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Alien (1979) feat. Robb Conlon

Updated: Oct 16, 2022

Guest: Robb Conlon (Host - Recruiting Hell Podcast, Founder - Westport Studios)

Plot Summary: In deep space, the crew of the commercial starship Nostromo is awakened from their cryo-sleep capsules halfway through their journey home to investigate a distress call from an alien vessel. The terror begins when the crew encounters a nest of eggs inside the alien ship. An organism from inside an egg leaps out and attaches itself to one of the crew, causing him to fall into a coma. Chaos ensues.

*Recognition: Nominated for Best Art Direction; Won for Best Visual Effects; In 2002, Alien was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress and was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. In 2008, it was ranked by the American Film Institute as the seventh-best film in the science-fiction genre, and as the 33rd-greatest film of all time by Empire.

What is this movie is about?: Survival in extraordinary circumstances, and finding our humanity in those situations.

Best Performance: Sigourney Weaver(Ripley)/Bolaji Badejo (the Alien)

Best Secondary Performance: Ian Holm (Ash)/Harry Dean Stanton (Brett)

Most Charismatic Award: Yaphet Kotto (Parker)/Sigourney Weaver (Ripley)/Tom Skerritt (Dallas)

Best Scene: Chestburster

Favorite Scene: Self-Destruct Sequence/Alien Abducts Brett

Most Indelible Moment: I am the Last Survivor of the Nostromo/Self-Destruct Sequence/Chestburster

Best Line:

Ash: You still don't understand what you're dealing with, do you? Perfect organism. Its structural perfection is matched only by its hostility.

Lambert: You admire it.

Ash: I admire its purity. A survivor... unclouded by conscience, remorse, or delusions of morality.

Parker: Look, I am... I've heard enough of this, and I'm asking you to pull the plug.

Ash: Last word.

Ellen Ripley: What?

Ash: I can't lie to you about your chances, but... you have my sympathies.

Honorable Mention:

Dallas: Alright. Ripley, when I give an order I expect to be obeyed.

Ripley: Even if it's against the law?

Dallas: You're goddamn right!

Funniest Line:


The Stanley Rubric:

Legacy: 9.5

Impact/Significance: 8.67

Novelty: 9.83

Classic-ness: 9.17

Rewatchability: 4.83

Audience Score: 9.4

Total: 51.4

Remaining Questions:

  • Why is studying the Alien so important that an android is put aboard to steer the crew in that direction?

  • Why do franchises/sequels break down the further out they get?

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