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!
Who said it?: Ellen Ripley
The story behind the quote: This is the first quote that was submitted by an outside source! And it comes from Andy Drop. Please check out his site (remline.de)!
The quote comes from Aliens, the second film from the Aliens film franchise. Ellen Ripley, the only survivor of the Nostromo, leads a crew of soldiers to the colony on planet LV-426 to investigate what happened there. After their initial devastating encounters with the Xenomorphs species, the survivors discuss tactics on how to handle the situation.
One of them wants to use gas on the creatures while another says they should just leave. Ripley, knowing what the creatures can do delivers the quote… as it seems to be the safe thing to do to make sure the aliens are taken out and to make sure they don’t harm anyone else.
Geek wisdom: If you can’t live on an planet full of aliens, live without it! Sometimes, if you want something unpleasant to end, you may want to skip negotiations or elaborate tactics and just employ a tactical warhead.
If someone ignores your attempts of telling him/her not to hurt you over and over again, it’s often better to leave that person with a bang instead of trying to reason with someone who will not listen to reason.
Once again, thanks to Andy Drop for this quote!