Posted May-12-2017 7:39 AM
Scott was right: the beast is cooked.
I saw the movie yesterday, and was disappointed. In my opinion, Prometheus was a much better movie.
The fact is, the xeno was a fantastic surprise in Alien, but isn´t that interesting anymore. In the sense that everybody knows what happens when you have xenos onboard. The mistery is over.
As antiscientific as the Prometheus take on human origins is, at least it is an interesting line of development.
It´s very clear to me what happened: Scott wasn´t in the mood for xenos (he confessed this). But as the unhappyness of part of the fanbase with Prometheus grew, the suits in Fox probably threatened Scott with no greenlight for the for the squel, or still worse, with an Alien 5 directed by someone else.
This armtwisting probably made Scott go back in his convictions, and that explains the lazy movie that Alien:Covenant is.
SOME of the problems can be attributed, of course, to the needs of "suspension of disbelief" that is natural in movies of this kind. This is why we accept to stay in the room when an interestellar ship recharge with solar panels in the middle of nowhere, for example. Or when we accept that in the XXII century people forgot to do what we used to do when exploring a new planet: study it from the orbit first, send unmanned probes second, only land there when you are absolutely sure there is no problem in doing this (yes there were the magnetic storms _ but a colonization ship should be equiped to prevail over these minor troubles).
Some other inconsistencies are more boring.
For example, we didn´t know until Alien Covenant that the mere exposition to the facehugger acid blood was enough to inseminate someone. This put in jeopardy the very idea of the facehugger needing to have an ovipositor. (just in case you weren´t aware, this is just what happens to Sergeant Lope).
Also, the final twist, that was of course abundantly hinted at before to the point it wasn´t really a twist, should have plainly avoidable, because in the end of the day Walter was nothing more than a piece of the Covenant equipment and as sure as hell MUTHER should have been aware that the returning "Walter" wasn´t Walter. They must have RFID´s in the XXI century...
Also I was appaled by the absence of any tech in the Engineers (or humanoids) homeworld. Actually we can´t see any piece of tech other than the scorpion ship and the lights at David´s studio. This has consequences, because all the "research" David were doing these years were not top notch genetic research: David´s studio was more akin that of a XIX century naturalist, with drawings and taxidermy specimens, but lacking microscopes, autoclaves, reaction chambers or genetic sequencers. What he did was BREEDING, that is the same thing farmers do.
One has to think furiously to try to imagine what else would a new prequel cover, because whatever happens between Prometheus and Covenant, we already know the outcome: David destroys the planet civilization, kills Shaw. Probably very soon, as soon as they arrive at the planet. As it is very unlikely that "Alien: Awakening" will be made only to show David´s solitude in these ten years, we have to wonder about the plot.
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