On Saturday at 8 p.m. ET prepare yourself for the Alien invasion. We consider the 1979 Alien to be one of the scariest movies of all time and while obviously director Ridley Scott had a lot to do with the tension and fear infused in the movie, much of the credit has to go to the alien a.k.a. the xenomorph.
Created by the twisted mind of H.R. Giger, the xenomorph returned the favor by garnering Giger an Oscar for “Best Achievement for Visual Effects”, basically for scaring the pants off of everyone. Giger’s iteration of alien life forms was darker and scarier than almost anything we had seen before. While the script for Alien was influenced by the 1974 movie Dark Star that writer Dan O’Bannon made with horror master John Carpenter, the aliens were of entirely different ilk. The xenomorph in Dark Star was a bouncy ball with webbed feet that would comically stalk the crew. It is hard to imagine Giger’s skeletal spikey metallic alien doing anything comical, although the intrepid among us could probably find a video on YouTube showing just that. Giger’s alien is truly in a frightening class all by itself. Which is why we are going to look at some entirely different aliens: The Sitcom Alien.
There is no way that H.R. Giger’s Alien would ever be voted My Favorite Martian, but, of course, the xenomorph wasn’t from Mars, now was he? She. It.
The xenomorph would look downright silly in suspenders, but Robin Williams pulled them off with panache in Mork and Mindy.
Aside from a propensity to eat cats, Alf is probably a much better house guest than the Alien.
Evie from Out of This World could stop time just by touching her fingers together. The xenomorph couldn’t do that. Evie 1, Alien 0. Of course, it could just eat her. Evie 1, Alien 1.
The guys from Alien Nation helped solve crime, not cause it. Something to think about, xenomorph!
The main power that the guys from Third Rock From the Sun had was math and being annoying, which are not mutually exclusive.
Alien airs on IFC on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET