- "Ellen Ripley died trying to wipe this species out. For all intents and purposes, she succeeded!"
- ―Gen. Perez (from Alien Resurrection)
General Martin Allahandro Carlos Perez was the commanding officer aboard the United Systems Military vessel USM Auriga. He also oversaw the scientific team led by Dr. Mason Wren that sought to resurrect the Xenomorph XX121 species by cloning the long-deceased Ellen Ripley, although in reality he had little involvement with the project beyond a basic managerial role.
Perez was killed during the early stages of the Xenomorph outbreak.
The cloning project
While Perez was officially in charge of the project to resurrect the Xenomorph species aboard the Auriga, in reality he left control of the program largely in the hands of Dr. Wren. Instead, Perez focused on the day-to-day running of the Auriga itself, a task that he conducted with extreme military efficiency and precision. Perez was also the man responsible for the deal with Frank Elgyn and the crew of the Betty to acquire hosts for the Cloned Xenomorphs to reproduce.
The General was initially at odds with Wren over his decision to keep Ripley 8 alive after the Cloned Queen was removed from her body, and was troubled by her extreme intelligence and recollection of Ellen Ripley's life in particular. While he elected to leave the matter in Wren's hands, he made it clear he would have Ripley 8 "put down" if she proved to be at all problematic.
Deal with Elgyn
When the Betty arrived, Perez met with Elgyn in his personal quarters to hand over payment for his cargo. While he briefly considered simply executing the smugglers instead of paying them, he ultimately decided against it and handed over the money that had been promised. Elgyn additionally requested that he be allowed to stay for a few days so that Dom Vriess could make repairs to the Betty, using the fact that Perez was clearly operating in something of a legal grey area as leverage. After setting down strict conditions that his crew were to stay well away from restricted areas, and that there was to be no trouble or fighting, Perez agreed.
Disaster and death
Despite tight security, the Xenomorphs soon escaped and began slaughtering the crew. Perez, fully aware of the extreme danger the creatures posed, immediately ordered the complete evacuation of the Auriga, personally overseeing the launching of the lifeboats along with another soldier. He personally hoped to control the ship remotely from aboard one of the pods, so that it may be piloted back to Earth where the situation could be contained and the research continued.
While the first escape pods were launched successfully, one was infiltrated by a Xenomorph that began slaughtering its occupants. Perez hurled a remotely-detonated grenade into the pod before launching it and detonating it in space once it was clear of the Auriga, killing the Alien and any survivors on board.
As he offered a sombre salute to his fallen men, another Drone crept up behind the General. Tetanized by fear, the soldier accompanying him simply backed himself against a wall and watched in terror. Just as the General realized what was standing behind him, the creature punctured the back of his skull with a Headbite, exposing his brains, which he briefly examined before dying.
Personality and Traits
Although in command of a dangerous and unethical scientific program, Perez was in fact an honorable man. His primary motivation in leading the project was his hope that successfully harnessing the Xenomorphs as a bio-weapon would ultimately save countless soldiers' lives, and he was willing to accept the amoral aspects of the program as a means to that end. Outwardly, Perez was always impeccably presented, dressing in formal military attire and taking great care to act with courtesy and professionalism. He was also shown to care deeply for the men under his command, although his insistence that everyone operate by the book sometimes aggravated them.
Despite his niceties, Perez was undoubtedly ruthless in his conduct, particularly with regards to Ripley 8, whom he regarded as nothing more than a "meat by-product" of the process used to recreate the Xenomorph species; her assaults on Wren almost led to Perez having her summarily executed. The General was also willing to pay smugglers to kidnap innocent civilians for use as live hosts in the breeding project, despite the fact this condemned them to a horrific death from the Chestbursters implanted inside them.
Behind the Scenes
Perez was originally scripted to die in an elaborate and graphic sequence where he is sucked piecemeal through a small hole in the Auriga's hull. However, the producers decided this death was too spectacular to waste on a relatively unimportant character and so his demise was altered, while the original sequence was used for the Newborn instead.
- When Perez's death was changed to the brain-examining demise he suffers in the finished film, 20th Century Fox became worried that the scene was too comedic for an Alien film and wanted to cut it, but director Jean-Pierre Jeunet convinced executives to let it stay.
- ↑ 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. 36 (1997), Warner Aspect.
- ↑ A. C. Crispin. Alien Resurrection, p. 69 (1997), Warner Aspect.
- ↑ Joss Whedon (writer), Jean-Pierre Jeunet (director). Alien Resurrection Special Edition (2003), 20th Century Fox [DVD].
- ↑ A. C. Crispin. Alien Resurrection, p. 121 (1997), Warner Aspect.
- ↑ A. C. Crispin. Alien Resurrection, p. 68 (1997), Warner Aspect.
- ↑ A. C. Crispin. Alien Resurrection, p. 5 (1997), Warner Aspect.
- ↑ Mark Salisbury. Alien: The Archive, p. 249 (2014), Titan Books.