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Cocooned or eggmorphed (my opinion)

This edit suggests that Dallas was actually being turned into an egg, otherwise he would have requested to be cut down instead of burned alive. Before we jump to conclusions, though, we should do a rundown of Dallas' situation:

  • He has witnessed Kane's horrific demise and has just learned about what happened to Brett.
  • After volunteering to go into the vents to flush out the Alien, he finds himself trapped. Terrified, he climbs down a ladder in a blind panic, and is violently attacked and dragged away by the creature. That in itself was probably bad enough, given that a 600lb monster leaping on you and dragging you away would probably break a few bones, to say the very least. Not to mention, the fact that he's being dragged away by an alien is scary enough as it is.
  • He is subsequently plastered to a wall (in a presumably rather uncomfortable position) beside the rotting corpse of Brett.
  • From then on, he's trapped, unable to move, at the total mercy of the Alien. The only mental stimulation would be to wait in fear for the creature's next visit to the hive. And, if we're willing to go by what may have happened to Lambert, Xenomorphs can get disturbingly sadistic with prey... And the Xenomorph had hours to toy with Dallas if it wanted.

So, by the time Ripley has arrived, Dallas' mind has probably snapped. And thus he begs for assisted suicide. Note that he doesn't actually beg to be burned alive; he begs to be killed. He probably assumed that Ripley had a more painless way of killing him, but when he realizes she doesn't, he simply accepts his fate and allows himself to be incinerated. AnonymousOutlast (talk) (Contribs) 12:31, March 8, 2018 (UTC)

It's a bit of an assumption to say he's gone mad enough not to care about being burned alive by this point. I can't think of many worse ways to go than being set alight. Yet he goes straight to "Kill me..." when he can plainly see and otherwise knows that Ripley is only armed with a flamethrower. There's also the fact he can barely speak and is groaning in apparent agony before Ripley even arrives, indicating something far worse than simple restraint is going on.
I know it was cut, but it's also worth noting that in the full version of the coccoon scene, Ripely actually tells Dallas she'll cut him down and get him out, and yet he still asks to be burned.
On top of all that, I recall either Scott or Giger outright stating that both were being Eggmorphed, although I confess I couldn't give you a source for that off-hand.--Buck-ark LEIGH BURNE(Talk) 15:43, March 8, 2018 (UTC)
EDIT: Now that I think about it, I actually own a copy of The Book of Alien; I'll have a look and see what that says about it.--Buck-ark LEIGH BURNE(Talk) 15:54, March 8, 2018 (UTC)
EDIT II: So I looked, and The Book of Alien doesn't really settle it. But... I also have The Officially Authorized Magazine of the Movie Alien, and this does clarify that both men are being turned into Eggs — "Upon closer examination, these two things turn out to be the bodies of Dallas and Brett! Each is bound tightly to the walls by a gooey, metallic cocoon. And each is being used as food for the beginnings of a new race of Aliens. Brett is too far gone, but Dallas manages to open his eyes and plead for execution." I realise the wording about what exactly is going on might not be 100% accurate there, but it does at least make it clear that whatever is happening is happening to both of them. So I'm gonna reinstate the edit and add a reference for the mag.--Buck-ark LEIGH BURNE(Talk) 19:12, March 8, 2018 (UTC)
All right, no problem, then. Sorry for undoing that. AnonymousOutlast (talk) (Contribs) 19:46, March 8, 2018 (UTC)
I heard or read somewhere recently, that its not eggmorphing, its just a misconception that gained momentum. Basically Dallas and Brett were not being turned into eggs but were rather food for them. the eggs were absorbing them or something. I will try and find the source where i heard it. --PredTriLaser The Cruentus(Talk) 10:15, March 13, 2018 (UTC)
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