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In cinema, the archetype of the alien holds many meanings: from a scientific perspective, it elicits the possibility of life existing elsewhere in the universe; in a socio-political context, alien describes a racialized notion of the “other” or the immigrant. Ideas about aliens have radically evolved throughout motion picture history and these two concepts have changed the way audiences view science fiction films, establishing aliens as a strong, long-running trend in popular culture.  With the newest installment of Ridley Scott’s “Alien” universe, “Alien: Covenant,” the alien remains an iconic popular cinematic trend. Scott’s alien— the Xenomorph— comes from a long lineage of past alien representations shaped by mankind’s own history.

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