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"I hate hosing these bastards down. I always get shite all over me boots."
Frank, regarding Babe's corpse (from Alien3 Assembly Cut)
Babe
Babe
Biographical information
Physical description
Species

Ox

Gender

Male

Notable Facts

Host to the Dragon.

Status

Deceased[1] as of August 2179[2]

  [Source]

Babe was one of the oxen used for menial labor at the Fiorina "Fury" 161 Class C Work Correctional Unit. It was impregnated by the Royal Facehugger that arrived on the planet on board the USS Sulaco's EEV. It later died of seemingly natural causes, before birthing a Xenomorph Runner, the "Dragon", that had gestated inside it.

BiographyEdit

When Ellen Ripley crash-landed on Fiorina 161, Babe and the colony's other oxen were used to recover the EEV from the shore. At some point, unseen by the prisoners assisting in the process, Babe was attacked and impregnated by the Royal Facehugger that had stowed away on board the EEV.

Babe later died of seemingly natural causes and was taken to the prison's abattoir by Frank and Murphy, to be cut up and used as food for the inmates later on. However, while the prisoners were attending a funeral service for the deceased Rebecca Jorden and Turk, the Runner that had been gestating inside Babe emerged and escaped into the prison's ventilation shafts.

TriviaEdit

  • Babe and the other oxen do not appear at all in the theatrical cut of Alien3. Instead, the Runner gestates inside Spike, a Rottweiler that Thomas Murphy keeps as a pet. The scenes featuring Babe were later reinstated for the extended Assembly Cut.
  • The ox as a host was ultimately dropped because it was considered too cumbersome an animal, whereas the Xenomorph in the film was intended to be fast and lethal. The Rottweiler that replaced it was deemed to be far more appropriate.[3]
  • The reason Babe dies before the Chestburster inside it hatches is never explicitly stated. However, the fact that the Runner emerges far more fully-developed than other Chestbursters seen in the films and games (with completely formed arms and legs) could be interpreted as a sign that it had grown beyond the point at which it would normally birth. This in turn may suggest the Runner had been growing inside the ox for longer than it should have, perhaps because it was unable to break through the ox's rib cage at the typical time (an ox's chest cavity is far more sturdy than that of a human). It follows that as the embryo continued to develop within the ox, the growing creature became so large it interfered with Babe's internal organs and caused it to die.
  • The use of an ox as the host also explains why the Runner in Alien3 is bigger than the Xenomorphs in the first two films, as an ox is considerably larger than a human.

AppearancesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Vincent Ward (writer), David Fincher (director). Alien3 Assembly Cut (2003), 20th Century Fox [DVD].
  2. S. D. Perry. Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report, p. 136 (2014), Insight Editions.
  3. John Hurt, Ridley Scott, James Cameron, H. R. Giger, Dan O'Bannon, Ronald ShusettThe Alien Saga (2002), Prometheus Entertainment [DVD].

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