Jan-11-2017 7:54 AM
I totally disagree that Lindeloff did the perfect draft. There was still the “It is what I choose to believe “-thing by Shaw which makes her stupid. She also believes that it is an invitation in his draft, another dumb thing that was in the movie which made me go “does she really believe in that shit that she is saying? She is an idiot.”
There was a part in Lindelofs draft where Holloway say something like “what we believe doesn’t matter, what we can prove does” (something like that) but they cut it out so that was one dumb character (Shaw) plus bad editing.
Speaking of Holloway he was still a dick to David, something that I didn’t like. Holloway seemed a lot more interesting in the draft that Spaights did.
Milburn and Fifield still seemed boring but not as bad as in the movie. They still got lost in the draft and no explanation as I could see so they were still dumb.
There was still too little of the Xenos in the draft, something that I didn’t like. It was also about Weyland wanting more life, something that I didn’t care for.
Shaw still believe that the Engineers made them, without anything to back it up. Sorry but she is stupid in Lindeloffs draft.
Millburn and Fifield getting stoned in space was also in the draft, to me that was just bad. There is no defense for that. This was in Lindelof’s draft, it is just lazy writing in my opinion. They still played around with the Centipede which was dumb, you don’t do that with an unknown life form if you are a scientist and is somewhat rational. I don’t care if they explain it that he was stoned. Sorry but that scene should have been re-written or taken out totally.
Ravel and Chance didn’t make sense either, they are just there for no reason in Lindelof’s draft. Ford didn’t make a lot of sense either. Not that it would be interesting to see Weyland corporation being exact the same as in alien 1-4 but they could have made that better.
Weyland wasn’t interesting either in Lindelof’s draft he just wanted to be given more life so what ever. This is something that I didn’t care for and still don’t.
There were some scenes in Lindelof’s draft that were not filmed or cut out but I still believe that Spaights did a better job.
When the Engineer spoke back to them it still didn’t say anything about any sub-titles what so ever in Lindelof’s draft, which just makes it stupid.
The movie was reduced to be more about the Engineers in Lindelof’s draft instead of the Xeno which made it less interesting. Without a better connection to the Xenos the Engineers become boring and that is exactly what happened in Lindelof’s draft. I am not sure if he wanted to have the Xeno more involved in the movie (hence Fox forced him to tone it down) or if he wanted it less featured. Nevertheless the draft that Lindelof did had very little Xenos in it which made it boring.
Spaight’s also made the characters a lot more interesting (I compare Lindelof’s version to the original draft by Spaights). The dialogue also seemed to roll better, it seems better compared to Lindelof. Also Weyland seemed to be way more interesting in part because of the way that the dialogue was written compared to Lindeloff.
When Fifield and Milburn gets creeped out by the Hologram of the Engineers it is not like “yes ship is very good” it is more like “I wasn’t payed for this if you want help with X sure but not this” (about the running engineers in the recording). The dialogue is a lot better here than in the final movie.
This is a scene that really bugs me that is when they find the Hammerpede. In Spaight’s script they said something about the space suits being bug proof so they should be protected. In Lindelof’s draft they are kind of joking about it like it would be a cute little cat or something without any thought what so ever that it might be dangerous. Once again Lindelof’s draft was inferior to Spaight’s. It is just really annoying to compare them both when I see how Lindelof started to make it worse.
David was made better in Lindelof’s draft, in Spaight’s he was more like Ash. I like that they made David less evil.
They had no sub-titles in the scene when David speaks to the engineer, that was in Lindelof’s draft (Paradise final) just for some mystery thing I guess. Without the sub-titles it just gets stupid and even Lindelof had no sub-titles in his draft so yes I think that Lindelof should get complaints about making the original draft worse. He just put that in for some stupid mystery it seems to me.
There was less religion in Spaight’s script compared to Lindelof. Here is another thing that I found more interesting in Spaights script. To me Alien has never been about religion, leave it as a slasher in space that is more interesting and simple. I believe that it is a better chance to get a movie out of a slasher in space than if you drag a lot of big themes in it because the idea seems interesting but it gets very difficult to make it look good on film.
In Spaight’s draft Watts (Shaw) fights a huge alien in the end, in Lindelof’s draft we get the Deacon. The Deacon was alright in Prometheus since that was the closest to the Xeno that we got but compared to Spaight’s draft it was a disappointment.
I know that it is about personal taste but I would rather have had Spaight’s draft made to a movie than Lindelof’s because of better characters, better connection to the Xeno, less religion, for example. Lindelof reduced the role of the Xeno and expanded the role of the Engineers which was a mistake because I am far more interested to know how the Xenos came to be than about the culture of the engineers. Engineers withs atronger connection to the Xeno could be interesting but to have 85% Engineers and 15% Xeno ruins it for me and Lindelof’s draft seemed to do that but I also blame Fox for being assholes.