We decided to celebrate Labor Day by spotlighting one of the toughest jobs on the planet: giving birth. Yeah, we know Labor Day refers to a different sort of labor ... but who's quibbling? So here are 20 sci-fi takes on bringing life into the world.
We've provided video when available, and images when not. Either way, have a great weekend!
V: The Final Battle
Robin births a half human, half lizard-like alien while in a jail cell. Then some toothy-mouthed green monster finds its way out, too. Don't drink during pregnancy, folks: This is what happens.
Mork & Mindy
Mork gets pregnant and lays an egg. He delivers it through his stomach, as opposed to the much, much more painful way.
Star Wars III
This was like George Lucas saying, "Wow, this film is really going nowhere. But remember Luke and Leia?"
"Boy, that other film was awesome." (No clip is available, so we included the Lego Star Wars birth clip, complete with "popping" noises.)
A copy of Cylon number eight gives birth. That's the problem with Cylons reproducing: Eventually they get really awful names like "1,245,326."
Village of the Damned
Lots of birthing in this remake of the classic horror film. Tip: Giving birth in a circle with seven other mothers is a good way to get your baby switched.
Moya, the organic spaceship, gives birth to a menacing, weapons-loaded baby ship. The worst part about weapons-loaded baby ships is that they're always pooping out missiles.
Children of Men
A film entirely about pregnancy deserved a spectacular birth scene. Children of Men definitely delivered, presenting one of the most realistic continuous shots of all time. Clink on this link for a breakdown of how the shot was made.
Here another alien male gives birth, also from his stomach. We can imagine sitting in the Alien Nation writing room, trying to decide which orifice the baby would pop out of.
Scully finally delivers her and Mulder's anti-love child. After giving birth, the couple actually share one of their first romantic kisses, showing how literally backward their understanding of relationships is.
Lost loved having women go into labor, including Claire/Sun/Ethan's mom/Claire from a different point of view/Ben's mom/Locke's mom/Some dead Other/Claire in an alternate universe/Smoke Monster's mom. Here are more of our favorites:
Star Trek (2009)
The birth of Spock is pretty cool. The awkward dialogue that follows in the deleted scene reminds us that this is an odd-numbered film.
Cordelia gives birth to a full-grown woman. Now both of them have a horrific memory they'll never forget.
Star Trek: TNG
Here Worf proves to be a horrible midwife, giving commands like "You may now give birth."
Star Trek (2009)
Following in the Star Trek tradition of showing everybody getting born, James Tiberius Kirk is delivered in the beginning of this film. We follow Kirk as he ascends to the rank of captain, and gratefully end before he tries to star in ill-fated TV shows.
An alien knocks up a woman with a kiss, and she gives birth a few days later. Despite this incredible reproduction rate, his home population is, somehow, dwindling.
Men in Black
Will Smith delivers an alien Kraken, but not before its tentacles violently toss the agent around. Vagina dentata has nothing on this.
In this super-gross scene, a woman gives birth to a grown man-looking alien thing. A lot of B-movie effort is put into making this look believable, yet it plays out like a foam dinosaur growing out of one of those "just add water" capsules.