- "Take a look around you. We're all we have. No one is coming to save us. We're on our own."
- ―Amanda Ripley (from Alien: Isolation)
Amanda Tei "Amy" Ripley-McClaren (born Amanda Ripley; 2112) was a Weyland-Yutani Corporation employee. She was the daughter of Ellen Ripley. In 2137, when the flight recorder unit of the USCSS Nostromo was recovered and taken to Sevastopol Station, she traveled to Sevastopol in the hopes of finding out what happened to her mother when the Nostromo disappeared fifteen years previously. She was subsequently involved in the Xenomorph incident that destroyed the station. She was apparently the only survivor of the Sevastopol incident.
Three years later, Amanda would reunite with her old friend Zula Hendricks in a plight against the Weyland-Yutani Corporation to sabotage a black-sited bio-weapons facility. She later married, taking the name "McClaren". Ripley died of cancer on December 23, 2178 at the age of 66.
Amanda was conceived by her mother during a layover between haulage trips. Despite the fact this contravened Weyland-Yutani policy, Ellen Ripley was not disciplined for her indiscretion and the pregnancy was allowed to come to term. Amanda was delivered in a home birth, in the presence of her father Alex.
By the time Amanda was 3 years old, her mother and father had separated and Alex had no further contact with his daughter. Further tragedy would follow seven years later, when Amanda's mother disappeared following the loss of the Nostromo in deep space. Just prior to that, her mother had promised to be there for Amanda's eleventh birthday, a promise which she was unable to keep. Her mother's disappearance garnered attention in the press which made Amanda famous for a time, and she received direct financial support from the company as a result, from education, to healthcare to bail. Amanda soon began fighting with her stepfather Paul Carter, causing her to run away from home, apparently multiple times. By the age of eighteen she was on her own. Around that time, Weyland-Yutani set up a standing offer for employment within the company, something Ripley would continue to refuse over the years. She subsequently took up engineering as a means of getting by.
In search of her mother
Ripley and the team traveled to Sevastopol aboard the Torrens, a commercial courier ship privately owned by Captain Verlaine. Upon arrival, they found communications with the station scrambled and unintelligible. With the station's docking facilities damaged, Ripley, Samuels and Weyland-Yutani lawyer Taylor attempted to spacewalk over to Sevastopol, but debris resulting from an explosion severed their guide line. Ripley managed to enter the station through an airlock, but was separated from the others and found herself unable to contact neither them nor the Torrens.
Upon reaching the Lorenz SysTech Spire, Ripley gathered additional supplies, including a .357 Revolver and a Security Access Tuner to help her bypass locked systems. She also discovered the black box recorder from the Nostromo, but to her dismay found its data had been corrupted and was unreadable. As she prepared to move on, a localized security lockdown activated due to unauthorized access in the area, and in the midst of deactivating the lockdown the Alien that had killed Axel dropped from a vent directly in front of her. A terrified Ripley hid under the console at which she had been working, narrowly avoiding the creature's tail as it jumped onto the desk above her, before the Alien slipped out of the room. As Ripley moved on, she saw the Alien slaughter a group of other survivors, before again moving away through the station's network of ventilation shafts.
Upon reaching Sevastopol's comms center, Ripley discovered the station's Working Joe androids were hostile towards any attempt to re-enable the communications, watching as a Joe brutally murdered a survivor named Hughes. Ripley managed to avoid the patrolling synthetics, and while still unable to contact the Torrens, she did manage to reach Samuels, who revealed that he and Taylor were in the SciMed Tower, and that Taylor had been injured in the accident that had separated them earlier.
Returning to Samuels and Taylor, Ripley found them being held at gunpoint by Marshal Waits and his deputy Ricardo of the Colonial Marshal Bureau. After defusing the situation, Waits informed Ripley that the Alien had been brought to Sevastopol by the Anesidora, the ship that had recovered the Nostromo's flight recorder, and that he had the ship's captain, Marlow, in custody at the Bureau headquarters. He also informed her that the explosion that had inadvertently saved her from the creature was in fact a trap set by his men in the hopes of killing it. At the Bureau headquarters, Ripley interrogated Marlow, learning that his crew had discovered the flight recorder drifting in space and had followed the data it contained in the hopes of locating and salvaging the Nostromo. It had led them to the derelict on LV-426, and as they explored the vessel Marlow's wife, Foster, had been attacked by a Facehugger. Marlow brought her to Sevastopol seeking help, but in doing so unleashed the Alien upon its populace. Ripley attempted to inquire more, but Marlow demanded his freedom in return, which she could not grant.
Interfacing with APOLLO, Ripley discovered that Sevastopol had in fact been purchased by Weyland-Yutani two days after the Torrens set out for the station, and that the company had programmed the computer with Special Order 939 directing it to preserve the Alien for capture, regardless of casualties; evidently APOLLO had come to view the human survivors as a threat to the creature's survival, and had therefore begun eliminating them by way of the androids under its control. Ripley ordered APOLLO to cease its actions, pointing out that as the Alien was no longer on board, the computer had no reason to follow its orders. However, APOLLO refused, citing an irregularity in the station's reactor core. Investigating the core, Ripley discovered the Alien had constructed a Hive, inside which many of its victims were cocooned, used as hosts to breed even more Aliens. Despite her terror, Ripley entered the Hive to initiate a reactor purge, hoping to destroy the nest. While she succeeded, several Aliens escaped into the station before the blast.
Escape from Sevastopol
Ripley awoke in a new Hive, cocooned to the wall like the victims she had seen in the reactor maintenance area. Escaping, she returned to the air lock and learned from Verlaine that the Torrens was now trapped in the docking clamps due to damage. Ripley got into an EVA suit, headed outside, and activated the mechanism to detonate the explosive emergency release bolts. Several Aliens appeared and surrounded her on the maintenance walkway, but just as they prepared to pounce, the bolts detonated, sending Ripley tumbling overboard into the Torrens and freeing the ship.
Climbing back aboard the Torrens, Ripley believed herself to be safe. However, on her way to the bridge to reunite with the crew, she came face to face with one more Alien, which had managed to board the ship. The creature cornered Ripley in an air lock and prepared to make the killing strike, but at the last moment Ripley, still in her EVA suit, hit the emergency release, sending both her and the Alien out into space. As she and her suit went into a spinning freefall in space, Ripley managed to use her thrusters to steady her position. She was however unable to prevent a piece of debris from hitting her, which jarred her a little. Finally getting her bearings, she attempted to call out to the Torrens but received no response. She then began to send a distress broadcast, emphasizing that she would continue broadcasting on the link until a point that she could no longer do so. She then began chronicling how her mission to Sevastopol began.
Ripley was left alone and adrift for three days, unconscious, until found by a powerful searchlight.
After being rescued from space after ejecting the Torrens, Amanda was taken to the Mendel Station. There she witnessed a breeding ground for the Xenomorph which killed the crew of the Weyland-Yutani vessel she was rescued by. After a short period, the USCSS Haldin docked at Mendel Station for repairs and Amanda helped direct the crew to safety. When the crew fixed the ship and escaped the station, Amanda joined - travelling to KOI-125.01 - with a further planned path to Earth.
Reunion with Zula and battle against the Corporation
Three years following the Sevastopol disaster, it is revealed that Amanda eventually returned to Earth, with the Weyland-Yutani Corporation making sure her attempts to expose the company's corruption and unethical practices be moot and disregarded. Amanda subsequently spent her time hiking in the countryside in an attempt to distract herself from her trauma and newfound claustrophobia, openly stating that she has "trouble with small spaces". On one such hike, she is approached by old friend and now ex-marine Hendricks, who takes her back to her apartment in the suburbs.Zula introduces Amanda to her synthetic companion Davis One, now confined to a neural chip, and reveals to her that despite both of their best efforts in the past, Weyland-Yutani still eventually managed to obtain Xenomorph samples and intends to use them in a bio-weapons program. Amanda agrees to join forces with Zula in 'finishing the job'.
Amanda subsequently infiltrates a Weyland-Yutani tower with Davis, who gathers information on the location of the testing facility for the company's bio-weapons program. She is subsequently halted by advanced model Corporate security drones known as Franklin, who notice her earpiece and seize her. However, she is saved by Zula, who flies in with her ship the Celestial and launches a missile into the tower, allowing Amanda to use the chaos as an opportunity to jump into the hull of Zula's ship, but not before being grazed by a bullet laced with Xenomorph blood.
Zula's ship uses the recently launched colonist ship the Gaspar as cover to escape from the company's radar and are on a set course to the research facility. Zula and Amanda both enter Hypersleep chambers. 9 days later, the ship arrives at its destination. Zula awakens Amanda, having suffered from a nightmare. However, Zula expresses concern, as the Gaspar is also nearby. Davis scans the ship and cites no available life-forms, also noting that "the passenger manifest has been erased and the ship reclassified as a re-supply only".
Amanda and Zula, with Davis, board the Gaspar, now empty and are subsequently forced to put on pressure suits when entering the facility, something that unnerved Amanda. Exploring the depths of the ship result in a sudden encounter with a Drone carrying a crate. As it flees and attempts to sound the alarm, Amanda tackles the Drone to the floor, but the Drone quickly mounts her and begins pummeling at her helmet, causing a crack. Zula guns down the Drone and saves Amanda.
The two soon realize that the colonists of the Gaspar are being sent back aboard the ship, with the ship being sent into a lower orbit by a nearby planet. Davis uncovers that the black site is rigged with the nuclear failsafe, and the group intend to hijack it from the outside of the site. As Amanda attempts to rewire the systems of the bomb with Davis' chip inside, they are caught by synthetics and a firefight ensues. Zula is shot in the arm and is sent into space, with Amanda following her. Zula realizes that Davis is still left inside the systems of the bomb and calls out to him, to no response.
Exploring the Planet
Amanda and Zula, alongside the Gaspar are sent plummeting into the planet's atmosphere, with Amanda managing to activate one of the suit's emergency landing hex capsules that engulfs the two. This, alongside the planet's dense troposphere allowed Zula and Amanda to survive the fall in relatively good shape. After exploring the abandoned wreckage of the Gaspar, Amanda and Zula explore the planet and subsequently save fleeing colonist Alec Brand from two Xenomorphs, as well as spot two non-hostile bullet-proof Franklins before setting up camp. During nightfall, it is revealed that Davis managed to contact the two using a micro-transmitter hairclip on Zula. Davis reveals that the black site is a testing ground for generations of bred Xenomorphs, with the colonists being tagged for data research, as well as serving as a lure. He opts for the two to retrieve a tag and return to the Celestial, as the tag would be evidence enough to expose the company for their crimes. From there, Davis will detonate the nuke, destroying himself and the facility and wiping out all traces of the weapons program.
While Zula and Amanda explore the jungle depths of the planet, after detecting a nearby heartbeat they are suddenly ambushed by Alec Brand. He is initially hostile, but eventually allies himself with the two after guaranteeing him a way off the planet. Brand reveals that he has been tagged, Amanda cites that they can use the tag and Alec as testimony to put down the company for good. Davis contacts the group and states that he is transmitting his data to the Celestial and will land the ship at an extraction point.
The group are seen running in a large open field being chased by a horde of Aliens. Whilst Amanda and Zula hold off the horde, Brand climbs into the recently landed Celestial and straps himself into the nearest acceleration chair. With the Franklins closing in on Davis' position and attempting to remove him from the nuclear device, he announces to the group that he will be forced to detonate. As the Celestial takes off into the planet's atmosphere, stranding Amanda and Zula, Davis detonates the nuke, destroying the facility. As the blast sweeps the atmosphere and kills all of the Xenomorphs, Amanda activates Zula's hex capsule and the two embrace for impact.
At some point in later life Amanda married taking the name "McClaren" alongside her own. According to Carter Burke, the union produced no children, although Alan Decker was said to be a descendant of Ellen and Amanda Ripley, so the accuracy of this statement is unclear.
Death and legacy
In 2179, a year after Amanda's death, the Narcissus, the shuttle Ellen Ripley used to escape the USCSS Nostromo was finally recovered by a salvage team, and Ellen was awakened from hypersleep. She inquired to Weyland-Yutani executive Carter Burke about Amanda and he presented her with an image of Amanda as an old woman, revealing Amanda's fate to Ellen.
Personality and Traits
Amanda possessed a dry and deadpan sense of humor as shown in her conversations with Axel and Waits and also had a sarcastic streak. Like her mother before her, she was initially terrified and in shock of what she witnessed but gradually became stronger and more confident throughout her time on Sevastopol, willing to scout alone in areas despite knowing the threat that stalks her.
After the Sevastopol incident and her 3 day long drift in space inside a pressure suit, Amanda seemed to suffer from claustrophobia, preferring to be out in open areas rather than confined spaces.
Ripley retrieved numerous weapons aboard Sevastopol, although owing to the fact most were totally ineffective against the Alien she rarely had cause to use them. The major exception to this was the flamethrower given to her by Marshal Waits, which she found was highly effective at deterring the Aliens on the station, if not harming them. Ripley also widely employed a Security Access Tuner she recovered from another survivor to hack secure systems aboard Sevastopol. Being an engineer, she was adept at crafting homemade explosive and distraction devices to aid her in her survival, including pipe bombs, flashbang charges and noisemakers.
Behind the Scenes
In James Cameron's initial treatment for Aliens, Amanda (who had not yet been named) is still alive and living on Earth. By the time of the story, she is old, frail and crippled, and when Ripley speaks to her via videophone from Gateway Station, she makes it clear that she resents her mother for what happened, and coldly tells Ripley that she hates her.
The photograph of Amanda that is seen in the extended Special Edition of Aliens is actually that of Sigourney Weaver's late mother, British actress Elizabeth Inglis. Though not given in the film, the novelization states that she died of cancer.
The subplot involving Amanda was removed from the theatrical release due to concerns about from 20th Century Fox about the length of the film. Weaver was furious when she discovered it had been removed, as she considered it to be crucial to her character's development in the movie.
Amanda's likeness in Isolation is based on Kezia Burrows, who also performed motion capture for the character.
- All mention of Amanda was cut from the theatrical release of Aliens when the studio complained that the film was too long. The scenes mentioning her were later reinstated for the extended Special Edition.
- Regarding the potential discrepancy between Amanda's encounter with the Xenomorph on Sevastopol and her fate as revealed in the Special Edition of Aliens, Alistair Hope from Creative Assembly stated, "If there's one thing we know about Burke, it's that he's an extremely untrustworthy character. The one thing he needs to do is get Ripley to go back to LV-426, and there's a chance he's going to tell her whatever he thinks he needs to say."
- Amanda's biological father Alex was first mentioned in passing in the novelization of Alien Resurrection, before being mentioned again (and named) in the book Alien: Out of the Shadows and the novelization of Alien: Isolation. However, despite these multiple "appearances", very little information has ever been given on him beyond the fact he left Ellen Ripley shortly after Amanda was born.
- Aliens Special Edition/novel (photo only)
- Alien Resurrection (novel) (appears in flashback)
- Alien: Out of the Shadows/audio drama (appears in dream)
- Alien: Sea of Sorrows (mentioned only)
- Alien: Isolation/novel/series
- Aliens: Defiance
- Aliens: Resistance
- Alien: Blackout
- Aliens: Rescue
Behind the scenes
- ↑ In Alien, the Nostromo is said to be 10 months from Earth when it sets down on LV-426, in June 2122, meaning it was originally scheduled to return to Earth some time around April 2123. In Aliens, Ripley tells Burke she promised Amanda she would be back for her 11th birthday. It's safe to assume this birthday would have fallen fairly soon after the Nostromo was supposed to return, certainly some time that year, thus if Amanda turned 11 in 2123, she must have been born in 2112.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Tim Lebbon. Alien: Out of the Shadows, p. 162 (2014), Titan Books.
- ↑ Keith R. A. DeCandido. Alien: Isolation, p. 48 (2019), Titan Books.
- ↑ James A. Moore. Alien: Sea of Sorrows, p. 64 (2014), Titan Books.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 James Cameron (writer and director). Aliens Special Edition (1991), 20th Century Fox [LaserDisc].
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 The year of death on the photograph seen in Aliens makes no sense if the film takes place in 2179. If Amanda turned 11 in 2123, she would have died age 66 in 2178.
- ↑ https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152755697889938&set=gm.722776527805060
- ↑ http://www.keziaburrows.com/#!gallery/c199t
- ↑ Steve Perry, Stephani Perry. Aliens: The Female War, p. 33 (1993), Bantam Books.
- ↑ Alien: Isolation - Archive Log 124 - APOLLO Primary Interaction Log
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 11.2 Alan Dean Foster. Aliens, p. 24 (2014), Titan Books.
- ↑ Crew dossier seen in Aliens, available as bonus feature on Alien Anthology Blu-ray
- ↑ A. C. Crispin, Kathleen O'Malley. Alien Resurrection, p. 247 (2015), Titan Books.
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 Alien: Isolation - The Digital Series episode 1
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 Alien: Isolation - The Digital Series episode 2
- ↑ Keith R. A. DeCandido. Alien: Isolation, p. 42 (2019), Titan Books.
- ↑ Alien: Isolation (2014), Creative Assembly, SEGA [Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One].
- ↑ Brian Wood (writer), Riccardo Burchielli (illustrator). Aliens: Defiance #3 (2016), Dark Horse Comics.
- ↑ Aliens: Resistance Issue 1.
- ↑ Alien II treatment (September 21, 1983) by David Giler, Walter Hill and James Cameron
- ↑ John Hurt, Dan O'Bannon, Ronald Shusett, David Giler, Sigourney Weaver. The Alien Saga (2002), Prometheus Entertainment [DVD].
- ↑ "PC Gamer - The making of Alien: Isolation". Retrieved on 2015-01-30.