Before entering here, leave your Signs talk at the door. We've got a thread hashing that out still and I want to insist right off the bat that this thread is not about me just jumping to another thread to argue more about that film. What this thread IS about is discussion in general of Alien visitors versus human visitors as applied in science fiction films. Signs obviously brought this out, but I now would like to really investigate this subject further outside of that hot topic. My main theory being that TRADITIONALLY SF films portray alien visitors as being advanced in all ways over humans, often along the exact same lines of technology as humans. But when this is reversed and humans visit other planets in SF films, they are often portrayed as again being dumber than the aliens. Isn't it a double-standard to say that space traveling aliens are smarter than humans, but that space traveling humans will not be smarter than aliens? And have SF films come to make audiences EXPECT this condition as the norm? Jefferson Morris posted this in the Signs thread, for example. While it's about Signs in this case, it certainly makes the point about audience expectation of alien life.