Alien Resurrection: New Labour, Clinton and the centrist consensus
On November 26th 1997, Alien Resurrection was released. Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, it is the fourth and final part of the original Alien franchise begun in 1979. The story sees Sigourney Weaver return to a version of the part from the iconic original movie, Ripley, but this time set 200 years after the end of the last instalment with Ripley having been cloned (see chapters XXX). The United Systems Military – a human military force made up of all the former separate military forces, the ultimate military-industrial complex – has harvested cloned aliens and implanted them in bodies provided by mercenaries. Inevitably, the aliens escape and ‘Ripley’ and the mercenaries fight to destroy the ship they are on before it reaches earth. With mixed reviews and modest grossing, it is not widely regarded as the shining light of the franchise, and its writer, Joss Whedon, was so upset with Jeunet’s direction, he reportedly cried at a screening. Whedon’s fortunes had already taken a turn for the better, however, with the hugely successful debut season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer having already created something of a cult hit, and its phenomenal rise was just starting (see chapters XXX).