Sci-fi occupies a very special place in my heart, one that was once reserved exclusively for the classic N64 game Pokemon Stadium and chocolate-covered pretzels. Growing up, my parents did not believe that my brother and I should watch TV. I distinctly remember the words “the devil’s work.” We did eventually get a TV, which had one and only one channel: the Sci-Fi network. Star Trek, Star Wars, Back to the Future, Men in Black, Spaceballs- I love them all. If it involves green skin, pointy ears, cheesy ’80s special effects, large sluglike intergalactic gangsters, William Shatner and/or Harrison Ford, I am ALL OVER THAT.
Except for maybe the new Indiana Jones. You guys, can we talk about how so many things about that movie were so very wrong? First, you’re really going to survive a nuclear bomb because you were in a lead-lined refrigerator? I AM SO SURE. The crystal skull shenanigans were straight up silly, and furthermore, I absolutely refuse to believe that if Indiana Jones had a son he would be a whiny little punk like Shia LaBeouf. Listen, Shia, you were a lot more awesome when you were dealing with the family curse that Eartha Kitt put on your no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather in “Holes”. You don’t mess with Eartha Kitt, y’all, or she will turn you into a llama like she did in “The Emperor’s New Groove”, which will, needless to say, throw off your groove.
So what with my affinity for sci-fi, the cards were stacked in favor of me loving Thierry Mugler’s Alien, which is housed in a bottle that can only be described as delightful. The Eau Luminescente bottle, in particular, brings to mind the Carbonite chamber into which Han Solo is frozen at the end of Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back. For some reason it is really, really hard to find a picture of that scene online, so here is the Lego counterpart instead.
Now, there’s good sci-fi, there’s so-bad-it’s-good sci-fi, and then there’s actually-bad sci-fi. Despite the exciting bottle, Alien is somewhat lackluster. Created in 2005, Alien is a very sweet, somewhat powdery jasmine. Though not exactly sugary, the sweetness is as shrill as the buzz of a mosquito. Alien is a “modern” jasmine, in that it lacks the indolic feel of many classic perfumes that feature jasmine notes. It is much more wearable than that other Thierry Mugler offering, Angel, and I think there will be very little overlap between the fan bases of the two. I would recommend Alien to fans of Juicy Couture Couture Couture, or those who are not into old-school jasmines such as Lanvin Arpege or Jean Patou Joy.