[quote name='steveuk' timestamp='1339278956' post='2443759']
What they could've done is be written better.
Just like the rest of the film. We don't pick these kind of nits in every movie because not every movie has them.[/quote]
Well, these issues were obviously more detrimental to the overall story to you than to me - I think we just have to leave it at that, really.
[quote name='steveuk' timestamp='1339278956' post='2443759']Having big interesting questions is great, but only if they're handled well. I think they were handled really badly. The film might be less dissapointing if it were actually just dumb, but its not, it wants to be smart but it can't do it properly.[/quote]
Really? I felt like parts of this were on a par with 2001. And like that film, it didn't feel the need to insult the viewer by spelling everything out - it allowed us to draw our own conclusions about what certain parts of the story meant.
[quote name='steveuk' timestamp='1339278956' post='2443759']Actually that's never been addressed in the films properly.
It's something the fans know, or that we thought we knew, maybe, but was it actually certain?
Because if you're a regular cinema patron no-one has ever outlined that idea in one of the films. Someone really needed to pin that idea down and present it to people.[/quote]
I don't know about that - one of the girls I saw it with (who has seen the other Alien films, but isn't a hardcore obsessive fan) thought the exact same thing when I was discussing it with her afterwards. I think it was probably more heavily accentuated in Alien3 and Resurrection than in the first two movies.
[quote name='steveuk' timestamp='1339278956' post='2443759']Either way, what happens in the film still makes no sense. Stuff happens because its cool and Ridley likes it. That's the best explanation I can come up with.
I completely accept your opinion and I think I can understand how and why you've reached it, but I think it's doing the film a disservice.
[quote name='Hank Cannon' timestamp='1339279019' post='2443761']
I did not see Raplace's character as being "pregnant." I saw her as being "parasitized" by the infection in her boyfriend. Especially since they did not explain the nature of her sterility. From her reaction, I felt that she may have had a hysterectomy in the past and she knows that if she is pregnant, something is really really really wrong.
Yeah, I think the fact that she knows she's sterile (for whatever reason, she seems very sure) probably makes the 'pregnancy' feel more like a scary parasite than a baby. Although it's interesting that she initially phrases her operation request as a 'caesarean'.
(Why the hell was that medical pod not set up for women, anyway? If they're super-duper expensive bits of kit that they only ever made 12 of (or whatever), you'd think they'd be able to handle girls as well as boys - especially since it was in Charlize Theron's quarters.)
[quote name='Barry Matthew Ween' timestamp='1339280302' post='2443765']
I actually remembered that after I posted my message. Doh'!
It's only a short acknowledgement, easily missed.
[quote name='Barry Matthew Ween' timestamp='1339280302' post='2443765']I get that, but it's still part of an overall "prequel" story in my eyes.
Oh yeah, part of the reason it exists is certainly to 'set up' the Alien franchise. But I like the fact that it has something of its own to say, too.