History Film / Aliens

27th Sep '16 6:02:26 AM hullflyer
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* SurprisinglySuddenDeath: Subverted. The alien queen [[spoiler:hides on the dropship]] and suddenly [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impales]] [[spoiler:Bishop]] with her tail. Though the dismemberment doesn't kill him, since he's android, he's no longer a threat to the stowaway queen.

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* SurprisinglySuddenDeath: Subverted. The alien queen [[spoiler:hides on the dropship]] and suddenly [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impales]] [[spoiler:Bishop]] with her tail. Though the dismemberment doesn't kill him, since he's an android, he's no longer a threat to the stowaway queen.
27th Sep '16 5:58:38 AM hullflyer
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* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Early in the film, Lt. Goreman displays incompetent and indecisive leadership while in command of his marines, to the point where a civilian (Ripley) essentially takes over command for short time. He then spends most of the rest of the movie incapacitated with a head injury. However, near the end of the film he fights hard against the Xenomorphs and dies a hero's death while trying to save Vasquez after she is wounded in the air ducts.

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* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Early in the film, Lt. Goreman displays incompetent and indecisive leadership while in command of his marines, to the point where a civilian (Ripley) essentially takes over command for a short time. He then spends most of the rest of the movie incapacitated with a head injury. However, near the end of the film he apologizes to Ripley for his incompetence, seems content to leave Hicks in charge (being concussed, he probably wasn't fit to resume command anyway), fights hard against the Xenomorphs and dies a hero's death while trying to save Vasquez after she is wounded in the air ducts.
17th Sep '16 6:36:51 AM CumbersomeTercel
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17th Sep '16 6:36:50 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* CreatorCameo: Creator/JamesCameron's is the voice that speaks when the salvage crew finds Ripley at the start of the film.
19th Aug '16 9:25:56 PM darthpaul
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* NoKillLikeOverkill: Hudson's marksmanship is built around this belief. Just watch how many bullets he pours into a single chestburster.



** "We waste him. No offense."



* PoorCommunicationKills: After being alerted to the risk of damaging the reactor coolant equipment with gunfire, Gorman orders the Marines to unload their weapons and give all of their ammo to one guy to carry, leaving them with flamethrowers only. Not being told ''why'' they were doing this, and [[EnsignNewbie having rather little faith in their commander's abilities]], most of the Marines keep some ammo on them and end up shooting up the coolant equipment anyways as soon as the fighting starts.

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* PoorCommunicationKills: After being alerted to the risk of damaging the reactor coolant equipment with gunfire, Gorman orders the Marines to unload their weapons and give all of their ammo to one guy to carry, leaving them with flamethrowers only. Not being told ''why'' they were doing this, and [[EnsignNewbie having rather little faith in their commander's abilities]], most of the Marines (notably the machine gunners) keep some ammo on them and end up shooting up the coolant equipment anyways anyway as soon as the fighting starts.


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** Sgt Apone and Cpl Hicks qualify as very reasonable figures, fulfilling this.
9th Aug '16 5:26:10 PM Tallens
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* ActivationSequence: When the team is trapped on the surface of the planet, Bishop remotely activates the other Drop Ship aboard the Sulaco and prepares it to come pick them up.
4th Aug '16 9:58:14 AM Morgenthaler
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* StupidFuturePeople: Ripley mockingly suggests this to explain why no one is listening to her story about the alien after she woke from a 57 year hypersleep.
--> "Did [=IQ=]s just drop sharply while I was away?"
28th Jul '16 9:07:28 PM Premonition45
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In 2015, director Neill Blomkamp announced plans for a new ''Alien'' film to directly follow this film's events, with Creator/SigourneyWeaver and Creator/MichaelBiehn attached to return as Ripley and Hicks.
17th Jul '16 5:35:48 AM eroock
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* ElevatorEscape: When the Queen alien is pursuing them -- Ripley barely gets into the service elevator in time, driving the Queen back with her flamethrower just as it's running out of fuel. The Queen is snarling in fury when a second elevator arrives, summoned by Ripley's frantic button pushing.
* ElevatorSnare: Ripley and Hicks run for the elevator leading to the landing pad. They push the button and there's a moment of suspense when the doors don't close. When they start closing, an alien does a DeadlyLunge from the corridor outside, forcing the doors open again. Hicks fires at point-blank range, killing the alien but spraying [[AlienBlood acidic blood]] over his body armour. As a result Ripley has to go and rescue Newt alone.

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* ElevatorEscape: Happens twice.
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When Ripley and Hicks are trying to escape, they make it to an elevator. Hicks repeatedly pushes the button, and the door starts to close... too late to stop a xenomorph from nearly getting to the heroes (and dousing Hicks with acid).
** Towards the end when
the Queen alien is pursuing them -- Ripley barely gets into the service elevator in time, driving the Queen back with her flamethrower just as it's running out of fuel. The Queen is snarling in fury when a second elevator arrives, summoned by Ripley's frantic button pushing.
* ElevatorSnare: Ripley and Hicks run for the elevator leading to the landing pad. They push the button and there's a moment of suspense when the doors don't close. When they start closing, an alien does a DeadlyLunge from the corridor outside, forcing the doors open again. Hicks fires at point-blank range, killing the alien but spraying [[AlienBlood acidic blood]] over his body armour. As a result Ripley has to go and rescue Newt alone.
pushing.
6th Jul '16 8:19:13 PM MitchellTF
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* ReliableTraitor:
** [[spoiler:Carter Burke.]]
** {{Subverted|Trope}} in the case of [[spoiler:Bishop]], who is {{foreshadow|ing}}ed to be one several times, playing on Ripley's prior bad experience, even potentially faking out the audience at one late point when a betrayal seemed the most obvious deduction. However, they are all {{Red Herring}}s; he turns out to be one of the most reliable members of the group, coming in at the last minute for a GunshipRescue. [[spoiler: No one is more surprised at this than Ripley.]]
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