- "You are... a beautiful, beautiful butterfly."
- ―Dr. Gediman (from Alien Resurrection)
Doctor Jonathan Gediman was part of the seven-man scientific team aboard the United Systems Military vessel USM Auriga that successfully cloned Ellen Ripley in order to recreate the Xenomorph XX121 species.
Gediman was one of the first to be taken during the Xenomorph outbreak. He was cocooned in the Queen's Hive and impregnated with a Chestburster, but he was killed by the Newborn before it could hatch.
The cloning project
Gediman was one of the chief scientists in Dr. Wren's project to recreate the Xenomorph species. After 10 years of trial and error, Gediman and the other scientists succeeded in creating a seemingly perfect recreation of Ellen Ripley, along with the Xenomorph Queen embryo gestating inside her. When the Ripley clone, known as Ripley 8, was fully matured, Gediman himself performed the operation to surgically remove the Chestburster. To Gediman's relief, Wren relented on his original plan to destroy Ripley 8 once the Queen had been harvested, and elected to keep her alive for study.
Gediman's duties were subsequently split between observing the growing Queen and studying Ripley 8. Of all the scientists aboard the Auriga, Gediman in particular was fascinated and impressed by Ripley 8's abilities, particularly her genetic memory, inherited from the Xenomorph genes in her body, that allowed her to remember elements of Ellen Ripley's life. Once the Betty arrived aboard the Auriga with kidnapped hosts for breeding several Xenomorphs, Gediman observed the implantation process.
Capture and death
Gediman became fascinated by the fully-grown Drones, spending a large amount of his time studying and interacting with them. It was Gediman who "instructed" the Lead Alien in the operation and purpose of the freezing nitrogen spray installed as a safety feature in the Xenomorph holding cells, an act that would ultimately be the undoing of the entire ship — the Xenomorphs waited until the system was deactivated, before making their escape into the bowels of the Auriga. Gediman cautiously entered the cage to investigate, and became the first person to be captured by the creatures.
Gediman was later cocooned in the Hive built in a waste tank at the bottom of the Auriga. He was likely impregnated with a Chestburster, but before it could hatch he witnessed the birth of the Newborn. Although distressed by the creature's slaughter of the Queen, he was mesmerized by the specimen and did not realize the danger it posed until it was too late. Once it had drawn close to the cocooned scientist, the Newborn tore out his brain with its teeth, killing him instantly.
Personality and Traits
Gediman was a psychologically unsound individual — he displayed an unnatural level of interest in the Xenomorphs he helped create, and during the development of the Xenomorph cloning project, he wrote numerous haiku about both Ripley 8 and the Xenomorphs themselves. However, his mental imbalance was concealed from his superiors by Wren, who feared he would lose his brightest molecular engineer should his mental well-being be called into question. Gediman's obsession with the Xenomorphs was evident in how he taunted them whilst in captivity; he was known to playfully bare his teeth at the Lead Alien in its holding cell, marveling as the creature apparently mirrored his actions. His mental condition deteriorated following the containment failure aboard the Auriga and his capture by the Xenomorphs, and he descended into clinical insanity, most overtly displayed in his hysterical ramblings within the Hive and during the birth of the Newborn. Indeed, his ill-advised reverence for this creature ultimately led to his demise.
Despite the immoral project that he was heavily involved in and his questionable mental health, Gediman notably possessed a far more sympathetic side than his fellow scientists. In particular he showed genuine concern for Ripley 8's well-being, and was relieved when Wren made the decision to spare the clone after the Queen had been removed. Gediman insisted on referring to Ripley 8 as a "she" (whereas Wren and others would exclusively use the term "it" when referring to the clone). He was also reduced to tears when he observed the captive civilians brought by the Betty crew being impregnated by Facehuggers, although this remaining humanity was overcome by his desire to see the project to completion.
- In the novelization of the film, a Chestburster erupts from Gediman's corpse immediately after he is killed by the Newborn.
- Gediman was the first person to be killed by the Newborn.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 S. D. Perry. Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report, p. 145 (2014), Insight Editions.
- ↑ Joss Whedon (writer), Jean-Pierre Jeunet (director). Alien Resurrection (1997), 20th Century Fox [DVD].
- ↑ S. D. Perry. Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report, p. 9 (2014), Insight Editions.
- ↑ A. C. Crispin. Alien Resurrection, p. 9 (1997), Warner Aspect.
- ↑ A. C. Crispin. Alien Resurrection, p. 90 (1997), Warner Aspect.
- ↑ A. C. Crispin. Alien Resurrection, p. 210 (1997), Warner Aspect.
- ↑ S. D. Perry. Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report: Gediman notes insert (2014), Insight Editions.
- ↑ A. C. Crispin. Alien Resurrection, p. 228 (1997), Warner Aspect.