Author Topic: Was Lambert raped by the Alien?  (Read 130794 times)

Its_Auto
Sep 06, 2020, 12:39:53 AM
Reply #675 on: Sep 06, 2020, 12:39:53 AM
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Kind of a few holes:

Why would the Alien not perform exploratory actions on Dallas and Brett?

Brett's egg seemed to be developing just fine. If it were a dud, why would it not check Dallas to not repeat the mistake?

How can it even detect human ovaries? Specifically, ones that are developed enough to ovulate -- human females are born with all the eggs they'll ever have in their life, they don't appear at puberty.

Facehuggers don't care about age or sex. Newt was closest, Ripley the next closest. The dog was male.

Good questions! Firstly, it's entirely possible that it *did* check Dallas and Brett once it had them - certain species of parasitoid wasps will repeatedly 'stab' potential hosts *after* they are cocooned to check if they are suitable.

As for how a xenomorph would differentiate male from female hosts - it may use olfactory signals (chemical cues) many species rely on contact cues in reproduction - it may have had to physically touch with its tail to assess.

The dog, in this case wouldn't have mattered, as a queen embryo was already laid in a suitible host for its developmental requirements - the runner was a simple drone, any host was suitable. :-)

Theres also peer reviewed papers that conclude that certain parasitoid species have a sex bias when it comes to hosts - this was one of the first ones to pop up on google where female hosts are actively pursued:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3823929/
Why does the Alien attempt to head munch Ripley if she is so important? Same reason the runner frantically attempts to attack Ripley whilst she is carrying its future after molten lead is poured on it - self preservation.

As I say, it's just a personal theory, though Prometheus and Covenant have since heavily played into it, especially David's drawings 😊


SiL
Sep 06, 2020, 03:48:44 AM
Reply #676 on: Sep 06, 2020, 03:48:44 AM
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Good questions! Firstly, it's entirely possible that it *did* check Dallas and Brett once it had them - certain species of parasitoid wasps will repeatedly 'stab' potential hosts *after* they are cocooned to check if they are suitable.
If it found out they were unsuitable, why continue the process -- twice?

Why check Lambert first?

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Theres also peer reviewed papers that conclude that certain parasitoid species have a sex bias when it comes to hosts - this was one of the first ones to pop up on google where female hosts are actively pursued:
The Alien consistently shows no such bias, though. You say it's the presence of ovaries, then say they specifically have to be developed enough for ovulation -- why? Shaw was sterile, but the goo still worked its magic.

More importantly, the study is about a parasitic insect which has a very specific host species. It's not able to determine sex outside of that species, as the study shows. The Alien doesn't have this limit. (EDIT -- that said thanks for linking that article, that is super interesting to read!)

And if you listen to the Strauss Brothers (why would you?), the PredAlien was a juvenile Queen -- born from a male.

« Last Edit: Sep 07, 2020, 01:05:32 AM by SiL »

SM
Sep 07, 2020, 01:35:53 AM
Reply #677 on: Sep 07, 2020, 01:35:53 AM
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...or was it?


Corporal Hicks
Sep 07, 2020, 08:06:48 AM
Reply #678 on: Sep 07, 2020, 08:06:48 AM
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Also I don't believe Lambert was transgender. I maybe off in the exact wording of the crew bio, but wasn't in something along the lines of gender re-assignment in utero. That reads more like designer baby kind of stuff so I take that to mean she would have had ovaries.

« Last Edit: Sep 07, 2020, 08:08:41 AM by Corporal Hicks »

SM
Sep 07, 2020, 08:25:35 AM
Reply #679 on: Sep 07, 2020, 08:25:35 AM
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It says "at birth".

I've never considered it canonical personally.



 

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