I recently watched Alien and Aliens again and started thinking about the discrepancy between how alien is talked about in Alien (the virtually indestructible “perfect organism”) versus what we see Aliens (the Aliens make for good cannon fodder). Also I love the total body horror of egging morphing and have personally decided it’s too good to get rid.
In order to make it all make sense I am rewriting the story of Newt and the Jordan family (because it it didn’t happen on screen then it didn’t happen).
First off it doesn’t make any sense that after 20 years on LV-426 no one had stumbled upon the the derelict. If we can use radio to map Venus we certainly could do it to a tiny little peanut like LV 426. So the only thing that makes sense is that it was found and simply erased from records. Not only was it found, but secret research facility had been established there. Maybe the company, or the government, trying to get out from under the Company’s thumb. Or Seegson. Or the UPP. Who knows, I haven’t thought that far through it yet.
Anyway, this being an alien story and all, something tragic befalls the base and the personnel are wiped out. Though not before they have created a new breed of xeno. One that they hoped was a little more manageable than the ones they found there (i.e., the alien from Alien). These new critters are a little smaller, not totally indestructible, and bound to a central guiding mind, the Queen. The Big Chap and its ilk were just a little too independently minded. Unfortunately all does not go as planned as the Queen proves more difficult to manage then was hoped. In the end, everyone is dead. All that remains are some eggs of the genetically modified aliens which are discovered by the Jordan family.
So there is an idea for how you can have your cake and eat it too. Hope you enjoy!