a movie about a monster who is so clever that it takes down competent armed soldiers, every single crises in Aliens is the result of impossible stupidity well beyond an incompetent commanding officer (not a single person left behind on the Sulaco?).
The "dated" computer was a pretty good representation of the things in 1977.
There isn't a single frame of footage where the queen was stop motion. Puppet != stop motion.
@Fabio (and others defending "Mother"): No, industrial computers didn't look quite like that. Most of the indicator lights were flat, not bulbs, they didn't cover every wall, and "industrial" machines tended to have more bare paneling to, you know, protect the innards.
And as for the Queen, re-watch the scene after she gets blown out of the airlock. That's called "stop motion," and it's really BAD stop motion at that.
Hey! I want a Wayland-Yutani big wheel too!
pardon: WEYLAND-Yutani, for the beards.
You want beardy nerd trivia? The fat guy was the captain of Red Dwarf.
Don't worry. If it's not legitimate facehugging the body has ways to shut that down.
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