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Could You Survive ALIEN?

Could You Survive ALIEN?


(eerie music) (glass breaking, shouting) (man 1): What’s wrong with him? (man 2): Argh!
(man 1): Why is he shaking?!
(woman): What is going on?! – Somebody help him!
(man shouting) – Help him! – Grab him! Hold him down! What’s happening to his chest?! (alien squealing)
– Oh, what is that?! Oh! I’m Jake, and you might
be wondering how I got here. Well, before my crew and myself
were being stalked in space by a xenomorph, I had
two loves in my life: Science and movies. So I decided to put myself
in one of my favorite films,
Alien, to find out
if you could survive it. (alien screeching)
(Jake): Could you survive… being splattered
by acid blood? A parasite gestating
in your body? Or firing a flamethrower
in a spaceship? Could you survive Alien? (eerie music) Most people take comfort
in the fact that a parasitic alien
bursting out of your chest
is just movie make-believe. However, something like that
exists on Earth. Jewel wasps lay their eggs
on cockroaches, and once the eggs hatch,
they eat their way
into the cockroach’s abdomen. And after eating its internal
organs, cocoons inside, eventually completing its
metamorphosis and emerging from the cockroach’s abdomen. Or, there is the human botfly,
and just a warning,
this footage is kind of gross. Some botflies lay their eggs
on the abdomen of mosquitoes. Then, a mosquito bites you,
and the eggs enter through
the tiny hole left behind. They gestate under your skin
until they become larvae,
and burrow back out. All pretty nasty,
but not as nasty as this
particular space parasite, because it literally bursts
out of your stomach,
horribly killing you, oh, and it also has acid
for blood, which… I learned the hard way. And speaking of acid
for blood, let’s head
into the lab. So, is there an acid
in real life that acts like
what we see in Alien? Well, it turns out there is.
It’s a super acid called
fluoroantimonic, and it is so corrosive,
that it can’t be stored
in glass, it literally breaks pH meters,
and the fumes from it
are toxic. So, labs like this one,
logically, won’t handle it. But, we found the next best
thing called aqua regia. It is an acid that is comprised
of nitric and hydrochloric acid. It’s generally referred to
as “Royal Water”
because of its unique ability to break down noble metals,
things like gold or platinum. And we’re going to be testing it
on a few things that we see
acid on in the film. Specifically fabric, metal,
flesh, muscle and bone. And it should be pretty
destructive. First up, fabric. In the movie, it eats
through the fabric
almost instantly, so… Huh. Nothing. Next up, a metal plate, which melted in less than
ten seconds in the movie. And it… it didn’t erode
the metal. In fact, it just caused
oxidization, which is when an element
loses electrons
when combined with oxygen, provided by the acid
in our experiment. You might know oxidization
as rust. Destructive Alien acid blood
is looking like cinematic
wishful thinking. But what about flesh and bone?
You know, what humans
are made of. In the movie, the characters
survive their encounters,
as long as they… oh. Oh no. The acid instantly starts
to dissolve the flesh and bone. What we’re witnessing
is hydrolysis. Hydrogen ions in acid
are really attractive
to other atoms. As parts of the material
break off to bind with the acid it dissolves that material. But there’s actually something
more deadly than the acid. As the acid dissolves the flesh it releases a vapor comprised
of nasty toxins, including nitric oxide,
which you can see right here. Breathing those fumes
causes nearly instant
respiratory tract damage, as the chlorine and nitric oxid
combine with the moisture
in your lungs, forming an acid inside
your lungs. Not pretty, and potentially
lethal. Oh! Even though the acid
doesn’t destroy the fabric, that fabric has absorbed
the acid, which means if you’re
wearing it, then it’ll
get onto you and… Ew… In the real world, spaceships
are made from a lot
of aluminium. Which got me thinking…
What would the acid do
to aluminium? The results are impressive
and terrifying. The acid completely ate away
the aluminium. So, yeah… Not good. I hope I didn’t drop any
on the ship. So, not only would
the acid be devastating,
but the fumes would be deadly. Oh, also, check out
this cool thing I got. It tracks micro-changes
in air density, and then alerts
me if there’s an… (device beeping)
…alien nearby. Okay, I gotta go get it
before it gets everyone else. (suspenseful music) (beeps increase in pitch) Oh! (laughing) Oh, why are you
so scary and life-like? (Austin): Talking to yourself
again, Jake? – Oh! Austin! We gotta get this thing
off the ship. – We have to bring it
back home with us to Earth. Imagine all the things
that we can learn from it. All the possibilities. – Austin, it’s getting closer! Oh! Oh, no. This isn’t good. (grunting) I got you, buddy! Alright… Should be okay. (sighs) Okay, this is bad. I should probably call Earth
and ask for help. (mechanical buzzing)
– But is it worth it? – What do you mean? – Well… We are limited
to radio communication, which is pretty good,
since radio signals travel at 299,792,458 meters
per second, the speed of light. So, if we were, say,
near Jupiter, it would take only 48 minutes
for a message to be received, and then another 48 minutes
for us to get a response. But, we are currently located
near the moon LV 852-2, which is 39 light years
away from Earth. – And one light year
is equal to the distance something would travel
at the speed of light
in a year, so there’s no reason
for me to call for help, because in space…
nobody can hear you scream. For 39 years. But you’re a tech-savvy guy!
Or, I guess, a robot. So, do you know of any way
where we can communicate quickly
over interstellar distances? – There are a few theories. Tachyon particles,
quantum entanglement,
and wormholes. But again, these are just
theories. (Jake): Yes, but they’re
awesome, so I’m going
to explain them. Tachyons are hypothetical
particles that travel faster
than light, and if they did exist,
you could theoretically
have communications across vast distances. The issue, however,
is that you would need
an infinite amount of energy to slow those particles down
so you could actually
get the message. Which, we currently
don’t have the technology
to do. Then, we get
to quantum entanglement. In quantum physics,
entangled particles
remain connected, so that the actions
performed on one
affect the other, even when separated
across large spaces. One issue, however, is that it seems to rely
on the indeterminate state
of the particle. Meaning it’s hard
to determine the position
of that particle, which would make it
difficult to send
specific messages. And lastly, we get
to wormholes, or Einstein Rosen Bridges,
as they are technically called. We still aren’t sure
if they exist, but if they did, you could easily send a message
or object in one end, and it would come out
the other. It’s basically a shortcut
through space. And speaking of holes… Austin’s head
is just in a hole in the table. Now, most modern movies
would use computer effects,
digital effects to sell this. But in Alien, they did this… They put the actor
underneath the table
on some apple boxes, with his head through a hole.
And actually, it’s through
two half circles. The reason they do this
is so that they can get
a tighter fit around the neck to sell the effect
that there’s a head
sitting on a table. Coupled with… Pardon me,
Austin, I’m sorry… Some prosthetics
to look like flesh,
wires, and goo. You feeling good?
– Absolutely not. – Great! Let’s put it back! Alright, buddy! I gotta go back
and do my scenes. Good luck. – Wait, what?
Why are you leaving? I’m… I can’t move my arms!
– He should… be fine. Oh, now it looks like
the alien’s in the cockpit.
Let’s get it! (intense music) (device beeping) Wait… There’s nothing in here. Is this thing busted?
Oh no… (air whooshing) How did this hole get here? Hold onto something,
we’re gonna get sucked out! – Not! – Oh, Neil DeGrasse Tyson!
You’re alive. This is fantastic, but continue.
What were you saying? – Well, if you’re right
at the hole, yeah, it’s a little bit of push
on you from the air, and you’ll fall out, alright? But if you’re anywhere else
you’ll just feel this air
go around you. Say, “What’s that breeze?
Oh. The cabin
is depressurizing.” That’s all that’s gonna happen. But there seems to be a trope
in all movies, where people fly out
the airplane window, fly out the spaceship.
No. You’ll just stand there,
you’ll feel a little breezy
for a few seconds, and then that’s it,
until it equilibrates. But, what’ll happen to you
if you fall out into the vacuum
of space? You are now in zero
atmospheric pressure. That’s not good
for the dissolved gases
in your bloodstream. It’ll take a little while,
but ultimately, gases that are
in your bloodstream –
previously at equilibrium, with an atmospheric pressure –
will begin to bubble up, and come out
of your bloodstream. And you’ll start getting
gas bubbles in your body. That is not good. Okay? But that’s not the first thing
you’ll notice. The first thing you’ll notice
is that there’s no air! Okay? So you will die from suffocation
before anything else bad
will happen to you. – That is great information,
thank you very much,
you’re a gem. Also, stay safe,
the alien’s still here. And speaking of… I think I have an idea
of how we can take care
of this alien once and for all. (alien shrieking)
– What the–? (device beeping) (intense music) (alien growling) – We might not have guns,
but we do have… flamethrowers. Let’s light this up!
– Jake, no! This is a terrible
idea! – Amy, first, I am so happy
that you’re alive. But second,
fire kills everything! – I know that, but it’s also
going to kill you. There is so much oxygen in
here–
(alien shrieking, Jake shouting) No! Ah… Sorry, Jake. But you know, why would anyone think
a flamethrower in space
is a good idea? I mean, you’re gonna burn
yourself to death
on the flames. And if you don’t,
you’re gonna use up
all of your available oxygen and asphyxiate. Either way,
it’s a really bad day. Let’s just show you
what that looks like. (Amy): To safely demonstrate
the devastating effects, we sealed the end
of a flamethrower
into an airtight container. Combustion requires
three things: fuel, oxygen,
and an ignition source. In Alien, and in our experiment the flamethrower provides
both the spark and the fuel. And the air in the container
provides the oxygen. Within seconds, the flame
consumes all the oxygen
in the room. Which is good, because without
oxygen, the flame
will extinguish. But… it also means
that even if you survive
the flames, you’ll suffocate
from a lack of oxygen. To say nothing for the horrific
burns across your body. One other bit of good news: We would assume future
spacecrafts or bases
like modern spaceships are pressurized with breathable
air, which is only
about 21% oxygen. The balance is usually
non-flammable nitrogen. So, while you’d still be
horribly burned by the fire, it would extinguish
pretty quickly, or at least spread slowly enoug
to be manageable. What’s crazy is that
the original Apollo Air Mission
used pure oxygen. It was a simple
and light system, and at
a low enough pressure that a fire wouldn’t be fatal. Except when that fire
was on the launch-pad with the cabin under
head pressure. When a fire sparked
during a test of the Apollo One
spacecraft in 1967, the crew sadly was killed. It was too late to retrofit
a dual gas system
into Apollo, and still get to the moon
by the end of the decade. So NASA kept pure oxygen
in flight, but it did change
the high pressure
launch atmosphere to an oxygen-nitrogen mixture. But in this case, Jake either
burned to death,
or suffocated. It looks like I’m the only
survivor on this ship.
(alien screeching) At least, the only
human survivor. But I think I know
how to get rid of this thing. This parasite is clearly
taking on some of the traits
of its host, and since it’s living
in this environment, we can assume that it’s a
carbon-based life form.
(zipping) So, we don’t need to use
a flamethrower to blow it up, we just need to cut the oxygen.
(alarm sounding) It’s that simple.
(warning over speakers) Sorry, guys. There’s only room
for one in this escape hatch. And as always…
thanks for watching. (warning over speakers):
… 15 seconds. (alarm sounding) Three, two, one… (alien screeching) (Amy): The alien should be dead
but, you know, there’s only
one way to be sure. (explosion) (Jake): This season on
Could You Survive the Movies? Could you survive… (intense music) (engine revving) Fire in the hole! (plasma beams blasting)
(monster groaning) Welcome to the party pal! (alien roaring) (screaming) You think he’s okay? – We have nothing to fear. – Oh. Well that’s great! (dramatic sound effect)
– Or do we? (up-tempo music) – God, I love Twinkies. – And, as always…
(all): Thanks for watching. (Jake): Oh… That wasn’t too bad.

100 thoughts on “Could You Survive ALIEN?

  • Well my friend, this is the last episode of Could You Survive The Movies! I really hope you liked this season. Truly. I spent 7 months working on this show between hosting, directing and writing. It was honestly a dream come true for me and I’m so lucky I got to share it with you.

    There are 6 episodes in total (plus the Mad Max pilot) and a Behind-the-Scenes video for each one. If you missed any go check em out!

    Let me know what movies you’d like to see in the future and thanks again for watching!

  • Well there was some inaccuracies in why quantum entanglement doesn't work as a mean of communication and acids have specific materials they react with so different acid would react much more strongly with the fabric, but other than that a really good and enjoyable video

  • This is clearly wrong it is seen in games and movies that alien can live on any place even in outer space . And it does not need oxygen . The thing that it gets from the host is genetic like body shape, body parts size , its size and knowledge of the place it is on.

  • Soooo. The Xenomorph isnt carbon based. Its Silicon based. Yes it takes on traits from its hosts but none of their weaknesses or for that matter no traits that reduce its survival. It's why it's the perfect organism. Its able to adapt to any environment including the vacuum of space. It doesn't breath. It's also fireproof to some degree due to its molecular structure and body coated in thick slime. Only ultra high temperatures are able to damage it like the exhaust from a ship. Flame throwers only hurt it or inconvenience it. I

    ts body is also super dense making it bullet proof to low caliber rounds with only high caliber doing some damage but its able to heal almost instantly. This is why it could so easily rip through metal and burst through hardened doors without damaging itself. Strength is one thing but all the strength in the universe wont mean anything if your density is less than that of what your trying to break. Your relatively squishy body will simply go splat with your hardest punch.

    Its acid blood is frankly beyond our current technology as its engineered to break down everything on a molecular level instantly. Currently no acid "known" dose this.

  • I really wanna watch a movie in which the protagonists actually beat the enemy with intelligence and preparation

  • The Alien can't be killed from a lack of oxygen. If you read the colonial marines technical manual (& the expanded universe comics) you'll see that the Alien is a self contained entity, it generates its energy to live from the acid within it. It's basically a living battery – no oxygen required

  • I think its mroe or less cannon that acid in Aliens blood acts similiar to the batery acid to get energy, also there were some movie part when the alien should sufficate but didnt. SO i dont think you can kill him by cutting off oxygen. But the explosion probably did it… so no biggie

  • Don't lie to us, Jake. We all know this video was your way of hiding the fact you killed someone and wanted to use acid to get rid of the body.

  • The space ship scenes does litterarly have a better Alien "feeling" than Prometheus and Covenant put together!
    Also! Surprise Austin! Love this series!

  • Wait hold on. I have some issues with the flame thrower. Okay, you have a massive ship right? So the life support systems are constantly feeding oxygen into the ship, and even if doors are closed, if you remember there is a vent system all throughout the ship. Also, isn't the point of a flame THROWER to throw the flames away from the user so they wouldn't get burned? I'm not saying it's a good idea but the science behind it is a little broken in this, or as far as I can tell. Correct me if i'm wrong but I'm pretty sure this is more how it works.

  • I was on board with all of it until you somehow killed the thing that can survive just fine in the vacuum of space with no oxygen… By taking away its oxygen.

  • Just wanna say that the xenomorph did survive in outer-space. When Ripley blew it out into space, didn’t it try to crawl back through?

  • Am I the only one that could imagine a better explanation to the acid effect? There it goes: it is acidic but its also blood, so it has some kind of blood cells in it an some kind of defense cell too, like some kind of weaponised super intense enzymatic catalysed digestor leukocytes or something… it makes sense with the xenomorph dynamic, it annoys me how every one just looks at inorganic acids to compare…

  • The xenomorph is a silicon based lifeform not carbon based, they survive fine in space, anyone who's played Isolation would confirm this, aliens are seen crawling on the outside of Sevastopol station with no problems.

  • Sulphuric acid might have been a better choice. Aqua Regia is nice and all, but when it comes to organic materials (e.g. the cloth and the flesh) H2SO4 is going to be quite a bit more effective…

  • You could also send a message back in time with a wormhole if you time dilated it in advance and took the non dilated one with you and left the other one on earth. Of course you'd have to wait as long as you want it to go back or something but still.

  • Well I’m pretty sure the alien did breath sense it was a cyborg/ live organism base robot
    Not to be a critic tho, I’m just saying

  • well i would have you know, i played Alien Isolation on multiple play throughs on the hardest difficulty and i can definitely say with certainty, no, i wont survive at all

  • Why would you assume it’s a carbon based life form? The movie specifically states that the xenomorph is silicone based.

  • I would still use the Flamethrower I open areas, plus you did in a sealed box which would never in a IRL scenario the ship is suppose to replicate the earths atmosphere and we use flamethrowers on earth

  • Now, you don't exactly have to survive the Alien. You either have to escape it, or scare it.

    Headbutting facehuggers to death is a good way to start. Kill their offspring using the thing that should be one of their advantages. Establish ultimate dominance by brutally killing their brood with their own source of food and procreation.

    Make them wish to no longer thrive.

  • Never mind about surviving xenomorphs just yet. First we need to figure out if we can survive that huge magnetic microwave plasma that's surrounding our entire solar system!

  • Sharing this on Facebook, (15:14) I'm curious why this YouTube page doesn't show me a view counter. Published on Dec 16, 2019

  • If he said it would take 39 years to hear someone to scream imagine hearing random screams in space. Wouldn’t that scare you?

  • I still don't understand why a flamethrower would burn you as well. If flamethrowers burn the person using them they never would have been invented in the first place.

  • Dead Space had flamethrowers in vacuum and they worked with fuel and oxidizer and they were hypergolic chemicals. You don't have to use atmospheric oxygen to shoot fire.

  • The alien could actually survive in space as the exoskeleton (that which is somewhat bullet-proof) keeps the alien from expanding due to lack of air pressure. For reference in the game alien isolation, The aliens are clearly moving freely outside of The spaceship with ease and Long periods of time (more so than with a normal human can’t handle without a suit)

  • Didn't the Chinese recently prove the concept of quantum entanglement by use of one of their satellites or something? Maybe I'm mis-remembering

  • Some problems with your solution
    1. The Alien has been confirmed to be a SILICONE based life form.
    2. The Alien does NOT need oxygen to survive.
    Both of these facts are canonical and poke holes through your solution.

  • Went to see Cats The Musical in theaters and saw a trailer for this series XD looks awesome will binge watch soon

  • I didn’t like the “these are just theories” line. Gravity is just a theory, while these haven’t been proven, it would be nice if you explained them in some other way.

  • Fantastic video except for the end "we can assume it's carbon based". According to some officially licensed material; it is not.

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