As in the final version, the Nostromo's search party finds the derelict ship and the remains of its pilot. But that's all, except the space jockey has managed to scratch the image of a triangle in his "dashboard," apparently his last act. The searchers return to the ship, mystified. A short time later, the planetoid's endless dust storm has briefly settled, and the crew can see a huge pyramid on the horizon. Another crew is sent to explore. They scale it, find an opening on top, and a volunteer lowers himself down the hatch.
He finds a giant chamber that seems like a tomb, or maybe a place of worship. There are weird statues and some sort of hieroglyphics (which later prove to be representative of Alien reproductive cycles). This, of course, is where the Alien spores lie waiting for someone to come along.
The sequence offers a thoughtful contrast amonth three cultures: human, Alien, and the unfortunate space jockey. 'The pyramid and the derelict -two different elements- were still the subject of a seesaw debate when I came on the project,' Ridley Scott says. 'I would love to have shot it, but the more I thought about it the more I realized it would have been wonderful in a three-hour version. What finally cracked it was the budget. We just had to get rid of it. And you know, sometimes financial practicalities force you to do a certain amount of editorial work, and I'm glad we simplified it.'
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