Aliens was a revelation to me when I was a kid.
As soon as the actual action started, what immediately struck me was that every woman onscreen had her shit absolutely together, and every man (with the exception of Corporal Hicks, Bishop and Apone) was a complete walking clusterfuck.
Moreover, as in this .gifed scene, the narrative itself made it explicit that the only way the men were going to survive was by emulating the women.
And even though I was still just a dipshit kid when I first saw this, I didn’t pull on an MRA fedora and whine about my gender being portrayed in such an unflattering light, because even then, I immediately recognized, “This is what it’s like for women to watch literally every other sci-fi action film. Well played, movie.”
this movie is almost thirty years old. it’s inspired countless films and video games. you’d think we’d be drowning in action/sci-fi heroines as a result but NOPE somehow that iconic aspect of this movie didn’t get cloned
instead we got the Space Marine. And not Vasquez, but Hicks (usually with Gorman’s haircut)