I'd have to disagree. The Space jockey ship , however redundant to the plot of the story, is a massive part of what has made Alien so appealing to Sci Fi fans.
"The Thing" is one of my all time favourite movie's , but I don't need to know anything more about the creature or where it came from because the film does not expand on these elements. It's a crashed ship with a bad guy on board.
The Space Jockey injects wonder and imagination, questions without answers, the very core of Science Fiction.
To say the Space jockey is "so unimportant" is well past the mark in my opinion.
All that matters is the Alien Eggs, the novel and script are proof of that. The Jockeys and Dererlict simply serve as a placement for the whole piece. Even if they had been dropped, the Nostromo crew would still find the eggs because that is pivitol to the plot... dont you get it yet!! lol
If you would kindly point out the piece in my post where I state the the Space Jockey is essential to the plot of Alien in any way. Then... yes , I will "get it"
I think you are the one not "getting" it. It's quoted in the first bloody line of the post, did you skim over that bit?
They did the sequel without the Jockey.
And the ship even.
It was still responsible for the outcome of the colony though. Being picky here.
I think people are on different pages here. I'm trying to point out the Space Jockey is important to the Alien Saga as it stands now and holds a bit of weight. If people are going to be picky, you might as well pick any movie ever and say "but X wasn't critical to the plot". It's a moot point.