- "Who were you expecting? Santa Claus?"
- ―Vriess (from Alien Resurrection)
Dom Vriess was a mercenary and an engineer aboard the smuggling ship the Betty. Vriess and the crew of the Betty were responsible for delivering several kidnapped civilians to United Systems Military scientists aboard the USM Auriga, and he subsequently became involved in the Xenomorph outbreak and infestation aboard the ship.
Vriess was paralyzed from the waist down, requiring the use of a P.T.V. for mobility. Despite this handicap, he was one of four survivors of the Auriga incident, along with Ripley 8, Johner and the Auton Annalee Call.
In 2350, aged just 10 years old, Vriess took a job as an engineer technician at a United Systems Military shipyard, but was discharged in 2358 after repeated failures to maintain his sobriety. Several years later, in 2375, he joined up with Frank Elgyn and his smuggler crew aboard the Betty, becoming their chief mechanic.
During an operation on the planet Kawlang in 2377, where the Betty crew were acting as mercenaries, Vriess was wounded by shrapnel; the injury paralyzed him from the waist down, forcing Christie to carry him out strapped to his back in what the two came to know as the "Kawlang maneuver". Following his injury, Vriess used a P.T.V. for mobility.
Aboard the AurigaCloned Xenomorphs escaped containment and began rampaging throughout the ship. Despite his disability, he managed to defend himself against the Xenomorphs with his collapsible shotgun, hastily assembled from parts hidden on his P.T.V. and whistled the Popeye theme, before reuniting with the rest of his crew. When the survivors were forced to swim through a flooded galley to reach the Betty, Vriess had to abandon his wheelchair and be carried on Christie's back. Although Christie was killed by the Xenomorphs in a subsequent ambush, Vriess managed to survive.
The few remaining survivors eventually reached the Betty and escaped the Auriga before it impacted the Earth. With Vriess and Johner at the helm, the ship barely survived re-entry into the planet's atmosphere, despite a hull breach caused by the death of the Newborn on board the vessel. Vriess subsequently set the Betty down just outside of a devastated Paris, bringing the survivors home to Earth.
Personality and Traits
- "Hey, Christie, do me a favour. When we hit the surface on the other side — no backstroke, OK?"
- ―Vriess (from Alien Resurrection)
Vriess' most notable piece of equipment was his motorized P.T.V., which included various points of articulation and recline to allow him to perform his primary duties as a mechanic aboard the Betty. The chair also contained parts that could be used to construct the crew's home-made concealed weapons, including a collapsible shotgun, a collapsible grenade launcher and a small zip gun. As such, the P.T.V. served as a means for the Betty crew to smuggle weapons through security checkpoints. During the outbreak on the Auriga, Vriess armed himself with his shotgun.
- In the novelization of Alien Resurrection, Vriess' fist name is given as John. However, this was later changed to Dom in Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report, after the actor who plays the character (Dominique Pinon).
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 S. D. Perry. Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report, p. 149 (2014), Insight Editions.
- ↑ Vriess's actor's (Dominique Pinon) height is 5ft 5 (165.1 cm), so that is also how tall Vriess would have been.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Joss Whedon (writer), Jean-Pierre Jeunet (director). Alien Resurrection (1997), 20th Century Fox [DVD].
- ↑ S. D. Perry. Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report, p. 9 (2014), Insight Editions.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 A. C. Crispin, Kathleen O'Malley. Alien Resurrection, p. 183 (2015), Titan Books.
- ↑ Joss Whedon (writer), Jean-Pierre Jeunet (director). Alien Resurrection Special Edition (2003), 20th Century Fox [DVD].
- ↑ A. C. Crispin, Kathleen O'Malley. Alien Resurrection, p. 68 (2015), Titan Books.