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"This piece of shit is even older than I am."
Ripley 8 (from Alien Resurrection)

The Betty was an aging transport starship privately owned captained by Frank Elgyn. It was crewed by a collection of smugglers and mercenaries.

History

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The Betty was a very dated ship. It was stolen from orbit by Elgyn and his crew in 2374, at which time the vessel was known as the Almayer's Folly. Elgyn subsequently renamed the vessel the Betty after his mother, Beatrice Martin.[1] Owing to the ship's advanced age, it required constant repair and maintenance. Upon appraising the ship, Ripley 8 commented that the Betty "[was] older than I [was]", presumably referring to both herself and the original Ellen Ripley who had died 200 years before.

Events on Auriga

At some point, Frank Elgyn was commissioned by Perez to "acquire" cargo to be delivered to the Auriga. The crew of the Betty had hijacked a ship and kidnapped the crew that was in stasis and brought them on board. Later after a series of events that resulted in the death of many crew members, the Betty escaped from the Auriga and headed to Earth.

Original Sin

At some point after the events that took place on the Auriga, Ripley 8, now the captain of the Betty, traveled to Byzantium Station to steal information regarding the Xenomorphs and their location.

Layout and Modifications

It has rear thrusters and is fitted with magnetic docking clamps. There are aspects of the ship that share a likeness to mid 20th century cargo vessels like the rear cargo door, the cockpit design and the artwork on the ship's side.

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The Betty's cockpit

Crew

Behind the Scenes

The Betty's design was created not as a traditional drawing, but as a "kitbash" physical model assembled from the parts of various home modelling kits. Included in the original mock-up was the hull from a Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II close support jet aircraft, better known as the "Warthog".[2] The ship's cockpit was originally going to be far more open with all-around windows, but was made more claustrophobic due to budget constraints.[3] The ship's interior was inspired by the look of industrial equipment, including jackhammers and forklift trucks, and also took inspiration from the Power Loader from Aliens.[4]

The final shooting miniature was built from foam core and cardboard. It was constructed to the same scale (1/32) as the miniature Auriga docking bay set, so that the two could be easily filmed together, thus sparing the need for expensive compositing work.[5] The various moving components — the independently articulated engine pods, the arms that connected to them and the horizontal stabilizer — were all actuated by motors contained within the model, which had to be custom designed due to the limited space available and to limit weight.[6]

Trivia

  • In the original script for Alien Resurrection by Joss Whedon, the Betty had two additional crew members named Rane and St. Just. Rane is taken by a Cloned Xenomorph during the swim through the flooded mess (a fate given to Hillard in the film), while St. Just is sucked into space when the Auriga's hull is breached during a major action sequence in a botanical garden.[7]

Appearances

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 S. D. Perry. Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report, p. 146 (2014), Insight Editions.
  2. Mark Salisbury. Alien: The Archive, p. 312 (2014), Titan Books.
  3. Mark Salisbury. Alien: The Archive, p. 306 (2014), Titan Books.
  4. Mark Salisbury. Alien: The Archive, p. 311 (2014), Titan Books.
  5. Paul Taglianetti, Geoff Topping, Bob Gould. Sci-Fi & Fantasy FX #48, p. 21 (2000), Next Millennium Publishing.
  6. Paul Taglianetti, Geoff Topping, Bob Gould. Sci-Fi & Fantasy FX #48, p. 23 (2000), Next Millennium Publishing.
  7. Alien Resurrection script by Joss Whedon