The Alien Franchise Needs to Cut Back on Xenomorphs

The Alien franchise needs to return to the original with a single Xenomorph as the real threat.

by Nathan Kamal | published

first foreign The film was released in 1979 and has only gotten bigger and weirder since then. alien creatures, the second film in the franchise, began with a ridiculously bold pitch to 20th Century Fox executives and established a template: The stakes would get higher, the science would get weirder, and there would be more and more different xenomorphs. However, we’ll make a bold claim: The Alien franchise needs to cool down and cut back big time on the number of xenomorphs that fill a project.

This is the reverse, given that the presence of xenomorphs (that’s what the acid-blooded, double-jawed extraterrestrial creature title says) is much of the reason for the existence of the Alien franchise. However, like anything, familiarity breeds contempt and the sheer number of xenomorphs we’ve seen now have turned them into just another normal alien to defeat from the terrifying Starbeast. While the seemingly endless army of prickly, black-shelled opponents Ellen Ripley and a pack of Colonial Marines was terrifying at the time, we’ve seen it many times now.

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The Alien franchise needs to bring things back to basics. 1979 Ridley Scott foreign Dealt with a single xenomorph infecting a commercial space freighter named Nostromo, leaving a terrified crew of blue-collar (but in space!) workers to try to tackle an unimaginably perfect killing machine. in many ways, foreign It’s not a science fiction film because it’s a slasher film with sci-fi elements, in which an unsuspecting group of regular people have to deal with an invincible adversary in the dark, creepy haunted house of a spaceship.

alien creatures Changed it, initially not for the worse. At the time, it was a brilliant decision by director/screenwriter James Cameron to transition from a “science fiction horror movie” to a “science fiction action movie” and if there is one thing that person has made. Avatar Knows how to do that, it’s to raise the stakes. But by shifting the focus from a single alien creature to a number of people who could easily be dispatched by colonial maritime firepower, if not for their numbers, the franchise undermined the power of a single xenomorph.

Since then, Alien movies have tried to focus more on the threat of the xenomorph as a species than on an animal. David Fincher’s Studio-Hurdle alien 3 There was only one alien (born from a dog or bull, depending on the cut), but in Ellen Ripley the alien was obsessed with the idea of ​​queen embryos. alien resurrection Went back to the well to attack a bunch of Xenomorphs, but now with a bunch of twisted Ripley clones and a quirky French funhouse aesthetic that didn’t really suit the material.

foreign vs. Cruel, Aliens Vs. Predator: Requiem, Alien: Covenant: All subsequent films adopted essentially the same plot strategy with a large number of xenomorphs attacking the protagonist, making it seem like a single xenomorph is not a significant threat (unless it is a queen). The oddity known only as of 2012 prometheus There were not many Xenomorphs, although it did have several different alien threats and director Ridley Scott insisted that the film was not “one of them”. The nature of these sequels (and prequels and mid-quels) can be summed up with the scathing phrase of “diminishing returns”.

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The next film needs to take a page from his Sympatico Predator series and reduce things to their simplest form: fearful people struggling to survive against an unstoppable alien force. Recent to hunt showed that taking an extraterrestrial hunter’s base down to the basics can be successful. In the same way, aliens need to realize that reimagining a single xenomorph as a relentless, relentless monster with a biology unlike ours is scarier than their entire army.

There are several overseas projects currently in production (as it always seems), including an FX series fargo A series by producer Noah Hawley and original mastermind Ridley Scott. There’s also a prequel series set on the same planet as the aliens in development on Hulu, but it’s unclear if the franchise will ever realize the horror of the series that there aren’t a bunch of them. It’s that it’s an alien.


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