There’s no toy surprise in the inside of that egg.
ADI’s redesign of the alien egg for 4 was a great example of all that’s right and all that’s wrong with modern creature design, and to some extent film in general.
What’s right- The design is very cool. It’s meatier, more complex, more realistic and the effect was executed perfectly, as everything I’ve ever seen ADI do tends to be.
What’s wrong- It didn’t need to happen and it replaced an H.R. Giger design to do it. Giger’s original egg was clunkier, less organic, and uglier. Much like the alien itself. ADI made Giger’s designs more streamlined and realistic. This was a mistake. The alien’s aesthetic was what it was in part because it was unaesthetic, clunky, and mechanical (And translucent). It was unpleasant to look at. ADI’s Alien, and its alien egg, are cool.
That’s the trend. Everything has to be awesome. Perfected. Seamless. Look at the original alien and you can see plainly where the gloves connect, they don’t event hide it with a scrap of foam rubber. Yet it’s still infinitely better than the flawless sleek, animalistic aliens of Resurrection. The film Alien itself is sloppy by comparison to the tightly edited and sound designed Prometheus. Prometheus is by every tangible measure a superior film to the cheap old original, but the original is far superior to the sum of its flawed parts. Take the sound design- It’s weird. It doesn’t always make sense, sometimes it’s distracting. Another thing modern film makers are too afraid of, taking people out of the movie.
Giger’s Alien took people out of the movie. It wrecked the movie for me in any terms of suspension of disbelief and attentive focus. Every time I caught a glimpse of the thing I had to pause the video and draw what I could of it. It was a design so brilliant it wrecked the film it was for. Nobody has the guts to do this anymore. They’re so afraid that they’ll crank out the sleek plain tripe that littered Prometheus and have the gall to put it side by side with original Giger designs.
We get a lot of cool stuff these days. We’d get more if dumbass film makers would stop replacing ADI’s practicals with CG bullshit. But we don’t get mistakes or happy accidents. We don’t get any sense of risk, we don’t fall out of the film staring at the concoctions that demented geniuses dared to put in their films.
We get meaty, thick alien eggs. But they’re not translucent. They’re not sickening in concept.
Fun fact- The original alien eggs are a compromise on Giger’s part. Rather than the cross shaped opening seen in the film, he originally intended them to have vaginal openings: