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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 10:18 am    Post subject: Nostromo deck issue... Reply with quote

I read quite a few posts here on the issue of the number and placement of decks in the Nostromo, but never saw a clear resolution...did anyone solve it?

I read some posts where some folk were suggesting that Ripley may have been in an observation area just prior to the slap in the face that she received from Lambert.

The problem with that is this...
While her crew-mates are still en-route to the derelict, she clearly sits in a chair on the bridge so that she might assist in deciphering the mayday signal.
Even after learning that the Mayday might, in fact, be a warning to any passersby, she remains on the bridge...she remains there even as her shipmates return and re-enter the airlock.

Although a time delay, (between Ripley making her way from the bridge to the Infirmary corridor...what should have been a short run, and the longer time it must have taken Lambert and Dallas to get their suits off and dressed in work clothes AFTER having taken Kane to the Infirmary), is never explained, it does appear that Ripley left the bridge, then made her way to that ladder to join everyone waiting for news on Kane's condition.

It seems to suggest that the Bridge is on one deck, the Infirmary is below that, and there would have to be at least two more decks below that ( the number of decks that the Alien's acid/blood is able to eat through before it runs out of steam).

It's too bad that there weren't definitive drawings produced by the production company, Space Jockey's drawings are spectacular, but it would have been great to have had more details from the Horse's mouth.
Speculation is fun, but a little frustrating as well :-]
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As it often happens, the set doesn't fit the model and the model doesn't fit the set.

That said, many on the board have tried, with a certain level of success, to define and blue-print the ship's interior. It's all conjecture of course and, in the end, a design excercice embeded into artistic license.

Sure, for the spectators that question doesn't arise while viewing the movie, it's just that, after, you have people like us who'll spent incredible amount of time de-constructing almost every aspect of the said movie.

It was never the Director's intention to make that happen, the only question is: does that make sense in the movie, is it plausible (of course there's an amount of "real life thinking" from the part of the writer and even the actors on the set also).

Now, if during the movie that event didn't make sense at all for the viewers, then we have a problem! Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Exactly.
There has to be some semblance of realism to any monster movie, otherwise it becomes just another cartoon....getting a good balance of believability between the monster and the world that it inhabits can be a director's worst nightmare, Scott pulled it off for the most part....especially considering the pressures and restrictions place on him by Fox.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It occurred to me, that having the infirmary on a more central deck would be preferable since you would want any medical resources as close as possible to as many areas of the ship as possible.
Keeping it closest to an area of least injury likely (bridge and food service), wouldn't make sense.

Perhaps I'm putting too much thought into it, but it's difficult not to :-]
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Almost...as you saw, there's no elevators in the Nostromo, or not that we can see. Now, if you want to move somebody and go below deck (or up) using those ladders to transport a injured person, you'll have mucho problemos (First Aid 101: don't move the person unless said person could be injured again by exterior events).

Again, the ladders are giving a "submarine" look to the whole design; it's dramatic, it adds details to the set, etc.

Now if they had had an elevator in that scene with the Alien (as in the elevator scene in Aliens ) I conceide that that could've been dramatic also.
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