Originally Posted by DaveB
I guess I see it (and, as Nordling said, Cameron affirms it), but it seems like a pretty thin comparison, overall. Now, if the aliens managed to take down the marines strictly on cunning, maybe I could buy it, but my understanding is the Viet Cong weren't super strong, didn't have acid for blood, and didn't implant chestbursters. I think that hurts the "superior firepower vs. strategic ingenuity/adaptation to the environment/sheer numbers" analogy. It kinda stacks the deck when your Viet Cong stand-ins are monstrous killing machines.
Plus, despite the obvious physical differences, the aliens and the Viet Cong stack up well. Both are susceptible to having their heads blown off, acid blood or not, so their method of attack is surprise to get in close, because they know that exposing themselves means losing. So they're the same in the sense that for them, being shot/blown up/set on fire/ripped apart by bullets = death. They approach the fight the same way.
I like Cameron's little touch when Gorman refers to them in the briefing as xenomorphs. To the invading forces in each conflict, the enemy was a xenomorph, whether on LV-426 or in the South Pacific.
|Politically, it also kind of falls apart, since it's not like the marines in Aliens are forced by the government to stick around in a no-win situation.|