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Alien, Aliens, Alien3: What do Aliens eat?

September 16, 2009

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What the hell do these things eat? This organism seems to make little or no sense, and frankly I am tentatively convinced that “The Company” is correct in its assessment that they can probably be controlled and effectively used to destroy the Commies.

Here’s what we know: each “hive” has a single queen, that lays a bunch of eggs, that are useless without host organisms. The “warriors” that hatch are primarily killers, their motivation seems to center around killing anything that moves. Sometimes they manage to restrain their violent urges long enough to capture some new hosts for the queen (rather than killing them), but this seems to be the exception rather than the rule. Anyhow then the eggs spawn face huggers that impregnate the new hosts that make some new warriors, that then go out to slaughter and (occasionally) capture more animals.

So – what the hell are these things eating? Surely the sustenance that they derive from their initial host is not enough to last them the duration of their lifespan (how long is their lifespan, anyway?). They grow like 10x from when they burst out of the host to full size. What fuels this expansion? They never seem to spend any time munching on the people they kill, so that doesn’t seem to be the answer. Besides, baby aliens don’t seem to kill people, so that explanation isn’t available for how they grow so much after being “born.”

This strikes me as a wholly unsuccessful organism, that would more likely just burn itself out than really get anywhere. I mean their capacity to balance their desire to kill everything around them with the need to acquire hosts just doesn’t seem adequate in order to sustainably grow their population.

And again, what the hell do they eat??? These fuckers are huge!!!

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  1. A. Strung permalink*
    September 16, 2009 12:43 pm

    I never thought about this, but it’s a good point. On the other hand, I think with a little nerdy internet research you could probably find an answer.

    I think one part is that they are probably genetically engineered, not a naturally-occurring organism, and are really designed only for fighting/killing. I don’t think they’re necessarily meant to be able to sustain themselves a species. Though I guess the queen sort of flies in the face of that idea, but I think I read somewhere there is a conceptual schism between the first and second movies vis a vis exactly how these things function.

    Still, the food question looms large. Maybe those giant heads factor in somehow!

    /geek

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