The Dragon’s Advocate: A Case for Alien³ (part 3 – final part)

4. What was first? The egg or the… ah, nevermind.

Before I rest my case, I want to adress the complaint about the plot holes of the movie.The only problematic plot element I see is how a Xenomorph egg could have gotten into the Sulaco. The obvious answer is: The queen brought it there. Why? Simple: Her hive blew up around her, and it was the reasonable thing to do to ensure the survival for her species, which doesn everything to survive. So, did she carry them under her arms like a bunch of French baguettes on her Sunday stroll to the Sulaco? Probably not. It’s far more reasonable to assume that she laid her eggs inside the dropship. Sure, she lost her ovipositor in the hive, but the ovipositor is not the source of the eggs. A look at ovipositors on real-life animals suggest that it was merely a mean for the queen to (duh!) safely positon the eggs. Here, I cite the Anchorpoint Essays: „Because each egg has a defined top and defined bottom the egg must be turned before being laid. This is done by a series of muscles just prior to the depositing tip.“ However, the need for an ovipositor would have been secondary when confined in the landing struts of the dropship. The ovipositor may have been needed for mass production, but a species as refined and complex as the Xenomorph certainly would have some fail-safe mechanism to lay a limited number of eggs in a worst-case scenario. Let’s play the Queen’s Advocate for a moment: Remember that it was not only a crisis situation for our beloved humans, but also for the Queen, which was suddenly isolated and without support from her underlings. Or was she? Maybe a lone drone, ordered by the Queen had snuck aboard the dropship during its time landed on LV-426 and placed the two eggs necessary for the scenario in Alien³ to take place. The dropship was certainly large enough to hide a Xenomorph, as was shown in the demise of the first dropship. Surely, the possibilities don’t end here.
There are a number of other so-called plot holes, but they are all explained easily, and I don’t want to bore you with the details. Just check the FAQ on Alien³’s IMDb page.

The final speech:

Your honor, I made my case. Alien³ is neither the trainwreck filled with plot holes nor the boring regurgitation of an already existing movie many people claim it to be. Instead, it is an intriguing, highly atmospheric conclusion for the story of Ripley that doesn’t shy away from conveying an incredibly disturbing and depressing mood or taking bold choices for plot and character development. I demand my client to be fully aquitted from these unfounded accusations probably triggered by disappointed fan expectations. I rest my case.

About mfriebe

Creator & Writer of the ongoing Alien Encyclopedia project.
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1 Response to The Dragon’s Advocate: A Case for Alien³ (part 3 – final part)

  1. Alien3 doesn’t have plot holes so much as sloppy continuity.

    As a fan of the film, it’s certain intriguing and atmospheric – but it’s also a mess.

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