I was just thinking about the moment in 1992 when the Alien franchise stopped being completely awesome. Alien3 was a decent movie in its own right, but it did not measure up to its predecessors. It didn’t help that it started out with a pretty epic bait & switch:
The actual theatrical trailer combined some pretty good teasers with some pretty bad cheese:
To be fair, Alien and Aliens were extremely tough acts to follow. The fact that no one person can be blamed for the comparative inadequacy of Alien3 is both a useful explanation and the entire problem. Not even having a young Tywin Lannister as a love interest could completely redeem the movie.
Anyway, here’s an overview of sorts of the four main Alien films: