just been reading this site's review of Alien
and the reviewer, Ty Power, makes some very good points about
the movie's mistakes.
of all, he asks, if the Predators are only interested in humans
as cattle-like hosts for their ultimate prey, isn't it unlikely
that one of them would arm and team up with a human, even
if she did save its life?
if the temple is a trap for the human team, how come so many
Aliens are activated when there are only a handful of humans
to act as potential hosts? And why do only three Predators
arrive to sort out the mess?
why isn't the Predator craft detected by Earth's satellites?
doesn't Alexa "Lex" Woods freeze to death on the surface whilst
fighting the Alien Queen? The production team seem to have
forgotten that this is Antarctica and she is wearing only
a T-shirt! Far from warming her up, the exertion would cause
her to lose valuable body heat more quickly.
Predators' multi-readout vision allows them to see an Alien
gestating in a human host, so why do the other Predators not
see the one in their own colleague?
asks Power, what is the explanation for the Alien/Predator
crossbreed? Have the Predators been playing with genetics,
or have the two species been doing the squelchy together?
I think the explanation for the final question is that Aliens
always take on characteristics of their hosts. For instance,
those "born" of humans are upright humanoids, whereas the
one that emerges from a dog in Alien
3 runs around on all fours. However, can you
answer all the other questions?
think you're right about the Alien/Predator hybrid. As for
the other questions...
the Predators are only interested in humans as hosts for their
prey, isn't it unlikely that one of them would arm and team
up with a human, even if she did save its life? Although
the Predators regard Aliens as the ultimate prey, they also
hunt humans, as shown in Predator
2. This demonstrates a degree of respect for
human courage, strength and determination, otherwise humans
would not be considered worthy opponents. Also, the Predator
who allies himself with Alexa is a younger specimen, undergoing
a rite of passage, so perhaps his attitude is na´ve and not
indicative of the species as a whole.
If the temple is a trap for humans,
how come so many Aliens are activated when there are only
a handful of humans to act as potential hosts? My guess
is that the activation systems are not programmed to take
into account the number of human intruders. They just set
about reviving the lot.
Why do only three Predators arrive to
sort out the mess? The Predators who take on the Aliens
are youngsters undergoing a coming-of-age ritual. Their number
might therefore be determined by the number of Predators in
the clan who have yet to "earn their stripes" in any such
ritual at the time that the temple is activated.
Why isn't the Predator craft detected?
Since Predators have the technology to shield themselves
from detection by the human eye, it is not unreasonable to
assume that their ships can also baffle the sensors of artificial
satellites and other tracking devices.
doesn't Alexa Woods freeze to death on the surface whilst
fighting the Alien Queen wearing only a T-shirt? Actually,
she's wearing a bit more than that: a fairly thick-looking
long-sleeved top and gloves (and trousers, of course!). However,
she is still under-dressed for the climate, so maybe the Queen
gives off a lot of heat.
Predators' multi-readout vision allows them to see an alien
gestating in a host, so why do the other Predators not see
the one in their own colleague? Since Predators don't
hunt other Predators (as far as we know), perhaps their scanners
are not calibrated to penetrate Predator armour or bodily
tissues. In retrospect, this may be considered to be a bad