Private First Class Vincent Distephano was a soldier stationed aboard the United Systems Military vessel USM Auriga. He was the last person to perish as a result of the Xenomorph outbreak that occurred there, actually dying aboard the smuggling vessel the Betty after escaping the Auriga.
Aboard the Auriga
Distephano had taken the position aboard the Auriga in the hope that such a top-secret posting would open up opportunities to take part in high-level special operations in the future. At the time the Betty arrived aboard the Auriga, he had just three weeks left of his tour.
When Annalee Call was caught attempting to sabotage Dr. Wren's Xenomorph recreation project, Distephano was among the men who accompanied Wren to the recreation hall, where they attempted to place the Betty crew under arrest for aiding and abetting a terrorist. As the soldiers readied their weapons, Distephano held his rifle to the back of Hillard's head, but was quickly disarmed when the situation turned violent. Distephano was the only one of the soldiers to survive the brief firefight.
Flight and death
Before the Betty crew could plan their next move, the Cloned Xenomorphs aboard the Auriga instigated a mass breakout, and within minutes the vessel's crew was either slaughtered or forced to flee, leaving Distephano and the other survivors in the recreation hall, along with Ripley 8, stranded aboard the ship. When it was revealed how many Xenomorphs were on board, Distephano was given his rifle back by Hillard. The group elected to make for the Betty in an attempt to escape. Despite an arduous journey that saw several of the survivors perish, they eventually reached the Betty and evacuated.
However, unknown to the survivors, the Newborn had got aboard the Betty, and when it cornered Call in the ship's cargo hold, Distephano went to investigate. Despite his caution, Distephano simply froze when confronted by the monstrous creature, and as he stood motionless it crushed the hapless soldier's head with its bare hands.
Personality and Traits
Distephano was an honest soldier; while he did not necessarily agree with (or care about) what the USM were doing aboard the Auriga, he was focused on his job and determined to serve with honor. While initially a faithful servant of Dr. Wren, after being spared by the crew of the Betty he gradually came to realize that he had been working for the wrong people, and eventually sided with the smuggler's against Wren.
Throughout the events on the Auriga, Distephano's main weapon was a standard issue Lacrima 99 Shockrifle.
- In the novelization of Alien Resurrection, Distephano is a slightly more developed character. He is notably the person who crushes an alien insect in the extended opening sequence (added in the Special Edition of the film, but featuring a different, unnamed character). Later, just before he is killed aboard the Betty, he actually agrees to become a permanent member of the ship's smuggler crew.
- Distephano is, to date, the last on-screen kill in the Alien film franchise.
- ↑ S. D. Perry. Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report, p. 150 (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. 1 (1997), Warner Aspect.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 A. C. Crispin. Alien Resurrection, p. 3 (1997), Warner Aspect.
- ↑ A. C. Crispin. Alien Resurrection, p. 250 (1997), Warner Aspect.