Alien 3

It was in 1979 that the nightmare began, when the
spaceship the Nostromo landed on an unknown planet to
answer a rescue message and later explore an abandoned
vessel. Thatís where the crew met for the first time a
creature as deadly as beautiful, the Alien. This creature and
itís environment, created by the talented Swiss artist H.R.
Giger, were the main antagonists from the movie « Alien »,
directed by Ridley Scott and featuring Sigourney Weaver
as the only survivor of the Nostromo crew when the Alien
penetrated it. This movie was the first chapter of a cult saga
still active these days. From the four movies featuring the
Aliens, the third one is considered as the worst one. Even
though itís visual quality was exceptional, itís poor scenario
deceived most Alien fans throughout the world, leaving not
much place for improvement for a forth movie. But most
people donít know that the critically acclaimed cyberpunk
author William Gibson wrote an alternative scenario to
Alien³, much more researched, focusing on future
technology and human contacts rather than on explosions
and gratuitous violence.



Both Alien³ and Gibsonís script have a similar opening,
where the audience learns that a Face-Hugger (a
crab/spider-like creature whose function is to implement an
embryo inside a chest cavity from a living organism) has
been able to hide in the Sulaco, the ship with which Ripley
(Sigourney Weaver), Hicks (an injured marine soldier),
Newt (a 12 years old girl) and Bishop (an android seriously
damaged) escaped from the Alien colony in the previous
movie, Aliens. But this similarity between the to scripts is
maybe the only one. From now on, the two stories will take
completely different courses. In Alien³, an electric
malfunction (usually attributed to the Face-Hugger) causes
the ship to crash on a planet called Fiorina 161 containing a
disaffected mining colony now used as a high-security
prison. This leads to predictable, violent, confrontations
between Ripley (the only survivor from the crash) and the
prisoners. From now on, the viewers knows that the movie
will be based on sexist debates and on useless violence.
However, in Gibsonís version, the Sulaco does not crash
on a planet but rather continues on itís original path but
with a small deviation. This deviation makes the ship enter
an area claimed by the Union of Progressive Peoples, or
UPP, a somewhat clear analogy to the late USSR.



It is rumored that this similarity contributed to the demise of
Gibsonís script. The presence of a political force in the
story would have been the first apparition of any kind of
political debates in all the Aliens movies. And at the same
time, the audience learns that thereís not only one powerful
government controlling the world, but at least two of them,
and maybe more. This shows that Gibson wanted to have
new possibilities for the story. From now on, the rest of the
story will not be based only on the survival skills of the
protagonists in hostile environments as in the other movies,
but more on human debates and political arguments. In
fact, most part of the story is unfolding on an immense ship
called the Anchorpoint. The Anchorpoint is a big
permanent station, where there are people living, there are
malls. Itís like a small city in space.



Then a Commando composed of three soldiers infiltrated
the Sulaco and discovered an egg, rooted in Bishopís
torso. A Face-Hugger attacked The Commando, killing the
leader and the remaining soldiers left with Bishopís
truncated body. As the story unfolds, the spectators
discovers that the Queen (the Alien in charge of laying eggs
which contains Face-Huggers) which boarded the Sulaco
in Aliens somehow deposited genetic material in the ship,
causing two more Aliens to attack the second Commando
which boarded the Sulaco. This scene is one of the most
important because of itís consequences on the story. In this
part, as the battle rages on in the Sulaco, Ripley gets
terribly burned by a soldier who was trying to cremate an
Alien with a flame-thrower. So Ripley will not be active
throughout the rest of the story because she lies in a coma,
making this movie the first one where Ripley is not the
leading character. Another very important difference
between the two stories is the supporting characters. In
Alien³, most of the prisoners are against Ripley, she is
really the most important character from all the movie. But
in Gibsonís version, there are a lot of new characters very
important to the story. Each new character plays a
different, small role in the action. Most of them are useful
against the Aliens and they have their own personality. The
story is more based on the characters personalities