History Fridge / Alien

9th Feb '16 10:07:34 AM ErikModi
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* How could the Xenomorphs make effective biological weapons? Their only method of killing relies on getting close to their enemies, which makes them easy to kill at a distance. Since they cluster in hives, it should also be relatively easy to bomb them from the safety of the air. Even if you were to disperse a bunch of facehuggers in a densely populated area, it would become impractical once the enemy knows what they're up against and would learn to kill anyone who's been infected after the first use. You could use something that's not a Xenomorph and that something else would likely be able to do it better.
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* How could the Xenomorphs make effective biological weapons? Their only method of killing relies on getting close to their enemies, which makes them easy to kill at a distance. Since they cluster in hives, it should also be relatively easy to bomb them from the safety of the air. Even if you were to disperse a bunch of facehuggers in a densely populated area, it would become impractical once the enemy knows what they're up against and would learn to kill anyone who's been infected after the first use. You could use something that's not a Xenomorph and that something else would likely be able to do it better.better. ** If you're fighting a stand-up war, sure. But Xenomorphs clearly aren't a weapon of war, they're a weapon of terror. They're designed to be as frighteningly efficient at killing as possible, and even if you can defend yourself against them, their acid blood will do a good job at damaging or destroying nearby infrastructure. They may make an easy target clustered in hives, but first you have to find the hive, and Xenomorphs are sneaky above all else. Adding all this up means that, while Xenomorphs might not win you a war, they'll certainly distract and disrupt your enemy, giving you the advantage.
9th Feb '16 10:03:19 AM ErikModi
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* A lot of the [[ArtisticLicenseBiology things that don't make sense]] about the Xenomorph make a lot of sense if you consider the possibility that they were designed as [[LivingWeapon weapons]]- HollywoodAcid for blood: defense mechanism as well as the 'living battery' idea proposed in the comics. Ability to reproduce with almost any species: A perfect way of making more of them that demoralizes the enemy in the process, as well as incorporating the abilities of other species in the Xenomorph's 'design'.
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* A lot of the [[ArtisticLicenseBiology things that don't make sense]] about the Xenomorph make a lot of sense if you consider the possibility that they were designed as [[LivingWeapon weapons]]- HollywoodAcid for blood: defense mechanism as well as the 'living battery' idea proposed in the comics. Ability to reproduce with almost any species: A perfect way of making more of them that demoralizes the enemy in the process, as well as incorporating the abilities of other species in the Xenomorph's 'design'. Taking on the characteristics of the animal they hatch from is even more sensible: that creature was already adapted to its environment, so the Xenomorph is adapted to it, as well, and adding its own advantages. And odds are the Xenomorph is taking as hosts the dominant lifeform in a given ecosystem (i.e., humans for most of the franchise), making it that much more capable.
9th Oct '15 9:20:34 AM Darkmage7280
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This entry is thoroughly incorrect. The corpse has pale legs, which can be seen from set photos. This entry cannot be repaired, since it's incorrect.
[[AC:Fridge Horror]] * Do you remember the scene toward the end of ''Film/{{Alien}}'' when, after hearing the sounds of Parker and Lambert being killed by the creature over the radio, Ripley rushes to the scene and sees the bloody corpses? Look more closely next time you watch it. You can clearly Parker's dead face, but it took me several re-watches to realize that the corpse in the foreground has dark skin, not Lambert's pale skin. That isn't two corpses: it's Parker torn into two pieces. A deleted scene was to have Lambert still alive and being turned into an egg.
7th Oct '15 4:06:57 AM SeptimusHeap
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Natter. Please write in one voice and preferably one brief paragraph, and Repair Dont Respond.
** Not true at all: the corpse, or rather Lambert's dangling legs, has a pale skin. See it here: [[https://alienseries.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/picture042.jpg]]

* How could the Xenomorphs make effective biological weapons? Their only method of killing relies on getting close to their enemies, which makes them easy to kill at a distance. Since they cluster in hives, it should also be relatively easy to bomb them from the safety of the air. Even if you were to disperse a bunch of facehuggers in a densely populated area, it would become impractical once the enemy knows what they're up against and would learn to kill anyone who's been infected after the first use. You could use something that's not a Xenomorph and that something else would likely be able to do it better. ** Maybe for colonial/land-based weapons, but Xenomorphs are ideal to take down, say, a heavily-armed military ship. All you have to do is get a few on board. Admittedly, that would probably be no easy task, but it would be far from impossible. Once the facehuggers attack the crew, even IF they did know how to deal with the Xenomorphs (which is unlikely given how closely-guarded a secret like that would be to a corporation like W-Y), they wouldn't be effectively able to because every Xeno they killed could potentially be the one that dooms their ship due to acid blood. Once everyone on board is dead, you just blow up the defenseless ship with your own, because you wanted it destroyed in the first place. And even IF the crew was able to hold off Xenomorphs, they would be distracted and vulnerable to actual ship-to-ship fire. As an added bonus, especially for a shady company like W-Y, if the aliens killed everyone on board it could be reasonably passed off as some sort of containment breach instead of an actual attack. There may indeed be more powerful direct weapons, but as an support weapon the possibilities are endless, which is to say nothing of their effectiveness as a psychological weapon.
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* How could the Xenomorphs make effective biological weapons? Their only method of killing relies on getting close to their enemies, which makes them easy to kill at a distance. Since they cluster in hives, it should also be relatively easy to bomb them from the safety of the air. Even if you were to disperse a bunch of facehuggers in a densely populated area, it would become impractical once the enemy knows what they're up against and would learn to kill anyone who's been infected after the first use. You could use something that's not a Xenomorph and that something else would likely be able to do it better. ** Maybe for colonial/land-based weapons, but Xenomorphs are ideal to take down, say, a heavily-armed military ship. All you have to do is get a few on board. Admittedly, that would probably be no easy task, but it would be far from impossible. Once the facehuggers attack the crew, even IF they did know how to deal with the Xenomorphs (which is unlikely given how closely-guarded a secret like that would be to a corporation like W-Y), they wouldn't be effectively able to because every Xeno they killed could potentially be the one that dooms their ship due to acid blood. Once everyone on board is dead, you just blow up the defenseless ship with your own, because you wanted it destroyed in the first place. And even IF the crew was able to hold off Xenomorphs, they would be distracted and vulnerable to actual ship-to-ship fire. As an added bonus, especially for a shady company like W-Y, if the aliens killed everyone on board it could be reasonably passed off as some sort of containment breach instead of an actual attack. There may indeed be more powerful direct weapons, but as an support weapon the possibilities are endless, which is to say nothing of their effectiveness as a psychological weapon.better.
6th Oct '15 1:29:27 PM lobster
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Just wanted to correct another troper that Xenomorphs are, in fact, an extremely potent biological weapon
* How could the Xenomorphs make effective biological weapons? Their only method of killing relies on getting close to their enemies, which makes them easy to kill at a distance. Since they cluster in hives, it should also be relatively easy to bomb them from the safety of the air. Even if you were to disperse a bunch of facehuggers in a densely populated area, it would become impractical once the enemy knows what they're up against and would learn to kill anyone who's been infected after the first use. You could use something that's not a Xenomorph and that something else would likely be able to do it better.
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* How could the Xenomorphs make effective biological weapons? Their only method of killing relies on getting close to their enemies, which makes them easy to kill at a distance. Since they cluster in hives, it should also be relatively easy to bomb them from the safety of the air. Even if you were to disperse a bunch of facehuggers in a densely populated area, it would become impractical once the enemy knows what they're up against and would learn to kill anyone who's been infected after the first use. You could use something that's not a Xenomorph and that something else would likely be able to do it better.better. ** Maybe for colonial/land-based weapons, but Xenomorphs are ideal to take down, say, a heavily-armed military ship. All you have to do is get a few on board. Admittedly, that would probably be no easy task, but it would be far from impossible. Once the facehuggers attack the crew, even IF they did know how to deal with the Xenomorphs (which is unlikely given how closely-guarded a secret like that would be to a corporation like W-Y), they wouldn't be effectively able to because every Xeno they killed could potentially be the one that dooms their ship due to acid blood. Once everyone on board is dead, you just blow up the defenseless ship with your own, because you wanted it destroyed in the first place. And even IF the crew was able to hold off Xenomorphs, they would be distracted and vulnerable to actual ship-to-ship fire. As an added bonus, especially for a shady company like W-Y, if the aliens killed everyone on board it could be reasonably passed off as some sort of containment breach instead of an actual attack. There may indeed be more powerful direct weapons, but as an support weapon the possibilities are endless, which is to say nothing of their effectiveness as a psychological weapon.
9th Sep '15 1:46:59 PM Darkmage7280
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Clarified something.
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** Not true at all: the corpse, or rather Lambert's dangling legs, has a pale skin. See it here: [[https://alienseries.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/picture042.jpg]]
6th Aug '15 5:34:56 PM ThePest179
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* How would the Xenomorphs make effective biological weapons? Their only method of killing relies on getting close to their enemies, which makes them easy to kill at a distance. Since they cluster in hives, it should also be relatively easy to bomb them from the safety of the air. Even if you were to disperse a bunch of facehuggers in a densely populated area, it would become impractical once the enemy knows what they're up against and would learn to kill anyone who's been infected after the first use. You could use something that's not a Xenomorph and that something else would likely be able to do it better.
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* How would could the Xenomorphs make effective biological weapons? Their only method of killing relies on getting close to their enemies, which makes them easy to kill at a distance. Since they cluster in hives, it should also be relatively easy to bomb them from the safety of the air. Even if you were to disperse a bunch of facehuggers in a densely populated area, it would become impractical once the enemy knows what they're up against and would learn to kill anyone who's been infected after the first use. You could use something that's not a Xenomorph and that something else would likely be able to do it better.
6th Aug '15 5:34:34 PM ThePest179
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* Do you remember the scene toward the end of ''Film/{{Alien}}'' when, after hearing the sounds of Parker and Lambert being killed by the creature over the radio, Ripley rushes to the scene and sees the bloody corpses? Look more closely next time you watch it. You can clearly Parker's dead face, but it took me several re-watches to realize that the corpse in the foreground has dark skin, not Lambert's pale skin. That isn't two corpses: it's Parker torn into two pieces. A deleted scene was to have Lambert still alive and being turned into an egg.
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* Do you remember the scene toward the end of ''Film/{{Alien}}'' when, after hearing the sounds of Parker and Lambert being killed by the creature over the radio, Ripley rushes to the scene and sees the bloody corpses? Look more closely next time you watch it. You can clearly Parker's dead face, but it took me several re-watches to realize that the corpse in the foreground has dark skin, not Lambert's pale skin. That isn't two corpses: it's Parker torn into two pieces. A deleted scene was to have Lambert still alive and being turned into an egg.egg. [[AC:Fridge Logic]] * How would the Xenomorphs make effective biological weapons? Their only method of killing relies on getting close to their enemies, which makes them easy to kill at a distance. Since they cluster in hives, it should also be relatively easy to bomb them from the safety of the air. Even if you were to disperse a bunch of facehuggers in a densely populated area, it would become impractical once the enemy knows what they're up against and would learn to kill anyone who's been infected after the first use. You could use something that's not a Xenomorph and that something else would likely be able to do it better.
28th Jan '15 5:28:47 AM DrImpossible
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* Might seem horrific, but a lot of Weyland-Yutani's actions are a lot more understandable if you look at it the right way. They want the aliens as bio-weapons. Seems like a fairly typical power-hunger thing that any bunch of {{General Ripper}}s would do, right? Until you think about who they might need to use them on. The galaxy has just been proven to contain other intelligent, spacefaring lifeforms, or at least it did, ones vastly superior to humanity. And they're probably still around. Even if they're not, other species probably are -- indeed, given the implied connections between the two 'verses, the [[Franchise/{{Predator}} Yautja]] are certainly still around. Controlling the aliens provides Earth with a guaranteed-effective weapon against any aggressors. In essence, they're looking for a trump card to insure the survival of the human race. In that context, they might still be crazy, but they're more KnightTemplar types than the omnicidal maniacs that they look like otherwise.
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* Might seem horrific, but a lot of Weyland-Yutani's actions are a lot more understandable if you look at it the right way. They want the aliens as bio-weapons. Seems like a fairly typical power-hunger thing that any bunch of {{General Ripper}}s would do, right? Until you think about who they might need to use them on. The galaxy has just been proven to contain other intelligent, spacefaring lifeforms, or at least it did, ones vastly superior to humanity. And they're probably still around. Even if they're not, other species probably are -- indeed, given the implied connections between the two 'verses, shared verse, the [[Franchise/{{Predator}} Yautja]] are certainly still around. Controlling the aliens provides Earth with a guaranteed-effective weapon against any aggressors. In essence, they're looking for a trump card to insure the survival of the human race. In that context, they might still be crazy, but they're more KnightTemplar types than the omnicidal maniacs that they look like otherwise.
3rd Dec '14 11:14:52 AM somellama
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* A lot of the [[ArtisticLicenseBiology things that don't make sense]] about the Xenomorph make a lot of sense if you consider the possibility that they were designed as [[LivingWeapon weapons]]- HollywoodAcid for blood: defence mechanism as well as the 'living battery' idea proposed in the comics. Ability to reproduce with almost any species: A perfect way of making more of then that demoralises the enemy in the process, as well as incorporating the abilities of other species in the Xenomorph's 'design'. * Might seem horrific, but a lot of Weyland-Yutani's actions are a lot more understandable if you look at it the right way. They want the aliens as bioweapons. Seems like a fairly typical power-hunger thing that any bunch of {{General Ripper}}s would do, right? Until you think about who they might need to use them on. The galaxy has just been proven to contain other intelligent, spacefaring lifeforms, or at least it did, ones vastly superior to humanity. And they're probably still around. Even if they're not, other species probably are -- indeed, given the implied connections between the two 'verses, the [[Franchise/{{Predator}} Yautja]] are certainly still around. Controlling the aliens provides Earth with a guaranteed-effective weapon against any aggressors. In essence, they're looking for a trump card to insure the survival of the human race. In that context, they might still be crazy, but they're more KnightTemplar types than the omnicidal maniacs that they look like otherwise.
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* A lot of the [[ArtisticLicenseBiology things that don't make sense]] about the Xenomorph make a lot of sense if you consider the possibility that they were designed as [[LivingWeapon weapons]]- HollywoodAcid for blood: defence defense mechanism as well as the 'living battery' idea proposed in the comics. Ability to reproduce with almost any species: A perfect way of making more of then them that demoralises demoralizes the enemy in the process, as well as incorporating the abilities of other species in the Xenomorph's 'design'. * Might seem horrific, but a lot of Weyland-Yutani's actions are a lot more understandable if you look at it the right way. They want the aliens as bioweapons.bio-weapons. Seems like a fairly typical power-hunger thing that any bunch of {{General Ripper}}s would do, right? Until you think about who they might need to use them on. The galaxy has just been proven to contain other intelligent, spacefaring lifeforms, or at least it did, ones vastly superior to humanity. And they're probably still around. Even if they're not, other species probably are -- indeed, given the implied connections between the two 'verses, the [[Franchise/{{Predator}} Yautja]] are certainly still around. Controlling the aliens provides Earth with a guaranteed-effective weapon against any aggressors. In essence, they're looking for a trump card to insure the survival of the human race. In that context, they might still be crazy, but they're more KnightTemplar types than the omnicidal maniacs that they look like otherwise.

* Do you remember the scene toward the end of ''Film/{{Alien}}'' when, after hearing the sounds of Parker and Lambert being killed by the creature over the radio, Ripley rushes to the scene and sees the bloody corpses? Look more closely next time you watch it. You can clearly Parker's dead face, but it took me several rewatches to realise that the corpse in the foreground has dark skin, not Lambert's pale skin. That isn't two corpses: it's Parker torn into two pieces. A deleted scene was to have Lambert still alive and being turned into an egg.
to:
* Do you remember the scene toward the end of ''Film/{{Alien}}'' when, after hearing the sounds of Parker and Lambert being killed by the creature over the radio, Ripley rushes to the scene and sees the bloody corpses? Look more closely next time you watch it. You can clearly Parker's dead face, but it took me several rewatches re-watches to realise realize that the corpse in the foreground has dark skin, not Lambert's pale skin. That isn't two corpses: it's Parker torn into two pieces. A deleted scene was to have Lambert still alive and being turned into an egg.
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