I LOVE/ADORE/OBSESS ABOUT Eighties movies, for me it was THE best period in time for movies I watch more Eighties movies throughout a calendar year than I do new movies and movies from any other decade. Obviously I keep re-watching the same movies over and over again and you know I never get bored of them.
The above illustration is something I created back in the 1990’s but hand-coloured more recently I wanted to create a comic book tale featuring the two movie icons beating seven shades of shit out of one another. It seemed like a good idea and went a little like this:
In the far future human kind created artificial intelligence and named it SkyNet unlike in the Terminator movies rather than wishing to wipe out humanity SkyNet worked with humans to improve the world and to venture out into the depths of space to be both explorers and adventurers. SkyNet’s lust for new worlds and new species was as great as human kind’s imagination of such things.
On a human colonised world a small population of thirty three thousand disappeared almost overnight SkyNet having a presence on all colonised Earth worlds and all spacecraft informed the parent, on Earth, via quantum tunnelling, the only way to communicate quickly across ridiculously vast distances of space/time, that the colony had come under attack by a mysterious unknown alien force. SkyNet sent the nearest military vessel to investigate. Onboard the vessel was a military force numbering 128, and based on the armies of Sparta, the 128 were divided into four units of 32 each unit comprising one Hunter/Killer T-800.
The story itself was based on the idea that everything we humans do in life, no matter how long or short that life is, is but a story like a novel if we live long enough there’s a beginning a middle and an end and various moments throughout a human life can be broken down into chapters and given headings. With this idea in mind I based the structure of the plot around one unit of 32 and the story was seen through the electronic eyes of the Terminator. Though the story would feature a lot of action, horror, violence and blood it would also be terribly human as the Terminator observed, coldly and logically, the humans in its unit.
If you think about it, and I often do, we’re a crazy animal, our behaviour, actions, social structures and civilisation itself seems hellbent on personal and collective destruction. We take rather than give. We’re hateful and full of love. We’re lazy, cruel, spiteful, mardy (a local term here in the Middle of England), judgemental, stupid and insane but we’re a fascinating creature that against all odds pulled itself up by its bootstraps and sent men to the moon, the most amazing achievement in human history. We’re tribalistic and we seem, at the moment, only capable of blaming all our individual nations social problems on the influx of foreigners when the truth is we the natives are to blame.
So anyway the story was seen through the eyes of a Terminator as it tried to understand how and why humans bicker with people they love, why humans can be hateful about a person behind their backs but nice to their face, why humans feel so lonely and empty even though they’re constantly surrounded by family and friends, and I wanted to examine other aspects of humanity that wouldn’t make much sense to a Terminator like ego, vanity, pride and envy.
The Xenomorphs on the other hand had none of the basic silliness that makes a human I saw them, within my story and see them in the movies, as something the universe shat out to keep life in check. The universe is for me something that maintains a balance between life and death, it seems we live in a reality that operates on a dualistic system life/death, day/night, young/old, male/female. The Aliens/Xenomorphs are death, I see them the same way Galactus, a character from Marvel Comics, was always presented in stories he featured in a force of nature that brought death to worlds that needed to die to keep the cosmic balance in equilibrium.
With space-faring civilisations spreading out from their home systems across the universe bringing life to worlds devoid of the universe would respond with a unstoppable force to return those worlds to their original dead state.
I saw the story as very nihilistic life would of course fight to survive but the cosmic balance must be maintained and the Aliens/Xenomorphs just wouldn’t stop until life was extinguished on the worlds they’d attacked. Obviously due to the very natures of the Aliens/Xenomorphs once they’d killed all life they themselves would eventually die out because they need hosts to reproduce. I also wanted to re-introduce mystery to the Aliens/Xenomorph origins I dislike this need to explain everything, for everything, including such an iconic monster, to have an origin diminishes the power of the creatures and makes them mundane instead of keeping them exotic.