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Amanda Ripley-McClaren
Biographical information
Date and place of birth

June 24th, 2111

Physical description
Species

Human

Gender

Female

Hair color

Light brown, graying

Eye color

Green

Chronological and political information
Notable Facts

Sole survivor of Torrens, Anesidora and Sevastopol incident

Status

Deceased as of December 23rd, 2177[1]

Portrayed by

Kezia Burrows (likeness) Andrea Deck (voice)

  [Source]

Amanda "Amy" Ripley-McClaren was the daughter of Ellen Ripley. Her mother conceived her during a layover between haulage trips, which was counter to Weyland-Yutani policy, although she was not disciplined for her indiscretion and the pregnancy was allowed to come to term.[2]

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

Amanda was delivered in a home birth, in the presence of Ripley's husband.[3] She was still a child when her mother disappeared following the loss of the USCSS Nostromo.

Becoming a Technician and joining the TorrensEdit

15 years after Ellen Ripley's disappearance, Amanda is working for Weyland-Yutani as a technician and is approached by the W-Y Synthetic executive, Christopher Samuels, who informs her that the flight recorder of the Nostromo has recently been located in the wreckage, and is being held aboard the Sevastopol Station which is orbiting around the gas planet KG348. Amanda joins the Weyland-Yutani team, in hopes she can have some closure regarding the fate of her missing mother. Aboard the Torrens she meets lawyer Nina Taylor, Captain Diane Verlaine, and Navigator William Connor. They are sent to the space station to retrieve the flight recorder.

On her space journey, Ripley awakens from her hyper sleep and changes her clothes. She has a chance to talk to Samuels and Taylor before Verlaine calls for them to come back to the bridge as they arrive near Sevastopol. They discover the entire space station has been mysteriously damaged and the communications are dead. Ripley, Samuels, and Taylor attempt to take a spacewalk over to the station to investigate, but their EVA line is severed by debris from an explosion and Ripley is separated from Samuels and Taylor.

Aboard SevastopolEdit

Ripley manages to enter the station via an airlock and soon discovers the complete breakdown of civil society with the station's inhabitants reduced to small groups of frightened, paranoid looters hoarding scavenged resources and shooting non-group members on sight. Ripley is able to bring power back online before she enters the spaceflight terminal where she sees the Torrens fly past the window.

With the window shutters closed automatically, Ripley is able to bring the section's powers back online and enters the immigration terminal where she obtains the Maintenance Jack from the corpse of a worker named Zachary Watson and heads back to the terminal.

Meeting AxelEdit

When Amanda Is about to remove the door brace with her jack, she is briefly held hostage by a man named Axel who takes the jack away and aims his gun at her. She convinces him to help her contact the Torrens in exchange for a place on the ship. Though Ripley expresses concern about the station's integrity, Axel states that it's the least of their problems, explaining that a killer is loose aboard the station, killing people one by one. though he has never seen it himself, Axel is sure the killer is not human.

Together they head to the transit link before they are stopped by two human survivors, including Jana that try to get the elevator working and refuse to offer help. They continue to head for the transit link on their own, encountering a group of hostile human survivors. Ripley follows Axel into a vent and enters his pad where she obtains a headset with a built-in flashlight before they leave the room.

They come upon the band of survivors again, and Axel directs Ripley to sneak into a room containing controls for a generator. Turning the generator off distracts the survivors and allows Ripley and Axel to escape without being spotted. They enter the transit link room and hit the two-man switch console at the same time. As the door opens, a looter grabs Axel from behind and Ripley quickly rushes to save Axel by hitting the looter from behind with her jack.

Ripley is shocked when Axel executes the looter. The gunfire alerts more looters, but the pair flee successfully. Once they are safe, Ripley immediately upbraids Axel for cold-blooded murder, but Axel explains to her that he did it to survive, then mentions hearing a strange noise nearby. Ripley spots a viscous substance that has dripped onto Axel's jacket - and then a Xenomorph Drone's tail stabs though Axel's chest and drags his body into a nearby vent. Ripley flees to a nearby transit terminal and takes the next available transit car away from the area.

Encountering hostiles and gaining access to the elevatorEdit

Ripley steps out the transit car as she arrives at the Lorenz Systech Spire. She enteres the Lorenz Systech lobby and sees a woman at the other side of the lobby by the elevator to Comms Control, cursing a piece of equipment. The female looter spots Ripley and opens fire with a .357 Revolver before running to the lobby's upper level and out of sight, calling to her companions.

Crossing the Lobby, Ripley discovered an inoperative System Access Tuner, which the looter had been trying to use to hack the elevator nearby. Examining the device, Ripley determined that all it needed was a new data cell, but the looter returned with three companions, who decided to find and kill Ripley rather than chance that she might not be hostile.

After escaping or killing the humans, Ripley gains access to the Facility Control Room where she obtains a fully-loaded revolver and a keycard unlocking the Sevastopol Work Archive. Within, Ripley finds the Nostromo's flight recorder only to discover the data and any remaining files were corrupted. Before she could recover from her despair, the tech level went into security lockdown due to an unauthorized access.

Locating a working data cell, she repaired the Access Tuner and employed it to break out of the Archive. She then moved to the nearby Tech Workshop which contained the security console, but in the midst of deactivating the lockdown, the Drone wound itself out of a ceiling vent and onto the workshop floor. Ripley hides under the desk. Not noticing Ripley, the monster left the room.

Ripley departed the tech level and headed back up the stairs to the lobby. Ripley hacked the elevator door and took the elevator to Comms Control.

Infiltrate the Comms Control and contact TorrensEdit

Ripley enters the Comms reception area and tries to get the Working Joe to let her into Comms, but the Joe tells Ripley to take a seat, but she refuses as she heads down the hallway and briefly encountered with another Working Joe and tell him about the emergency the she need to gain access into Comms Control, but Android told her that due to the restricted area, APOLLO has the situation in hand. Ripley ignores him and walk past him. Ripley obtained a modified Arious motion tracker lying on the desk as she entered the room and being approached by Working Joe who entering the room. Ripley interact with the Sevastopol Terminal on the computer, and enter the Utility Folder in order to override the nearby door and gain access to the stairway.

She leaves the room and take the door to the left, encountering more androids as she climbed up into the next top floor and into the hallway where she encountering by Working Joe from behind the glass that ask her to leave the restricted area and Ripley ordered him to let her in so she can contact her ship, but he refused to allow her who now been logged with APOLLO. Ripley able to sneak past the android by entering the Maintenance Room and sneak into the vent where she witnessing the human survivor, Hughes who trying to get into the Comms Control Room and re-establishing long-range communications before Working Joe shows up and attack Hughes by smashing his face against the wall, killing the survivor before android enters the Security Surveillance Room. Ripley got out of the vent and sneak into the room that Working Joe entered while she walk past over the Hughes corpse and use the access rewire to disable the security camera in the hallway and enter the elevator that leads her up to the Comms Control.

She stepped off the elevator and heads through the door and up the stairs and into External Communications and gain access with the External Comms Link, however the communication link is down. Ripley leave the External Communication and hop into the ventilation shaft and climb back down to the ground level as she exit the vent. Ripley found the nearby square vent entrance in the floor before she drop down into the sub-floor and able to sneak out of the vent along the right half of the room with two Working Joes and pass through the doorway, entering into the Internal Communications and sneak through the Monitoring Hall to the door on the other side of the room. Ripley exits the Monitoring Hall, across the corridor and entering the next room via Human Employee Recreation.

Ripley reactivate all three computers on large console and contact Samuels that she made inside the space station while Taylor and himself were at the transit station near the Medical, still alive. Ripley contact to warn him that Sevastopol is no longer safe here and Seegson locked down the entire perimeter tight and the androids are killing people aboard. Samuels convince her that contrary to primary synthetic programming, but Ripley tries to explain to him that Seegon's idea about synthetics and also something else: an alien life-form that is extremely dangerous. Ripley needs Samuels and Taylor to get out of here, but Taylor was injured by the debris during the crossing and he needs some medical supplies to treat and pack her wounds. Ripley ask him about the Torrens and Samuels explain that the Torrens radio is damaged and no longer contact Verlaine.

Escape from Comms ControlEdit

Ripley heard the alarm that just went offline again as she leave the room and heads back to the reception area. Ripley able to return to the elevator and led back to the Lorenz Systech lobby where she able to sneak past few Synthetics and press the emergency button to override door mechanism to seal the door. Ripley manages to escape from being pursued by Alien as she take the transit car to the Scimed Tower.

The Nest, the Message and EscapeEdit

After narrowly escaping Marshall Waits' plan to jettison the creature from the station in a detachable module, Amanda finds the station's Working Joe androids have started killing everyone they can find per an additional quarantine order. She makes her way to the core of the APOLLO AI and queries it about the ongoing lockdown. APOLLO tells her two things:

  • The station was no longer owned by Seegson. Weyland-Yutani Corporation bought it from them shortly after the Torrens departed for the station; the extreme lockdown was per a special Company order to preserve the creature and shut all communications down.
  • The lockdown was still in effect due to strange readings from the station's engineering decks.

Heading to reactor maintenance, Amanda discovered that the creature had been breeding more of itself in a nest below the fusion reactors. She initiated a purge that would destroy the nest, but several more creatures escaped just before the reactors completed the purge sequence. As a result, APOLLO refused to lift the quarantine.

In desperation, Marlow, the captain of the Anesidora, kidnapped Nina Taylor and returned to his vessel hoping to detonate the engines and destroy himself, Sevastopol and all the alien lifeforms on the station. Amanda followed in a shuttle. On the ship, Marlow let her access a fragment of the Nostromo's log. It was a personal addendum to her mother's final ship's log entry, a voice letter from Ellen to Amanda explaining her own encounter with the alien species and her decision to detroy the Nostromo.

Nina overcame Marlow and Amanda guided her through the process to shut the reactor off, but the overload was too far gone to save the Anesidora and Nina was unable to escape the vessel.

The Anesidora's explosion destabilised Sevastopol's gravity moorings, sending her falling toward the gas giant she orbited. Amanda restored communication with the Torrens and made to escape but an Alien caught her in the airlock. She awoke webbed into a new nest.

Amanda escaped confinement before a parasite could attach itself to her, returned to the airlock and suited up to manually release the docking claw holding the Torrens in place. Narrowly escaping three more creatures by triggering the claw's release override, Ripley boarded the Torrens as Sevastopol Station plunged into the gas giant, killing any lifeforms remaining on board.

However, Amanda discovered that one last creature had also boarded the Torrens somehow, presumably killing its crew. It pursued her into one of the ship's airlocks, which she triggered.

Amanda is left drifting in a spacesuit, alone in the void - until a light passes over her...

Survival and Death? Edit

"Amanda Ripley-McClaren - married name, I guess - age sixty-six. And that was at the time of her death."
Carter Burke

When Ellen Ripley is retrieved from her hypersleep aboard the shuttle Narcissus in 2179, she seeks the fate of her abandoned daughter. Company executive Carter Burke presents Ellen with an image of her daughter as an old woman, and informs her that Amanda died without bearing children two years prior to Ellen's rescue and awakening. Burke says Amanda's remains were cremated and interred at Westlake Repository in Little Chute, Wisconsin.[1]

Whether the narrative Burke presented is an accurate summary of Amanda's life after the Sevastopol incident or a fabrication as part of the Company's ongoing efforts to cover the existence of the alien species up remains open to speculation.

Whether Amanda found the closure she sought for fifteen years also remains unknown.

TriviaEdit

Elizabeth Inglis

Elizabeth Inglis during her youth.

  • The photograph of Amanda that is seen in the extended Special Edition of Aliens is actually that of Sigourney Weaver's late mother, British actress Elizabeth Inglis. The design of the character in the video game Alien: Isolation is based on Inglis during her youth.[citation needed]
  • Weaver was furious when she discovered the subplot involving her daughter had been removed from the theatrical release of the film, as she considered it to be crucial to her character's development in the movie.[4]
  • The cause of Amanda's death is never given in the movie. However, the novelization states that she died of cancer.[5] Footage of Burke explaining this was filmed but not included in the film.
  • In James Cameron's initial treatment for Aliens, Amanda (who had not yet been named) is still alive and living on Earth. By the time of the story, she is old, frail and crippled, and when Ripley speaks to her via videophone from Gateway Station, she makes it clear that she resents her mother for what happened, and coldly tells Ripley that she hates her.[6]

AppearancesEdit

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 James Cameron (writer and director). Aliens Special Edition [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.
  2. Crew dossier seen in Aliens, available as bonus feature on Alien Anthology Blu-ray
  3. Ann Crispin (1997). Alien Resurrection novelization. Warner Books, Inc., 219. 
  4. Ridley Scott, James Cameron, H. R. Giger, Dan O'Bannon, Ronald ShusettThe Alien Saga [DVD]. Prometheus Entertainment.
  5. Alan Dean Foster (1979). Aliens novelization. Warner Books, Inc., 24. 
  6. "Alien II" (original treatment) by James Cameron

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