From ‘Alien' to ‘Interstellar,' What Happens To Women Alone In Space

This post discusses the plot of “Interstellar” and a number of other movies.

When “Alien” arrived in theaters in 1979, Ridley Scott’s science fiction horror classic was announced with the tagline, “In space no one can hear you scream.” The promise of that slogan, of course, is that the movie’s main character, Warrant Officer Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) will scream, and scream she does, while fending off two dreadful attacks from the menacing creature of the title. Advances in space travel may have created new careers for women like Ripley, but they have also created new opportunities for her to be put in danger in ways that are particular to her gender.

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