Originally Posted by soybomb42
It's the whole Janet Leigh effect, where he is set up to be one of the survivors and then is killed in the most sudden and jarring way.
It also re-establishes the whole tension. The one person she knew she could count on is dead. There's a real risk and danger there. In Aliens you pretty much knew that Newt was going to survive, so you had at least that to sort of cling to, limiting the tension. The audience doesn't have that safety net in Alien 3.
On a side note, do you say "Alien Three" or do you say "Alien Cubed".
I agree completely, and it's one of my big complaints with Aliens
, and with Cameron as a writer in general (not that I want to open that thread of worms again). Cameron likes safe, predictable character arcs and plotlines, and almost always does exactly what's expected. Who's going to die and how soon is almost predestined when the characters are introduced.
I love it when a character who, by traditional storytelling, should live, is killed in as random and abrupt a manner as possible. It makes everyone unsafe. I'd list some great examples of this, but I don't want to ruin any movies that people haven't seen yet.