Originally Posted by tighr
Really? I loved this aspect of the xenomorphs. It added another dimension to their background, an allusion to their true purpose, or at the very least a window into their evolution.
Combine this with the harvesting of hosts that the Predators use in AVP, and we start to see how the xenomorphs are bred to adapt to the environment of their prey. I'm hoping that Ridley Scott's film touches on this, and explains how the xenomorph's came to be. The process of gestating inside of a host and taking on the physical attributes of that host makes a lot of sense when you consider that the eggs need to be fertilized by something, otherwise the eggs would hatch straight into baby xenomorphs/chestbursters and skip the facehugger step.
Otherwise, what's the point of the facehuggers in the first place? Just to be scary?
I think Geiger's biomechanoid designs intentionally morphs human physiology into something "alien". But in the context of the film story it's more plausible that the xenomorph is a totally foreign species, thus the loss of the human skull element in the design, for example. And yes the primary purpose of the facehuggers in the movie is to be creepy and scary. Biologically, their story purpose is to show the xenomorph has a thoroughly alien life cycle with separate, multiple stages. I take issue with your statement that the eggs (what we call eggs) need to be fertilized. Who says they requiring fertilization? Who says they're eggs (in the traditional earth biology sense) at all? It takes a lot of objectivity to avoid imposing earth biology rules on the xenomorph biology. Personally, as a rule I ignore the additions of the AVP movies.
My gripe with the genetics aspect its a feels like a retcon slapped on in Alien 3
. I can understand if some feel the queen is a retcon slapped on in Aliens
but it reinforces the mother-child theme running throughout the series. The additions of Alien 3 serve no higher purpose than changing up the visual design for its own sake. If incorporating host genetics had been inherent certainly Bishop certainly would've found and mentioned something in Aliens
Edit: I have seen production photos of the xenomorph performer in costume with the faceplate off. I was sure I'd saved them somewhere but after a search I apparently don't have copies. I skimmed through Alien
and could not find any scene where the skull is seen (suggested) through the faceplate.