Jones (nicknamed Jonesy by the crew of the Nostromo) was a cat, more specifically a Ginger Tom, kept aboard the USCSS Nostromo, primarily as a means of controlling pests and also as a source of relaxation and entertainment for the crew.
Aboard the NostromoEdit
Owing to Jones' small size and mass, he comfortably shared a hypersleep capsule with one of the crew members during the Nostromo's long journeys. When the Alien began stalking the ship's occupants, Jones was apparently of little interest to the creature and he survived the incident unscathed. However, he was indirectly responsible for the death of Brett; when the latter pursued Jones through the ship's cargo hold, seeking to catch him so that he would not be accidentally picked up on the motion trackers being used by the crew to hunt the Alien, the cat inadvertently lured him into a room where the Alien was hiding. Jones saw the Alien drag Brett's body into the air shafts.
Ripley later found Jones and put him in a carry case. At one point, Ripley was forced to abandon Jones to the Alien, but, while the Xenomorph was notably distracted by the cat, it did not attack it. Jones was later recovered and put in hypersleep aboard the Narcissus after escaping with Ripley.
57 years laterEdit
Ripley and Jones remained in hypersleep for 57 years. They were eventually saved by a deep-space salvage crew and taken to Gateway Station, where they were reunited after Ripley had undergone a thorough medical examination. Jones subsequently moved in with Ripley at her new apartment. When Ripley returned to LV-426 aboard the USS Sulaco, Jones stayed behind on Gateway. Prior to her death on Fiorina 161, Ripley sadly laments in her own mind that Jones would have died during the time she has been spending travelling to and from LV-426 in hypersleep.
- Jones is likely a reference to the old tradition of a "ship's cat", whereby the animals are brought aboard sea-going vessels to hunt rodents and other undesirable vermin aboard the ship.
- In the novelisation of Alien, several short passages are actually written from Jones' perspective.
- Jones has been referenced several times in the Halo franchise; Halo developer Bungie has admitted to taking inspiration for their games from the Alien franchise, and Aliens in particular.
- Jones has been referenced in World of Warcraft and can be found in Dalaran in the The Legerdemain Inn resting comfortably on a ledge as you go up the stairs to the second floor. The various Marines from Aliens are also scattered throughout the game.
- A cat similar to Jones appears in Aliens: Infestation, jumping out of a vent aboard the USS Sulaco.
- Film critic Anne Billson published a free e-book titled "My Day by Jones: A Cat's-Eye View of Alien".
- Jones is the only cat to appear on screen in the Alien universe.
- ↑ Dan O'Bannon, Ronald Shusett (writers) and Ridley Scott (director). Alien [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Alan Dean Foster (1992). Alien3 novelization. Warner Books, Inc., 124.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Alan Dean Foster (1979). Alien novelization. Warner Books, Inc., 109.
- ↑ Alan Dean Foster (1979). Alien novelization. Warner Books, Inc., 8.