Why do fictional aliens always target Earth?

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#1 Posted by Jd1680a (5956 posts) -

Movies such as Independance Day, Transformers, War of the Worlds, and the recent Oblivion have aliens coming somewhere else in the universe to conquer Earth. Most of the time its to gain natural resources or because Earth is located in the Goldilock zone around sun had as liquid water on its surface. Still, Why do aliens always seem to be targetting Earth?

Why dont any of them settle on Mars or harvest natural resources from asteroids in the asteroid belt? If these aliens need oxygen and fresh supply of water, they could get it from comets or from one of the gas giants moons. Maybe they need Iron, Carbon and other elements to make alloy metals, Mars, Ceres or 4 Vesta would be a good place to look, with them having much lower gravitational field it would be easier to get it off. If aliens were seen settling down on Ceres or gathering natural resources, any kind of resistance would be nil.

#2 Posted by The_Lipscomb (2603 posts) -

To earn more money.

#3 Posted by konvikt_17 (22368 posts) -

Because fuck Mars.

#4 Posted by Chow_Mein_Kampf (6201 posts) -

Colonization of empty planets doesn't put asses in the seats........................

#5 Posted by SaintLeonidas (26733 posts) -
To create drama. I mean, these are fictional films we are talking about here. Realism and logic are typically the last things on the filmmakers minds. But yes, I would agree that it would make no sense for alien life forms to target earth for natural resources.
#6 Posted by Ace6301 (21389 posts) -
Because Earth is where fiction is made. Sometimes we invade aliens too.
#7 Posted by Hallenbeck77 (14634 posts) -
Why do aliens always seem to be targetting Earth?Jd1680a
Because we got porn. AND LOTS OF IT.
#8 Posted by themajormayor (24298 posts) -
To create drama. I mean, these are fictional films we are talking about here. Realism and logic are typically the last things on the filmmakers minds. But yes, I would agree that it would make no sense for alien life forms to target earth for natural resources. SaintLeonidas
In the right hands a movie about aiens settling on Mars could be significantly more interesting than any of those films he listed.
#9 Posted by Netherscourge (16354 posts) -

Earth:

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AND

 

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Other Planets:

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The reason is obvious...

#10 Posted by themajormayor (24298 posts) -
Other Planets:

wasteland.jpg

 

 

The reason is obvious...

Netherscourge
That's Nagasaki, Japan, Earth.
#11 Posted by Ace6301 (21389 posts) -
[QUOTE="SaintLeonidas"]To create drama. I mean, these are fictional films we are talking about here. Realism and logic are typically the last things on the filmmakers minds. But yes, I would agree that it would make no sense for alien life forms to target earth for natural resources. themajormayor
In the right hands a movie about aiens settling on Mars could be significantly more interesting than any of those films he listed.

 I hope they're better at it than we are.
#12 Posted by Netherscourge (16354 posts) -

[QUOTE="Netherscourge"]Other Planets:

wasteland.jpg

 

 

The reason is obvious...

themajormayor

That's Nagasaki, Japan, Earth.

 

 

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#13 Posted by Silverbond (16121 posts) -

Because you'd totally watch a movie about aliens going after Mars

#14 Posted by Jd1680a (5956 posts) -
[QUOTE="Jd1680a"]Why do aliens always seem to be targetting Earth?Hallenbeck77
Because we got porn. AND LOTS OF IT.

You're a funny guy.
#15 Posted by SaintLeonidas (26733 posts) -
[QUOTE="SaintLeonidas"]To create drama. I mean, these are fictional films we are talking about here. Realism and logic are typically the last things on the filmmakers minds. But yes, I would agree that it would make no sense for alien life forms to target earth for natural resources. themajormayor
In the right hands a movie about aiens settling on Mars could be significantly more interesting than any of those films he listed.

I would love to see such a film, sadly for the general movie going audience there wouldn't be enough ASPLOSIONS!!
#16 Posted by Gargus (2147 posts) -

[QUOTE="Netherscourge"]Other Planets:

wasteland.jpg

The reason is obvious...

themajormayor

That's Nagasaki, Japan, Earth.

You would think the trees would have tipped him off.

#17 Posted by Alpha_S_ (390 posts) -

Because the writers of fictional aliens are humans living on Earth.  There wouldn't be as much tension or drama if the aliens attacked a planet without people on it now would there?

#18 Posted by ferrari2001 (17309 posts) -

Considering there are millions of Goldilocks zone planets in the galaxy it really doesn't make sense for an alien race to travel to earth, spend time and effort eradicating an entire species just for some resources. But a movie about how aliens didn't attack would be incredibly boring.

#19 Posted by BuryMe (22017 posts) -

Because it's the only way to make a fantasy movie relatable to the audience. It's also the reason that they usually invade some part of the United States.

#20 Posted by the_bi99man (11059 posts) -

Because Earth has more life-supporting resources than the rest of the system, and is the only planet in the immediate vicinity with any level of non-microscopic life?

And maybe they're not actually coming from that far away. Sure, there are countless other planets in the galaxy that would meet their needs, but maybe their space travel tech is only  hundreds  of years more advanced than ours, rather than  thousands,  and they're only coming from the next system over?

#21 Posted by Smokescreened84 (2516 posts) -
I think Robin Williams in Mrs. Doubtfire said it best: "We come to this planet seeking intelligent life, whoops, we made a mistake!" It is pretty silly, you would think that in such a vast universe filled with billions of worlds that there would be more than enough uninhabited worlds to choose from, instead of coming down to Earth, smacking around the puny, dim witted humans and probably being defeated by either the common cold, a computer virus or some 'All Amazing American Hero With Manly Chin'. Such lazy concepts to use to profit from the simple minded.
#22 Posted by LoG-Sacrament (20397 posts) -
the genre is about invasions. it's not really invading when the planet is uninhabited.
#23 Posted by Nibroc420 (13571 posts) -
Because we're on earth? I mean, someone COULD make a movie where aliens land on another planet full of aliens, and weird alien antics occur. However, considering there's no human language being spoken, and everything is totally alien, no-one would care. Might as well be asking "What would happen if I never existed, and i wasn't here to ask this question?"
#24 Posted by Cybrian (189 posts) -

Aliens shopping around in our solar system quickly come to the realization that humanity (at our current stage of evolutionary development) could only ever be a threat to them.  Call it a pre-emptive strike.  To put it another way, one very familiar to homo sapiens sapiens, "This solar system ain't big enough for the two of us, partner."  Other than that, I agree with the assertions that it just makes for a more thrilling and relevant story.    

#25 Posted by playmynutz (6391 posts) -
That would be an awesome movie about aliens arriving to Mars and begin to build civilizations. Mega cities rise on Mars but the aliens pay no mind to Earth.
#26 Posted by GummiRaccoon (13650 posts) -

Movies such as Independance Day, Transformers, War of the Worlds, and the recent Oblivion have aliens coming somewhere else in the universe to conquer Earth. Most of the time its to gain natural resources or because Earth is located in the Goldilock zone around sun had as liquid water on its surface. Still, Why do aliens always seem to be targetting Earth?

Why dont any of them settle on Mars or harvest natural resources from asteroids in the asteroid belt? If these aliens need oxygen and fresh supply of water, they could get it from comets or from one of the gas giants moons. Maybe they need Iron, Carbon and other elements to make alloy metals, Mars, Ceres or 4 Vesta would be a good place to look, with them having much lower gravitational field it would be easier to get it off. If aliens were seen settling down on Ceres or gathering natural resources, any kind of resistance would be nil.

Jd1680a

Because there would be no movie otherwise.


What the hell is going to happen in a movie about an alien race that comes and harvests Haley's comet?

#27 Posted by MrGeezer (57082 posts) -

Movies such as Independance Day, Transformers, War of the Worlds, and the recent Oblivion have aliens coming somewhere else in the universe to conquer Earth. Most of the time its to gain natural resources or because Earth is located in the Goldilock zone around sun had as liquid water on its surface. Still, Why do aliens always seem to be targetting Earth?

Why dont any of them settle on Mars or harvest natural resources from asteroids in the asteroid belt? If these aliens need oxygen and fresh supply of water, they could get it from comets or from one of the gas giants moons. Maybe they need Iron, Carbon and other elements to make alloy metals, Mars, Ceres or 4 Vesta would be a good place to look, with them having much lower gravitational field it would be easier to get it off. If aliens were seen settling down on Ceres or gathering natural resources, any kind of resistance would be nil.

Jd1680a
Because that would involve the aliens avoiding humans, which means a lack of conflict, which means No Movie. In fact, in some of those examples it is either outright stated or heavily implied that the aliens DO conquer worlds other than Earth. That's certainly the case in Independence Day and Oblivion. The thing is, those cases aren't suitable to make a movie about, because it WASN'T on Earth, which means that the invasion is of no consequence to us. As humans, we are drawn to stories that are about humans. It's hard to do that when the story contains absolutely no f***ing humans.
#28 Posted by Gaming-Planet (14424 posts) -

Because humans would do the same.

#29 Posted by Iszdope (11245 posts) -

McDonalds.

#30 Posted by lostrib (42737 posts) -

if they're not attacking earth, why would we give a shit?

#31 Posted by SaudiFury (8707 posts) -
Same reason you don't see a lot of big blockbuster sized war movies about non-Anglo people fighting each other. How many movies you know where they are in a foreign land and they got the American or a Brit stuffed in there - usually in the lead role- because the target audience won't come and see it in their masses otherwise. Who wants to go see a movie about an alien world having to defend against another alien world (and the invaders are not humans, lets not do avatar)
#32 Posted by FastEddie2121 (3081 posts) -
I'm cool if they take out Paris first.
#33 Posted by chaoscougar1 (37025 posts) -

Movies such as Independance Day, Transformers, War of the Worlds, and the recent Oblivion have aliens coming somewhere else in the universe to conquer Earth. Most of the time its to gain natural resources or because Earth is located in the Goldilock zone around sun had as liquid water on its surface. Still, Why do aliens always seem to be targetting Earth?

Why dont any of them settle on Mars or harvest natural resources from asteroids in the asteroid belt? If these aliens need oxygen and fresh supply of water, they could get it from comets or from one of the gas giants moons. Maybe they need Iron, Carbon and other elements to make alloy metals, Mars, Ceres or 4 Vesta would be a good place to look, with them having much lower gravitational field it would be easier to get it off. If aliens were seen settling down on Ceres or gathering natural resources, any kind of resistance would be nil.

Jd1680a
Yeah That would make a good movie Might wanna have a little think before creating a topic next time
#34 Posted by Angie7F (1175 posts) -

The same way the Americans always save the earth.

#35 Posted by nunovlopes (2618 posts) -

Who would want to see a movie where aliens fight other aliens, with no humans?

#36 Posted by Hexagon_777 (20094 posts) -
Watch Star Trek. Fictional aliens fvck up other planets all the gosh darn time.
#37 Posted by Blueresident87 (5340 posts) -

Because Earth is narcissistic

#38 Posted by Hexagon_777 (20094 posts) -
I wish aliens would invade Uranus.
#39 Posted by comp_atkins (32026 posts) -
otherwise the fictional movie wouldn't be that entertaining.... what i don't get is why they come here without realizing we will inevitably figure out their one weakness and send them packing...
#40 Posted by Blueresident87 (5340 posts) -

I wish aliens would invade Uranus.Hexagon_777

Maybe they already have...

#42 Posted by Hexagon_777 (20094 posts) -

[QUOTE="Hexagon_777"]I wish aliens would invade Uranus.Blueresident87

Maybe they already have...

What about Mianus?

#43 Posted by VaguelyTagged (10356 posts) -

your argument is invalid. how do you know? maybe they invade other inhabied planets as well. it's not like we are in touch with other civilizations to be aware of such news anyways.

#44 Posted by Treflis (11823 posts) -
Cause it would be a rather dull movie if they just flew around on mars making craters for two hours without anyone shooting back before dying cause they " Couldn't handle it's climate"
#45 Posted by AbstractRadical (632 posts) -
Because we can relate to the movie better if the attack Earth...
#46 Posted by Engrish_Major (17368 posts) -
In Mass Effect at least, Earth didn't get attacked until the third game, right? And it was simultaneous to them attacking everything else in the galaxy, so Earth wasn't specifically targeted. So there's that.
#47 Posted by konvikt_17 (22368 posts) -

In Mass Effect at least, Earth didn't get attacked until the third game, right? And it was simultaneous to them attacking everything else in the galaxy, so Earth wasn't specifically targeted. So there's that.Engrish_Major

something like that.

[spoiler] they actually only attack Earth because earth had become advanced enough in technology. was becoming too powerful or something like that. so they (reapers) eradicated them, or attempted to. its a cycle, every 50,000 years i believe they come around and kill off all the technologically advanced species. its their way of "keeping order" [/spoiler]

but yea, Earth wasnt their first target.:P

#48 Posted by Ace6301 (21389 posts) -

[QUOTE="Engrish_Major"]In Mass Effect at least, Earth didn't get attacked until the third game, right? And it was simultaneous to them attacking everything else in the galaxy, so Earth wasn't specifically targeted. So there's that.konvikt_17

something like that.

[spoiler] they actually only attack Earth because earth had become advanced enough in technology. was becoming too powerful or something like that. so they (reapers) eradicated them, or attempted to. its a cycle, every 50,000 years i believe they come around and kill off all the technologically advanced species. its their way of "keeping order" [/spoiler]

but yea, Earth wasnt their first target.:P

[spoiler] That's why they attack every 50,000 years but not why Earth was specifically targeted. The Reapers had decided mankind was the biggest threat due solely to Shepard and as such attacked Earth first out of the "council races". The Asari would have been the primary threat otherwise due to their Prothean influences. Batarians got attacked first simply due to their location in the galaxy [/spoiler]
#49 Posted by konvikt_17 (22368 posts) -

[QUOTE="konvikt_17"]

[QUOTE="Engrish_Major"]In Mass Effect at least, Earth didn't get attacked until the third game, right? And it was simultaneous to them attacking everything else in the galaxy, so Earth wasn't specifically targeted. So there's that.Ace6301

something like that.

[spoiler] they actually only attack Earth because earth had become advanced enough in technology. was becoming too powerful or something like that. so they (reapers) eradicated them, or attempted to. its a cycle, every 50,000 years i believe they come around and kill off all the technologically advanced species. its their way of "keeping order" [/spoiler]

but yea, Earth wasnt their first target.:P

[spoiler] That's why they attack every 50,000 years but not why Earth was specifically targeted. The Reapers had decided mankind was the biggest threat due solely to Shepard and as such attacked Earth first out of the "council races". The Asari would have been the primary threat otherwise due to their Prothean influences. Batarians got attacked first simply due to their location in the galaxy [/spoiler]

ah, there we go. havent played in a while.

need to play through em again soon.

#50 Posted by BossPerson (9124 posts) -

[QUOTE="themajormayor"][QUOTE="Netherscourge"]Other Planets:

wasteland.jpg

 

 

The reason is obvious...

Gargus

That's Nagasaki, Japan, Earth.

 

You would think the trees would have tipped him off.

im wondering what he typed into google to get that pic