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The Tar Heel Thursday, July 24, 19863
Mamlbo9 IbrouigM to ouateir .space with 'Aliens'
By MICHELLE TENHENGEL
"Aliens," the sequel to the 1979
science-fiction horror flick "Alien,"
has been elected to the Rambo
Institute of Guts and Glory.
Sigourney Weaver, reappearing in
her role as Ripley, the starship
wonderwoman in tank tops, has once
again drawn the task to cleanse the
universe of slimy, trap-jawed
The film commences with Ripley
and her cat Jonesy being found after
57 years in a deep hypersleep. Ripley,
after her ordeal in the first film, has
recurring nightmares of the
intestinally-gestated aliens that
plague her endlessly until she is
convinced by "The Company" (her
former employer) to return to space
and discover why a colony of workers
are having problems transmitting
signals to Earth.
Of course the audience knows as
well as Ripley that the critters from
the last film are the problem. Yet
Ripley hqps on a space ship, along
with a protege from "The Company"
named Berke, played by Paul Reiser,
and a crew of madcap Marines who
are ready to blow some chunks out
of anything that gets in their way in
their mission to find out what
happened to the colonists.
The crew of Marines consists of
a cigar-chewing sergeant, a muscular
woman who makes Sly Stallone look
like the Queen Mother at a tea party,
an android named Bishop that looks
like a mannequin at J.C. Penney's
and a slew of other blonde leather
neck dullards that ridicule Ripley for
her warnings of the aliens.
After landing on the planet in
question, the crew finds that the
colonists are all gone, but after a little
ship-searching, discover the colonists
suspended in mucus webs waiting to
hatch more aliens that have been
implanted in their innards. The
Marines then begin to take heed to
Continuing farther into the colony,
the Marines start to get picked off
by the aliens one at a time. We are
presented with a few obligatory
blood-and-guts scenes until there are
just two Marines, Bishop the
android, Berke the conniving com
pany man, and Ripley left to fend
for themselves in the bowels of the
Soon they stumble upon a little girl
whose name, fittingly, is Newt. Since
Newt's parents have been made into
alien bait, Ripley's maternal instincts
surface and she cares for "Newt while
simultaneously filling the space
critters full of hot laser lead.
Newt shows Ripley the secret
passages of the colony since she is
the only human to survive on the
planet. With the help of Bishop at
the computer, the remainder of the
crew finally see that they have some
hope of being rescued from this
hellish planet chock-full of hungry
However, things are not as easy
as they seem to be. As Ripley and
the rest of the crew attempt their final
escape, Newt gets wisked away in an
air chute into a pool of sludge water,
only to be kidnapped by the aliens
and put into the mucus bank to be
later implanted with an alien egg.
Protectively, Ripley knows in her
heart that Newt is still alive even
though she has been cocooned in goo.
Ripley goes to rescue Newt from the
clutches of peril armed with enough
ammunition to put as many holes in
the aliens as there are in a colander.
Ripley succeeds in destroying all
the aliens in sight until she chances
upon the head alien egg-layer that
has been perpetuating the species.
The mother alien makes the others
appear to be playful puppies in
comparison. Ripley conquers the
mother alien by blowing it out the
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The mother alien however has
stuck to the outside of the escape ship
(slightly similar flashback to the last
film's ending). After the remaining
crew thinks that they have arrived
to safety, the alien pierces Bishop,
the android, which showers white
milky android slop everywhere on the
landing pad. Ripley then takes things
into her own hands and rids the
universe of the mother alien in a
heroic ending, while still protecting
the little Newt.
For space buffs and sci-fi nuts, this
flick will not be a disappointment,
but there are some slight problems
with the plot and the characters.
First, the characters consist of a
group of Marines who are very
similar to the other characters in the
recent trend of flag-waving invincible
fighters. There is absolutely no
reason that Marines even have to be
incorporated into the film. "The
Company" is responsible for sending
the colonists into a dangerous situa
tion with the aliens why does it
need the Marines and or the U.S.
government to get them out? The
only reason would probably be to
cash in on the success of other films
See ALIENS page 12
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