I wouldn't say this sequel surpasses the original but it is definitely close. I like how it literally picks up right where the first movie left off, well 57 years later but that's ok since it would have consisted of Ripley sleeping the whole time. It was a great idea on James Cameron's part to focus more on Ripley and her relationship with Newt and that bond getting stronger. Without that aspect I don't think it would have been as good. The Aliens were very well done and the scene with the queen was so creepy. Some of the fight scenes with the Aliens could have been done a little better as it seemed at times that there were two\three guys in suits and they were instructed to do a front flip at the same time as an explosion. I kind of wish there were a few less Aliens and they were a little harder to kill. I think it would have made for higher tension. Aliens was definitely a great sequel and although not as great as the first, manages holds its own.