"I think Mahone is a reflection, whether Michael realizes it or not, of what he could one day be. If he continues to walk down this very dark road, Michael might wind up very much the man that Mahone is today; someone who started out as a good man doing good things and then became a good man doing questionable things and then became a questionable man doing evil things.” - Wentworth Miller
I’ve seen this go around quite a few times and I’ve always liked it, but I feel like I have to talk about this scene. Because after Ripley says, “They can bill me,” Burke desperately tries to convince them that they can’t nuke the site. When Ripley points out that Hicks is in charge because as corporal he’s the highest ranking officer left, Burke insults him by impugning his authority — “CORPORAL Hicks?” and promptly says “no offense” to Hicks. Hicks has been watching Ripley since they came out of cryosleep, more and more impressed with her every time she shows how incredibly awesome and competent she is. He’s just seen her save their lives after almost their entire squad was wiped out by aliens, and he knows she’s the one with the right ideas. So Hicks just says, “None taken,” and then requests evac from their pilot, commenting, “I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit.” Then he gives her a sly nod and adds, “It’s the only way to be sure.” They smile at each other, and I’m telling you if that isn’t true love right there, I don’t know what is. He is clearly besotted with her by that point, full of admiration and respect, and it’s no surprise that they then flirt over weapons instruction a few minutes later.
In times of trouble
Ellen Ripley comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom
Nuke the entire site from orbit, it’s the only way to be sure.
This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It’s like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety. Now listen. I vary the sentence length, and I create music. Music. The writing sings. It has a pleasant rhythm, a lilt, a harmony. I use short sentences. And I use sentences of medium length. And sometimes, when I am certain the reader is rested, I will engage him with a sentence of considerable length, a sentence that burns with energy and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo, the roll of the drums, the crash of the cymbals—sounds that say listen to this, it is important.
Words, man. Words.
WHAT DO YOU MEAN I’M A “ONE-UPPER”?
I MEAN THAT YOU EXAGGERATE OR OUTRIGHT LIE, NOT ONLY TO MAKE YOURSELF SEEM FAR MORE INTERESTING THAN YOU ACTUALLY ARE, BUT ALSO OUT OF A MISGUIDED SPIRIT OF COMPETITIVENESS AND/OR ENVY. THAT YOU WILL NOT ALLOW YOURSELF TO JUST ENJOY SOMEONE ELSE’S EXPERIENCES AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS BECAUSE IT ERRONEOUSLY MAKES YOU FEEL INFERIOR, SO YOU FABRICATE WIDLY IMPROBABLE TALES TO SUIT YOUR NEED FOR SITUATIONAL DOMINANCE. THAT IS WHAT I MEAN BY THAT.
I DON’T DO THAT.
I’D ARGUE, BUT I HAVE A DATE AT 5:30 AND I NEED TO GET READY.
WELL THAT’S FINE WITH ME, BECAUSE I HAVE TWO DATES AT 5:30.