All the Ways Aliens: Colonial Marines Breaks the ‘Aliens’ Story
Breaking the Lore
There are a number of issues with what happens in Colonial Marines as it relates to the existing timeline of the franchise.
The Big List of Plot Holes
- Hicks was reported dead at Fury 161 — so who was in the cryotube, and how did he get there? The game hand-waves past explaining how Hicks wasn’t dead at the beginning of Alien 3.
- How did the alien hive and the derelict ship on LV-426 survive the atmosphere processor explosion?
- How did Hicks know about Ripley’s fate, which he mentions briefly in dialog to O’Neal?
- If Weyland-Yutani intercepted the Sulaco at Fury 161, presumable because the cryopods were ejected without Hicks in his, why did it take them so long to return to the prison colony in Alien 3?
- Why did WY need Ripley and her alien queen in the first place if LV-426 was still full of viable alien specimens, and they even created a new queen?
- What was WY doing with all the research on the xenomorphs in the first place?
- Why turn the Sulaco into an alien hive?
- Why bring the Sulaco back to LV-426, especially if that’s the first place the Colonial Marines would look for it?
- Why torture Hicks, apparently for weeks?
- If there are still aliens on LV-426 at the close of Aliens: Colonial Marines, why do scientists 200 years later in Alien: Resurrection believe they must clone Ripley in order to also clone the alien inside her?
- What do the characters do with all the information they got from the android Michael Weyland at the close of the game?
- Why was there a robotic Michael Weyland at LV-426 but the real Michael Weyland went to get Ripley at Fury 161 (revealed in Alien 3 when Weyland is hit by a pipe and bleeds red blood, rather than white android blood)?
- How did Weyland-Yutani create a new queen? (Additional Aliens lore explains the creation of queens but it’s not dealt with in the game at all)
- If the alien placenta created by chestbursters is cancerous and kills the host, as we’re told in audio logs in Aliens: Colonial Marines, why are scientists able to cut the queen chestburster out of Ripley in Alien: Resurrection?
- Did the facehugger cause the fire coincidentally at the exact same time the Sulaco was attacked by PMCs? Was it brought by the queen or the WY guys? How did that work?
- If Hicks was in his hypersleep chamber during the fight with the alien queen, when did he send the distress signal? If it was while over Fury 161, why didn’t he mention the PMC attack? Or Fury 161? Or the ejected cryotubes?
- If Hicks fought a guy, dropped him into a cryotube and closed that cryotube, why didn’t he wake up Ripley and Newt right then?
- Why the hell did it take the Sephora 17 weeks to respond to Hick’s distress signal?
There are probably more plot holes created by the addition of Aliens: Colonial Marines to the Alien lore that I’m failing to come up with here, as well. The point is, the continuity is a mess. This is not the Aliens sequel players were promised, and the story makes little or no sense when added to the greater canon of the films. It’s unfortunate that after so much hype, we’re forced to ignore Colonial Marines as if it never happened. The biggest bummer is that the summary execution of Hicks and Newt at the beginning of Alien 3 is one of the franchise’s biggest missteps, and it’s a shame Colonial Marines couldn’t retcon that event in a believable, workable way.
If you’ve got more plot holes that I didn’t think of, feel free to drop them in the comments.