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Author Topic: Alien: Specimen - 40th Anniversary Short  (Read 11074 times)


HuDaFuK
May 24, 2019, 07:17:23 AM
Reply #271 on: May 24, 2019, 07:17:23 AM
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Remember when VCRs first came out and they were ludicrously expensive?
Remember when LCD TVs first came out and they were ludicrously expensive?
Remember when mobile phones first came out and they were ludicrously expensive...



TC
May 24, 2019, 11:25:57 AM
Reply #273 on: May 24, 2019, 11:25:57 AM
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Hang on, aren't we talking about plausibility here? As in, how well what's presented to us in fiction matches up with reality?

In which case, this

Doesn't appear ineffectual.

Maggie wins, and is apparently good at the job.

is nonsense. You are arguing that Maggie is plausible because in the story she is 'effectual.' Well, of course the writer is going to make Maggie 'effectual' - it would be problematic to his own story if he wrote her any other way.

Your line of reasoning is like arguing faster-than-light spaceships are plausible because there's one called the Nostromo that travels faster than light. (We all understand the difference between fiction and reality, don't we?)

What might be more useful is to take a more specialised definition of 'plausible' in which we examine how well a story invention fits in with the rest of the story-world.

For example, a spider man that can walk on walls is not plausible in a story-world like, say, that which exists in a Merchant Ivory film; but would be completely plausible in a story-world in which radioactive spider-bites confer superpowers rather than radiation sickness, and goblin men hurl pumpkin bombs at people.

So are android sniffer dogs at all in keeping with the rest of the Alien 'verse, as we know it?

Ronoc makes a good point when he says that in the real world mechanised tractors have displaced draught horses and snowmobiles have displaced husky dogs. Like it or not, these are facts. But putting the real world aside for the moment; in the Alien 'verse that we all know and love can we imagine that elsewhere on Planet LV-492 colonial farmers are tilling their fields with ploughs pulled by android-horses, and perhaps closer to the poles other colonists are crossing snowy terrain not on snowmobiles but on android-husky drawn sleds?

Well, everyone can decide this answer for him or herself, but for me the notion seems rather odd.

I would certainly have scratched my head and wondered WTF if the Jarden family had hitched a horse-drawn wagon up to a team of android horses before pulling out of Hadley's Hope on the way to the derelict.

TC


Fiendishly Inventive
May 24, 2019, 11:31:00 AM
Reply #274 on: May 24, 2019, 11:31:00 AM
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In the Alien 'verse that we all know and love can we imagine that elsewhere on Planet LV-492 colonial farmers are tilling their fields with ploughs pulled by android-horses, and perhaps closer to the poles other colonists are crossing snowy terrain not on snowmobiles but on android-husky drawn sleds?

Sounds fantastic, would go well with the Vincent Ward artificial planet idea.
But following the line of logic, consider Bishop as military hardware.

You could do better than the human form, but they didn't for a reason.
As stated in Prometheus, comfort.
I imagine the Dog companion is no different,
psychologically they do make a point of showing our Gardner is isolated.

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The1PerfectOrganism
Jun 19, 2019, 07:38:32 AM
Reply #275 on: Jun 19, 2019, 07:38:32 AM
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By far the best, hope Director Kelsey Taylor returns to Alien at some point. Although Containment, Alone and Ore are all good, this is the only one that doesn't feel like a fanfilm.



 

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