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Mon, 18 Jul 1994 19:59:35 EDT
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On Mon, 18 Jul 1994 11:21:43 -0500 Richard J. Leskosky said:
>Bill Paxton was also in ALIENS, playing, as I
>recall, a soldier who cracks under the pressure of the alien attacks but
>winds up redeems (?) himself by committing suicide with tough space marine
>Jenette Goldstein before the aliens can reach them and use their bodies to
>create more aliens. In any case, his reappearance at the end of TL does
>let Helen get some sort of personal revenge on him, but it seems like a
>cheap shot nonetheless.
  Why? Do we have to feel compassion for *everyone* in *every* film?
Simon was a slimeball! That was the point. Aside from being comic relief,
which is not a crime, should we have let Simon off the hook just because he
had to admit to some shortcomings (pardon the pun)?
  I'll tell you what. Let's make a film where every person is a nice guy,
looks good, does good things, does nothing wrong, and has no flaws whatsoever.
Let's see how entertaining it is.
J Metz
Department of Telecommunications
University of Georgia
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