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"They don't tell me why and I don't ask. I don't ask because it takes two weeks to get an answer out here and the answer is always, 'Don't ask'."
Simpson (from Aliens Special Edition)
Simpson
Al Simpson
Biographical information
Nationality

Flag of United Americas American

Rank

Colony Administrator

Physical description
Species

Human

Gender

Male

Chronological and political information
Affiliation

Weyland-Yutani
Hadley's Hope colony

Notable Facts

Gave the go ahead for the exploration of the derelict ship on LV-426.

Status

Deceased as of June 26th, 2179.[1]

Portrayed by

Mac McDonald

  [Source]

Al Simpson was a Weyland-Yutani employee and the senior administrator in charge of the Hadley's Hope colony on Acheron. He managed the colony throughout its history, being present from its inception until he was killed during the Xenomorph infestation that destroyed it in 2179.

Simpson perished when he was attacked by a Xenomorph inside the colony's Atmosphere Processor; to spare him the fate of being captured for impregnation, Captain Brackett shot him dead.

BiographyEdit

Simpson was administrator at the Hadley's Hope colony since the very first days of the settlement.[2] As administrator, he was in charged of the colony's day-to-day management. At some point in 2179 he received a message from Carter Burke to investigate a previously unexplored set of coordinates on LV-426's surface. Simpson passed this order on to prospectors Russ and Anne Jorden, who set out to investigate. The Jordens later contacted Simpson through the staff in the colony's operations center, seeking clarification on their rights to anything that they found, given that they were dispatched on specific Weyland-Yutani orders. Simpson was unable to provide them with a definite answer, but voiced his own opinion that, as far as he was concerned, anything that they discovered was theirs to salvage.

What the Jordens discovered was a derelict ship full of Xenomorph Eggs, triggering a Xenomorph outbreak on the moon that eventually overran the colony. As the situation became increasingly desperate, Simpson volunteered to accompany Captain Brackett and his men when they entered the main Atmosphere Processor in search of the colonists who had been abducted by the Xenomorphs. Inside, the small team was quickly set upon and decimated; Simpson was grabbed by a Warrior when he tried to flee, and Brackett shot him dead out of mercy before he could be dragged away to be a host for a Chestburster.[1]

TriviaEdit

  • Simpson voice actor Mac McDonald also voiced background characters in Alien: Isolation.
  • Al Simpson was cut from the theatrical release of Aliens when the studio complained that the film was too long. The scenes featuring him were later reinstated for the extended Special Edition.
  • The scene featuring Simpson and Lydecker is almost identical to a scene in James Cameron's later film Terminator 2: Judgement Day: an employee flags down a supervisor in a busy office and they walk together, discussing the behavior of their employer — Weyland-Yutani in Aliens, CyberDyne Systems in Terminator 2 — before the more senior man ends their conversation with a line about their employer always responding to sensitive questions with the phrase "don't ask".

AppearancesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Christopher Golden (2014). Alien: River of Pain. Titan Books, 280. 
  2. Christopher Golden (2014). Alien: River of Pain. Titan Books, 12. 

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