Alien - alone in the dark

Ripley races to get back to Parker and Lambert, but arrives too late to save them

Fleeing from the scene in terror, Ripley runs the length of the Nostromo before she comes to her senses. She’s alone now, but somewhere in the dark there are sounds of anguished moaning. Following the sounds into the depths of the ship the light from her guttering flame thrower falls upon strange sculptured secretions over the walls.

Here she discovers the fate of Dallas, captain of the Nostromo, trapped in a cocoon in the place that the alien has made its lair. Barely able to comprehend what has happened to him Ripley’s light then falls upon another shape: what is left of Brett. Though she can’t know it, the form that has developed around Brett resembles the eggs that Kane found in the derelict.

Brett and the living Dallas are incubating new facehuggers. Ripley wants to free Dallas and take him to the ships autodoc, but he is just coherent enough to know it is too late and he only has one escape. He pleads for Ripley to kill him.

Story Background: From A L I E N, written by Dan O’Bannon and Ronald Shusett. Directed by Ridley Scott.

Illustration: 2012 Daryl Joyce. Gouache. 29cm x 58cm


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