Episode 38 – Aliens (1986)


Welcome back to Sci Fi Onscreen!  This week i’ll be taking a close look at James Cameron’s 1986 sequel to Ridley Scott’s Alien.  Game over man, game over!


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4 thoughts on “Episode 38 – Aliens (1986)

  1. jay gavin

    Great Podcast. Love this movie and started thinking about one point, all the aliens would be at one end of the station so Ripley could get to the nest faster then all the other creatures leaving a skeleton crew of aliens w the eggs. But then again the alien that got newt back pretty quickly. Buuuut, I could see that the other aliens keep looking for humans to capture. Great podcast!!!

  2. Kriss Langdown

    Hi there,
    I saw your post on LV426 subreddit. I enjoyed the show and thought your style was very laid back and easy to listen too, I’ll definately check out some of your other episodes. Totally agree with your point about the chest burster scene at the start. To this day I feel it has a weird effect on the pacing and suspense.
    I remember seeing Aliens for the first time in the early 90’s when I was far too young. The loose facehugger scene scared the hell out of me and gave me a phobia of things under my bed for many years haha.
    What are your thoughts on Theatrical vs Directors cut?

    1. Jeffry Palermo Post author

      Thanks for the comment Kriss!

      The only two things that stood out for me in the directors cut is the early scene of Newt’s family heading to the ship, and the automatic guns that protected one entry tunnel and the slow countdown as they chewed up a bunch of aliens. I thought both extras just dragged the film a bit from the extremely concise Theatrical edition, and didn’t really add much in the way of story.

      How about you? Which do you prefer?

      1. Kriss Langdown

        Well, I like how the directors cut set up the fact that Ripley outlived her daughter, and therefore was more persistent in saving Newt, that being said, I’m not really sure I needed a reason for Ripley being willing to put her life in danger to save a child. Surely that’s just a human thing to do? It’s cool seeing the colony stuff, but I would probably say it ruined some of the mystery of the colony for me. Overall I’d have to go with the theatrical cut.


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