I hadn't thought about an Alien (only) movie without Ripley. Damn, seems like I must open my mind a little bit more.
The idea of invading Alien's planet seems good but do you really want to fight against those things in their own backyard?????? And why fight them in their own planet if you can just nuke the whole planet and erase it from the galaxy?
That's the thing that always bothered me about Starship Troopers. We'd rather kill off a generation of young people then nuke these infested planets from orbit.
I finally decided that there must have been two reasons for this.
1. The bugs dug deep and there was no guarantee that the nukes would get them. In the meantime, you're making the planet hostile to human life. If the bugs survived the bombardment and could survive those conditions, they were still a threat. And in the meantime it would be that much more difficult to launch a ground attack.
2. I can't imagine that there are many planets in the galaxy that could support human life. Perhaps we wanted the planet to be available for colonization at some point. Though with an entire generation pretty much wiped out, who would've done it?
I don't think we could destroy an entire planet. Not with the technology I observed in Starship Troopers. Nor the technology I observed in the Alien franchise. And even if we could, I'm not sure we'd go that way anyway. We'd disrupt an entire solar system, including what may well be valuable natural resources and perhaps other habitable planets in the system if we destroyed a world. The dynamics of gravity can be a tricky thing. Plus, I would think that doing such a thing would be a suicide mission for those involved.
I think about this stuff way too much.
Side note: I'd love to see a true film adaptation of Starship Troopers.
P.S. I know I'll probably get lynched for this, but I rather enjoyed the DTV sequel to Starship Troopers.
I love the Aliens franchise, and can find good in all of the movies. And despite the similarity of the ending of the third movie with that of Terminator 2, I thought it was a fitting end for the character of Ripley. Which is why despite the goodness of Alien Resurrection, I was quite disappointed that the producers brought her back. It felt forced and unnecessary, particularly because there were so many other interesting characters to play with.
I think the Alien franchise can survive without Ellen Ripley. I was hoping 3 would go in another direction, because I still can't figure out how the Alien queen was able to implant Ellen, nor can I figure out how or when the queen laid that egg. I was very unhappy that they killed Newt and Hicks off-camera.
As far as AvP, before viewing it, I woulda thought that the entire concept was bulletproof. There are some things I like about it. The PG-13 rating isn't one of them. The bullet time face huggers isn't one of them. The present day scenario isn't one of them. The Tyrannosaurus Queen isn't one of 'em. The chunky Predators....But I love both franchises, and seeing them together, finally was still quite the thrill. I'm a fan of the Area 51 series of books, which posits the theory that aliens have been living amongst us since the dawn of history, and their influence could be felt by humanity. So I was fine with the concept that Predators would seed our world with a colony of Aliens and then do a bug hunt as a rite of passage into adulthood. It's too bad the execution of the concept was done so poorly. Those are nit picks, I suppose, but taken as a whole with the other things I wasn't too happy with, the AvP movie wasn't quite as satisfying as I wanted it to be. As it could have been.
There are so many stories that could be told in both franchises. And you don't need Ripley or Dutch to tell them. In the latter case, I felt that was proven anyway in Predator 2. Danny Glover at first worried me. But in the end, he did convince me that he was a bad ass. I was convinced that he could win.
Personally, I'd love to see a Predator western. Or see a group of colonists fight off an Alien infestation. So many stories, so little time.
Last edited by sMart (2007-02-21 09:47:31)