The A/2s always were a bit twitchy

A fantastic preview for this summer's Alien somethingquel, Prometheus, which stars Michael Fassbender. Previously.


  1. Serafinowicz should do “Ask Michael 6” in that vein.  He already does other Q&A things on Twitter.

    1. A quick Google finds it’s a quote from Aliens:

      Bishop: [Bishop is puzzled by Ripley’s reaction towards him] Is there a problem? 
      Burke: I’m sorry. I don’t know why I didn’t even- Ripley’s last trip out, the syn- the artificial person malfunctioned. 
      Ripley: “Malfunctioned”? 
      Burke: There were problems and a-a few deaths were involved. 
      Bishop: I’m shocked. Was it an older model? 
      Burke: Yeah, the Hyperdine System’s 120-A2. 
      Bishop: Well, that explains it then. The A2s always were a bit twitchy. That could never happen now with our behavioral inhibitors. It is impossible for me to harm or by omission of action, allow to be harmed, a human being. 

      1. That answers the question, but it wasn’t the question you thought you were answering.   ; )

  2. At least two of my co-workers could have gotten roles in that movie as androids without any acting required.

  3. I loved Alien (who didn’t?) and positively despised Aliens, ending my experience with the franchise right there. This time around might just bring me back.

        1.  If you have the Extras from the Quadrilogy set, they go into a lot of detail about what the film could have been, and why it was so sloppy in the end. Personally, I didn’t find it as bad as other people did, but I went in with low expectations.

          Note to self – have a fucking script before filming starts.

        2. Thank god for that. It felt like the writer/director-to-be had this concept he was desperate to get onto screen, the Alien franchise landed on his lap and he started figuring out how to graft them into it.

      1.  Oh I am so grateful I’m not the only one who doesn’t find Aliens ‘the best Alien’ movie. I liked one and three, and found most people HATE three with a firey passion.

        I am insisting my girlfriend and I see this the INSTANT it is in the theatre, given I haven’t had a worthwhile Alien film come out when I was old enough to attend a screening.

        1. I liked “3”. It plunged me into the kind of existential gloom that you could normally only get from speed-reading six Russian novels one after the other.

          Mind you, I also enjoyed “Aliens” (for all that it was a very different type of movie to the original) and thought that “Alien Resurrection” was at least pretty to look at.

        2. I haven’t had a worthwhile Alien film come out when I was old enough to attend a screening.

          And you think this parade of pretty, young people is going to be it?  How did we go from grungy character actors with no make-up in Alien to Lip Gloss In Space?

          1. How? Well, for a start,  the Alien crew were glorified truckers and engineers.  This crew are scientists. Grungy wouldn’t really work. 
            Pretty? Well I wouldn’t have said ‘no’ to either of the female cast from Alien, at the time. 
            Young? The average age is of the Pro cast is only 3 years younger than the average age of the Alien cast.  Yeah, I figured it out.
            Really, are you trying to find reasons to hate this film?

          2. Harry Dean Stanton was probably the least conventionally good-looking, followed perhaps by the two Brits, Ian Holm and John Hurt, but I’d say everyone else was conventionally attractive even if they dressed kind of grungy. And in Prometheus, I’d say Sean Harris isn’t necessarily so conventionally attractive, look at his picture here, and go here to see the punkish way they’ve made him up for the movie. And Rafe Spall seems somewhere in between conventionally handsome and goofy-looking, look at the pictures in this article.

        3. I should point out it’s still a 20th Century Fox film.
          Anybody who is reading this blog should really seriously be boycotting anything to do with the MPAA until further notice.

          It’ll still be the same flick, wait a year and watch it at a friend’s house or whatever.

          1. Speaking of the MPAA and waiting a year, I’m sure the director’s cut will be gorier, whereas they’re cutting the release version to make it PG-13 since it’ll sell more tickets (I wish they could just have two versions out in different theaters). I’ll still see it in theaters–too excited about this to wait, and plus I don’t have a 3D television–but I hope they don’t water it down too much.

      2. Alien was the first movie I ever saw that I literally jumped out of my seat and screamed (you know, when the alien beast in the belly  ‘erupted’)

        1. So did the actors – they knew the alien was going to make an appearance, but Scott didn’t tell them about the gore and all that gross. So he did manage to capture a somewhat sincere reaction from his actors.

          Another fun fact: When they’re first exploring the Space Jocky, Scott still felt that the set was too small. So he put his 5 year old-ish kids in spacesuits and had them do the walking around. It’s pretty neat – next time you watch this scene, keep an eye out for some particularly kiddie-like walking.

          1. I’m a bit skeptical about that story – without knowing much about improvisation, how would the actors have known how to react to John Hurt’s convulsions without scripting? And wouldn’t the false torso set up for the chestburster in the scene where the alien ‘makes an appearance’ kind of give the game away? 

        1. Art film and popcorn movie aren’t actual genres, but they do convey the director’s purpose.

    1. I truly, madly, deeply enjoyed the hell out of Aliens.  The first time I saw it, I came out of the theater with sore arms, either from my own terrified clenching or from the grip of the person next to me.  I still watch it every two or three years because it was such an incredible experience.

      Where do you want it?
      HAR HAR! Bay 12, please.

      So great.

      1. I found Aliens great fodder for cheesy quotes, but it has nothing of the sheer desolate terror of the original. I don’t think I would have found it so off-putting (it’s certainly high adventure) if it didn’t serve as the sequel to Alien — it’s just not in the same league for me.

  4. I can see that character in the movie absolutely stabbing a crewmen while crying rivers:

    -“Sorry John, I´m totally stabbing you on the liver and that makes me sad, do you understand?”
    -“Yeah dude, that´s so saaaaghd [dies]”
    -“I´m glad you understand” 

  5. Gosh, do you think they’re foreshadowing a plot point with that “I can do things my human counterparts might find … unethical” bit?

    1. It’s not a big revelation to anyone familiar with Alien or iirc Aliens. At most, it’s disappointing that they’re implying the coming plot twist is the same one they used last time.

      1. Part of the plot twist in Alien was that the character was an android, not just that he betrayed the crew (and in Aliens there was no real twist other than the fact that Bishop turned out to be helpful throughout). And I doubt they’ll use Alien‘s twist that the Weyland Corp. already knew what would be on this alien planet and is expecting the crew to be killed, so even if he does betray them in some way it would be less of a “twist” and more just a creepy character acting in an unsurprisingly unethical way.

    2. Maybe that’s a bluff, based on how established the evil android twist is in the franchise, and he’ll turn out to be a good android, like Call in Alien Resurrection? (forgive me for mentioning the name)

      1.  I liked that movie a lot. The directors had a similar look and feel and several of the same actors from City of Lost Children.

        1. “directors”? The only director of Alien Resurrection was Jean-Pierre Jeunet, who also directed City of Lost Children.

        2. I enjoyed it but I don’t think it was worthy of the other films.. the dark humour wasn’t really dark enough to justify a humorous spin on the series, too much gross-out and not enough dread. Overloaded with gimmickry too.

      1.  OH – THAT’S how it works. It makes sense, a friend who is gay is David, and my straight uncle goes by Dave.

        1. My middle name is David. Nobody ever calls me Dave. They don’t call me David, either. How does this work?

          1.  Maybe you’re just a little gay. I dunno – I know a lot about a lot of things – but I am no expert on this.

          2. I you like girl-on-girl porn, you’re a straight man.

            If you think it’s disgusting, you are gay.

            Actually that is a standard that has been used by clinical psychologists. 

  6. I am VERY excited about Prometheus. I am sure The Avengers is what most nerds are excited about – but Ridley Scott is just a different caliber.

  7. Alien Resurrection is a much maligned and mostly very entertaining film…until the ridiculous alien/ripley hybrid creature turns up, but before that it’s probably the most uniquely inventive and darkly humorous of all the films, it’s just that the sensibility is european (of course!). Alien 3 just doesn’t stand up to repeated viewings, unlike the rest.

      1.  I want to see that trailer! The new Dyson 8 from Weyland. Doesn’t lose suction, ensures the prime directive is followed… brings back samples… something, something… profit!

      2.  Nazi’s had gawdyness, East Germans tried to be a modern proletariat. And yes, Kubric had a very similar feel in 2001.

      3. I totally felt Fassbender was channeling Chaplin’s Great Dictator speech in the “What makes you sad?” bit. The voice is very close and the deliberate facial expressions make it.

  8. I’m starting to get worried that this may be the first film I will not be able to follow when it comes out because of the expectation that the audience will have seen all of these “set-up” videos – rather than for the usual reason that the script was rubbish.  (Note: I haven’t watched this video, nor any of the others because I’d quite like to be surprised by the actual film.  And even so I know quite a lot of the plot already, just by a process of osmosis.) 
    I don’t necessarily think this is a bad thing, you understand.  But it needs to be handled with care.  For instance, if some of this material will end up in the film (albeit probably only as background) then those who have seen it already may feel a bit cheated.  

  9. Y’know I’m sick and tired of all these prequels, sequels, reboots, remakes and sequels to prequels…but damn I really wanna see this movie!!! 

  10. Huge fan of the franchise, I am a bit surprised at the hate for Aliens.  I have been re-watching them all with my daughter and am in the middle of 3 now.  The worst bit in Aliens really is that the queen used the elevator, I chuckled at that.  Other than that I thought it was popcorn action fun filled with great characters and actors! The setup for 3 bugged me as I hated what happened to Hicks and Newt.  It is very bleak though.   Alien rules and the fact that Prometheus explains that setup that has plagued my imagination for years makes me really want to see this film NOW!  I just hope it doesn’t do what star wars did as far as prequels that have lived in my imagination being turned to shite with jar jars, etc…. 

    Great fact: Bill Paxton is the only person who has been killed by an Alien, a Predator and a Terminator.

  11. “I understand human emotions, although I do not feel them myself,” with the single tear – reminded me of the end of Terminator 2, “I know now why you cry, but it’s something I will never do.”

  12. This viral ad posted on this very popular blog was pulled from youtube for copyright violation (this particular copy of it anyway).

    Viral marketing: they’re doing it wrong.

    1. Maybe they have a virus that deleteriously affects their judgment.

      Or maybe they’re just assholes.

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