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A big question obviously.

Do you prefer the 1979 suspense filled, slow building masterpiece that was Alien?  Or do you prefer the balls-to-the-walls, fuck you sideways with lots of machine guns far superior sequel, that was 1986’s Aliens?

It’s obviously Aliens, but why?  Here’s why:

(1) Instead of 1 Alien, there are thousands of them!

(2) The company, whilst merely alluded to in Alien, is fully represented in the slimy and corporate cold, Carter Burke:

(3) It’s got marines, and they’re all badasses with big guns!

(4) Ellen Ripley has a pulse rifle and flame thrower, and she’s not afraid to use them.

(5) The drone guns, only available in the special edition (so special I couldn’t even find a picture of them!)

(6) They blow up the planet this time! That’s a lot bigger than blowing up the ship from Alien.

(7) It has this scene…

(8) Oh, and it has this scene…

So there you go.  Conclusive proof that Aliens kicks Alien’s ass.

Love it.

 

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Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), the only survivor of the space freighter Nostromo, is rescued and revived after drifting for fifty-seven years in stasis.  This is the rather eerie opening to 1986’s blockbuster ‘Aliens’.  It begins so serenely that you might be mistaken in thinking that the sequel was going to emulate it’s 1979 predecessor ‘Alien’, but you would be dead wrong.

At an interview before a panel of executives from her employer, the Weyland-Yutani Corporation, Ellen’s testimony regarding the Alien species is met with extreme skepticism as no physical evidence of the creature survived the destruction of the Nostromo spaceship from the previous film. Ripley loses her space flight license as a result of her “questionable judgment” and learns that LV-426, the planet where her crew first encountered the Alien eggs, is now home to a human colony.

The Weyland-Yutani corporation, only hinted at in the previous movie as “The Company” is the embodiment of corporate evil and greed and a very welcome addition to the Alien franchise.  The “Company” doesn’t let ethics, morals or even human life get in the way of it’s end game.

Ripley is visited by a Weyland-Yutani representative Carter Burke & a Lieutenant from the military.  They inform her that contact has been lost with the colony on LV-426. The company decides to dispatch Burke and a unit of marines to investigate, and offers to restore Ripley’s flight status and pick up her contract if she will accompany them as a consultant. Traumatized by her previous encounter with the Alien, Ripley initially refuses to join… But after company boy Burke tells her they’re only going to kill the Aliens (this is a lie), she agrees.

The group of Marines she goes with are a class act:  Sergeant Apone (he’s a douche), Corp Hicks (he’s a hero), Vasquez (She’s a scary ass supper tough female soldier), Hudson (bit of a joker, good with technology though) and rounding off the marines is an android called Bishop.  Ripley doesn’t like him much, given that the Android on the ship in Alien 1979 went a wee bit mental and tried to kill several people (I’d be suspicious of androids after that too).

This is where Aliens becomes so fucking amazing.  Gone are the genuinely scarey moments, an alien stalking the crew in the shadowy and claustrophobic atmosphere that the first film nailed so precisely.  All of that is replaced by a gung-ho set of marines, with big ass guns and a fairly bad attitude going in to blow the shit out of the Aliens.  And do you know what?  It is a fucking hoot!

So, the tooled up marines, and Ripley, head down to the human colony/alien planet, via this really cool spaceship, that prompts one of Hicks’ best lines in the movie (not spoiling it here, you’ll have to watch and see).  When they arrive, they find the colony abandoned (seemingly), but upon stumbling into the medical lab, they find two small Alien facehuggers stored in containment tanks (uh-oh, this can’t be good).  After a little pissing about, the marines work out where the colonists are.  Wouldn’t you know, they’ve been ‘captured’ by the Aliens and are being held by the nuclear reactor in the core. Shit!  That means they marines can’t use their big ass weapons, or there will be a melt down!

The Aliens attack, killing most of the Marines.  Ripley, who has been observing from outside, can see what is happening, and commandeers an attack vehicle and thunders into the complex and manages to save some of the marines.

Ripley discovers that it was Burke who ordered the colonists to investigate the derelict spaceship where the Nostromo crew first encountered the Alien eggs, and that he hopes to return Alien specimens to the company laboratories where he can profit from their use as biological weapons. She threatens to expose him, but Bishop soon informs the group of a greater threat: the damaged processing station has become unstable and will soon detonate with the force of a big nuke!   The android offers to save them, having to climb about a mile through a pipe (not a nice job)

Ripley and Newt fall asleep in the medical laboratory, awakening to find themselves locked in the room with the two facehuggers, which have been released from their tanks. Ripley is able to alert the marines, who rescue them and kill the creatures. Ripley accuses Burke of attempting to smuggle implanted Alien embryos past Earth’s quarantine inside her and Newt, and of planning to kill the rest of the marines in hypersleep during the return trip. The electricity is suddenly cut off and numerous Aliens attack through the ceiling. Hudson, Burke, Gorman, and Vasquez are killed while Newt is captured by the Aliens.

Ripley and Hicks get to the android, and are going to leave, but newt has been taken by an Alien.  So ripley tools up with a flame thrower and a pulse riffle and heads down to get her.  Killing a fair few Aliens on route she actually does! So, it’s back to the ship, and off into space to head home, phew… Hold on! Doh! One last Alien made it onto the spaceship! Shit!  Queue an epic battle involving something called a cargo loader in which Ripley spars toe to toe with the Alien queen, eventually getting the best of her and throwing her into space through an airlock

Ripley clambers to safety and she, Newt, Hicks and the still-functioning Bishop enter hypersleep for the return to Earth…

Something tells me they don’t make it home (that something is Alien 3).