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So, again … how about that Hunter 'back birth,' eh? Did you see that? Tasha's back just split open and out came an adorable alien bundle of joy. Yowza.
Freaky otherworldly pregnancies and births are nothing new to the world of sci-fi (and Syfy). Here are some other labors of alien love.
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT.
- Men in Black (1997)
"Congratulations, Reg, it's a … squid." Agent Jay (Will Smith) became an impromptu obstetrician in the original Men in Black, quickly discovering there's more to assisting an alien birth than "You just catch." The subsequent offspring actually is kind of cute.
- V: The Final Battle (1984)
Poor Robin. Seduced by an alien, after which she gives birth to its progeny in a damn jail cell … with Robert Englund looking on, no less! It may seem ridiculous now, but back in 1984, you couldn't get much more disturbing than a human-ish baby with a snake tongue … and its decidedly non-human-ish twin crawling out of its mother's womb of its own accord.
- Prometheus (2012)
Oh man, this one. Ridley Scott is completely incapable of shooting a non-beautiful frame of film, and — for better and worse — that goes for those that comprise gruesome futuristic sorta-DIY abortion scenes, too. The complete scene doesn't appear to be available online, though you can get the gist of it below. Yeesh.
Honorable Mention: The Alien Queen, mutated with a human reproductive cycle thanks to Ripley's DNA (or something), gives birth to the Newborn in Alien Resurrection (1997), only to have it freak out and tear its mother's damn face off. Gooey acid goodness … and Brad Dourif, too!
- Mork and Mindy: Season Four (1981-1982)
In the fourth season of Mork and Mindy, the alien from Ork and his lovely human roommate were married and had a kid. Mork's Orkan physiology had him laying an egg (through his navel, mind you), which grew to gargantuan proportions and eventually hatched to reveal Mearth McConnell, played by Jonathan Winters.
No, we're not kidding. This is how you dealt with declining ratings in the '80s.
- Alien Nation (1989-1990)
Orkans aren't the only alien race in which the male gives birth to the offspring. The Newcomers of Alien Nation (based on the 1988 feature film of the same name) have this honor as well, with Sam 'George' Francisco (Eric Pierpoint) becoming a proud papa in the series' 17th episode, "Real Men." Why the heck did this only last for one season when it had such touching scenes of male bonding? At least it got a few TV movies in the mid-'90s.
- Enemy Mine (1985)
The man's the mama in Enemy Mine, too! Luckily, Jeriba 'Jerry' Shigan (Louis Gossett Jr.) has his sworn enemy turned fellow survivor and BFF, Willis Davidge (Dennis Quaid), to help him through the process … and to make a promise or two before things really start getting interesting. Look at how movies used to actually take their time with, you know, emotions and speeches and stuff.
- Species II (1998)
The original Species (1995) was pretty nuts, but the sequel was completely gonzo insane, as a group of astronauts return from a mission to Mars with an insatiable desire to copulate … with rather disastrous results. Here, poor Anne (Miriam Cyr) and her husband get it on, and, well … just see for yourself. Michael Madsen, you were too damn late!
- Village of the Damned (1995)
John Carpenter's underappreciated remake of the 1960 creepy-kid mini-classic features almost every woman in the small town of Midwich suddenly becoming simultaneously pregnant with alien children as both Christopher Reeve and Mark Hamill look on in confusion. The mass of mamas also go into labor at the same time, prompting what many refer to as a "birth orgy." Click here to watch this miraculous moment at Homebirth.net.
- Coneheads (1993)
The impending Cone prepares for its emergence. And emerge it does. Ahhhh …
Oh, and Dan Aykroyd cuts the umbilical cord with his teeth. You can watch that here. You really should.
- Xtro (1983)
Dear lord. Okay, here's the deal: One night, Sam and his son Tony are playing in the yard, and Sam is abducted by aliens. Three years later, an alien shows up and impregnates some poor woman in a cabin, after which she gives birth a mere few minutes later to … a full-grown Sam. Sam then goes to London to track down Tony and his wife, Rachel, who's now sleeping with some other dude.
Life is crazy.
Click here to watch the clip, 'cause we can't really bring ourselves to embed this one. Preview provided below. You've been warned.
And finally, let's watch that Hunter back birth one more time, shall we?