Locutus of Bored wrote:
Well, maybe it's not so far-fetched having such stupid people on the scientific team. The dude who tried to pet the alien-snake thing reminded me of touchie-feelie nature-lover types who think you can walk up to a bear and pet it and then end up being featured in a volume of Faces of Death.
I don't know anyone who says "We're about to embark on the most important, revolutionary, expensive, time consuming, and dangerous mission in the history of humankind... so let's hire Grizzly Man
for one of the key scientific positions."
Earth's scientific community hasn't been represented too well in any of the Alien pictures. Perhaps it is intentional - to imply scientific laziness as a result of corporate greed.