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Written by Mason Tabor
"It's a robot. Ash is a god damn robot."
The disbelief and frustration are understandable. In the scene, Ash has tried to choke Ridley to death after she confronts him for his motives (or programming, as it were). He is beheaded to reveal circuitry and robotics where there ought to be flesh and bones. This raises questions about the crew's safety in spite of someone who programmed a robot who isn't afraid to kill crew members to obtain the alien.
"You still don't understand what you're dealing with, do you? Perfect organism. Its structural perfection is matched only by its hostility.... I admire its purity. A survivor... unclouded by conscience, remorse, or delusions of morality."
This poetic passage is an integral addition to the movie, rendering it not only as a pouncy adrenaline-rush, but also as a formidable argument about human existence. This robotic android posits that the most beautiful aspect of any organism is its efficiency as predator. This quote calls to mind Darwin and Nietzsche, as the robot heralds the alien for its survivability and its lack of human morality.
"Ash, that transmission. MU-TH-UR's deciphered part of it. It doesn't look like an S.O.S."
This bit of foreshadowing is profoundly ominous, especially since three crew members are aboard the alien craft. The quote sets in motion a powerful irony, in which the crew who tries to be helpful discover that it is they who desperately need rescuing.
"Final report of the commercial starship Nostromo, third officer reporting. The other members of the crew, Kane, Lambert, Parker, Brett, Ash and Captain Dallas, are dead.... This is Ripley, last survivor of the Nostromo, signing off."
This eloquent conclusion to the film is poignant with irony. The alien had been heralded by Ash for its survival, and here is Ripley, claiming that status for herself. It's a bit of hope on the end of a scary movie, maybe offered as a small concession that humans can survive the unknown after all.
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