To celebrate the release of sci-fi sequel Predators this month, Time Out takes a closer look at life on other planets – according to Hollywood, that is
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Yoda As seen in: The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Return of the Jedi (1983), The Phantom Menace (1999), Attack of the Clones (2002), Revenge of the Sith (2005) Why he is cool: He’s over 800 years old, but mess with him and he’ll do Jedi stuff and jump around with his lightsabre. And we like the way he speaks, too. Why he might not be: His involvement in the Star Wars prequels gave us such cringe-worthy terms as ‘midi-chlorians’ and ‘younglings’. As guilty as George Lucas.
Na’vi As seen in: Avatar (2009) Why they are cool: Tall and blue, the Na’vi live in trees and fly around on creatures like Turoks. Not afraid to defend their homeland against pesky human invaders either. Why they might not be: They may appear in the highest-grossing movie ever, but their height will make low doorways and legroom on public transport an ongoing concern.
Frank the PugAs seen in: Men in Black (1997), Men in Black 2 (2002) Why he is cool: An alien (a Remoolian, to be precise) disguised as a wise-cracking, occasionally-singing pug dog. Sometimes wears a suit like the other MiB agents. Why he might not be: His remarks and Gloria Gaynor covers can get annoying.
Klingons As seen in: Too many Star Trek movies to list here (1979-2008) Why they are cool: A war-like race, once at odds with Kirk and his crew, but later friends with mankind. Why they might not be: Inspiration for many Star Trek-themed weddings, and you can even buy the works of Shakespeare translated into the Klingon language. Seriously.
Martians As seen in: Mars Attacks! (1996) Why they are cool: Have a slightly warped sense of humour, shouting ‘Don’t run, we are your friends’ whilst shooting everything in sight. Why they might not be: Not difficult to defeat – a certain easy listening classic causes their brains to burst.
ET As seen in: ET (1982) Why he is cool: Has bits of himself that glow, and if you wrap him in a blanket and pop him in the front basket of a bicycle, you and your friends can pedal across the sky. Why he might not be: Has fairly limited interests (‘Phone home’ etc), and has to be the least threatening alien ever.
Transformers As seen in: Transformers (2007), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) Why they are cool: Two opposing armies of giant robots from the planet Cybertron – Autobots (good guys) and Deceptions (not so nice) – that can change into military vehicles and sports cars. What’s not to like? Why they might not be: Not their fault, but all of their movies have been directed by Michael Bay – the man churns out pure Hollywood cheese, and is why Megan Fox said she will not appear in a third instalment.
Superman As seen in: Superman (1978), Superman 2 (1980), Superman 3 (1983), Superman 4: The Quest for Peace (1987), Superman Returns (2006) Why he is cool: Can leap tall buildings in a single bound, etc, but best of all can make the world spin backwards by flying around it enough times. Why he might not be: Wears his underpants on the outside, and primary colours are so last season.
Predators As seen in: Predator (1987), Predator 2 (1990), Alien vs Predator (2004), Alien vs Predator: Requiem (2007), Predators (2010) Why they are cool: Their only purpose is to hunt opponents they deem worthy, with lots of trick weaponry. They also collect the skulls of their prey. Why they might not be: Losing to Arnie in the first film is forgiveable, losing to Danny Glover in the second is not.
Aliens As seen in: Alien (1979), Aliens (1986), Alien 3 (1992), Alien: Resurrection (1997), Alien vs Predator (2004), Aliens vs Predator: Requiem (2007) Why they are cool: Just look at their life cycle: egg, then stomach-bursting ‘face hugger’, then killing machine. Why they might not be: Have been cross-bred with both humans and Predators as an awful plot device.