Alien Day Special- Sigourney Weaver the Sci-Fi Queen
This year, Alien Day honors the science fiction franchise with a legacy of fright that has made audiences scream in space for 38 years. One of the stars of the series, Sigourney Weaver, has also had an illustrious run as the current reigning Queen of Sci-Fi, given her contributions to the genre ever since she debuted as Ellen Ripley in Alien (1979).
In this science fiction film, Weaver plays Michelle Bradley, CEO of the robotic weapons manufacturer Tetravaal. She orders that the titular robot Chappie be destroyed after learning of his artificial intelligence.
In this animated adventure about a little robot in space, Sigourney Weaver takes on the role of the ship Axiom’s computer. The director joked that she was taking on a “Mother” role, referring to the Nostromo’s computer from Alien. There was no setting to self-destruct in Wall-E, though.
In the Futurama episode “Love and Rocket,” Weaver voices the Planet Express after the mainframe computer falls in love with Bender. Once again, she lends her voice talents to a computer character, although this one becomes a bit malicious after Bender breaks her heart-drive.
In Galaxy Quest, Weaver gets to flex her comedic muscles as the jaded science fiction star Gwen DeMarco. In the in-universe Galaxy Quest show, her character was the ship’s computer officer, not the computer. If anyone can navigate being suddenly thrown into a real-life sci-fi situation, it’s Sigourney Weaver.
One of Weaver’s most famous roles is Dana Barrett, the cellist with a demon-haunted apartment in the comedy classic Ghostbusters. While this film is slightly more supernatural than science fiction, Weaver’s demonic possession scenes remain among the most iconic acting in her repertoire. She even cameoed in the 2016 Ghostbusters film as a mentor to Dr. Holtzmann.
In James Cameron’s epic film, Weaver plays the head of the Avatar program, Dr. Grace Augustine. She helps serve as an emissary for peaceful communication with the Na’vi of the beautiful moon Pandora, and even appears as an Avatar herself.
And of course, the movie that started it all- Alien. Since the film debuted in 1979, Weaver would reprise the role of Ellen Ripley in three additional installments of the franchise. And in this 38th year of the Alien legacy, Ellen Ripley remains one of the most iconic science fiction heroines of all time.
Sigourney Weaver has made an incredible legacy for herself in science fiction, definitely earning the honorary title of Queen of Sci-Fi, even dethroning a real Xenomorph Queen to prove it. Long may she reign!
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