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So how is an alien used as a weapon?


Seems quite outdated and futile.
Any new engineered virus would make a much more effective tool.
It's also hard to handle n slow to deploy.

Saddam had better wmds than aliens.

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Maybe they would try to do what General Spears had in mind, trying to control the aliens via the Queen. If they get the Queen to cooperate through fear of the eggs being destroyed, then the drones will obey the Queen. Also, they could deploy them on a planet they wanted taken out (not sure how they would reclaim that planet), or maybe a space station or base owned by a rival company like Seegson.

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Talk about an easy to deploy weapon....
So you need the queen and the whole hive now. I can see that makes sense as a whole army of aliens, but then again they are an intelligent species so wouldn't it be quite dangerous and counterproductive to enslave?

I mean, a squad of well equipped marines is able to overpower it easily, and cheap to handle.
What's the advantage of this alien bio weapon?

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I never quite bought the bioweapon aspect of the story. Luckily it was primarily Cameron's idea introduced in the mediocre sequel, so it didn't damage the original Scott's movie/story. If I remember correctly the company was interested in extra terrestrial species in the first movie (wouldn't you be?), but not as a weapon. The almighty company introduced in the sequels could have picked the alien just fine without involving Ripley.

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"All I can think of is they must have wanted it for the weapons division." Ripley - After Ashe is knocked out...
So the idea was there, even if you want to suggest that Ripley, a low level company drone, was just making a wild-ass guess.

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Well, I got the same feeling from the original, but even if what you say is correct, let's say the company wanted it for some other purpose. What exactly? A petting zoo?

I could be interested as a scientist in adding a new species to the others, but considering the costs to reach and find it, and the difficulty handling this beast, as a private company I don't see the value of the investment.

But then again, I don't understant how space-x is able to be worth more than 5 cents.

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Well, probably you think GPS, communication and other types of satellites launch themselves on the orbit.

Or maybe the earth is flat and satellites are lies ...

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Hey! I can understand how, even without evidence, you could accuse a person of being a child molester or a Trump supporter... BUT! How can you suggest that another human being is a FLAT EARTHER without difinitive proof?

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That's a new low, I agree.

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Right, that's what I think...

Isn't space-x a company devoted to space tourism? Or am I missing something?

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Last few satellites have been put on orbit by space-x. At lower cost, afaik, than NASA ...

https://www.space.com/spacex-starlink-11-planet-skysats-launch-august-2020.html

Plus: NASA is using spacex to send supplies and people to the station in the orbit ...

https://www.space.com/spacex-crew-1-dragon-capsule-arrives-florida.html

Pretty far from "just tourism in space".

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Dr Wren in Resurrection mentions that the potential for the species went beyond “urban pacification.” They talked about studying the alien to develop new alloys and vaccines. Basically because the alien was the ultimate organism, it had potential to be used not as a weapon itself, but its biology could be studied to improve weapon and medical technology they already had.

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