Sep-10-2016 10:50 PM
One of the trends in Science Fiction movies where extra ordinary special affects are possible is to make the fabric of the story more grounded, an extension of reality.
When I think of the science fiction I grew up on it was based more in "myth making", particularly the written work.
Entering into myth is giving yourself permission to dream and let go of ones grounded assertions but curiously learning more about the human experience. Data and David oddly tell us more about what it is to be human.
I think Ridley is great at deciding how much should be practical how much CGI and most importantly how much to show. I was watching A Q commentary on Alien and the morphing scene and Dallas's head and shoe popping out of the nest and it just doesn't work. Whereas knowing the mucus excreted by the big guy is KY Jelly is amusing but doesn't alter the sense of threat of the scenes.
For someone like myself who has no idea how a car works or my air source heat pump, which would have been SF to my grand parents, whether the technical detail of ship capability makes sense is not something which registers with me. I know people who think its odd that the Star Trek crew walk around in dumb latex suits, we all have a threshold for suspension.
Covenant has quite a lot of plausibility issues incoming.
Why the David planet, many of us are looking for that to be explained, I believe it maybe a plot point reveal.
Why the Xeno and there for whom and how. The ingredients are Shaw, two Davids, Black Goo, evolving creature and Covenanters . How biologically sound will the argument be. I am much more interested in the application of the philosophical arguments about the forbidden knowledge (the subtext being GM and AI), punishment and retribution. If like in Prometheus the morality of the story is very strong I will not be thinking to much about the precise biological intermix which created the Xeno-morph but what it means philosophically.
I will predict the naysayers will.
What these more relaxed "open" discussions remind me of is how difficult it is to make art from a focus group perspective all you can do is go with what you believe is right and see how people respond. The artist has to decide how important each layer is.
Why Covenant is emotionally complicated is because it is part of a franchise with built in expectations and needs and because we "Liked" A L I E N we expect to like Covenant. As Damon said "if I spoilt your child hood you have probably already given up on this commentary".
Alien was made 37 years ago its a miracle either the creator or his audience has stayed with him and the subject, because hopefully we have all changed in the ensuing period and are not wedded to the pre occupations of our lost youth.
In a sense what we are checking out is we all started in 1979 at the same point in the Egg and since then we have all travelled around the circumference of the egg in our own particular way the trick is to see if we have arrived at the other side of the Egg together or even flown the nest. If we are changed and much more knowledgable about some aspect of the fabric we may react differently and consider something important that we did not 37 years ago. As I say that i think that explains a lot of the baby boomers reactions to the tide of revivals in both film and music.
Dis obviously much of this has little to do with your concerns but you made me think about a wider range of expectation/responses with long standing franchises.