the movie is set in Sacramento in the early 2000s, but the characters do not talk about the 2002 Lakers-Kings Western Conference Finals
One of the perennial debates about the Alien series is whether Ridley Scott's original or James Cameron's sequel is superior. The fact that it's even up for debate should be a testament to the sequel's quality. It's undeniably bigger than the original, as the plural form in the title indicates.
Aliens is the gold standard in how to do a sequel well. Going in another direction instead of trying to replicate what made the original successful was the right move,…