A word of advice for Extant’s Molly Woods: Don’t worry about keeping your soon-to-be newborn quiet. In space, no one can hear its screams. If your baby turns out to be an evil alien, no one will be able to hear yours, either.
The CBS miniseries debuting tomorrow, starring Halle Berry as a mysteriously impregnated astronaut probably concerned how maternity leave works in space, is only the latest in a line of sci-fi works involving unborn children. But before you start picking out items from Molly’s Bed, Bath, To Infinity and Beyond baby registry, remember that in most cases, pregnancy is quite ominous. No one likes an alien fetus gestating inside them, after all.
While we stare at our Save the Date cards for Molly’s baby shower and wonder how much a hotel room on the moon is going to cost us, let’s take a look back at some of the most iconic – and horrifying – space pregnancies in history. Expect spoilers, naturally.
Evil aliens bursting out of chests aren’t just a casual occurrence in the Alien movies; they’re one of the founding principles of the franchise. Yet there’s something particularly icky about one of the titular aliens being born from a clone of series hero Ripley (Sigourney Weaver)’s stomach. To make matters worse, it’s all done for science, two centuries after Ridley wiped out the aliens. Have some respect for a galactic hero, scientists of the cinematic future!