Updates 2013-21

2022
 
January 23rd
 
i) Added Peter Briggs on the Alien life cycle which is just his various ruminations on the matter that he has managed to share so far.  
 
 
 
 
January  22nd
 
i) Added: A page for all articles where Roger Christian the production designer for Alienis mentioned


 
 
January 16th 2022
 
 
 
 
 
January 15th 2022
 
 
 
 
 
January 4th 2022
 
i)There's a new interview with Noah Hawley revealing more about the Alien series https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/books/a38591125/noah-hawley-anthem-alien-fargo-interview/
ii) With that I've updated my blog page dealing with this series with the information from Esquire Alien: The TV series
 
 
 
 
2021
 
December
 
December 30th 2021
 
i) Re-edited Aliens: Writing the script adding material from the commentary 
ii) Added: Aliens: The poster which is basically based upon Gizmodo.com's interview material with James Cameron
 
 
 
 
December 29th 2021
 
 
 
 
 
December 25th 2021
 
 
 
 
 
December 22nd 2021
 
 
 
December 21st 2021
 
 
 
December 19th 2021
 
iv) Added: 'The Baker listening to his Uncle' for Lewis Carroll's The Hunting of The Snark (Published 1876) by Henry Holiday references 'Executioner argues with the King about cutting off the Cheshire Cat’s head' by John Tenniel?
 
 
 
December 17th 2021
 
 
 
 
December 16th 2021
 
i) Added: The Baphomet Boulevard as an index for anything that seems to reference the Baphomet by Eliphas Levi 
iv) Added: 'Alice meets the Caterpillar' for Alice In Wonderland (between 1862-1864) by Charles Dodgson (AKA Lewis Carroll) references La Resurrezione di Cristo (1475 - 1479) by Giovanni Bellini?
 
 
 
 
December 13th 2021
 
i) Added Alien 3: A stunt Ripley which is just another Propstore item
ii) Added: Alien 3: Animatronic puppet for Charles Dance being slain by the alien which is another Propstore item. The photos were there but no pages for the Propstore site
 
 
 
 
December 5th 2021
 
ii) Added: Mysteries of Mars and John Tenniel's illustrations for the Alice In Wonderland novels as an index page dealing with those connections 
iii) Added: Map of Mars (compiled 1877-1886) Giovanni Schiaparelli Connects with one of the sides of the Kodiak Butte in Jezero crater on Mars?
iv) Added: Created an index page for Alien & Aliens: Ron Cobb's art: Nostromo interior concepts
v)  Added: Alien: Design for the Nostromo Control Bridge (1978) by Ron Cobb references Map of Mars (compiled 1877-1886) by Giovanni Schiaparelli? So far for the Nostromo interiors, I have posted one so far. 
vi) Added: Alien: Design for the Nostromo Control Bridge (1978) by Ron Cobb references the cover of The Inspector #9 (May 1976)?


December 3rd 2021
 
v) Added: HR Giger: Satan I (work 324) (1977) as an index page for articles relating to this page
 
November 
 
November 28th 2021
 
i) Re-edited Alien: Starting the beast, 
iv) I'll just say that there years I'm realising that with his Alien Explorations blog where it describes the events that took place in the events linked with production of the Alien movies, after a while nothing of, it even many of the better written parts without any mistakes, appears to  makes any sense.

If I read a page of it, it means often nothing. As time goes by the context of everything being said appears to fragment into nothing. It's almost perhaps as if I'm at times word blind with the computer screen content

So if I divide every paragraph up with coloured subheadings for each individual action and decision being described, it's more navigable and I can get a better idea of what has been written that's often a fusion of three or four different quotes from various interviews. With that, every sentence has to be set a line apart.
 
I hate dumping long quotes as something that's supposed to mean anything because really much of of the time they really can only say a fragment of what they want to say and the information that they're trying to get out is spread through at least three or four interviews.

However this this form of breaking information up probably might be better for all, because I'm not really convinced that anyone ever has much of a clue about what's being written in these long articles, they don't have the time to skim through the words and if they read too much on the screen, they're likely to become disorientated.

However I've noticed that one popular poster of Alien material and gots lots of enthusiastic thumbs up (about a month later that's almost 300) , I've realised that the person quoted a section from my writeup about the Yellow Nostromo although I wasn't being given credit.

Everyone could understand what was being communicated within those words that accompanied several photographs of the Nostromo spaceship model painted yellow, and what is more I was able to recognise his own words even though it was a snippet of what he had written.  So, I thought that was interesting. It was my style of wording here anyway, as if to describe the sequence events as they've been described to happen from fragments of numerous interviews, whether those events were really as described or not.
 
 
 
 
November 27th 2021
 
b) Added: Mysteries of Mars as an index page for realisations associated with the planet
 
 
 
 
November 24th 2021
 
d) Added: Visitez La Cote D'Azur (1968) by Bernard Villemot as an index page for articles dealing with this poster. 
 
 
 
 
November 23rd 2021
 
 
 
 
 
November 20th 2021

 



November 15th 2021

ii) Added: The 'Maenad holding the thyrsos and wearing a panther skin' avenue
vi) Added: The cover of The Inspector #8 (March 1976) references 'Lobster primps before a mirror' for Lewis Carroll's Alice In Wonderland (1865) by John Tenniel?
 
 
 
 
November 14th 2021

vi) Added an index page for Wifredo Lam's "Femme-Cheval" (1948) 
 
 
 
 
November 9th 2021


 
 
 
November 8th 2021
 
 
 
 
 
October
 
October 31st 2021
 
i)  Updated Alien: Casting Tom Skerrit as Dallas with some quotes from a Vulture interview with the actor https://www.vulture.com/2021/10/tom-skerritt-has-a-story-to-tell.html
 



October 30th 2021

i) Edited Event Horizon: Echoes of "Hellraiser" because it needed to be done and some of the sentences seemed a little jibberish for some reason as if some words had disappeared but I don't know what happened to it.

 
 
 
October 27th 2021
 
i) Added : Alien Resurrection: Jeunet's life in Beverly Hills which is a slightly curious fact about how his house was next to a golf club
 

 
 
October 19th 2021
 
 
 
 
 
October 17th 2021
 
i) Added Roman sea life mosaic from the House of the Faun in Pompeii, (initially excavated in 1830) as one of these things that when it was dug up sent Western society artist's into overdrive and then changed it to 'Pompeii Roman Sea Life Mosaic row.
 
 
 
 
October 16th 2021

i) Added an index page for Plane filling II (1957) by MC Escher
ii) With that I'm doing what I can to focus on The Jacques Louis David's "Death of Socrates" passage
with the various images along its stretch perhaps to show that there are significant little chains of images of map out for very good reason. In the title Passage was previously Route , and then I liked the idea of calling it a Passage, but still a lot of work has to be done. The painting is significant enough as a starting point for sets of such associations.
iii) Added an index page for E.L. Kirchner's "Studio of Painter" (1920)
xi) Added: The cover of The Inspector #2, October 1974
xii) Added: HR Giger: "Pilot in cockpit" (work 380) (1978) references Inspector #2 (October 1974)?<

 
 
October 15th 2021 
 
ii) Added: The marine shop from Hergé's "The Adventures of Tintin and Red Rackham's Treasure" (1944) as an index page for anything to do with this image and I've also updated connections between some pages that exist as index pages for anything to do with his work. The two main ones have linked together. Meanwhile this led to me making alterations to these two pages, being the index page for Hergé because there's also the page Hergé's Tintin that seemed confusing. Was there anything that was supposed to be different about either on. perhaps eventually there will be but but I had to edit it down and make sure that I'm not just replicating arrangements of links that can be found elsewhere, and make sure that the page that should have all the links has them all. It's very complicated really and this overcomplication doesn't help the site very much which has near enough helped lead to its failure over the years..
iv) Added Plane filling II (1957) by MC Escher references the marine shop from Hergé's "The Adventures of Tintin and Red Rackham's Treasure" (1944) ?




October 10th 2021
 
i) Updated Alien: The Derelict during construction with photos from Propstore Auction: Alien & Aliens Collection 2nd- 13th December 2019. I've only taken and edited what's was on the website to make them presentable
vi) Added  Alien: derelict ship detail for Alien (1977) by Chris Foss as an index page for the illustration
 
 
 
 
October 4th 2021
 
i) Added Alien 3: Inspired by Element of Crime?  as an individual page
ii) Added: Element of Crime: Inspiration from Blade Runner? as an individual page   
iii) Added: Element of Crime: Inspired by Apocalypse Now? as an individual page




October 2nd 2021 

iii) Added: Alien : The chestburster prop known as "Little Rascal"?
 
 
 
 
September

29th September 2021

 
 
 
 
28th September 2021
 
i) Updated Alien 3: Curious similarities to Apocalypse Now and Blade Runner via Element of Crime" which was previously titled "Alien 3: Curious similarities to Element of Crime". It's a very fragmented subject to even think about. 
 
The cinematographer and editor of Element of Crime have acknowledged the Blade Runner connection even though the director still says it's different and then the people analysing the film might see the Blade Runner connection for the same obvious reasons but it might require looking at what happened in Blade Runner carefully rather than arguing over whether Deckard must be either a replicant or jusr human. But Coppola has been an influence for Trier certainly and the connections there seem quite evident even if the connections mentioned in the Element of Crime commentary connect it with other Coppola films. Then there's the question about the connection between Blade Runner and Alien 3, is it obvious and has some of the confusion that has erupted in the mysteries surrounding that movie jumped into Alien 3. Is Bishop 2 a human, an android or just a product of confusion for many. Is there something at the core of all of this?
 
I have recently wondered about and Alien meets Blade Runner story but what could one do with that really, when it seems that these are two different franchises with some different ideas about where the future is going, namely androids in Blade Runner that appear organic and androids that seem to have a semi organic interior such as Ash in Alien, and Ridley Scott liberally calls the latter a 'replicant' which is a term for the androids in Blade Runner, and we might want to wonder what was going on in Ridley's brain when he decided to associate the two. Ridley Scott had his Alien film set a hundred years into the future from when it was made, and that might make it about 2080 although because of Ron Cobb's idea about a futuristic history evolving, he wrote out a series of events that took place in the future that accompanied the set of patches on sale as worn by the Alien crew. The Nostromo flight might seemed to have been revealed to take place perhaps in the early part of the 22nd century instead of towards the end of the 21st. Aliens decided to have a timeline which seemed to be based somewhere along the lines of Ron Cobb's ideas.
 
With that I seem to appreciate the idea of some disproportionism in the way time it's set out, perhaps have Alien set in 2080 as Ridley imagined with this seemingly unlikely space faring technology but there is the madness of this alternate history that seems to have everyone with a history shoved into the near future of then. This wouldn't help the world of people who want some official timeline that governs everything in the universe of Alien because I'm always happy to have some sort of Moebius loop shoved into it for the hell of it by the sounds of it, or some way that the Escher's imagination work effecting the universe of Alien.
 
Probably I wouldn't want Alien and Blade Runner to merge as these big franchises but perhaps eventually once the hysteria about these different film universes are cast aside, suddenly these things would eventually bleed through into each other where Tyrell and Weylan(d)-Yutani are found on the same piece of paper or on the horizon on the cityscape with little explanation so frequently that it doesn't matter. Then it seems that William Gibson wanted aliens running around a Blade Runner set back in time of Alien 3 before he went off with the idea of unfinished space stations. But what a biomechanoid alien with its curious life cycle would be doing in the Blade Runner universe is another thing that still I haven't worked out yet. 
 
 
 
 
 
21st September 2021
 
iii) Added the start of the Alien 3 timeline: production etc
 
 
 
 
19th September 2021
 

 
 
 
12th September 2021 
 
iii) Updated Alien: A Sofa in LA
 
 
 
 
11th September 2021
 
i) Updated: Memory The Origin Of Alien: Ash the mysogynist dealing with Clarke Wolfe's segment for
I have to say that although I appreciated the documentary any many things seen in it and that the director who made a name for himself with some interesting documentaries was approached to have a go at putting something together, I seems that I have to treat much of it like a fragmented farce and would like improvements in a Director's cut if one ever got made. Perhaps it should be turned into a documentary about case study of hysteria and psychosis projected onto the Alien movie and materials relating to it




9th September 2021
 
i) Added The Fifth Element: The design of the Mondoshawan expanding on the various possibilties of the design of the characters as seen in the final film 
iii)  Added: The Fifth Element: The final Mondoshawan design by Jacques Rey references Looking-glass-world Armies for Lewis Carroll's "Alice Through The Looking Glass" (published 1871) by John Tenniel ?
 
 
 
 
8th September 2021  
 
i) Updated article "Alien: Simon Deering hops aboard" on with information about working as a member of the stage crew for Tangerine Dream's European tour in 1978. This makes it clearer why Steve Joliffe visited Bray studio and helped with the Nostromo 'wiggeteering' (see: Alien: Steve Jolliffe of Tangerine Dreams joins the Nostromo wiggeters). Many thanks to "24db" for the information.
 
 
 
 
3rd September 2021
 

 
 
 
2nd September 2021

 
 
 
August 2021
 
August 23rd 2021
 
 
 
 
 
August 22nd 2021
 
i) Updated "Neill Blomkamp's Alien movie" changing the title to "The coming and going of Blomkamp's Alien 5"
vi) Have corrected multiple misspellings of Stephane Levallois's surname where I've written Lavallois
x) Added: Prometheus: production used blueprints for Shaw's (Noomi Rapace's) quarters
 
 
 
 
August 14th 2021 

i) Added: Alien 3: ADI's Super Face-Hugger which has nothing new to say about the creation but I've added it.




August 10th 2021
 
i) Updated "Dune and the gathering", using the page with information from an interview with Dan O'Bannon talking about his time on Dune from "Moebius Redux" and so re-edited the whole essay, breaking the longer sections up with subheadings as a way to navigate the page 
ii) Added: Alien 3: ADI's Queen Alien Facehugger
 
 
 
 
August 7th 2021
 
ii) Updated Alien: Ivor Powell wrote a treatment for an Alien prequel/sequel "Universal Matter" with snippets of information from Alien Vs Predator Podcast #130 The History Of the Hunt - An interview with Peter Briggs.
 
  
 
 
August 6th 2021
 
i) Bizarrely I decided to update the page: "Supposed "Mayan" artifact showing contact with extra terrestrials Side A as seen on America Unearthed" as I had noticed that Jason Colavito decided to have a point of view about the whole program and I once bought a book by this writer. I probably am interested to explore the contravery around these artifacts since I have a perspective on them that's growing and has helped me to explore connections between various artists work. Colavito noticed the Necronom IV connection before I did and whatever way he thought about it, I noticed it my own way.




July 2021

July 31st 2021

i) I decided to break the "Alien Covenant: The xenomorph  - a stripped-down killing machine" down into a number of different pages and with that added information based on quotes from Cinefex #153 and the Conor O'Sullivan interview for the Reel Feedback podcast. Unfortunately, the story of the process of whatever went on there seems very fragmented still.

 
 

July 27th 2021

i) Added Alien beast by Fraco since people were still confused about the illustration and thought it was by Moebius

July 24th 2021

i) Had a go at adding more details to Alien production timeline May 1978 and Alien Production Timeline June 1978 such as Giger having an acid trip in June when she arrived. I keep finding things that ought to be there are not and I thought that I had written a chapter on Giger's use of LSD but somehow it has been erased, and one wonders what to make of these inconsistancies. Although I have written all of thise out in the timelines which should really be brief, they might as well become more complicated, in order for me to really work out what I think that I am doing rather than guessing about what these brief references mean

 

July 15th 2021
 
ii) Updated  Alien: Ivor Powell wrote a treatment for an Alien prequel/sequel "Universal Matter"
and added "Universal Matter" to the title 
 
 
 
 
July 14th 2021

i) Added Alien: HR Giger's Space Jockey and the "Pacal Votan" tomb lid as an exploration of the relationship between the two

 
 
 
July 11th 2021
 
 
 

 
 
July 10th 2021

i) Added: Alien: Early Alien script by Dan O'Bannon references The Adventures of Tintin: Tintin and the Broken Ear (Published 1936) by Hergé?

 

 

July 4th 2021

i) Added: Alien Covenant: Alien Newborn by Colin Shulver
 
 
 
July 3rd 2021

i) Updated Alien: The TV series



June 2021

June 30th 2021

i) Added: the make of the radio control box seen in the photo at Alien: David Watling's Alien Head

June 23rd 2021 

i) Added:  Echoes of Occator crater on the Ceres planetoid in relief of Roman relief of a port scene from the Severan age (Yes, I'm sure that I'm causing confusion with this but there we go)
 
 
 
 
June 19th 2021
 
 
 
  

 
June 9th 2021 

 
 
 
June 5th 2021

 
  
 
 
May 2021

May 15th 2021

i) Google have deleted over a dozen pages because of supposed Malware violations, and there shouldn't be anything of that nature at all. but there we go.
ii) 'January to December 2020' has just been restored.
iv) 'Aliens: Writing the script' has just been restored.
v) 'Alien: Nostromo' has just been restored. 
vi) 'Alien: Nostromo: The Garage 'has now been restored. 
viii) 'Alien: Hypersleep chamber' has now been restored.
ix) 'Alien: Nostromo: Hypersleep chamber' has now been restored.
xiv) 'Alien: Nostromo: The Refinery' has been restored.
 
 
 
 
April 2021
 
April 26th 2021
 
 
 
 

April 23rd 2021
 

 
 
April 17th 2021
 
i) Updated Alien 3 Cocoons with news that the story about David Fincher's "Thinking Shell" as told to Cinefex was a fib




April 1st 2021
 
i) Added: Further rewrote: Alien: The end of the line and back to the distant past. Whenever I look at the essay, i keep finding that the words are mixed up or meaningless as if a digital whirlwind is forever mixing everything up. This problem has gone on for years and may well continue. 

I don't know if we can find out enough because Ridley only gives vague fragments of the development of his ideas for the evolution of the Space Jockey scenario which is infuriating for an Alien fan.

What we have are bare bones and very little to flesh it out with. Posting quotes from Ridley as something conveying meaning isn't good enough, because they don't always mean that much for anyone really wanting to know something.

Is there another direction to go with this? I'd like to go there.


March 2021
 
 
 
 
March 29th 2021

i) Added: Alien Life Cycle Hieroglyphs according to Christopher Robinson as published in L'art et la science dans Alien

 
 
 
March 24th 2021
 
i) Updated Alien: Ridley's creative turnaround With the release of the longer version of the interview featured in the Ivor Powell documentary recently (https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/ivor-powell-associate-producer-of-alien-and-blade-runner/id1522552119?i=1000514095372) this means I can update the article Ridley's Creative Turnaroud with the name of the actual station where Ivor carried out the near legendary act of picking up the copy of the Metal Hurlant.
I'm obviously excited to think that Ridley saw the magazine that Ivor bought as they sat on the train, and then perhaps said "Let's have a look at that" before he picked it up. That's part of the story of the making of Alien .  
 
 
 
 
March 18th 2021
 
i) Added : HR Giger's Unused Alien Life Cycle Tableau according to SciFi Explained
 
 
 
 
March 17th 2021
 
i) Added: Federico Fellini as an index page for articles dealing with this director
 

 
March 14th 2021
 
 
 
 
 
March 13th 2021

 
 
 
 
March 3rd 2021

i) Added: A separate page for "HR Giger: The theme of Nut the Sky Goddess involved in Giger choice of grave stone" was made on 3rd March 2021 although the information had been published here as soon as photos showed up of the tomb stone which was shortly after the completion of the grave memorial in 2016

 
 
 
March 2nd 2021
 
ii) Added: Alien: Nostromo: Hypersleep chamber as an index page for articles dealing with this chamber 
iii) Added: Alien: Nostromo: The Garage as an index page for articles dealing with this chamber
 
 
 
 
February 2021


 

 

February 25th 2021  

i) Added: Predator: The Val Verde Universe of movies
 

 
February 20th 2021
 
i) Re-edited "Prometheus: Encounter with the Engineers references Dromedan from Jack Kirby's The Eternals?" (Formerly "Prometheus references Jack Kirby's The Eternals?")
 
 
 
 
February 10th 2021
 
 
  
 
 
February 1st 2021  
 
 
 
 
 
January 2021

January13th 2021

i) Updated Carl Sagan vs von Däniken with quotes from "Planetary systems beyond the sun" lecture (1977)for The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures for Children
 
 
 
 
January 10th 2021
 
i) Updated "Chris Nolan on Alien and Blade Runner" changing it to "Chris Nolan on Alien, Alien 3 and Blade Runner Thankfully Chris Nolan has expanded on his discussion about the Alien franchise in interviews beyond his few words of appreciation for Alien. As we can see from the article from The Independent which has already reached most of you by other sources, he has talked a little about Alien 3 and I've now added that to my page on his experience of the films. 
 
 
 
 
January 5th 2021
 
vii) Added index page for articles dealing with HR Giger's Passage Temple - Way of the Magician (work 264) (1975))
ix) Added: Illustrations for Lewis Carroll's Alice In Wonderland etc by John Tenniel 2020

 

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