By now most, if not all, of you reading this have seen the movie Independence Day. In it, Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, and Bill Pullman save the Earth from an alien race determined to wipe out all of mankind. It’s hard to believe (by me, at least) that the movie, released in 1996, has been out for almost 20 years.
Lately, there have been rumors (as far as I know, nothing has been confirmed yet) that say they are planning on making one, if not two, sequels to it. I’ve heard differing stories about it. I’ve heard that Will Smith is on board for two new Independence Day movies. I’ve heard that everyone except Will Smith is on board for one more.
Whether they actually make one (or two) sequels or not, my only question would be: who would the bad guys be?
Due to something said in the original movie, however, they made it hard to bring back the same aliens as the antagonists. This is the quote, said by Bill Pullman’s character (the U.S. President) after attempting to make peace with the alien that Will Smith captured:
“I saw… its thoughts. I saw what they’re planning to do. They’re like locusts. They’re moving from planet to planet… their whole civilization. After they’ve consumed every natural resource they move on… and we’re next.”
He said that their “whole civilization” was with them. If the whole alien civilization was there, then all of them would be dead. As I said, with a statement like that, it makes it hard to bring them back. Hard, but not impossible. After thinking about it, I can see three ways to bring them back.
One: Simply say that the alien purposefully fed the president false information.
I don’t like this one for two reasons. One, it’s a cop out. Two, the aliens seemed to be arrogant as hell. It probably thought it was going to get away from them, so there would’ve been no reason to lie about it.
Two: Some of them survived the ship crash and managed to get away.
This one is iffy too. The argument could be made that there were areas of the ship that withstood the crashing of the spaceships well. They survived and escaped into caves where they bred an army to replace the one they lost. This one would be harder to believe than the next one, however, as the movie shows the spaceships blowing up pretty thoroughly before they crashed.
Three: Some of the aliens in the fighter ships flew away and regrouped.
This one makes the most sense and is the most plausible. It said that there were 10-15 of the big city-ships. Each of the city-ships had what looked like at least 100 fighters on it. The original movie clearly shows that there were some fighters that survived the destruction of the city-ships. If the writers say that even as low as 10% from each city-ship survived, then that’s anywhere from 100-150 of the aliens that are still alive.
This also makes the gap in time in between the movies work for them. Now, the aliens have had almost 20 years to breed and build their numbers back up in order to strike again at the planet that almost wiped them out. Of course, they could always make it a combination of explanation Two and Three, having the aliens attack from the air and underground.
Then again, they might go a completely different direction and have a different set of aliens this time. Or, it might not have any aliens in it at all. Who knows? Either way, I’ll watch it.
Of course, if I was in charge of the story, what I would do is have the aliens be responsible for bringing the zombie virus down with them (It didn’t affect the aliens, but it affects us humans). Independence Day 2 would be them fighting the human zombies. Independence Day 3 would have the virus mutate and start having the corpses of the long dead aliens come up and start attacking.
What do you think, dear readers? Can you think of a way for the original aliens to come back that I missed? What do you think about my sequel story idea? What do you think about them doing a sequel to it, in the first place?