Sorry for the delayed post, folks. I was finishing this one up on Monday evening when the second set of big storms came through and knocked out our Internet access. We were lucky though–only the Internet access lost for a day and a small very small tree fell in our very small yard. Some are still without power.
So. The Xenomorph Queens.
Though the creatures in the Aliens franchise aren’t actually named in the series, they’ve long been called Xenomorphs by fans and merchandisers (the term means “strange form” and is used by a character in the second film to describe the aliens).
The first film, Alien, is a sci-fi-horror masterpiece, introducing the villainous creatures designed by surrealist H.R. Giger and Sigourney Weaver’s performance as all-around badass Ripley.
The alien creatures created for the film were based in the sexual overtones of the film, the sexual violence of the aliens themselves, creatures who hatch and then latch onto living hosts, impregnating them with a creature that gestates before bursting out of the host to mature. It’s interspecies rape. The creatures are based on this premise, based on sexual horror.
The alien species is organized in a kind of caste system with the Queen at the top–she is the only female allowed to lay eggs, and she’s the largest and most intelligent of the group.
The design for the alien queen was conceived by James Cameron and Stan Winston for the second film in the series, Aliens. The Queen can be as tall as 20 feet, with two sets of arms and a large crest extending from the already-larger-than-average xenomorph skull. Another of these crests extends from their chest, and their tales are long and segmented with sharp tips.
The Queens are known to be fierce protectors of their young. They also have the ability to remove their egg sac, which would otherwise render them immobile. During egg laying, the sac can be 30 or 40 feet long, and the queen sits with her legs folded under her, dependent on her subordinates.
Xenomorph queens are a monstrous embodiment of sexual depredation and of motherhood. They are nightmare mothers, grown large and tyrannical, creating a horde of parasitic offspring.