Evil Geeks Women’s History Month Warriors: Ellen Ripley

As soon as we started doing a series to celebrate the famous women of “geek” culture I knew I had to write about Ellen Ripley. Even if that meant facing off against Arthur Harkness in a steel cage death match, I was going to do this.


Ripley is the main protagonist of the Alien film franchise (barring the exception of the prequel Prometheus) she’s a no nonsense, hard talking, unadulterated badass. Starting off as the warrant officer aboard the spaceship Nostromo her life would forever become tied to the predatory extraterrestrial Xenomorphs. Which, I’d like to point out could have been wholly avoided had the crew listened to her in Alien and not letting an infected crew member return to the ship before a 24 hour decontamination period.

She can’t seem to ever catch a break though. I read her described somewhere as having trucker DNA which couldn’t be more aptly put. She’s an ass kicker for sure. We watch her torch her way through almost every variation of a Xenomorph possible, but also the physical and psychological trauma she endures in order to get through it all.  Ellen Ripley is a lot of things but above all else she’s a survivor.


Thankfully Ridley Scott cast Sigourney Weaver as Ripley (coincidence that Ripley and Ridley are only one letter apart?) and changed the tide of action films forever. Scott believed in the importance of a strong female lead (and Russell Crowe for some reason) and in doing so helped solidify that action movies can not just sustain a woman as the main role but be critically acclaimed and financially successful as well.

Ellen Ripley, we salute you.

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About Biff Tannen

Film Noir, Pulp, Comic Books and Hitchcock.

Posted on March 6, 2014, in Geekology, Movies, Women's History Month Warriors and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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