Alien is one of the greatest sci-fi movies of all time, and Aliens is one of the greatest sequels of all time. With Aliens, James Cameron was able to effectively expand the universe of Alien, without compromising the artistic integrity of the original. The way he did this was by creating a movie that takes tons of risks. The original movie is a tense, artistic horror masterpiece. It’s a slow burner, that works its way up to the harrowing and exciting conclusion. Cameron, who was once a brilliant filmmaker and not a horrible fraud, understood that to make the movie work, it would have to take the series in a new direction. So, by placing the movie 57 years in the future on the planet that was only briefly explored in the first movie, he immediately captured the audiences attention. Then, he made sure that the movie had a different,unique tone that set itself apart from the original, while still seeming like it could work in the same universe. The final decision that Cameron made that set the sequel apart was the casting of Sigourney Weaver again as Ellen Ripley. This worked for a lot of reasons. the first of which is that Ripley is a serious Badass, and this film is what really solidified that reputation. Secondly, Ripley’s character in this film is explored on a deeper level than in the first, with Newt taking the place of the daughter she lost, since she was in hypersleep for over 50 years. I am extremely excited for Prometheus, and i think that the textual triad of Alien, Aliens and Prometheus is one of the most intriguing i’ve seen.
- Adaptive Organism: John W. Campbell’s “Who Goes There?”, Howard Hawks’ “The Thing from Another World” and John Carpenter’s “The Thing”
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- Triad: Game of Thrones