An episode from SpongeBob SquarePants’ first season included a sneaky reference to Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic Alien. Let’s take a look.
One of the earliest episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants included a sneaky and fun Alien Easter egg – here’s what it is and where to find it. SpongeBob SquarePants has been unstoppable since its debut on Nickelodeon in 1999, becoming the most successful Nicktoon to date (surpassing fan favorites like Hey Arnold! and Rugrats) and expanding to other media as well, recently taking over the world of streaming through Paramount+ with the prequel series Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years.
SpongeBob SquarePants follows the daily adventures of the title character and his closest friends and a couple of enemies in the underwater city of Bikini Bottom. SpongeBob is often accompanied by his best friends Patrick Star and Sandy Cheeks, his neighbor and coworker Squidward Tentacles, and his greedy boss Mr. Krabs, along with antagonist (and Mr. Krabs’ eternal enemy) Plankton. Over the course of more than 10 seasons (and three movies), SpongeBob SquarePants has taken its characters to different parts of the ocean and beyond, as happened in season 1 when they went to space – or that’s what they thought, and in that episode, the writers made two references to the sci-fi classic Alien.
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In the episode “Sandy’s Rocket”, SpongeBob and Patrick snuck into Sandy’s new rocket ship as they wanted to hunt for aliens, which is something Sandy wasn’t on board with as her planned trip to the moon was for science and not fun and nonsense. SpongeBob and Patrick then snuck into the ship and accidentally started it up, flying over the moon but landing back at Bikini Bottom, but they thought they were on the moon and it looked a lot like their hometown. SpongeBob and Patrick took some net guns that Sandy had for harvesting moon rocks and repurposed them for catching aliens, and went through Bikini Bottom catching everyone that crossed their way as they thought they were aliens that took the shape of some of their friends, such as Squidward – and it’s in the scene where they capture him where the Alien reference can be found, all thanks to his anatomy and his water bottle.
When SpongeBob and Patrick entered Squidward’s house, Squidward was sleeping, and they pulled a water bottle from his bed. SpongeBob took it to analyze it as they thought it was an egg, so they placed a light under the bottle and SpongeBob’s hands resembled baby octopuses. This is reminiscent of the scene in Ridley Scott’s Alien where Kane (John Hurt) found the egg, though SpongeBob and Patrick didn’t really have anything to fear. After analyzing the “egg”, Squidward rolled over to his side and one of his tentacles landed on Patrick’s helmet, attaching to it and frightening Patrick, just like the facehugger did with Kane in that same scene in Alien. Squidward then woke up and was understandably angry, but SpongeBob and Patrick captured him.
The Alien references in SpongeBob SquarePants’ “Sandy’s Rocket” are subtle and can be easy to miss, but that doesn’t make them any less fun and clever, as the writers smoothly adapted some of the most suspenseful scenes in Alien and turned them into a kid’s friendly scene that matched the personalities of SpongeBob and Patrick. Luckily for them, Squidward and the water bottle weren’t dangerous at all, but the same can’t be said about the alien egg and the facehugger.
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