Who said it?: Private Hudson
The story behind the quote: The quote comes from the second film in the Alien franchise, the aptly named Aliens. The film takes place roughly 57 years after the first film. Ripley (played by Sigourney Weaver), accompanies a team to explore LV-462, the planet where Ripley and her old crew first encountered the Xenomorphs. She joins the new expedition in the hopes of eliminating all remaining Xenomorphs on the planet.
The quote actually comes from Private Hudson (played by Bill Paxton). After their drop ship crashes on the planet, a sense of despair almost immediately is felt by the entire crew. This is especially true for Hudson…
Geek wisdom: There are going to be times when your situation looks truly bleak and it may feel like nothing you do would matter. If you think things are helpless, then they really are. That’s because, the instant you feel powerless, you won’t do anything to change your situation… even if the situation isn’t actually helpless!
When things do feel like there’s not a thing that can be done to improve the situation, you may as well try something. After all, if nothing is going to change your circumstances, then you may as well try anything!