Happy #AlienDay everyone!
Yeah! Apparently it was #AlienDay today! Y’know, April 26th! 4/26! As in LV-426, the planet in the movies Alien and Aliens where they find the creatures’ eggs! And then the evil company Weyland-Yutani later colonizes (“It’s what we call a shake-and-bake colony!”) that planetoid. See? It’s a famous movie location from a brand that peaked 30 years ago. It all makes sense.
And since brands designate new holidays now (Happy Back to the Future Day! Happy Call of Duty Day! Hey, wait, remember Sonic 2 Tuesday or Mortal Kombat Monday from way back in the day?), it’s #AlienDay again. Today. Or was. It’s almost over now. Only a couple hours left. But don’t worry! Fox, the studio behind the Alien franchise, remembered to honor Alien Day 2017. Like a xenomorph jamming its ovipositor down our throats, Fox pushed forth a clip, or “prologue”, from its upcoming movie Prometheus 2: Alien: Covenant. It was pretty, but kind of empty and pointless. Just like Prometheus 1!
Hey, we all celebrate #AlienDay in our own special way. Last year, I got to see Aliens on the big screen and it was pretty awesome. The movie holds up well, with a terrific script and spectacular performances from Sigourney Weaver and a memorable cast of supporters. And man, was it ahead of its time. Everyone’s asking (demanding!) for diversity and strong female characters in media now, but Aliens nailed it all the way back in 1986 with a variety of tough personalities that we still quote to this day. It’s too bad Hollywood circa 2017 is still catching up to a movie from the Reagan era…
You loved Apone, Hudson, and Vasquez. Now barely tolerate the crew of the USCSS Cracker.
This year, I’m celebrating the Alien brand’s corporate holy day by linking to a review I did of the 2014 video game Alien: Isolation. If you didn’t check that kideo out back then, you should give it a play now before the rumored sequel never happens. It’s the best Alien-branded thing since, well, the movie Aliens. Or at least those Alien 3 games from the SNES/Genesis era. Or that Alien vs. Predator PC game from 2000. Those were pretty neat. Oh, look, it’s the intro from my review:
Alien: Isolation is one of the best games of the year, and a far cry from 2013’s disastrous Aliens: Colonial Marines. Instead of using James Cameron’s Aliens as its foundation, as so many video game developers have done in the past, Creative Assembly looked at Ridley Scott’s original 1979 film for inspiration. And it pays off. Rather than focusing on running and gunning, Alien: Isolation is all about evasion and subterfuge. Though you gain some assistance via radio, you, as the daughter of Ellen Ripley, must navigate a world of survival horror on your own, dodging the alien stalker using your wits, the environment, and the tools you craft. Alien: Isolation is smart, dark, and oppressive in all the right ways.
Get entombed in alien residue (make sure it’s the official Alien brand or it won’t work) and read the rest of the review here, on PC Magazine.