Ripley: How many drops is this for you, Lieutenant?
Lieutenant Gorman: Thirty eight… simulated.
Private Vasquez: How many combat drops?
Lieutenant Gorman: Uh, two. Including this one.
Poor Lieutenant Gorman, still a pendjo at the end, but at least he wasn’t bug food. In this little exchange from Aliens, the Colonial Marines have the moment of truth about their very green commanding officer the bulk of whose chops came from a simulator.