The Expanse and Aliens Correllation

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I'm watching the S6E6 of The Expanse. There's a part of the episode where they are starting to track vital signs of individuals who are deploying. On the screen, there's four names which stood out to me. Those being: Ripley, Hicks, Hudson, & Vasquez. All four of these are prominent characters in the 1986 movie Aliens. All four of the names are displayed together in the center of the screen. The first initials are shown as well in the episode, which also corresponds with the movie:

(Note: Name show on the screen in The Expanse followed by first name of the character in Aliens in parens)

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Is there any correlation between the two or is this just pure coincidence?

Best Answer

This is not a coincidence - but it doesn't necessarily mean that there's any kind of link between the Aliens universe and the Expanse. These are just the kind of easter egg reference that creators of sci-fi like to drop in their works as they are also huge fans themselves.

According to this article from Forbes there are multiple references to characters across science-fiction on the graphic where you saw the four Aliens characters.

  • Bobbie Draper – The Expanse (duh)
  • Amos Burton – The Expanse
  • Gial Ackbar – Star Wars
  • Douglas Quaid – Total Recall
  • David Bowman – 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Commander Shepard – Mass Effect
  • Duncan Idaho – Dune
  • Alex Rogan – The Last Starfighter
  • Jason Nesmith – Galaxy Quest
  • Edward Buck – Halo
  • Shaenon K. Garrity – Author
  • Ellen Ripley – Alien
  • Dwayne Hicks- Aliens
  • Jenette Vasquez – Aliens
  • William Hudson – Aliens
  • Joseph Cooper – Interstellar
  • John Anderton – Minority Report
  • Rick Deckard – Blade Runner
  • Jack O’Neill – Stargate
  • Lone Starr – Spaceballs
  • Louise Banks – Arrival
  • Kevin Flynn – Tron
  • Roy Neary – Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • John Rico – Starship Troopers
  • Kara Thrace – Battlestar Galactica
  • Sarah Connor – Terminator
  • Ryan Stone – Gravity
  • William Riker – Star Trek
  • H. Ochiai, R. Levine – Not tributes, just script names, confirmed by crew

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