Sigourney Weaver returned to her most iconic part this week when she reprised the role of Alien's Ripley for a sketch on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. Coming to prominence on The Daily Show, Bee eventually branched out on her own. Following fellow Daily Show alums like Stephen Colbert and John Oliver, Bee debuted her own late night show on TBS. The show later spawned the Not the White House Correspondent's Dinner, an annual event to rival the traditional White House Correspondent's Dinner, in 2017.
Weaver, meanwhile, has been a staple of cult classics and genre movies for four decades. Following her breakout role in Ridley Scott's popular science-fiction franchise, she's starred in everything from Ghostbusters to Avatar. She also recently starred in the Marvel/Netflix collaboration, The Defenders. There's no word on whether Weaver will be a part of next year's belated Ghostbusters follow-up, as she was with the 2016 reboot, but she's currently at work on multiple Avatar sequels. Despite playing Ripley in a number of films, Weaver seemingly left the role behind in 1997. Some fans, however, remained ever hopeful she would one day return to her seminal character.
Those fans (somewhat) got their wish during a sketch with Samantha Bee this week, as Weaver donned the familiar outfit. As posted on Youtube, Ripley returned once more to where nobody can hear you scream. Rather than combating face-huggers and xenomorphs, however, it fell on Ripley's shoulders to save journalism. Ahead of the 2020 Presidential Election, and in the face of the ever-growing political divide, various journalists sought solace in the vacuum of space. Arriving with a team, Ripley soon encountered Bee (playing a perfect parody of Newt). Clutching a Donald Trump doll, Bee scurried through the vents. Giving chase, Ripley soon cornered Bee in a den littered with political and satirical Easter eggs. From there, it was up to Ripley to convince them to return home. All amid rapid-fire jokes from which no target is safe. Check out the full video below:
This isn't the first time that Weaver has been willing to send herself up like this. Not only did she play ciphers of past characters in Paul and Cabin in the Woods, but in Galaxy Quest, she outright parodied the types of female characters usual seen in classic science-fiction. Equally, it's not the first time this week she's revisited the world within which she made her name. 2019 marks the 40th anniversary of Alien hitting theaters. In celebration, a High School in New Jersey adapted the film into a play. After going viral, and drawing attention from such celebrity fans as Patton Oswalt, Weaver caught wind of the endeavor and made a surprise visit to the school.
With Disney recently acquiring Fox, it remains unclear what the future holds for the Alien franchise. Although Disney has promised further installments, there's no telling when they will actually come to pass or what form that will take. Given the current trend of belated sequels being made to classic franchises and such things as Linda Hamilton reprising an iconic role despite a 20+ year gap, never has there been a more hopeful time. Whether or not Weaver would like to tackle the role again on the big screen remains to be seen. If the sketch proves anything, however, it's that she's certainly open to all opportunities that come her way. While this may not be how most fans wanted to see Ripley make her return, it's certainly enjoyable and garnering positive reactions from most. When it comes to Weaver, it's always good to see her onscreen, whatever form that takes.
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee returns May 08 on TBS.
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