Whereas alien stood for the relentless horror in the cold distant space. Aliens stands for relentless terryfying terror struck upon space marines I in the year 2176. From pure horror and severe suspense to brutal terror and fierce action. From the hidden monster preying and stalking its blue collar victims in the gloomy dark corners of a remote space shuttle to the swarm of aliens on a colonial planet.
6 - Decently-made and undeniably influential to a tremendous degree. Still, I can't say anything about it made much of an impression on me apart from Bishop, who was awesome. The mystique surrounding the original alien was completely destroyed, and the former film's tension was discarded in favor of competent yet unremarkable action. Scott's mise en scéne and attention to detail were nowhere to be seen, either.
The argument of art house as superior to blockbuster is absurd. Crafting a great blockbuster is an art form itself, and often the end result is greater than any Sundance bullshit. Case in point: Aliens. It has perfect pacing, perfect plotting, perfect editing, perfect action sequences, and, most importantly, a perfect fucking alien!