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Author Topic: Question: Would Hicks have really wasted Burke?  (Read 1904 times)

Prez
Nov 18, 2019, 12:40:08 PM
Topic on: Nov 18, 2019, 12:40:08 PM
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So something that always seem to cause a bit of conflict in me whenever I watch Aliens is the interrogation scene with Burke.

Hudson seems quite keen to grease the rat f**k son of a bitch and I never had a moment's hesitation believing he'd probably do it too but when Hicks states "All right. We waste him. No offense" do you think he would've gone through with it had Ripley not intervened or the power been cut?

Hicks never came across as the type that would kill a person in cold blood regardless of Burke being dog meat (pal!).

Apologies in advance if this was discussed elsewhere.


TheSailingRabbit
Nov 18, 2019, 01:15:35 PM
Reply #1 on: Nov 18, 2019, 01:15:35 PM
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You're right, Hicks doesn't come across as the kind of person who'd kill someone in cold blood.

However, this is following roughly two-thirds of his squad getting killed. These were people Hicks had likely served with for years. They were his brothers and sisters. He had a solid reason to be more than upset with Burke for this mission being a f**k-up. It wouldn't be cold blood (in Hicks's mind), but vengeance for his Marines.

Yeah, I think Hicks would've gone through with it. It looked as though he was going to lift Burke up, shove him against the wall, punch him in the jaw, and deliver an execution that could easily be covered up. The place was going to blow to Kingdom Come, so it's not like anyone would be able to find Burke's body and suggest he was murdered.

Also, it would be worse if Burke had been left alone with Vasquez. She wouldn't hesitate to grease him if given the opportunity.


Doctor Ash
Nov 18, 2019, 01:46:53 PM
Reply #2 on: Nov 18, 2019, 01:46:53 PM
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Guess he would have tied him up and left alone for the Aliens to deal with!


SM
Nov 18, 2019, 06:36:16 PM
Reply #3 on: Nov 18, 2019, 06:36:16 PM
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Yes I think he would've.


Samhain13
Nov 18, 2019, 08:28:38 PM
Reply #4 on: Nov 18, 2019, 08:28:38 PM
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Hicks had a really bad day.



Huggs
Nov 19, 2019, 12:14:31 AM
Reply #6 on: Nov 19, 2019, 12:14:31 AM
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He would've come close, but he wouldn't have gone through with it.

He'd either fire his gun next to Burkes head or stab the wall, but he would've managed to stop himself. Unless he kicked him out of Operations to fend for himself.

Regardless, Ripley was in charge.



razeak
Nov 19, 2019, 01:07:49 AM
Reply #8 on: Nov 19, 2019, 01:07:49 AM
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I think if he was being practical it was the safest course of action.


Valaquen
Nov 19, 2019, 08:21:18 AM
Reply #9 on: Nov 19, 2019, 08:21:18 AM
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I think he would've. Cameron obviously didn't want to sully the character so he took it out of Hicks' hands and had an Alien take out Burke quickly thereafter, but it seems like the intent was clear.


Corporal Hicks
Nov 19, 2019, 09:37:34 AM
Reply #10 on: Nov 19, 2019, 09:37:34 AM
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It's why I'm glad the whole Newt biting Hicks scene was also removed. It made him look too much of a jerk with the whole rabies comment.


Ronoc
Nov 19, 2019, 02:29:53 PM
Reply #11 on: Nov 19, 2019, 02:29:53 PM
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I always thought it was more along the lines of letting Vasquez and Hudson have their way with him


JokersWarPig
Nov 19, 2019, 03:08:16 PM
Reply #12 on: Nov 19, 2019, 03:08:16 PM
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Combat/Situational stress plus the fact that Hudson and Vaz would have been on board with it I think he would have. I don't think Goreman would have said anything to stop it, and I don't think it would have been put in any kind of after action report if they'd all lived.


TheSailingRabbit
Nov 19, 2019, 03:42:48 PM
Reply #13 on: Nov 19, 2019, 03:42:48 PM
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Combat/Situational stress plus the fact that Hudson and Vaz would have been on board with it I think he would have. I don't think Goreman would have said anything to stop it, and I don't think it would have been put in any kind of after action report if they'd all lived.

Gorman even puts his gun to Burke's head. I think it's a fair chance anyone other than Ripley would've wasted Burke.


Elmazalman
Nov 19, 2019, 07:31:56 PM
Reply #14 on: Nov 19, 2019, 07:31:56 PM
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I think he would've. Cameron obviously didn't want to sully the character so he took it out of Hicks' hands and had an Alien take out Burke quickly thereafter, but it seems like the intent was clear.
Another reason being the problem of Hicks murdering a man in front of a small girl.


 

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