Ripley floating alone in hypersleep.
“If one of those things gets down here then that will be all. Then all this bullshit you think is so important you can just kiss all that goodbye.”
It’s a deadly situation and no one seems to be listening to Ripley or giving her the respect she deserves.
In the directors cut there is a scene where Ripley lost her child , so motherhood is the theme and this ties in nicely with the B story and the mother alien but it wasn’t in the theatrical release. Is it possible to remove the scene which states the theme and still have that as the theme of the film? Often the Dark Night of the soul moment is a moment where the hero acknowledges, understands, accepts the theme. Motherhood, where someone is willing to sacrifice their own life for their child. The Alien Queen is also a mother facing obliteration from Ripley. Most accurately the theme is Motherhood in a deadly situation.
Ripley is recovering from spending fifty seven years in hypersleep, suffering from post traumatic stress and her employers don’t believe her story about what happened to the ship.
Burke tells Ripley they’ve lost contact with the colony.
Burke wants her to go as a consultant but she isn’t refuses to go until she wakes from a nightmare and feels like the only way to end the nightmares is to face the fear.
Break into two
She flies to the planet with the Colonial Marines.
Often the B story is the love story and in this case it’s motherly love. Ripley lost her daughter at the start of the film and the B story is maternal love story between Ripley and Newt
Fun and Games
They explore the empty space colony and discover clues as to what happened. They discover where the entire population of the colony is located and the marines go in after them
They enter the alien lair and the aliens kill some of the marines and Ripley rescues them but their shuttle crashes and they are stranded on the planet.
Bad Guys Close In:
Burke releases two face huggers to get Ripley and Newt implanted with aliens and the stations nuclear reactor is going to explode.
All is Lost
The aliens infiltrate all the defences and kill the remaining marines except for Hicks. Newt is taken by the aliens and Hick is wounded by the alien acid blood.
Dark Night of the Soul
They get the shuttle but they can’t leave because Ripley has to go back and save Newt
Break into three
Ripley enters the hive to save Newt
Gather the team
Ripley’s on her own but assembles her weapons and fortifies herself for the upcoming battle.
Storm the Castle:
Ripley blasts her way into the hive, saves Newt, burns all the eggs and has the alien queen chasing after her in hot pursuit.
High Tower Surprise:
They think they escaped but the alien queen hid on their craft.
Dig Down Deep:
Ripley in a loading suit fights the alien queen.
Victory (or Defeat):
The alien queen is sucked into space. Not bad for a human.
Ripley and her new family, asleep in their pods
You can also find the links for
Alien – The Hero’s Journey stages
Alien – The Save the Cat beat sheet
Aliens – The Save the Cat beat sheet
Aliens – The Hero’s Journey stages
Hero’s journey and Save the Cat work very well in concert with each other. If you’ve discovered one but not the other I recommend having a look.