First, if you aren't familiar with the movie, watch this summary by James Rolfe of Cinemassacre:
First off, we see the crew exploring a planet to find a supposed immigrant ship that has crashed. We don't know it yet, but there was a living weapon on board (the face huggers) who use the human crew to create their offspring, a new life form. A lot of these details were fleshed out by Ridley Scott later in supplementary material, and fully realized in Prometheus also. Sound familiar yet? James specifically says in this video
I found that pretty reminiscent of the Eldridge.We discover a bunch of eggs that the ship was carrying. Why was it carrying these eggs? Well, that's the beauty of this film. That nothing is explicity answered, and the more times you view it, the more guesses you can make. Ridley Scott specifically said on the commentary track that...the aliens were probably transporting these eggs to use as a type of weapon. Against what? But also, there's something else out there? And something else beyond that? The point is, it makes the universe seem so much larger. Something that only the best science fiction films manage to do.
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