it wouldnt have been a safe place for the facehugger. It would have waited
Neither was Med Lab. When a potential victim is standing around, they'll do all they can to get to it. Successfully latching on
a victim's face is actually their best chance for survival: The other members of the proverbial tribe are unlikely to want to kill one of their own. That's what the Alien relies on.
Also, Newt was relatively unprotected when Ripley was engaging the Queen with a powerloader - and, before that, the Queen was just stomping around for a minute or so, hunting around for Newt. A facehugger running around should
have made an appearance at that point (and would have had a much easier time of chasing her under that floor.
It would've changed things a lot - there would've been hope. Having them separated but out there somewhere means there's a chance they'll be reunited eventually. Having them dead means there's no hope at all. It's over. Finished. That's a big difference for Ripley's character.
But like I said, even if you wanted to retain all
of that (and it wouldn't have made much difference to the basic story), then just have her be unaware of another EEV having been launched.
Would've been the same situation as Ripley 8, who is assuming she's alone, but we, as fans, know there's still a mysterious unexplained absence of 'Ripley 7' (who could be anything).
Really? I always thought that never occurred. I'd always either miraculously survive or wake up before it happened.
Apparently so! It's not something I've personally experienced, but others have.
Then again, you're supposedly not meant to see yourself in third-person, like you're in a movie, but I've had that. I also have memories of what it was like when in the womb and of being born, which are also usually declared as being impossible.
So, I don't think it's unreasonable to be portrayed in such a fashion. Especially when we know Ripley had
been repeatedly dreaming about getting killed (or worse), before. In hypersleep, you don't have the option of a nightmare ending by waking up from it, after all. You're in a coma until computers decide otherwise.