After five feature-length movies, there’s a lot of substance to the Alien franchise. It kicked off with Ridley Scott’s 1979 original, returned with James Cameron’s Aliens in 1986, David Fincher’s Alien 3 in 1993, Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Alien: Resurrection in 1997, and Scott’s much-debated return in Prometheus. There’s also that pair of Alien vs. Predator movies, but those are better left out, if you can push them from your mind.
Thankfully, the folks behind this Alien supercut also disregard those unfortunate editions to the canon. They take the body of the franchise and compress it into this video, “The Alien Saga in 5 Minutes.” Though the finished product is actually more like seven-and-a-half minutes.
This video tackles the story in chronological order, so the fun begins with the events of Prometheus and the action on LV-223. From there we jump into the future with a foray to LV-426, some hijinks on the Nostromo, a detour to Fury 461, and some other messy little side trips.
This best-of compilation hits all of the big, iconic moments from the franchise. You get to see the infamous chest-bursting scene, the power loader versus queen fight, and Sigourney Weaver throwing herself into the fire rather than allowing herself and her alien baby be taken by the Weyland-Yutani scientists. Fat load of good that does her in the long run, since she gets cloned anyway.
While this video is a fun little collection on its own, this ends up being a piece of marketing to pump up the release of the video game Aliens: Colonial Marines, which released this week. The events of the game take place after the action of Aliens, and follows a group of space soldiers as they look for Ripley and Newt.