Aliens Major Plot Hole/Minor Plot Holes/Plot Contrivances

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Aliens Major Plot Hole/Minor Plot Holes/Plot Contrivances

JMix
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MAJOR PLOT HOLE

Who's flying the Sulaco? The ship that brought the Marines to the planet is shown to be the size of an arena and is…remotely piloted? Wouldn't there have to be some crew on board in case something broke down? Or perhaps another Bishop (android) to ensure that the Marines could be rescued in case of an emergency?

The Sulaco is apparently in orbit above the planet, lazily floating along by itself as the ENTIRE CREW IS ON THE PLANET.

MAJOR PLOT HOLE

The Company really needs to believe Ripley's story. If they don't, then logically they are saying that she willingly murdered her crew members, blew up her ship and the fled in the life raft. Failing the discovery of any evidence to the contrary, there is no reason not believe her. Or, if they do not, then not recommending that she be prosecuted for causing the deaths of  her crew members and the destruction of their vessel.

While this could be handwaved away by saying the company is large and thus corrupt, then this doesn't explain why they are consistently shown to be worried about getting the Aliens through "Quarantine." Or why they wouldn't simply send a ship out, capture an alien and bring it back without going through all of the rigamarole of having to trick crew members and Colonial Marines into doing it for them.

Minor Plot Hole

Ripley states, very convincingly, that there is no reason for her to go before they leave on the mission. This is reinforced when the Marines are dismissive of her and her story and then Gorman tells them that they have her "entire report to study" when the Sulaco arrives at the planet.

Other than to "save" Newt and to questionably save the Marines when they are in the reactor, Ripley turns out to be correct: They really did not need her on the mission.

Minor Plot Hole

The Colony's only transmitting antenna isn't on or even near the command center where the Marines and Ripley are hold up after the disastrous foray into nuclear reactor. Huh? Why isn't it there as, again, that's the COMMAND CENTER?

Minor Plot Hole

The company sent colonists to terraform the planet. That would imply that an extensive survey had been done of the planet's surface to determine if this was A) Possible B) Didn't displace an existing civilization already living on the planet. The colonist had been on the planet for YEARS according to the director who was at the inquiry with Ripley.

How did they not spot an alien spacecraft the size of a football stadium, which was transmitting a warning beacon? Or for that matter, why didn't they detect hundreds of eggs and a QUEEN ALIEN hiding on the planet?

Minor Plot Hole

The APC  (the vehicle used to transport the Marines) drove them from the command center to the reactor. That fact along with the view of the reactor states that it was at least several miles from the command center to the reactor. Why didn't take them far longer to get back to the command center (the drop ship crashed attempting to retrieve them) and the aliens far longer to get there? Especially since Gorman was injured and would have to be carried and Newt was a child?

Minor Plot Hole

Why did they wait so long to call down the other drop ship? Bishop was in the Med Lab and he could have easily called it down when the original drop ship crashed. In fact, since as he later states, he was "the only one qualified to pilot it" why wasn't this their first course of action?

Minor Plot Hole

When Ripley asks how long it would be before they could expect a rescue if they were overdue, Hicks replies "Seventeen days." Since the Alien franchise makes it abundantly clear that FTL (faster than light) travel is possible, would it be 17 days after they hadn't reported? Or 17 days from when they left?

This makes a HUGE difference as 17 days when the clock is already running is a relatively short period of time. However, 17 days from when they are supposed to report in could be as long as a month or more meaning that immediate escape from the planet would be necessary.

Plot Contrivances

Military units wear uniforms which means that everyone os dressed exactly the same. Almost none of the Marines are wearing the same uniform, including Apone (the NCO) and Gorman, the commanding officer.

Plot Contrivance

In the future, it would seem that a person who was thought to be deceased for 57 years and then returned to life isn't a major news story. Ripley could have been extremely wealthy spending the remainder of her life telling her story and going on speaking tours around the world.

Plot Contrivance

Why are the ships in the Alien universe all going directly to Earth again? If there is FTL travel, why don't they travel between distant colonies , rather than taking cargo all the way back to Earth? Or even to other planets or moons within our own solar system?

For that matter, since creating ships the size of the Sulaco on Earth would be expensive and time-consuming, why aren't there multiple space stations in orbit above the planet? Or why aren't launches taking place from the Moon or elsewhere?
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