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Treatment by David Giler & Walter Hill and James Cameron
September 21, 1983
ALIEN II FADE IN: SPACE Silent and endless. A tiny chip of technology drifts through he frigid vacuum. THE NARCISSUS Lifeboat of the Nostromo... A shadow passes over and an enormous black object cuts into the frame above. Searchlights play over the tiny craft... The hull nose down, descends... INT.NARCISSUS Dark and dormant as a crypt. Like the tolling of a bell, a metallic clang echoes through the hull. The CAMERA wanders through the cluttered interior, coming to rest on a hypersleep capsule, its transparent canopy opaque with dust... A light on the capsule control panel begins to flash. Several MACRO ANGLES as indicators light up –- the monitor reads: CONTACT ALERT: AUTO-REVIVAL SEQUENCE Light seeps into the room as a cutting torch showers sparks from the airlock door. The torch saws an irregular rectangle, and the door falls inward. Figures enter. Backlit. Ominous. Men in bio-isolation suits carrying equipment and hand lights approach the capsule. A gloved hand wipes at the dust. From inside the capsule, the beam of a light stabs inward, illuminating a woman’s face in peaceful repose. WARRANT OFFICER RIPLEY, sole survivor of the Nostromo. Her eyes move beneath the lids, indicating a dream state. She winces, as if in pain, or fear... TRANSISTION.
NOSTROMO CORRIDOR Ripley running madly down the passageway.. . Terrified, clutching a flamethrower. Light strobes... She runs blindly. Panting intensely, verging on hysteria. Corridor after corridor. Reality short-circuiting... Her eyes are wide as she rounds a corner, unable to look, but transfixed... Almost paralyzed. A HATCH Lit garishly by the strobe flashes. A huge hydraulic structure. An oven, a bank vault, a crypt, an airlock??? RIPLEY Moving toward it hypnotically. Drawn by an inexorable fixation. She touches a button. The door begins to open. Every nerve screams “Run!” THE OPEN HATCHWAY Blackness within. Something inside that she has to confront. Something she knows is more terrifying than she can imagine. Within the darkness, a silhouetted shape rises with slow inhuman grace. Ripley’s flamethrower soews white light. She screams. TRANSITION. RIPLEY Her scream subsides. She is in a darkened hospital room, alone. She looks around, blinking, bathed in sweat.. . A MONITOR Flickering on above Ripley with the image of a female MED-TECH who asks if she is okay. Ripley nods. (CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: MED-TECH That dream again? Ripley nods yes, then asks to see DR. O’NIEL. TRANSITION. DR.O’NIEL Reminds Ripley that she has been back on Earth Satellite Station Beta only a few days and that her weakness and disorientation are a natural side effect of the extended time in hypersleep. He explains that the capsules were never intended to operate numerous years, and that Ripley is lucky to have survived after drifting for so long. Even though she is physically unchanged, sixty years have passed. Ripley remains shaken, withdrawn. RIPLEY They say you’re not supposed to dream in the freezer, but I did the same fucking nightmare for sixty years. Changing the subject, the doctor mentions that her daughter has been located living in Oregon. RIPLEY Is she coming? O’NIEL She’s seventy years old. She can’t travel easily. Perhaps you should Go to see her when you’re released... He smiles. O’NIEL We’re putting another patient in with you. The Med-tech enters carrying a large orange tomcat. Jones! RIPLEY
Ripley grabs the cat like a life preserver. O’Niel suggests she try to sleep so she’ll be fresh for the hearing in the morning. TRANSITION.
RIPLEY Sits under a tree in the morning sun. She survived when the others didn’t. The conversation is short and devastating. convene to find out what happened to the ship sixty years ago. and the image of Ripley unchanged by the years only triggers hatred in the old woman. Even after 60 years. She came back. but it seems a hollow triumph. TRANSITION. She is unprepared to see an arthritically crippled old woman who icily accuses her of abandoning her when she chose her live in space. owners of the Nostromo. and Ripley glances up through the view transom to see the sun-hot exhaust of a commercial shuttle leaping skyward form the launch field a few kilometers away. INT. the pain and loss well forth. ICC BOARDROOM A lower echelon INVESTIGATOR for the Interstellar Commerce Commission. Ripley clicks off. She stares at it. She cries silently. bounded b the buildings of the complex. The terror and emptiness remain. still reeks of hospital oppressiveness. Ripley remembers her daughter as a bright ten year old living with her ex-husband before her last trip out. watching Jones chase birds. transfixed. VID-PHONE ROOM – SATELLITE STATION BETA The Med-tech helps Ripley place a vid-phone call to her daughter. CORRIDORS They pass through the medical complex which. although technologically advanced even beyond Ripley’s time.4. (CONTINUED) . an Extrasolar Colonial Administration SECURITY OFFICER. an INSURANCE INVESTIGATOR and a REPRESENTATIVE of the conglomerate which has since acquired the Weylan Yutani Corporation. A distant thunder booms. to feel the grass again. O’Niel leads her to ma manmade landscaped atrium.
Ripley shows a little of her previous hard-boiled nature as she responds to their skepticism. CORRIDOR Ripley talks glumly with O’Niel. Lambert and the traitor.5. Ripley reviews her situation: A little money.50 years of compound interest on her savings minus the effect of inflation. In addition. clearly showed that Ripley used command override to deliberately blow the engines. He concludes that such a mission would have been a “highly unlikely” assignment for a commercial towing vessel with a two hundred million ton return-leg payload. They ask her to wait in the corridor while a decision on her case is reached. . no physical evidence of the so called hostile life form could be found in the shuttle to corroborate Ripley’s report. Kane. Brett.. Ash. CONTINUED: On a wall-sized vid-screen. they review the files. despite the fact that there was no structural damage or impairment of function previous to the destruct order. even if they do let her go out again. He offers to help her find a cheap apartment on Beta. No possibility of work since her experience and technological qualifications and out of date. She shrugs. About to release her. Parker. She reiterates the ferocious attack of the Alien and the act that when she escaped in the shuttle. The ICC Investigator reports that analysis of the Narcissus flight-recorder. since storage limitations require a purging of low priority data over 50 years old.. Ripley watches as the smiling faces of the dead crew flash before them in mugshots: Dallas. the rest of the crew were already dead. which accessed the Nostromo’s computer. The Corporate Representative asserts that no record of the Nostromo’s covert mission to investigate the alleged Alien could be found. O’Niel mentions that most commercial ships are almost fully automated now and the crews were laid off years before. he wonders how she will make her way.
INT. (CONTINUED) . 1 K-hull General Products starship (dismantled to from colony buildings and power stations). Follows the ECA OFFICER down the hall. hideous. RIPLEY Again tries to warn them. they were doing quite nicely. The ugly little planet had been an anonymous alpha-numeric on the star charts until the first survey team christened it ACHERON. the Board revokes her commercial license. She is released on her own recognizance. The planetoid’s air was getting breathable. he patiently explains that a standard class C mining and “terraforming” colony was dropped on the planetoid 30 years earlier. 10 TRW atmosphere processors. At last check-in. Trying to detach from this crazy woman. but he enters an elevator and the doors close in her face. TRANSITION.6. No trace of an extraterrestrial ship with a powerful warning beacon was reported and in fact the planetoid was lifeless until humans arrived and set up shop. 50 families. and the colony was expanding. permanently grounding her. Ripley warns him that those families may be in great danger. including monthly review by a Health Department psyhtech. with a six months psychometric probation. PLANETOID ACHERON – THE COLONY A bleak. after the frozen swamp at the center of the ninth circle of Dante’s Hell. ICC BOARD ROOM Skeptical of Ripley’s wild story. storm-blasted landscape. thank you very much. The Extrasolar Colonial Administration officer points out that there has been thriving colony on the very planetoid which she claims harbored this deadly form.
Every structure is made uglier by corrosion. or would at least.7. if gale-force winds hurling rain laced with carbonic acid hadn’t corroded the paint off it. The colonists have so far achieved a state of continuos freezing rain.. Around the base is a complex of pipes of conduits. . slightly conical smokestack but on a vastly larger scale. Unfortunately. blasting superheating air straight up into the stratosphere. after on the founding members. Huge-wheeled tractors. That’s what the sign set in concrete pylons between the landing field and the main complex reads. .. slashing at anything not tied down. It’s a man-made steel volcano. armored and toad-like. it is usually above freezing. the people of the colony ECA/C486 call their little community “Hadleys Hope”. the terraforming plants create almost perpetual nasty weather.. Wind howls among the pipes and girders. TERRAFORMING STATION Beyond the town. Neon signs throw garish colors across the vaultlike walls. The terraforming stations dotted around the planetoid have succeeded in warming and oxygenating the atmosphere sufficiently so that closed space suits are no longer required. stands the nearest of the ten terraforming stations. CONTINUED: With stubborn optimism characteristic of hardy frontier types throughout history. THE TOWN A cluster of bunker-like metal and concrete buildings is connected by conduits and tunnels. across a half-kilometer of barren heath. 200 meters high. The rim glows cherry-red against the dark sky. It looks like a cross between an industrial frontier town and the Krupps munitions works. the birth pains of a new ecosystem. crawl through the main ”street” and vanish down rampways to underground garages.. where the colony is located. It resembles a squat. Near the equator.. advertising bars and other businesses.
They pull on exposure suits and head off to take a look. A strong “magnetic profile. .” He’s homing and wants to know if his claim will be honored because of the directive. with a black rent in its side almost large enough to drive the tractor into. ACHERON – IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE In a tractor. He gloats over the fat. RUSS AND ANNE Think they’ve really scored big. DIRECTLY AHEAD A bizarre rounded shape projects upward. recently exposed by the wind. ANNE. “Holy shit” Russ says. the little girl. juicy signal as they home in. TIM. TRANSITION. Jammed against upthrusting rocks by volcanic ash. The kids watch from the cab as they disappear inside. It is the tip of the bone-like extra-terrestrial ship recognizable by its bio-mechanical surface ribs and veins. TRACTOR TRANSITION. argues heatedly with her older brother. IN THE BACK SEAT Their two kids play among the heavy sampling equipment.8. and he doesn’t care. the hull is buckled in one spot. INT. As far as he’s concerned the standard 20% contract sill applies. The Manager’s response is laconic. CENTRAL CONTROL BLOCK A Com-tech consults the Operations Manager about a call on the radio from one of the many independent prospectors roaming the unsurveyed territories. INT. NEWT. prospector RUSS JORDEN grins and turns to his wife/ partner. and this one says he’s found something there. The tractor roars across corrugated rock onto a plain of volcanic ash sloping up to a vast cinder-cone in the distance. awed. They’ve found more than a vein of ore. who is about six. He doesn’t know why that stretch of rock is more interesting to the ECA than any other. They didn’t tell him. The Colonial Administration had the prospectors concentrate their efforts in a certain quadrant. Their mother tells them to knock it off as the tractor rolls to a stop.
Suddenly. Newt screams. Newt watches apprehensively from the cab as her mother leads the searchers onto the ship. a dark form slams against the door. Anne. The figure has been half-submerged by an inpouring of volcanic ash. Night.T. INT. EXT. INT. Fire ram-sets into the deck with power-guns. An ominous blue energy layer covers the bottom of the egg chamber. EXTRA-TERRESTRAIL SHIP – LATER The site is bustling with activity. She says they searched independently for a way out. was discovered by the Nostromo’s crew sixty years before) fossilized in his command seat.9. They pause briefly to shine their lights over the body of a huge alien. The wind howls around it. grabs the dash mike and starts calling “Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!” TRANSITION. Check their radio headsets. Mom and Dad didn’t come back. Rappel down the sloping walls. LEADER Don’t touch anything (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: . Walk among the thousand leathery eggs. because visually separated. EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL SHIP Through the Bio-mechanoid corridors. The door is ripped open. extra-terrestrial (not to be confused with the Alien – this E. A score of men with lights and ropes are assembled at the gash in the hull. Tim wakes her up. panting and terrified. CHAMBER The Searchers gear up. Newt sleeps curled up in the driver’s seat. Starting to cry. lost radio contact. ANNE Shows them where her husband slipped and tumbled down a slanting rib into a vast dark chamber. He’s scared.
Ripley. We know what it is So will they in a second. The floor of the chamber comes alive with scuttling spider-hand nightmares. Bed unmade. Screams are muffled by the face-hugging creatures. which consists of the side of another building. face down. escalate. 2NND SEARCHER Found him! Another Searcher stands over a motionless body. TRANSITION. INT. The man who found Jorden turns the body. Three. Two. 1SST SEARCHER Hey. flower-like. Dishes in the sink. One. They spread out across the floor chamber. Something is on his face.. The eggs erupt. looking haggard. The wallscreen is on. with jet-like whine mixed in.. Lots of traffic noise. Screams echo. blaring some vapid drama but she’s not watching.10. CONTINUED: (CONTINUED) . Then a volley. living horror. this thing’s moving! He watches the top of an egg opening. sits quietly at the table in the dining room. 3RRD SEARCHER All of them are starting to move now. All the eggs are hatching. RIPLEY’S APARTMENT – EARTH SATELLITE STATION BETA The place is like a motel room with few personal touches. The camber is a writhing. The men above start hauling up the Searchers’ lifelines. More eggs open. She’s studying the view out the window. A mess.
Will she go along as an attache/consultant in case the problem is related to her “Alien”? Ripley’s vindication is not sweet.. A seasoned group.. They’ll pick up a Combat Team from the colonial garrison at Gateway station. She again refuses and asks them to leave. He’ll pick her up in the morning. And she needn’t leave the ship. GORMAN of the Colonial Guard. She calls Gorman. She admits Dr. used to fighting in harsh environments. The ECA has lost contact with the colony. The demon has to be exorcised. TRANSITION. Gorman has been ordered to lead a military team in to investigate. She says what anybody who went through what she did no Nostromo would do..11. There is a knock at the door. wakes him up.. RIPLEY the Gorman pleads his case.. TRANSITION. Gorman scribbles his contact number on a sheet of paper. Merely be on hand with any information she an supply from her close experience with the creature. . Explains that with the new faster ships they can be there in eight weeks. O’Niel offers to take care of Jones. The Alien still stalks the corridors of her subconscious. Before he does. The nest burned out. Enough firepower to incinerate a planet. . This highly-armed task force will carry state-of-the-art weaponry. O’Niel and LT. RIPLEY Awakens from another nightmare. It killed her friends and everything she was or owned. agrees to go. Fuck off.
. Only one of the fourteen are the ship’s crew: Executive officer BISHOP. . Project Officer . bawling orders.C. . CORPORAL VASQUEZ. . . SULACO A row of hypersleep capsules open their lids.. They’re about to..the mothership. Drop-ship PFC HAY . . . . They’d follow his into hell. . Smart-gun . . . . . . . Smart-gun Weapons SERGEANT FERRO. DEEP SPACE A mountain of steel descents into frame. . . PERONNEL GORMAN RIPLEY . the unit leader. . . a military transport ship. . . They love him. Executive Officer THE MILITARY UNIT MASTER SERGEANT APONE LANCE CORPORAL HICKS. .C. They hate the whipcrack comments that flow easily as craptable dealer’s patter. Though not supermen. . INT. . . . . . CORPORAL LYDECKER . . . groggy men and women. ECA assignee. The unit hates the way Apone is so alert right away. . . . . Project Advisor TRANSPORT PERSONNEL BISHOP . . . . . . . is Master Sergeant APONE. CORPORAL HUDSON . Sulaco. Moving among the somnabulists. . . ACHERON MISSION ROSTER I. . . Unit Leader B-Team Leader Med-tech Com-tech . . . . . . . . . .12. . Ten men and four women. . PFC DIETRICH PFC FROST PFC WIERZBOWSKI PFC DRAKE . Figures emerge. . they look fit and hardened. . Drop-ship operator operator / specialist pilot crewman .. .
. . INT. jaded. Apone. She studies the others as the talk flows around her. They’re tough. with a confidence bordering on arrogance. Ripley wears a jumpsuit and her lucky hi-tops. MESS HALL Showered and dressed. This mood will change like lightning in combat. Vasquez turns away. Lydecker. VASQUEZ looks like a tough cookie. cut-off. What she doesn’t know about the portable technologies of death hasn’t come out of the lab yet. relaxed chatter among familiars as coffee is poured. taking roll. even for this lot. including imitations of his standard opening “Awright”. is catcalled and teased. and Ferro are as touch as the men and hold their own in the banter. Dietrich.. and emblemized. salvaged from the Narcissus. the ship’s Captain and Exec in casual versions of officers uniforms. The troops are in fatigues.13. These guys have been slogging around dirtwater colonies and futuristic brushfire wars together for years. VASQUEZ What are you supposed to be here for? (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: RIPLEY VASQUEZ The slight is intentional. as an outsider. Yeah. Ripley is treated with diffidence. Fatigues are customized. THE WOMEN of the military unit. Vasquez. Vasquez pursues her needling. Discipline is noticeable lax. VASQUEZ What’s your name again? Ripley. and they know their shit. they assemble.
continues his ramble – next. but gets cut off. Ripley begins to answer. . so she can blow it away.. .complimenting the group’s record and thanking them for their participation. It all sounds a bit thin in the re-con department. Vasquez says the only thing she needs to know about the Alien is where it is. The abrupt absence of the sub-space check-in transmissions (a pulse of data requiring tremendous energy to send. Asks if the Eca might have sent a starship fifty light years because of somebody’s bad dreams. and the portable stuff. LT. Gorman. APONE Tench-hut! Gorman starts out a general briefing on the mission by making a fool of himself. gyro-stabilized phased-plasma rifles. knives.. . He lists features of ordnance like options on a luxury car: Drop-ship ordnance like tactical nuclear smart-missiles. outlines the “knowns”: Ripley’s warning. VASQUEZ Frag-bait. Cybernetic combat armor. rolls his eyes. looks over at Vasquez. therefore... . . He comes off as a neophyte masking a lack of field experience with strict adherence to procedure. grenade launchers.14. and sharp sticks.. HUDSON Launches into a monologue about the hardware they’re packing. rocket launchers. APONE Points out that the colony could simply be having transmitter problems. Drake. GORMAN Enters.. The loss of contact with the colony. limited to once a week to save power). GORMAN . 100 megawatt x-ray laser cannon. Ripley hopes she’s right. looking clean-shaven and trim in his crisp uniform. . independently targetting particle-beam phalanx. the gunner. oblivious to the impression he’s making.
You’re A synthetic human. INT. .. Problem? Is there a RIPLEY Why did they send you? Bishop explains that all corporate operation ships now utilize cybork captains as standard procedure because of their unique fail-safe qualities. with precise movements. Drop-ship loading and pre-flight rundown. READY ROOM Vasquez and Drake are stripping weapons. Then sleep. CORRIDOR Ripley catches up with Bishop. They barely glance at their work. Ash. An Android. BISHOP That’s correct. RIPLEY On the roster you’re designated As ECA Cybork assignee. . then turns away. INT. Ten hours. Meeting dismissed. GORMAN Corporate policy is corporate Policy. Review of target. Continues to outline the time frame. CARGO LOCK Gorman is pointlessly supervising loading. Drop-ship launch at 0730. She looks at him. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: . They’ve been used for Years and they haven’t failed yet. Ripley approaches and demands that Bishop be replaced by a human being. TRANSITION..15. And tried to murder her. First assembly at 0500. the company Android on the Nostromo was complicitous in her shipmates’ deaths. TRANSITION. Field-stripping and checking all weapons.
. the weight.. This is an exo-skeleton machine with hydraulic arms and legs. Ripley offers to take over. The clamps slam back. Wants to help. the authority. . The massive machine movies smoothly under her control. cocks her thumb. Ripley doesn’t think it’s funny.. EXT. A pearl in the night sky. and when he moves the massive servo-limbs follow. DROP-SHIP .. She points her finger. ACHERON From space it looks quite serene. He looks skeptical. THE TEAM Strapped in.. Solid cloud cover. Hicks is having problems... and she had lots of hours in them before her officer days.. turning slowly toward dawn. A lot has changed but the loaders haven’t. read to drop. and blows away and imaginary Alien. checking off gear. She notices Ripley watching her from the door. TRANSITION.. INT. In the cockpit. Ferro starts the release sequence. Apone prowls the aisle. TRANSITION. Reports that there is no radio response from the colony. She feels like a fifth wheel. Vasquez likes the feel of guns. THE SULACO Stabilizes its orbit. .. The fork-lift claws can lift tons. BISHOP Monitors all movements from the Sulaco’s bridge. The operator straps in behind the safety cage. . The night side of the planet yaqns below them. amplifying the power of the movement enormously.16. CARGO LOCK Hicks is using a power-loader to move heavy equipment into the Drop-Ship. .
APONE Hold at 60. INT. The ship lurches. COCKPIT HAY Stay wide of the atmosphere Plant. COCKPIT Ferro flies tensely as the ship is buffetted. who’s not an early riser. Apone calls to Ferro from the cockpit doorway. Convection turbulence. A-Team. For the combat veterans. EXT. equipment belts. DROP-SHIP The ship emerges from a low cloud ceiling. almost waking up Hicks. APONE Awright. . Let’s move. The landing beacons of the colony are visible. this could just as well be a bus ride.17. Screams down through the stratosphere and plunges into the dark turbulence. Somebody wake up Hicks. INT. Vasquez and Drake buckle on gun harnesses which support the massive Smart-Guns (computer-aimed automatic energy weapons that are the futuristic equivalent of a 50-caliber machine gun). respirators. They pass the roaring tower of the terraforming plant. Hay calls out altitude and course information. . Two minutes. helmets with video cameras and flipdown image-intensifiers. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: . Gear up. A clatter of activity as they don their backpacks over their body armor. APONE Slow circle of the complex THE TEAM Apone turns to the troops. At Ripley’s suggestion they carry a few flame-throwers as well. Hudson is calmly talking about his favorite foods to see if he can get Gorman to throw up...
. Hicks asks Ripley if she’s going out with them. Apone’s Clear-signal. A and B Teams separate and disperse. THE DROP-SHIP Leaps up in a cloud of spray and peels off. A-Team. Assemble on me at the main lock. but there is zero activity. The troops hit the ground running. TRANSITION. A neon sign creaks in the wind. THE COLONY The two teams wait. No other movement. APONE B-Team. CONTINUED: (CONTINUED) They sprint to flack the control-block’s main entrance. Drake mutters to Vasquez. EXT. Doors slide back.. finding separate cover. Immediate dust-off on Sgt. She’s staying with Gorman who’s supervising by remote-video from the troop-ship. ACHERON As the DropShip slams down. Look sharp. I want a Clean dispersal this time. No fucking way. APONE His orders crackle on the general frequency.. That figures. APONE (to the group) Awright.. GORMAN (to Ferro) Set down by the control block. INT. hold positions. .18. ten Seconds. . Very ominous. Buildings loom through the low visibility. COCKPIT POV through canopy. They seem okay from above. scanning the bleak buildings. .
letting in the elements. completely without power. although here and there a spray of dried blood is found. searching the maze. They enter cautiously. COLONY COMPLEX The two teams move forward. COLONY COMPLEX The corridor and rooms are deserted.19. . An empty corridor recedes into the dim distance. Burned-out rooms. Her fears are confirmed. As they move through the complex they find disturbing signs of struggle. One wing is RIPLEY – ON DROP-SHIP Sees the melted evidence of many Alien casualties increasing. They switch to helmet lights. Pools of water cover the floor. INT. At least there were casualties on both sides. The doors rumble open. Emergency lights only. Shattered furniture and doors. Holes in the wall from what appears to be acid splashes and automatic weapons. Hudson pries off the panel and hot-wires it. There are no bodies. Vasquez and her cannon on point. They find a corridor blocked by a barricade of hastily-welded steel plate. INT. Signs of struggle are intense. DROP-SHIP Ripley watches via helmet cameras in the monitor bay. Equipment strewn about. Rain soaks spartan offices and quarters. The Alien had an incredibly strong acid for blood. They move forward systematically. Apone brings the second team forward to pace them as a rearguard. INT. Gaping holes melted through walls and floors. Windows are blown-out. Apone tries the entry switches and emergency overrides but the steel doors remain closed.
. you can come out. DROP-SHIP It settles next to the assembled men in the debris of an exploded factory building. . operated from the cargo lock by Hay. RIPLEY – ON DROP-SHIP Watches the monitors as they question the little girl with limited success. aiming. She recommends they clear off and nuke the whole place. on the front. Hicks knocks his barrel aside. GORMAN – ON DROP-SHIP Orders the ground teams to work their way to the far side of the complex and stand-by. They ask her if there are any people alive. Her fear builds. “Oh boy. Hicks’ men lose the trace. crab-like manipulator arms. They flank it. Then something breaks from the shadows behind them.20. INT.. She wants to go. Ripley joins Gorman at the door of the APC.. She’s totally traumatized. APC The unit boards. “It’s okay. INT. then join them for an extended search. A very dirty and terrified Newt Jorden steps out of hiding. EXT. A darting infra-red trace. “Movement!” someone from Hicks’ team calls. shouting “Hold fire”. She tells Gorman to get his teams out of there. A flash of something in a dark side chamber. Ripley is sure there aren’t. He’s going to drop the Armoured Personnel Carrier. It is a larger version of the colony tractors with servo-gun turrets and. . The APC is lowered by a massive hydraulic arm. They want something to shoot at. COLONY COMPLEX The troopers are on edge now. Drake spins.” Drake says. Then more softly.” He takes off his helmet so as to less resemble an insect. She will not speak. She shakes her head. Gorman says there may be still survivors.
Newt wordlessly puts her arms around Ripley’s neck and starts to cry. Gorman directs them to make for the terraforming plant. DROP-SHIP Hay stands at the boom controls in the still-open cargo lock. continues circling. Apone takes the driver’s seat and the vehicle rolls forward. getting her some warm clothes and hot-chocolate from the dispenser. the pilot. Ripley hesitates. Behind them the Drop-Ship again dusts off. POV ALIEN STRUCTURE Among the refinery-like lattice of pipes and conduits something new and not of human design has been added. turns. Hicks hands her a cup of coffee. . Inside a monitor bay for directing operations.. INT. The cargo-lock door clangs shut as the Drop-Ship banks.21. hovering as the boom arm retracts. unaware of Hay’s situation. TRANSITION. . unacknowledged. Int. There is no to scream. APC As if tears across the tortured landscape. . She stops Gorman’s clumsily attempt to question her. He’s beginning to realize a hint of her ordeal on the Nostromo. Behind him the massive arm rises slowly. COCKPIT Ferro. Ripley has taken charge of Newt. Survivors may have taken refuge there. She awkwardly returns the embrace.. Something not of the ship but blending bio-mechanically with its structure. As they approach the base of the vast structure they are confronted by a bizarre sight. Ripley is ignored. An impression of drooling jaws in a terrifying eyeless head. From among the rams and hoses a shape emerges. Only Hicks seems to note the tender moment as the others are heatedly discussing what they have seen. Hay sense it.
COCOONS . The place seems almost alive. entering a large chamber. The air is thick with steam. It is a structure of some sort. Lights flare. RIPELY Watches in horror as the monitors show the structure: Detritus from the colony. rocks. but made of some strange encrusted substance. its functioning seemingly not impaired. wiring. The team casts their flashlights along the alls. Hicks’ team faces a wall of living horror.. ALIEN STRUCTURE Apone deploys Hicks’ tem as a rearguard once more. . INT. The chatter is low and tense. The plant thrums loudly. Ripley and Newt remain at the monitor as Apone leads his team off the ship and into the structure. ALIEN STRUCTURE Pitch dark and hot. INT.. Their lights reveal a bio-mechanical lattice. They examine the wall material.22. extending from and crudely imitating the complex of plumbing. and human bones. furniture. . The Alien structure seems to extend far back into the complex of machinery. Water drips and trickles. All fused with some epoxy-like substance. skulls. Some sort of excreted resin. It attenuates to gradually into the original hardware that it is hard to see where one ends and the other begins. convoluted like the marrow of some vast bone. It vaguely resembles the chambered nests of swallows on a much larger scale. The colonists have been brought here and entombed alive. INT. Suddenly. APC Gorman.
APC Ripley watches the screen. Protrude from the niches and interstices of the structure. A chorus of the damned. Suddenly.23. A shrill screeching begins. brought here. “Kill me”. a choked whisper beckons him. Eyelids flutter. white-knuckled. like the sound of madness. sudden sobs. . Someone hands him the weapon. entombed in living death as hosts for the embryos growing within them. Macabre image of frozen agony. Paralyzed. The twisted contours of the structure come alive. overcoming his revulsion.the woman’s chest explodes with a gout of blood. shrill cries.. A small. Many are desiccated. fanged. The bodies are frozen in carelessly twisted positions. APONE Flame-thrower. Skeletal.. head emerges. Hisses. INT. Gorman turns away. Weeping. INT. APONE Draws closer. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: . or a siren made from fingernails on blackboards. as if exploded from within. Apone pulls the trigger. Then a faint moaning. The cocoons vanish in the shimmering heat. The woman’s mouth moves but no more sound issues. The cocoon material is the same translucent epoxy. . COCOON ROOM Apone turns to his team. Then the other troopers carrying flame-throwers open fire. The sound of wretching comes over the general frequency. They’re not all dead. Rib-cages burst outward. And orgy of purging flames.
floor. Then acapella: “Movement”. APONE Shouts. INT. GORMAN Get out of there. cut short. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: A VOICE . From the niches in the walls. skeletal figures loom suddenly out of the smoke. A scream. Apone! A bright flash/bang as somebody fires. More screaming. ceiling. He screams. The troopers don’t’.. Smoke fills the room. striking like lightning. Lots of them. It is a battle of phantoms. We see it. APC Gorman shouts into his mike. “Movement!” someone shouts. Vasquez scoring points in her private videogame. A gout of yellow acid slashes across Frost’s face. glaring in the smoke. RIPLEY Watches the monitor labeled “Frost” go black. Becoming visible only as they move. APONE Infra-red! Fall back! Tall. Int. COCOON ROOM More firing. Automatics open up. “Movement”. Human screaming. snapping down his image converter. Flash/crack of the smart-gun. cutting visibility to less than two meters. .24. His bio-readouts flatten. The Aliens are shimmering infra-red silhouettes on the screen. Aliens emerge. dying.
The APC lurches forward. INT. . Gorman panics. Then Apone. dammit! INT. Then jumps into the driver’s seat of the APC.. They’re cut off. Siren. RIPLEY Hits the lights. . Lydecker. Lydecker! Drake’s hit! Apone Watch your fire. Explosions ahead. All of them go flat-line. Strobe. She takes a very deep breath. APC Ripley sees smoke welling out of the structure and flashes of fire rise and fall like a welder’s arc. INT. She ignores him. but she can damn sure drive a tractor.25. She may not be able to operate the weapons. tearing away outcroppings of Alien encrustation. APC Suddenly something lands on the roof with a metallic thump. Wierzbowski. Gorman is frozen. The screens and biomonitors keep score: Drake. fall back! RIPLEY Too late. GORMAN Get out of there. ALIEN STRUCTURE The APC roars into the smoky structure.
EXT.. smart-gun still aimed. HICKS Examines Apone. A possible thermonuclear bomb if it is damaged. Gorman orders the APC’s cannon aimed at the Alien nest. . An Alien arm arcs down. .. Newt hasn’t stopped screaming. INT. Hits the seat beside Ripley. The Alien’s mouth opens. TRANSITION. hauling Apone and Vasquez with her bulky rig. Newt screams. Vasquez lays down a ferocious cover fire. but paralyzed.. runs up to the APC. Another Alien lunges in as the door is closing. APC Hicks. Gorman gets the door open.26. The door closes. Acid sprays. Glistening. APC When they reach a safe distance. Under a hole punched through the body armor he finds a single purple puncture would. He seems to be alive. Hicks blasts it. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: Gorman calls in the Drop-Ship. . Smashing the windshield in front of her. . Dietrich and Hudson drag an inert Apone out of the smoke. APC Ripley hits reverse. INT. Hicks stops him. Bloodless. . Face-to-face once again with the same mind-numbing horror.. The APC roars backward out of the complex. They leap in. She loses control of the vehicle. Ripley recoils. At the center of the plant is a controlled-fusion reactor. It is gouged and smoking from the acid spray. . Wham! The creature is slammed sideways by a plasma burst from smartgun fire beyond the APC. hideous jaws lunge inside..
INT. She calls for Hay on the intercom. down below. The corridors are mined. THE TEAM Decides to return to the main colony and set up a base of operations at the control block. INT. When the hatch bangs open behind her. They park the APC across the main doors. She taps her mike. . APC The ground team – now only Ripley. Vasquez. . INT. Hicks. TRANSITION. TRANSITION. guns aimed outward. powering-up and landing will take six hours.. It is not her co-pilot. . Guns are set up with a clear field of fire across the open plain. loses his temper. Gorman. flips the switch again. No answer. They’ll evacuate and nuke the place from the air. SULACO Bishop tells them that re-orbiting. Their hopes of getting off the planet quickly vanish in a fireball. she turns. TRANSITION. DROP-SHIP Ferro turns on her final approach. TRANSITION. Access to the control block from within the complex is put under surveillance by portable sentry-cameras. TRANSITION. descending. MAIN COLONY They assess their situation. A tremendous explosion. sideslipping at high speed into the terraforming complex.27. Bishop remains unruffled. Hudson and Dietrich – watches as they hovering DropShip veers wildly.. Gorman. They drag equipment to the second-floor deck with its controltower-like windows.
Probably many more. Blackness and rain. VASQUEZ AND DIETRICH Prowl the observation deck. She points out that there may well be one of the creatures for every captured colonist. through his eyes seem glazed. Dozens. The team realizes that in action.28. since he got her involved. He subsides into a self-absorbed stupor. searching the ground with their image-intensifiers. Deja-vu with teeth.. Manpower has been halved. The crew in a state of siege. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: . certainly. Hudson is using the opportunity to tell him everything he always wanted to say but didn’t for fear of broken teeth. TRANSITION. GORMAN Is apologetic. The loss of the ship cuts their firepower virtually to hand weapons. She’s watched the operation disintegrate steadily into the same sort of nightmare she experienced before. . his ability to command will be negligible. RIPLEY AND HICKS Use the base’s existing video-cameras to search for a possible shuttle-type ship. RIPLEY Vents her disgust. HUDSON Is with Apone who is conscious. ACHERON Night has settled. GORMAN Watches the sentry-monitors. but barely able to take or move. Ammunition must be conserved. Most colonies use one or two for sub-orbital hops to service the network of atmosphere processors.
(CONTINUED) CONTINUED: . As the crew rests. He sets up the central computer to read out the plant’s status. . Loss of coolant. They find the hangar but it seems to have been the site of intense fighting. Another similar berth nearby is empty. but it’s burned-out. Ripley rushes over to the others.29. TRANSITION. Gradual. We’re taking the APC And getting out of here. There is a shuttle there.. The crash of the Drop-Ship has damaged the heat-exchanger system. VASQUEZ That’s it. System failure in about six hours. The team looks out at the blaze. wearing a sidearm now.. INT. CONTROL BLOCK Ripley. The doors beyond are open. Followed within about one-tenth second by a thermonuclear explosion on the order of 20 megatons. they are suddenly interrupted by a glare of orange light. sits beside Newt. Hicks exits to scout the area. Vasquez stomps in. A ten-story jet of fire is visible leaping up from the base machinery of the terraforming planet. GORMAN I’m in command here— VASQUEZ You’re barely in command of your Bladder. watching her sleep. irreversible overheating. HICKS Emergency venting. . HICKS We got problems.
. A floor grate flies open. Newt points at the distant power plant. . Newt surprises them by appearing at Ripley’s elbow and aksing quietly if they’re leaving. I know The maze best. Retreat. That’s why they Didn’t catch me. It becomes a scream. Glistening figures emerge.30. Hudson shouts something. THE TEAM Opens fire. The door splinters open. Hicks looks in.a splintering crash nearby. hesitates. RIPLEY I think so. then seals the door. NEWT Because they’ll come back. They fall. Buckling it. something slams against the far side. They abandon their useless battlements. The team crowds into a lift. . . Ripley grabs Newt. Dissolving the deck in clouds of vapor. Acid flies.. Suddenly. The ones Between here and there. They watch helplessly s the creatures advance. Too slow. Others crawl over.. they see flashes of the Aliens. AN ALIEN . The nightmarish figures come forward. NEWT They use the tunnels. picks up a flame-thrower and runs. In the strobe-like glare of the energy weapons... A moment later. Ripley assures her that nothing can get close without them seeing it. The first words she’s spoken. Dietrich kills the lights. Good. The doors start to close.
Lightning glares. Hicks and Vasquez blast it at point-blank range. They approach the main entry doors. Hicks. He shucks out the armour like a madman. falling back. The doors part. then Vasquez. The doors pops back open. Dietrich arrives first. THE LIFT Acid sluices between the closing doors. dropping the smoking shell to the floor.31. Hicks checks the ledges above with his light. They face the doors. Hicks and Vasquez flank the doors. whips open the side door. The way seems clear. . The entry lock beyond the inner doors id deserted. THE APC They sprint toward it. The tractor is untouched. guns leveled. EXT. dark shapes emerge.. A figure lunges from within and Dietrich is gone. THE TEAM Moves out. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: . edge forward. Gets its hand between the doors as they come together. then waves the others forward. clutching grenades. Wind blasts in. The lift stops. through the other doors. The acrid fumes fill the air. Vasquez tosses a grenade into the lift and sends it back up. beyond which the APC waits. searing eyes and lungs. Hicks’ fingers race with the clasps as the stuff eats its way toward his skin. across Hicks’ armored chest plate. Hicks slaps the control button. And the corridor is empty. As Gorman and Dietrich stand with rifles aimed. The inner doors rumble back. From the darkness. just beyond. It screeches.
A little over an hour. Kicks the pack out. It’s Hudson. And one huge one. is closing the doors behind them. There are lots of creatures around. He’s in one of those cocoons they saw. Ripley asks Newt if she knows a hiding place they can stay in for awhile. Different sizes. in a panic. Hudson describes a chamber constructed by the Aliens. Hicks leaps through. Hudson explains haltingly that he’s not sure. Gorman. The little girl leads them into the air-shafts. . Can’t move. the one from the Colony. The door clang together just as burning gifure impacts on the far side. The APC explodes from the concentrated fire. they hear a faint voice coming over the headsets. He woke up in this dark chamber. They are out of contact with Bishop. It crunches but stops them. Newt. Hicks asks for his position. Ripley staggers back. Ripley. Empty. Ripley scoops up Newt as they sprint for it. A chamber whose floor is covered by egg-like things. He is to rendezvous at the Colony landing field at 0130 hours. near the one they burned. having left their communications gear in the control block. Eerily. Hicks tosses his backpack between the massive doors. COLONY COMPLEX Ripley has to stop Vasquez from pulping Gorman. Hicks and Vasquez open fire. Ripley asks what he can see.32. A whisper. INT. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: He says they have a ship down there. She guides them to a small steel chamber with a flooded floor. They hunker down in the darkness and wait. Vasquez unbuckles and drops her smart-gun to the deck. Vasquez squeeze through.
She knew what the score was. He lights a cigarette. benzedrine. It’s like an Obsession. He and Apone couldn’t have made it. a nerve gas counter-agent? Hicks asks Vasquez for her first-aid kit. offers her one. She tells Hicks what she remembers form the xenobiologiest’s notes. HICKS Sometimes they guys who have seen the Worst action in combat are the first Ones to re-up.. Smiles. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: . . The fear that No matter where I go. The poison in the Aliens’ stink is similar to some nerve gases used in combat. . Hudson tells Hicks that he did the right thing when he sealed the door. atropine and others. Inside are emergency ampules of morphine.. RIPLEY Fear.33. RIPELY Clicks off her headset. Then screams harshly. Some ship would bring one back or Something. She tosses the ampules and a roll of surgical tape into one jumpsuit pocket. . She declines. I had to see them Wiped out or spend my life looking Over my shoulder…Maybe there’s More to it now. Hicks raises an eyebrow but doesn’t comment. Hicks nods. They are the type you jab into a major muscle and squeeze. I guess. Hicks wants to know why Ripley came on this one. Don’t’ their field first-aid kits contain ampules of atropine. Bad for your health. He starts to weaken. She has a hard time answering.. somehow These things would get there.
They try to crawl back. .. HICKS Get behind me. Vasquez uses her flame-thrower. It sputters. She holds the child tighter. Cutting them off. THE TEAM Moving through the tunnels again. (CONTINUED) A deadly silhouette batters You’ve CONTINUED: . Ripley’s light shows movement ahead. He smiles. A flattened duct they have to crawl through. Newt. A grating tear opens behind them. Tension builds. TRANSITION. VASQUEZ Losing fuel. The child scurries around him. jammed together in the narrow shaft. Between eye-searing bursts of flame. They move toward each junction cautiously. They round a corner. He nods at Newt. Got responsibilities now. Ripley uses the flame-thrower around corners. . forms moving toward them. curled up under her arm. Hicks keeps an eye on his chronometer. obscene.34. Ripley sees the horrible faces closing in.. Glinting. through. Molten metal spatters him. He blasts into the duct wall point-blank with his plasma-gun using it like a cutting torch. Ripley doesn’t get it. HICKS Can’t do it next time though. guided by the six year old maze-ace.
Without semblance of caution. Lightning crashes around it as the tremendous forces unleash a man-made storm. VASQUEZ That’s it. Ripley carries the exhausted child. See the plant in the distance is roaring. She punches him.35. Hicks’ gun clicks empty. . HICKS AND NEWT Run out as the wall explodes into dust behind them. . With her last strength. Vasquez’ flame-thrower goes dry. VASQUEZ Move. hands one to Gorman. VASQUEZ Happy birthday. The corridors unreel dizzily. Hysterical. It folds aside. He kicks at the cherry-hot metal. its pipes red hot. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: Hicks checks his watch. Hicks guides Newt through the searing hole. A delirious dash now. Pulls the pin on two grenades. Sprint for the landing pad. She can’t get by Gorman who’s frozen. VASQUEZ Trapped. She whispers to the Alien as it crawls over her. They leap through a blast hole in the outer wall. RIPLEY. follows her.. The grenade goes. Pulls Ripley out by the feet as her flame-thrower sputters out. She feels the stinger slam under her chest plate. sucker! Too late. The three tiny figures are buffeted by gale winds as they approach the landing strobes.
comfortable cockpit. RIPLEY (VO) Bishop. there you have it. He can see the huddled figures near a landing light. INT. Get us out of here. There’s A problem. HICKS We’re late. I hadn’t heard of it. A Human being could act with selfDetermination. . Some sort of Quarantine Command Override. I’m really very sorry. Ripley. that’s it. The ship’s computer Has been accessing the Colony’s Central processor and collating your Own progress. Ripley? CONTINEUD: RIPLEY (VO) (CONTINUED) . I just got some Bad news. RIPLEY (VO) Save it. you see. It seems to have concluded the risk of contaminating Other inhabited worlds is too Great. BISHOP Well. weren’t You. I can’t. looking upward. Bishop looks out. I guess you were Right about me all along. VOICE Bishop to landing party. land the ship! BISHOP Look..It won’t allow me to land. BISHOP Listen. SULACO Inside the quiet. But. RIPLEY Where are you? BISHOP (VO) Just above you. Ripley yells into her headset. do what one thinks Best on one’s own judgement and So on.36.
That’s a very comforting thought. ALIEN STRUCTURE . RIPLEY. They turn to look at the plant which has become a roaring infernal engine. Lighting zaps around its superstructure. Starts walking toward the roaring complex. Ripley walks toward the Alien structure into the main opening. The machinery creaks and heaves. HICKS Save it. engines firing.37. illuminating up the weird landscape. The ground is trembling. I can’t. HICKS Where are you going? RIPLEY What choice do we have? Let’s try to find the shuttle craft. Get going— Look. Deep in the bowels. Lightning snaps like a strobe. Couplings groan. land the motherFucking ship! BISHOP Sorry. INT COLONY COMPLEX The complex looms above the three. Ripley looks at her watch. carrying Newt. and is quickly lost in the storm. Steam hisses back as the rain hits. She fires her pistol after the departing craft. Now. some of the metal is red-hot. I have to RIPLEY (VO) Bishop! The big transport ship banks. INT. HICKS AND NEWT Riley screams. enraged. Bishop.
. HICKS Oh. Evacuation. squeezing. Benzedrine.38. carrying eggs one way. Figures move back and forth.. RIPLEY Keep your eyes closed. Ripley hands Hicks a small object. man. their needle-ends looking like a three-pronged plug. nightmarish living shapes emerge and move toward them. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: Ripley sees Hicks nearby and Newt.. Three ampules taped together. returning empty. like an organic stucco-gun. INT. hard. TRANSITION. A shadowy wall of Aliens beyond. Now! RIPLEY Ripley stabs at her thigh. Inhuman objects seize them. The air is thick with steam. She whispers to the child. baby. Newt’s screaming echoes as the image fades. The drone is a small albino version of the Alien creature.. Morphine. moving with nightmarish grace. Atropine. there’s got to be a Better way. . The taller silhouettes of warriors can be seen. Where the warrior has a set of striking teeth within its head... A drone is excreting cocoon material over her. EGG CHAMBER Ripley awakens. anchoring her body to the wall of death. From the dark. Ripley stares trembling into the face of the ultimate horror. the drone has an excreting probe. struggles to move.
cutting frantically with a beltknife. It ends in a tapered black spine. She staggers toward Hicks. Face contorted with effort. Like a segmented tongue. . Ripley tears open the cocoon. Rotating landing lights lead her eyes to its outline in the mist. ripping at the cocoon fabric. She strains to move her arm. straight into the Alien’s belly. See the ship? RIPLEY Turns her head. Looking like figures in an obscene fresco. An egg injector.39. Her fingers slip under her tunic. Sweat pours off her. He is screaming HICKS Get Newt! CONTINUED: (CONTINUED) An ear-splitting roar comes from the self-destructing machinery above as Ripley staggers to the unconscious girl. She whispers to Hicks who responds weakly.. It screeches and leaps back. Riley fires through the cocoon wall. gleaming. The bony armor over its belly parts wetly.. She cries out in suppressed panic. RIPLEY Her fingers close on the butt of her pistol tucked inside her jumpsuit. Glistening. prehensile. A shape emerges. A WARRIOR ALIEN Hulks over her. Panting. RIPLEY Can you move? HICKS Not much. Drones hover over them as well. The injector moves toward her.
Explodes. The shiny. A SCREAM like a steam-whistle. It rolls under the egg-sac. translucent egg-sac. He pauses. Pulls the activator and throws. multi-limbed body straddles a throne of its own swollen abdomen. then slips his pistol into view. HICKS I’ll be all right. As she cuts her free. Ripley sees for the first time. The head. COLONY SHUTTLE SHIP Ripley enters by an emergency airlock. filled with gestating eggs in intestine-like tubules.40. She hesitates. EGG CHAMBER Ripley pulls a grenade from her belt. Go! HICKS Ripley backs away. HICKS Too late for me. A pulsating sausage ten meters long. spraying matter. meaner. the source of the eggs. The powerful. Get going. Like that of a termite queen. The egg-sac rips open. INT. more terrifying than an Alien? Its mother. The Aliens go berserk. Enormous.. . Ripley carries the inert child over to Hicks. Disproportionate. Stumbles toward the ship. is just human enough to be horrifying. THE QUEEN ALIEN What’s bigger. Screeching and acid explosions in the swirling mist. black body swells at the base into a bloated. INT..
The air vibrates with shock waves.. The cargo module containing the eggs is jettisoned from the spine of the ship. the throne room. Drops Newt in a seat. COLONY STRUCTURE New red-hot iron tombs. landing gear retracting. Another switch. the lock doors slide shut. Paint blisters on the ship as it moves forward. Seals the door. The ship lifts. Below her.. Another switch. Ripley’s ship climbs into the night sky. EXT. Searing the egg chamber. Slams back in her seat. Goes to the cockpit. Huge bolts slam back. leaving a deep gloom.41. Behind it. Ship vaults forward. It crashes back into the inferno below. Sun-white light bursts though. The ship tears through encrusted structure as it lifts out of the complex. Airtight doors slam throughout the ship. When it clears she is climbing out o the cloud layer into the stratosphere. COLONY SHUTTLE SHIP Ripley collapses in the seat. Hits switches. Examines the controls. Fire-jets roar from vents amount glowing machinery. Everything shakes into a blur. Explosions. INT. cutting off the stars. Ripley hits the main engines. . TRANSITION. COLONY SHUTTLE SHIP – IN ORBIT The scorched craft settles on its hydraulic legs in the cavernous cargo bay of the Sulaco. the clouds light up from horizons-to-horizon. The engines roar white light.
RIPLEY Suck air. BISHOP Are you all right? RIPLEY What do you care? BISHOP Now that you’re here. BISHOP I’m glad you made it. she seems to deflate. Now. THE QUEEN ALIEN Hisses. Behind Bishop. climbing the ramp between two huge landing legs. He turns. Excuse me.. A large. you see. SULACO Ripley looks up to see Bishop standing before her. She forces herself up. the quarantine order has been superceded. Checks her pistol.. dripping acid and rage. Bishop looks down as a drop of acid splashes on the deck by his shoe. Bishop. I’m happy to have you aboard. Really. Picks up Newt. He passes her. I just do what I’m told. She staggers down the landing ramp to the deck of the mothership and crumbles to her knees.. . It’s all in the program. the huge scorched black “hydraulics” begin to move. Hits the door button. holding a power-rifle in his hands. INT.42. shining shape drops silently to the walkway.. still comatose. As her fingers slide off the controls. I hope you can understand. Opens the doors. I have to seal this shuttle and jettison it. I am. She moves warily down the short corridor to the airlock.
Its claws rake her jacket as she turns and runs. Squeal of rending steel.* (CONTINUED) *See p. letting her slip gently down among some hydraulic mechanisms. Too far. The Alien hits again.. CONTINUED: Hydraulics whine. One blurred swipe flings Bishop away in a spray of milky android blood. STORAGE BAY Ripley clears the door to a storage bay at a full run. CARGO LOCK for description. it moves for her like lightning. slapping the “close” command button. Ripley crosses the room.. 16 INT.. In the darkness. Ripley fumbles with a safety harness. Ripley looks up as the thing advances. Here! RIPLEY She moves in front of it. . Holding her jacket she slips the little girl over the edge of a short drop-off. Its huge thighs flex. A half-inch of steel plate buckles under the impact. . glistening as it rises. The gun. The creature’s attention returns to Ripley. The magnetic foot-plates clang as she steps forward. The rifle clatters away. RIPLEY Her eyes riveted on the creature. Without warning. Ripley in the power-loader. Ripley shouts hoarsely. The door buckles further. The Queen looks down at the child’s form.. The Queen hits the door.43. . she pushes Newt away. Checks around desperately. Crash! Something massive rises into frame. Its body ends in torn gristle where the egg-sac was torn away.
It tears at the hydraulic hoses. It lashes. an open pit of stars appears as the door slides open. Emergency Override. The striking teeth extend almost a meter. They lock in a death embrace. Ripley parries with swipes from the massive forklift claws. Crash! The Alien steps back to charge the door again. claws her way up a service ladder to the controls. Hits the outer door switch. Ripley closes the forks. twisted together in the wreckage. crushing two of the Alien’s limbs. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: Below Ripley.. Yellow acid foams down the hydraulic arms toward Ripley as she raises the Queen off the ground. Purple hydraulic fluid sprays wildly about. it opens. She spins slamming the creature against a wall of machinery. The arms lock. eats through. Then. It’s “blood” flows around the lower door. Air begins escaping.. Ripley ducks and they slam into the seat cushion behind her head. RIPLEY AND THE QUEEN ALIEN Face each other. and writhes with incredible fury. The battle is joined. She steps off the edge. The hind legs rip at her. They crash together six meters below. . Ripley unbuckles.44. Ripley steps out wearing two tons of hardened steel. LOADING LOCK The Alien shrieks. coming within inches of Ripley’s exposed body.. The Alien attacks. Ripley stands at the lip of a vertical loading lock – a rectangular pit..
you’re really quite remarkable. Right here. tubing strewn out. RIPLEY Fights the airstream. Ripley walks down the corridor. She carries the child past the remains of Bishop.. crawls over the lip. Ripley looks down. RIPLEY Thanks. the Queen in its grasp. She is buffeted by a hurricane of air howling past her into space.45. FADE OUT. leans in and picks up the grease-smeared Newt. Bishop winks. . honey. The Alien.Mommy? RIPLEY Right here. .. She moves over to the huge hold. The Alien claws up toward her. The power-loader tumbles down. clutching one of Ripley’s sneakers. BISHOP For a human being. . lying in a puddle of curdled milk. Newt stirs in her arms. as the upper door slides closed and the air eddies and settles. He speaks with a hissing gurgle. plummets into the depths of space. Ripley collapses. She releases the Override. gasping. NEWT Mommy. Seizes one ankle.