4 years ago
It might be just plain fan-baiting, get people interested in the film. Look at how uniquely they advertised Prometheus.
I have to agree with you doc, its a recycled concept to draw fans in. You don't need another 'Ripely' character to have an excellent alien film. Like you said the first film was more about the creature and how Ripley just ended up being the one who survived. I do get that the later films focused more on Ripley and it worked for most of them, but as we're coming full circle with this franchise making prequels it seems silly to have some sort of Ripley decedent or relative to be fighting the aliens once again.
My point pretty much is in line with your thoughts doc. As you go further back in the alien universe you should be seeing less of ripely. Her start in the series was the first alien film, having her blood line show up in prequels is damn silly.