Part 19: Site Recon, AKA Chryssalid HELL!Part 19: Site Recon, AKA CHRYSSALID HELL!
Allens Movie Pile posted:
John Carpenters The THING!
Keith David and Kurt Russell fight tentacle monsters in the snow!
This is a movie about the ultimate life form. The ULTIMATE life form. A single-celled organism that can consume anything and imitate anything it has consumed, even mix-and-matching later. Its taking over some of the guys living inside a remote Antarctic research station and nobody is sure whos who, because the imitation is more or less flawless. The Thing will never break character unless it sees an opportunity to kill someone or gets outed.
One of the mistakes people make repeatedly, especially in the book based off of it, is assuming you cant be a Thing if you fight a Thing. Not true; it NEVER breaks character if it can get away with it. Once separated from the host body, it stops being completely loyal to the thing that spawned it, which means they can try to hurt blood samples taken from infected guys. If the blood tries to crawl away, that means the guys a monster. So the only way to detect this monster is to figure out the one attribute it has that separates it from people, the idea that every single part of it is alive.
Theres a great sense of oppressive loneliness and paranoia in this movie, and fantastic Sam Winston creature effects. Everyone owes it to themselves to try to see this film once in their lives. My sole problem with this movie is that its a total sausage fest, no women at all, but then again, apparently there just werent a lot of women stationed in Antarctica during the 1980s. And the one-gender cast makes it harder to tell whos who at a distance, which works in its favor.
If the aliens have a monster like this, we are FUCKED. But they probably dont. Hopefully. Knock on wood!
*cough* This is a pretty damn good movie, yeah; though I do wonder why nobody even attempts communication with the Thing. Maybe they just all assume it has no plan other than eating people?
Funny idea for an alternate ending: the Thing consumes and imitates everyone, and then life on earth goes right back to normal because the Thing never breaks character. Everyones a monster, but everyone thinks theyre the only one.
What game are you trying to play now, Cammy?
I was trying to set up a Shadowrun RPG session its a setting where magic is real and nonhumans are abundant, but so are cybernetics and futuristic stuff. If the technology that XCOM is researching ever becomes commonplace, well, well basically be living in Shadowrun.
The situations in Europe and Asia are heating up a bit, Commander. In addition to aliens kidnapping humans we have isolated incidences of people experimenting with leftover salvaged pieces of alien technology; not governments, theyd keep it secret. Criminals and civilians.
Uh-oh. Like what?
Lets see A report of an Irish gang trying to figure out how to make those sticky green webs from stolen abduction pods An independent French corporation accidentally poisoning some of its staff by experimenting on a Thin Man cadaver A PMC based in the Czech Republic blowing themselves up in an attempt at reconstructing alien weapons oh, this is interesting. A large gang in Japan using a captured Meld canister and injecting it in the mistaken belief of contracting alien superpowers.
I know thats probably very serious but Im trying hard not to laugh imagining what the results were.
Yeah, they are now one of the most, uh, diverse gangs in Japan, needless to say.
Ladies and gentlemen of XCOM, we now have BIG lasers.
May I present to you, XCOM, your new teammate: The Super-Heavy Infantry Vehicle, or SHIV, production name Goliath-1.
I AM SHIV.
Not really, thats just its Hello, World command. Ill need to study a lot more alien tech before this thing is ready to become fully automated. In the meantime, you can control it remotely. Watkins is still on sick leave
I volunteer to control it, for now.
Its good now, but itll be even better once we outfit it with lasers. More accurate, too. And you can hide behind it for cover on the field.
Looks like well have the perfect opportunity to test it out, since Watkins is still under the weather. Some strange thing is going on over in a fishing village in Newfoundland. Might be nothing, might be something really, really BAD. Everyone there is missing, and so is the initial strike team sent there. Check it out and bring the SHIV with you, along with Zhang.
Damn, your gun is even BIGGER, Naomi. I bet you could kill a Muton in one hit.
With a lucky shot, perhaps. Alicia, you got full control of that thing?
It controls pretty easily; just like a video game, in fact. Lets just hope it doesnt have any lag.
Well, take care, okay, everyone? *cough* Im gonna play a game with the back-up squad.
Im still thinking about all those horrible things the Thin Men said to Cammy Youre not really you, the old you is dead.
If they had tried it on me, it wouldnt have worked. Ive come to realize I hate the old me and love the new me. What do you think, Zhang?
Time and tide will change people whether or not they want anyway. Young peoples bodies become old, fat people become thin, weak become strong or vice-versa, and experience changes your soul. The mutations are just quicker, more visible. Still, there are some things that dont change
Heres the fishing village, Strike-One. I suggest you use Leroy to scout with her sensory powers until we find the townsfolk, or aliens.
Holy shit ZOMBIE! We have CHRYSSALIDS!
Oh, no if the whole town is already dark, that means everyone in it has either been killed or transformed into a monster. We need to get ready to exterminate everything. Starting with this zombie. Blast it!
Its STILL UP?
These things are tough. Stronger than even the bugs that make them. SHIV, go!
Too early to celebrate. Princess, cloak and go right. Zhang and I will go left.
*exhale* It couldnt see me this invisibility has saved my life!
I can kill it from here.
Blow it away and keep pressing forward, carefully. Nobody forget to establish overwatch.
The houses are empty, lets head into the fish market.
I know its a cliche, but this is TOO quiet. I dont sense anything living. This is creepy.
Okay, just for reference: if there are chryssalids here, let me and the SHIV take point. Were the toughest and even if they kill us, we wont become zombies.
My invisibility fooled the zombies, but I dont think itll fool chryssalids. We got the bioelectric skin trait from them, remember?
Right. You should probably get an elevated position for sniping.
Zombie to the east!
And three chryssalids!!! Back me up, NOW!
One down! I love this gun!
Second chryssalid down!
All bugs down! One zombie left!
Team, the bugs are using the larger fish as incubators, spawning from the sharks and other catches of the day. Its not just human zombies you need to worry about. More coming in from your west!
Zombie PUNCH! Now, everyone reload and set up for an attack from the left. Princess, up top, now!
Thisd be easier with jumpy legs
Zombie and chrysalid to the left! Theyre clustered, can you get a rocket shot at them, Eva?
Uh okay! Sure!
It didnt kill em but it softened them up. Gomez, go!
I have a very easy shot from here. Zombie down!
Yup, this ones wide open too! Thanks.
Press up against this thing for cover, thats what it was designed for.
I know, I know, its just that pressing up against electronics makes me all tingly now. Distracting.
Got em. All visible targets dead.
We didnt cause this explosion or fire. I believe this is why we havent been swarmed by dozens of zombies. Just before we got here, someone sacrificed themselves to destroy a large number of aliens. Instead of groups of two and three we would have fought up to fifty enemies at once. Fortunate.
Theres a lot of damage on that ship over there. Boards and debris are on the outside, like something burst from within. I think the original infestation came from there. I will investigate.
Be careful! Youre tough but a couple of swipes from those things will still hurt you!
Ill send the SHIV in first, of course.
Bugs from within the ship! And a zombie right by the ship! Take them down now, please!
Adjust for wind perfect shot!
I can see inside the ship. Its a whale. A WHALE. The chryssalids are spawning from it, one more every minute we spend here. Hundreds could come out of it if we dont destroy it!
You dont have enough firepower to sink a ship or burn an entire whale carcass. Well need an airstrike.
I can order one right now, but your best shot of it hitting its target is to activate the ships transponder from the bridge.
Here comes another one! Gah, the whole thing is wiggling youll have to fight past them all to get to the transponder on the bridge.
Fuck this groundwalker shit.
Its time to FLY.
I only winged it!
I got it. But theres more hatching in there. Naomi!
I got it! Everyone, just drop everything and run back to the Skyranger, NOW. This whole place will be swarming with bugs and well all be dead if that airstrike hits us. Go. GO. GO!
Theres more hatching from the sharks, in front and behind us.
Shoot the ones in front, forget the ones behind unless they get too close.
The SHIV is expendable at least, but youre not! Hurry up!
Keep an eye on our rear, but keep moving back to the Skyranger!
I count four five
SIX more from the ship. In one minute! FUCK! We need to get outta here NOW.
Running, running, running!
Were all here. GO!
We made it whew.
All those poor people
It was a great loss, but Im sure that they would all have been glad to know we kept their remains from being used as a weapon against the world.
I dont think this was deliberate. The aliens have supported chrysalids with ground troops like floaters in the past, and their goal has always been to raid the earth, not destroy it. Hmm. Might have been an accidental infestation.
Once again, Bar-Lev, youve done an amazing job of keeping the team focused. Everyone did a great job, and it looks like the SHIV is a keeper, even if its not as flexible as a human soldier.
I AM SHIV.
Heh. Figured a punch of the button was worth it.
Im authorizing the funding of laser weaponry for the SHIV, were going to need it in the future, I think.
Hmm, I bet if I pre-heated the weapon Id be able to get more shots out of it
Sorry for puking in the middle of the session, guys, havent got all this Thin Man out of my system yet.
We should wait for more people before attempting a serious session anyway.
Id be dead if it werent for these powers
Good thing you have more than one life, I would think!
Thats one way of looking at it, yeah
To Be Continued!
Commander's Poll posted:
Which alien do you hate the most?