The first three are understandable if it’s accepted the Predators like warm temperatures, but at no time in recent geological history (i.e. within the last 7-20 million years) has Antarctica been anything other than a frozen wasteland.
I don’t have a problem with the “heat vs cold” aspect. That’s like saying Humans strap boards to their feet & ride across the water when its liquid & when it’s frozen solid - no way!
The Predators get over-run by the Aliens at the first three sites and subsequently abandon them. The implication is that they set off mini-nukes to destroy evidence of their existence but no explanation as to why the pyramids are still standing, nor why the Predators should care about such things.
That’s not what I got out of it. I thought it was clear the nuke was a “weapon of last restort”, to prevent the aliens from over-running the face of the earth. That way the cattle (read: humans) would survive until the next hunt.
The Antarctic Pyramid is forgotten, for some reason. The Predators lie low for a long time, since we have no record of them. They start to return to Earth individually as far back as the eighteenth century, possibly recognizing that humans are finally challenging enough prey with their invention of handheld firearms.
I don’t see where that’s implied or stated. The extended edition shows the preds came back in 1904. Would there be any way to know if they’d been there in 1804? 1604? 0004? Who’s to say they didn’t kidnap a few humans & throw a few facehuggers at them? As far as having a record of them - I suspect the predators don’t care much whether we worship them or not. If we go down to the ‘sacrificial chamber’ willingly, that’s good. If not, they’ll just grab up a couple of humans and forcibly toss them down there. No big deal.
n the early twentieth century, humans finally get close to the buried Antarctic pyramid, by building a nearby whaling station. The extra opening sequence of AvP shows the result, but the Predators don’t seem to realize that once all the humans on this station get wiped out, there won’t be any more Aliens, and thus no hunting.
Considering there was an Alien in that opening sequence, I’d say that by the time the viewer gets there the humans had served their purpose and the preds can kill them at will. The hunt was already on.
The Preds returtn to hunting humans on occasion. They still like the heat, apparantly, and enough of them visit Central America to foster local legends about the Demon that makes trophies of men. Strangely, there’s no record of them in, say, Vietnam, or any other tropical warzone. In the late twentieth century, one Predator accidentally involves himself in a human commando mission and pays the price.
Well, I for one don’t believe that we have an exhaustive catalog of every legend humans have ever told about a scary guy eating people in the woods. Heck, for all we know that one predator has been coming around central america for 30 years or so. Say five or seven instances of guys being skinned alive over 30 years - that’s enough for a local legend, don’t you think? And the fact that he’s killed by Arnie - well, it was bound to happen sooner or later, right?
I jsut can’t quite reconcile the pyramid-building with the safaris. Is the former some big ritual thing where killing an Alien and marking your forehead with its blood is significant, while blowing away humans in hot weather is something teenagers do for laughs?
It’s funny - in the commentary, Anderson says pretty much exactly that.