1. Where’d that egg come from?
The whole storyline of the movie rests on the fact that an egg hatches onboard the Sulaco, the emerging facehugger wreaks havoc, and the crew is ejected from the ship in escape pods. Here’s the problem: There couldn’t have been an egg onboard the Sulaco. The only time the ship was anywhere near an alien was at the very end of Aliens, and although the alien was a queen, she couldn’t have laid an egg on the ship. Like certain insects, Xenomorph queens have a large ovipositor attached to them that is used for laying eggs. But the queen had detached herself from the ovipositor to chase after Ripley for torching her nest. Therefore, even though the Xenomorph queen was briefly latched on to the Sulaco, she couldn’t have laid an egg there. Furthermore, she was on the outside of the ship, while the egg appeared to be inside.
No, I’m not one of those people who says “Shame on you for killing off a little kid!” But I am one of those people who says “Shame on you killing off strong characters in the wussiest way possible!” Newt, Hicks, and Bishop were brave and heroic characters—the kind that die fighting. But instead, they were killed off in their sleep in the first few minutes of the movie while the opening credits were running. It seems like an insulting send-off for the protagonists of Aliens. It’s also rather disheartening; after everything they managed to survive on LV-426, they get killed on the way home. It’s like they made it that far for nothing.
The Xenomorphs in Alien and Aliens were frightening because they looked real. The first two films did things right by using a combination of animatronics and actors in costume. Alien 3, however, used a CGI Xenomorph which looked so fake that it couldn’t even scare a toddler. Why Hollywood continues to use CGI when it’s clearly a step backward for the art of special effects I will never understand. Something that looks like it belongs in a cartoon simply can’t inspire fear. The second viewers see computer generated images is the second they’re reminded that nothing they see is real—all believability that the story has built up in their minds is lost in that instant. This is exactly what happened to me when I first watched Alien 3; I just shook my head, knowing that whatever emotion I had invested in the storyline had completely evaporated.
Those are my reasons for hating Alien 3. For the record, Alien and Aliens are in my top 5 favorite movies of all time. Perhaps, as an extreme fan of the first two movies, my view of Alien 3 is overly critical...perhaps.