Alien : The Derelict's Interior

leading from:
Alien: The Derelict

a) To know the structure of the ship's interior would be a starting point to unravel the mysteries of the derelict, and this is a point that we can not have defined details about what's inside.

It might be a decision between whether to follow Ridley Scott or Giger's representation of the way it was constructed in terms of its operational reality.

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b) Two directions: 

b. i) Landed on an alien nest
Giger understood that the silo and the space ship were together, and he thought it was as if spaceship had landed on an ant hill and then the nest became the bowels of the ship.

Perhaps he had different ideas about what was going on, but to follow the viewpoint that Giger worked with and considering that the silo is below the ship, we might wish to take notice of what are possibly volcanic gases coming through the floor of the ground of the silo.

It would be as if the silo has decided to use this as a continuous heating system.

(See: "Derelict Ship Infested By An Alien Insect Nest" on "Egg Silo and the Derelict" )

b. ii) As the cargo hold
Scott has stated that the spores were "on board the derelict" (Starlog Sept 79, p240 ), and so it would evolve in the background story that the silo is a chamber that is the cargo hold of the derelict.

Also in reference to the character Kane being lowered into the chamber below, Ridley emphasised that he is being lowered into what would be argued as being the hold of the ship, and this fitted in with his evolving concept that the derelict ship was a battlewagon.

( See: The end of the line and back to the distant past)

  1. Scott :"So he's being lowered in to the hold really, this would be argued as the hold of the ship". (Alien Thirtieth Anniversary Edition commentary )

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c) Telling the derelict apart from the landscape

The idea was that the derelict was to be seen as being from the rock of the planetoid while the silo design had always be viewed as built into the surface of the rock.

In the sketches by Giger of the entrance tunnel to the pilot's chamber (Giger's Alien, p33, images 376a-c, sketches for corridor) shows that he did not design it with the silo as the cargo hold.

The gangway leading from the entrance portals remained at the base of the ship.

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d) Derelict gangway

However the final gangway in the movie was nothing more than a man sized tunnel in comparison to the intended cavernous gangway.

The deviation from Giger's design was due to budget restrictions and Giger himself wasn't impressed with the final corridor.

the final derelict entrance tunnel that's much smaller than Giger's intended entrance tunnel

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