Alien uses the horror genre, which is why the creature is shown only later. But with that, Aliens could no longer use horror, so it switched to action, and did very well in that (unlike in recent movies, the action takes place only in the latter third or so of the film).
Given those two points, the third movie had to use another genre, and settled on the equivalent of detective fiction. Gibson's unused script for it would have focused on a political thriller, which is hinted at at the end of the third movie and made more explicit in the fourth. Given that, one wonders what they plan to do with the TV show, although they might be free to do anything as the franchise appears to be in reboot mode, i.e., the prequels borrow heavily from the first two movies and can be seen without watching the earlier films.
Some problems with Aliens, though, which is considered on of the best in the franchise, together with Alien:
Obviously, Burke isn't working alone as he gets a percentage, and given the fact that he knew about the location of the derelict ship, then that means that the shuttle included logs from the Nostromo, which would have been enough for the company to confirm part of Ripley's report.
But even with that, they don't bother to send a prepared team to the ship, and have a better-prepared armed expedition to recover alien artifacts and organisms, not to mention system redundancies in both the colony, Sulaco, and even the ground team. This carelessness goes against decades of exploring over 300 worlds with their indigenous lifeforms, the presence of a marine unit specializing in "bug hunts," and potential profits that could be made from gain of function.
So many of the classic Doctor Who villains were very scary to me. Now they just serve to push whatever preachy message has been deemed necessary that week.I remember how the Daleks went from hide behind the sofa scary, with ruthless totalitarian resonances, to corny parody with cheap, inaccurate plastic toys.
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To me, a franchise is something that always ends destroying the original. Like the punch line of a joke, it doesn't work on repetition.
There should really have only been the one iconic alien movie. Everything subsequent is driven by cynical and risk averse Hollywood accountants as much as creativity.
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