To emphasize his Vietnam parallel, Cameron outlines a situation that is hopeless goes from bad to worse in a few impossibly horrific events.

To emphasize his Vietnam parallel, Cameron outlines a situation that is hopeless goes from bad to worse in a few impossibly horrific events. Having located the colonists through transmitters that confirm they have been huddled together in one part of the complex, the Marines resolve to guns that are roll-in and save your day. What they find, however, are walls enveloped with cocoon-like resin and inside colonists who act as hosts to alien Facehuggers. At one time, the aliens attack and, caught off guard, the Marine’s numbers are cut down seriously to a handful. By the right time they escape, their shootout has caused a reactor leak that may detonate in a number of hours. Panicked, outnumbered, outgunned, and now out of time, the few survivors huddle together, section themselves off, and attempt to devise an idea. To escape, they must manually fly down a dropship from the Sulaco. […]