- "This is rumor control, here are the facts..."
- ―Supt. Andrews (from Alien3)
Superintendent Harold Andrews was a Weyland-Yutani Corporation employee and the warden of the Fiorina "Fury" 161 Class C Work Correctional Unit. When the facility was officially closed down by Weyland-Yutani, Andrews stayed behind, along with prison guard Francis Aaron, to oversee the prisoners who wished to remain. He was killed by a lone Xenomorph that was born in the prison in 2179.
Despite operating the prison somewhat informally following its closure, he still commanded the facility with a firm hand and was respected (if not particularly liked) by the remaining inmates. He was taken by the Xenomorph in the prison's main mess hall, ironically while he was in the middle of berating Ellen Ripley for her repeated assertions that the creature existed.
When the EEV carrying Ripley, Newt, Turk and the remains of Bishop from the USS Sulaco impacted on Fiorina 161, Andrews contacted Earth to report the incident and state the fates of those on board — although Turk was mistaken at the time for Corporal Hicks. After filing his official report, Andrews passed on the news to the prisoners themselves, and attempted to placate their agitation at the fact the only survivor of the crash was a lady. He was himself was greatly irritated by Ripley's arrival, realizing the potential effect her presence would have on the inmate population. His frustration with her only grew when he discovered Clemens performing an autopsy on Newt's corpse, at Ripley's suggestion, without first informing him. At the later funeral held for Newt and Hicks, Andrews performed a brief, perfunctory eulogy.
Unrest on Fiorina 161
The Superintendent's fears regarding Ripley's impact were apparently confirmed when several unwanted incidents began to befall the facility. First, Murphy was killed by a ventilation fan in one of the prison's air shafts, an incident Andrews attributed to carelessness on the prisoner's part. Later, Junior, William, Gregor and another inmate attempted to rape Ripley when they cornered her alone in the prison's scrap heap, although they were fought off and beaten by Dillon. The situation deteriorated when Andrews received a transmission from Weyland-Yutani stating that Ripley was of highest priority to them. The Superintendent also became aware of Clemens' increasingly close relationship with Ripley, and confronted the medical officer about it in his office.
When Boggs and Rains were killed on a survey mission and Golic returned soaked in blood, Andrews was immediately convinced that Golic had murdered the two men, despite his pleas that a "dragon" had been responsible. Even though Ripley attempted to confirm the prisoner's story, Andrews had Golic restrained in the infirmary, although he agreed to discuss Ripley's fears further in his office. However, after hearing what she had to say, Andrews treated her story of a Xenomorph being loose in the prison with contempt and confined her to the infirmary as well.
Final rumor control
Andrews promptly called the prisoners to a meeting in the mess hall and attempted to organize a search party for Boggs and Rains. As this meeting was being held, Clemens was killed by the Dragon in the infirmary; Ripley duly burst in on Andrews, attempting to warn him again of the creature's presence. Still refusing to believe her, Andrews ordered Aaron to detain her and escort her back to the medical facility. At that moment the Dragon lunged down from an overheard air duct and lifted Andrews off of his feet, pulling him into the vent shaft; judging by the amount of blood that rained from the vent immediately afterwards, Andrews was likely killed by the Xenomorph.
Personality and Traits
As befitting of a man in his position, Andrews was hard, bullish and often aggressive, and he ran the prison on Fiorina 161 with a heavy hand. However, he was considered fair by the inmates, a fact they were grateful for, given that he had the power to exile them from the prison complex to face almost certain death on the surface of Fiorina should he choose. Andrews did not believe that any of the prisoners were in any way reformed after "taking on religion", but he recognized the strength of their convictions and made sure not to offend them. He did, however, harbor a particular grudge against Clemens, whom he viewed as "insolent, possibly dangerous".
Andrews had an intense dislike for unforeseen events that disrupted normal routine, and was was also a very frugal man, constantly troubled about the economic implications of his actions (especially concerning the use of the expensive and rarely used deep space communications systems at the prison), and was concerned by how this may reflect on him in the eyes of his superiors. He met Ripley's warnings regarding the Alien with extreme skepticism, a standpoint that was proven ironically wrong when he was abducted by the creature while admonishing Ripley for her repeated insistence that it was loose in the prison.
Behind the Scenes
Deleted death scene
Originally, Andrews did not die when the Dragon took him inside the mess hall. Instead, a later sequence was to show how the Xenomorph had built a Hive in the prison's assembly hall, wherein Dillon and Morse find numerous prisoners cocooned alive, including Andrews. The Superintendent begged to be killed, and was granted his wish when Dillon set fire to the Hive with a flare.
While two of the cocoons for this scene were at least partially constructed, it was ultimately cut before filming took place and in the final cut of the film, the Dragon merely kills its victims instead of capturing them.
- Andrews is based heavily on the character of the Abbot in Vincent Ward's unproduced script for Alien3, both being the man in charge of the commune in which Ripley finds herself. Both are also combative with Ripley and refuse to listen to her suggestions that a Xenomorph is on the loose, a fact that ultimately costs them their lives.
- As an homage to Alien, Andrews has a drinking bird on the desk in his office.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 S. D. Perry. Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report, p. 132 (2014), Insight Editions.
- ↑ Vincent Ward (writer), David Fincher (director). Alien3 (1992), 20th Century Fox [DVD].
- ↑ S. D. Perry. Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report, p. 136 (2014), Insight Editions.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Alan Dean Foster. Alien3, p. 34 (1992), Warner Books.
- ↑ Alien3 Collectible CardArt — 62. Andrews (1992), Star Pics.
- ↑ Alan Dean Foster. Alien3, p. 24 (1992), Warner Books.
- ↑ Alan Dean Foster. Alien3, p. 23 (1992), Warner Books.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 "Weyland-Yutani Archives - Alien 3: The Cocoon Sequence". Retrieved on 2013-04-18.