There is a line in a PJ Harvey song that goes remembering the remember light which I find quixotic and hilarious as hell. What is the remember light? Who knows, but don’t forget to remember it, whatever it may be.
And so that brings me to the 1986 blockbuster epic of Aliens, the sequel to Alien, and true to its name there is indeed more than one alien in it. Considerably more, in fact.
Ellen Ripley. That is who the story focuses around in Aliens. In the first movie she was one of a crew of seven or so aboard the Nostromo star ship. They answered a distress call on an alien planet and boom now you got yourself a kerfluffle.
Long story short, the distress call caused an alien creature to be picked up, nay, attached to one of the responders faces (facehugger alien), which led to the kerfluffle I was mentioning one paragraph back (I have been using the word kerfluffle a lot because it makes me chortle and I need a replacement for clusterfuck).
In a nutshell, you need to watch both movies if you are to understand what I’m about to get into because I ain’t a synopisizer or movie critic. You just have to have seen them.
So, in the beginning of Aliens Ellen Ripley (played by Sigourney Weaver) is haunted by the memories of the alien in the first one. She is the only one who survived of her crew and it was a definite kerfluffle (sorry, I can’t help it).
So, coming into the second movie, she is having nightmares about the alien of the first one and moreover she has been in a hypersleep that got botched and she has now been asleep for 56 years or so…
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