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Author Topic: Why were colonists send to lv426?  (Read 1651 times)

nanison
Nov 21, 2021, 12:28:40 AM
Topic on: Nov 21, 2021, 12:28:40 AM
Was it all a scheme? How did they not notice the derelict on such a small planet? How did they find out about the planet when the only ship that knew about it was the Nostromo?

These are probably old questions but I can’t seem to remember the film answering them.


Local Trouble
Nov 21, 2021, 12:53:05 AM
Reply #1 on: Nov 21, 2021, 12:53:05 AM
My guess is that it was surveyed later and selected for colonization simply because it could be terraformed into a habitable planet.  The company co-financed the whole thing against mineral rights.

That doesn't mean they scanned every square inch of the surface first.  The derelict was probably next to impossible to detect due to thick cloud-cover and the mountainous terrain.

« Last Edit: Nov 21, 2021, 03:26:26 AM by Local Trouble »

BlueMarsalis79
Nov 21, 2021, 12:56:34 AM
Reply #2 on: Nov 21, 2021, 12:56:34 AM
But how did they not notice the Derelict? It is a good question honestly, but the answer's that the film did not see technology getting to a point where you can easily photograph an entire planet, never mind it happening in the modern day.


Local Trouble
Nov 21, 2021, 01:11:22 AM
Reply #3 on: Nov 21, 2021, 01:11:22 AM
Even if they bothered with the expense of placing satellites in orbit to photograph LV-426 through its pea soup atmosphere, the derelict could have easily been mistaken for a natural rock formation.


« Last Edit: Nov 21, 2021, 03:24:13 AM by Local Trouble »

BlueMarsalis79
Nov 21, 2021, 01:28:09 AM
Reply #4 on: Nov 21, 2021, 01:28:09 AM
I suppose that's true, and it is "dead" as stated, in the Prometheus Art of the Film book.


SiL
Nov 21, 2021, 01:35:02 AM
Reply #5 on: Nov 21, 2021, 01:35:02 AM
"It looks like a rock" and "the signal was deactivated" are basically why the derelict was never discovered.


Xenomrph
Nov 22, 2021, 08:26:25 AM
Reply #6 on: Nov 22, 2021, 08:26:25 AM
It was also behind a mountain range and a good distance from the colony, if we're talking why it wasn't detected after the colonists made planetfall.



Kradan
Nov 22, 2021, 04:30:05 PM
Reply #8 on: Nov 22, 2021, 04:30:05 PM
They even had to be saved from their virginity


 

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