My desire to write Sci-Fi was cemented in 1979, after seeing ALIEN. I had read about the making of this movie months before in OMNI Magazine, The movie alien was a first of many: A true Alien devoid of emotion; a first lifelike android (Ash). I thought Ash’s character was the perfect antagonist, who hid in the shadows of the Xenomorph. When it was discovered Ash was an Android, it blew the audience away–you could hear our collective gasps.
It was Ash’s character that I truly believe, future antagonists of all movie genres took flight from.
You will be missed Sir Ian Holm, but never forgotten.
Ash’s character provided a great definition of what being artificial really meant. But don’t forget what Bishop said about the Ash models, “The early models were always a little twitchy.”