Kane and the eggs.
How did they get there? We may soon find out.
HR Giger and his baby
Giger’s egg chamber
Most of you like to think of the derelict ship as a military vessel, transporting the alien eggs to infect an enemy, as part of some interplanetary war.
I, myself, preferred to think that the space jockey wasn’t transporting the eggs, but was an innocent victim, as were our heroes. I think this because the space jockey clearly had been the victim of a chest-burster, and it seems unlikely that he would have let this happen if they were his own weapon. Also, the egg chamber is way bigger than it needs to be if it were originally intended just to hold the small eggs. Also, this way of thinking makes the universe a bit bigger; it means we still don’t know where the aliens came from or who might have engineered them.
Thanks to everyone who voted!
But, from the rumors we hear about Prometheus, it seems Ridley Scott agrees with most of you guys; I think the space jockeys are gonna turn out to be not-so-friendly.
derelict ship egg chamber under the hot studio lights
Edge of the egg chamber set for Alien. The blue lights were on loan from the The Who concert next door. The film implies the lights are a stasis field preserving the eggs. This lends credence to the idea that the space jockey was intentionally transporting the eggs, perhaps as biological warfare.
After I started looking, I found quite a bit of Alien/Easter stuff out there!
Kane & the Egg Chamber
soudnds like a children’s book
Kane (John Hurt) descends in to the egg chamber, Alien (1979)
The blue laser lights that were used in the alien ship’s egg chamber were borrowed from The Who. The band was testing out the lasers for their stage show in the soundstage next door.
Alien - The Movie Cards
"Enter… the Hell Chamber!" Haha; love the melodrama!
Concept art for the egg chamber of the derelict ship from Alien, by H.R. Giger