Ep. 04-04: Aliens (1986)

Ellen Ripley, the sole survivor of an alien attack on the mining ship Nostromo, awakens 57 years later when she is discovered drifting in space by a salvage vessel. Company officials refuse to believe her discovery of alien existence and revoke her flight officer’s license. Ripley discovers that the Company has now colonized LV-426 where her crew had encountered the alien species for the first time. Soon, all contact from the is lost and Ripley is asked to return there as an advisor to a team of tough space marines with a great deal of firepower. To be rid of her recurrent nightmares, Ripley prepares for a final confrontation with the monsters – and this time, there are hundreds.

Welcome to Johnny Has the Keys’ 100th EPISODE! Aliens (1986) is one of those rare examples of a sequel that works on multiple levels. It expands and pays homage to the original story, takes on a different movie-making aspect (action-film), and adds depth of character to ALL players, from Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley to the most minor of roles. Join us as we discuss this supreme sequel from its origins with controversial director James Cameron, the various cuts of the final product, and the overwhelming fan response to what is heralded as one of the best sequels ever made. Listen as Johnny Has the Key returns to LV-426 where an entire army of aliens awaits and Ripley prepares for an epic showdown with one badass mother.

04-04 Aliens



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