Aliens Plot Holes That Should Be Rectified

I haven’t posted in awhile I know, but I haven’t found a topic until now.

Anywho, I recall two major plot holes regarding the gap between Alien and Aliens. See, Alien/Aliens fans debated for years that Wey-Yu set up the crew of the Nostromo, mainly because of the Ash android on the ship protecting the Alien, and also because Ash was put on the ship two days before they left the planet Thedus. The lines were:

Ripley: “Did you ever ship out with Ash before?”
Dallas: “I went on five voyages with a different science officer, they replaced him two days before we left Thedus with Ash.”

This has led Alien fans to believe that Wey-Yu knew about the Derelict and the Aliens and set up the Nostromo crew to bring one back alive. But here are the plot holes. If Wey-Yu knew about the Derelict and the Aliens and set up the Nostromo crew, why did they wait 57 years to go back to LV-426 after the Nostromo went missing, and also, if the warning beacon that led the Nostromo to it, why didn’t the people building Hadley’s Hope or the colonists in the 20 years it was established didn’t encounter it? In fact, according to the Aliens Special Edition, Burke sent the colonists, particularly Newt and her family, the Jordans, to the Derelict after Ripley was discovered.

James Cameron said that the beacon stopped transmitting because the ship was damaged by volcanic activity since Ash in Alien said LV-426 was lava based. In fact, in the original Alien script, one of the Nostormo crew members (their names were different in the original script) actually found the source of the transmission in the ship’s control room and turned it off.

So I wanted to rectify those plot holes. In my recent rewrites of my scripts and my short story Ultramorph, Wey-Yu didn’t know the exact details of the Derelict and the Aliens, they just knew that there was “some” evidence of alien life on LV-426 from the warning beacon, but that was it. In my current draft, I used Cameron’s explanation, the Derelict was damaged by volcanic activity. But I actually considered changing it to the original Alien script idea, that when the Nostromo crew found the Derelict they actually turned off the beacon. After the Nostromo went missing and the beacon stopped transmitting, they didn’t know the location of the Derelict until after Ripley and her shuttle’s flight data recorder was recovered and told them where it was.

That’s what I got to rectify the plot holes. Right now it’s the volcanic activity that destroyed the beacon, but I wonder if I should change it to the Nostromo crew turning off the beacon.

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2 thoughts on “Aliens Plot Holes That Should Be Rectified

  1. Cyle says:

    The game “Alien Isolation” is a direct squeal to the first movie and has an excellent story-line. In the game, you find out how and why the beacon stopped functioning.

    And, the 57 year “laps” could easily be a mix of creating a plan for an entire colony, terraforming the planet until it’s more suitable for humans, and the time it would take to actually get all that equipment and people out there.

    • I don’t go by games. The problem with games, novels, and comic books is that they will eventually be retconned. They wrote a trilogy of Aliens comic books where Newt, Hicks, and Ripley didn’t die and then Alien3 came out and they retconned those books. Another perfect example, Star Wars books were written to be set after Return of the Jedi, they go on for a long time and the new movie says it’s not gonna consider any of them canon. So as much as I like the game, it’s probably gonna be retconned after the next movie.

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