1995, MGM released sci-fi thriller Species. Unlike
other, similar tales of extraterrestrial thugs taking control
of Earth, not a single UFO, spaceship, death ray or doomsday
weapon was employed; instead, the aliens took a far simpler
(and no doubt less costly) route to planetary domination:
the DVD of Species
released on DVD, Sci-fi-online looks at how the alien DNA
plotline continued over the three movies and how their characters
relate to one another...
sees scientists on Earth finally receive the long sought-after
radio message from E.T.
Far from the interstellar postcard they were expecting, a
more intriguing signal is received: genetic instructions on
how to create a human/alien hybrid. Ignoring the possible
dangers in conducting such an experiment (the aliens are assumed
friendly since they also provided the secrets of alternative
energy), government scientists decide to go ahead with the
result? A rapidly growing and maturing young girl named Sil,
who appears human on the outside but is decidedly alien on
the inside. Her growth and progress astounds her observers
and frightens the military enough to decide she must be destroyed.
However, this is unlike any other 12-year-old human/alien
hybrid girl the military has ever encountered and she manages
Once free, Sil quickly develops into a fully-grown woman (played
by blonde bombshell Natasha
Henstridge) who is unsure of her role in society.
With no formal education or understanding of the world around
her, Sil has little grasp of basic human concepts such as
money and clothes (and often manages to get along just fine
without either). Her superior alien intellect learns quickly,
however, and soon she is possessed with the most basic of
human - and alien - instincts: procreation.
who is far stronger and deadlier than a garden variety human,
plans to make lots of deadly babies and thus provide the alien
force needed to dominate Earth. Fortunately, a special team
of civilian and military personnel manage to track down and
eliminate Sil before she breeds, making the world safe again.
do they? As we have witnessed time and time again, those pesky
military scientists never seem to learn.
the worldwide success of Species, Henstridge once again
portrayed a gorgeous alien-experiment-gone-awry in the follow-up,
Species II. Using genetic material reclaimed from the
original Sil, our favourite lab scientist (played by Marg
Helgenberger, also reprising her role from the original) has
cloned the half-breed and created Eve. This time around, the
alien temptress has been infused with more human DNA, resulting
in a more docile creature. Although she still has the urge
to get it on, she is kept safely away from society (especially
the men), once again locked away in a military science lab.
She's alone, she's more human, what harm can she do?
to Eve (and the rest of the team), astronaut and presidential
hopeful Patrick Ross (Justin Lazard) has returned from his
latest trip to Mars carrying a virus that infuses him with
alien DNA, in essence making him half alien. He soon embarks
on a mission similar to Sil's in the first film and violently
impregnates as many women as possible, creating a master race
of children who will soon take over our planet.
in the lab, Eve has established a mental link with Ross and
realises that this is the man she has been waiting for all
her life: a half-alien hombre with whom she is destined to
breed; together, they can create a species more alien and
deadly than anything previously imagined. Naturally, she escapes
her captors and hooks up with her crush, only to learn the
hard way that love does not conquer all. Eve and Ross, in
a post-coital rage, duke it out bug-eyed monster-style in
a startling special effects extravaganza that leaves Ross
dead and Eve battered, but alive - and pregnant!
newest instalment of the series, Species
III, picks up right where its predecessor left
off as Eve, in her final moments of life, gives birth to the
next-generation alien, Sara (played by newcomer Sunny Mabrey).
The young lass is rescued by Dr. Abbot (Robert Knepper), a
university researcher who takes the girl in and raises her
as his own daughter.
Abbot discovers her true nature and realises he has the opportunity
of a lifetime, so he begins his own experiments on her. By
carefully manipulating genetic samples, the doctor hopes to
weed out her human genes and create a pure strain of alien
DNA. Little does Abbot realise that while he attempts to create
a new breed of alien under his microscope, the nubile, college-age
Sara has plans to create new aliens the old-fashioned way:
by finding her perfect mate.
the Species trilogy is clearly meant to entertain,
three films of similar plot threads and themes point to something
more beneath the surface (much like our lead human/alien characters).
One could argue that these movies are metaphors regarding
the duality of man; while on the surface most of us are usually
happy, shiny people, we all have a dark side that reveals
itself, often during moments of heightened emotion - or passion.
in the Species films, the alien side (or beast) is
brought to the surface in Sil, Eve and Sara when they engage
in sexual relations - a metaphor true for many "normal" folks.
Inhibitions disappear and true selves often emerge while in
the throws of passion - an idea the trilogy takes to an extreme
these films reveal a more subtle take on this theme - that
passion of any kind can unleash evil if left unchecked. In
each chapter of the series, we see intelligent, even-tempered
scientists driven to the brink of madness by their desires
- and passions - to unlock the secrets of alien DNA. Good
natured doctors become evil madmen (and women) who disregard
morality and have little regard for human life when driven
by their ambitions. While these actions do not turn them into
monsters in the literal sense, they are transformed into something
every bit as evil.
all this lead to hidden moral in the Species films?
Perhaps a twist on an old adage would suffice: Passion corrupts,
and absolute passion... corrupts absolutely.
thanks to John
Biggin at DNA
III is available to rent on DVD from 28
Species - Special Edition by clicking here
Species II by clicking here
Buy Species III (Region 1/USA DVD) by