Describe the various stages of the alien’s life cycle. How do we know that it was alive (what criteria did it satisfyDescribe the various stages of the alien’s life cycle., and how)? What did it consume? How quickly did it grow? Did every individual reproduce, or were there females for the purpose, or was there a single queen for the purpose? How did the eggs survive long periods in space? How did the alien get aboard the ship? Who was the mad scientist in this film? What was he/she/it willing to sacrifice? Since Ripley survived by destroying the specimen, thereby depriving science of knowledge, does science itself have to be a little bit mad just to make progress? Was the alien a successful life form?