45: Aliens – Show Notes

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First Segment

  • Alien
    • Directed by Ridley Scott
    • A somewhat straight forward “Haunted House” style film
      • Group of people stuck inside a structure
      • Murderous something picking them off one by one
    • One of the most written about movies ever
    • Art direction dominated by H.R. Giger
      • Swiss surrealist painter
      • Painted his nightmares
      • Designed the “Xenomorph”, alien ship, and “Space Jockey.”
  • Military Sci-fi and Vietnam
    • Sub genre of science fiction legitimized largely through Robert A. Heinlein
      • Author of “Starship Troopers” 1959
      • Heavily lauded and criticized
    • “The Forever War”
      • Written by Joe Haldeman
      • Concerns the horror and futility of war
      • “Future shock”
      • PTSD
      • About his experience in Vietnam and returning home
  • Women in Space
    • NASA in the 60s and 70s
    • Valentina Tereshkova
    • Sally Ride

Second Segment

  • Cameron’s Third Film
  • Cameron’s Pre-Aliens Career
    • Xenogenesis
      • New World Pictures and Roger Corman
    • Piranha 2: The Spawning
    • Terminator
  • Cameron’s Reaction to Alien
    • Impressed by the world Ridley Scott created
  • Wrote Alien’s While Waiting for Arnold Schwarzenegger to Film Conan the Barbarian
    • Listened to Holst’s The Planets
    • Inspired by Robert A. Heinlein, Isaac Asimov and Southern Comfort
  • Cameron Wanted to do a Sequel Not a Remake
    • Wanted to explore military science fiction
  • Bringing Sigourney Weaver on Board
  • Filming with James Cameron
    • Pinewood Studios
    • Notoriously demanding
    • Technically capable
  • Canadian Director v British Crew
    • Crew loved Ridley Scott
    • Tea breaks
  • The Release of Aliens
    • Audience and Critics Reaction
    • Oscar Nominations
  • Aliens‘ Legacy
    • Tropes started by Aliens
    • First female action hero

Third Segment

  • Seeing This in 1986
  • Cameron’s Female Superheros
  • Surprised By Critics’ Reaction to Alien
  • My Feelings on Sequels
  • The Franchise in General
  • Nerd Excitement