Filming on the Alien TV series for FX begins next year and it may be a while before we get a look at any official material from the show. However, thanks to the folks over at AvPGalaxy, we have our first look at some concept art from the series which they recently leaked online! According to them the following art depicts scenes which take place early on in the show and allude to significant plot elements. Check them out:
The concept art shows a Weyland-Yutani spaceship, the USCSS Maginot, crashed right in the middle of a city, cutting into the underground levels. The city is controlled by the Prodigy Corporation, a rival to Weyland-Yutani. The next piece depicts two soldiers within an industrial looking room. They’re approaching Xenomorph eggs in containers hiding within a cover of mist. Finally, we can see an adult Xenomorph snatching someone in a vertical shaft.
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Very interesting. Judging by that concept art summary, my guess is that the W-Y ship carried eggs, facehuggers or fully grown xenos in captivity which we all know is a recipe for disaster. Most or every crew member onboard dies including the pilots and so the ship, failing to respond to repeated “space traffic control” warnings- crashes into the ground, releasing the xenos and/or leaving the eggs to be discovered by soldiers later on thus releasing more xenos into the civilization.
Has it been revealed what part this Prodigy Corp plays into this? What’s their agenda? Rivals at terraforming? “Building even better worlds” Perhaps attempting to control the xenos like the W-Y corp for use as bio-weapons?
“The threat should be the xenomorphs, nothing else.”
You can have more than that, expand it. Star Wars can, Star Trek has different things, and so on. Star Wars fans seem OK with new things, at least many of them. Why not try new things in the alien-verse? Having the Xeno every-time makes it old.
The company was a threat because they sent them into that situation (Alien), Burke was a company guy in Aliens and you saw how much he cared (or didn't) about humans in that movie. Ripley's speech in alien 3 fits perfectly into that. My point is that the threat of the company was there from day one. The monsters just try to survive against the humans that try to use them. Alien movies seem to be more about human greed than anything, at least the first three.
I think that you can have both the company and the monsters as enemies, you just got to have good writing with human characters and the monsters. About enemies, the Engineer works in Prometheus, and that was new. They could expand on them in some way, so the Xenos don't need to be there always. We already see what happens when it gets over-used like in the AVP's and Resurrection.
Part of the backlash against the recent Jurassic World Dominion was a lack of threatening dinosaur presence since genetically modified bugs took center stage and the Giganotosaurus was just there for a few scenes but not enough to have a proper build up to make the Giganotosaurus iconic in the way the first movie made the raptors Iconic or the third movie made the Spinosaurus iconic.
I think execution was the problem with AVP and Resurrection, not that they were overused they weren't creative with the xenomorphs like the first three movies were.
The only thing Resurrection added was the Hybrid and the Cloned Xenomorphs but still the cloned xenomorphs used the usually familiar caste of xenomorphs, Ovomorphs, facehuggers, chestbursters, Drones/Warriors and a Queen.
AVP added no new xenomorph type and technically the Predalien existed in the expanded universe a good decade before the AVP movie.
Contrast with the original Alien which introduced the Ovomorph, facehugger, chestburster and Drone cast for the first time in 1979 and then in 2003 reintroduced the egg morphing ability.
Aliens introduced the Warrior variants to the Drone caste and the Xenomorph Queen to the big screen back in 1986.
Alien 3 introduced the xenomorph's DNA reflex back in 1993 with the introduction of the Runner.
When we add in the Alien prequels, Prometheus expanded upon the xenomorph's creators and gave us the protomorph (Deacon)
Alien Covenant gave us the Neomorphs and the Praetomorph (David's xenomorphs)
Okay one more multiposting, not trying to get on anyone's case just want to convey my thoughts on it all.
I forgot to mention AVPR like AVP didn't expand on the xenomorph instead just reused from the expanded universe as I mentioned the Predalien before, the sequel gave us a Predalien Praetorian. So basically it combined two expanded universe castes together but it did add that praetorians can inject xenomorph larvae directly into a host.
So I don't think its that the xenomorphs are overused, I think its more that the xenomorphs haven't quite evolved beyond establishing hives. If they were zerg, the xenomorph hives seen on Lv-426, Auriga, and Antarctica would have been a starter Hatchery Level Hive cluster. I think they should introduce more stronger variants of xenomorphs
“Then its not ALIEN, it would be like watching a Godzilla movie without Godzilla”
I understand that kind of thinking, but I disagree. You can have things that are in the same family, so to speak, but I see why some think that the Xeno needs to be there. Eventually it depends on what you want to have there for you to consider it alien.
Alien means unknown, so to have the same thing in it, so it becomes familiar, seems to go against that. Too much use of the alien (Xeno) makes it repetitive and less alien, so to speak. Unfortunately, Alien Covenant misused the Xenomorph so it became another low point for it. Maybe you could have it in a cameo at best, but used with more respect than in Covenant.
AR and AVP, I think that they were overused and not used well there. My biggest problem with the AVP's and AR isn't how they did the monsters, but other things too. The human characters were weak, and the tone were too light-hearted, those are my main problems with them. About AVPR, no matter if the monsters would've been better, the movie would still be a turd. AVPR doesn't even have a story that is stitched together, it has random scenes that don't even connect and characters that are just there to be killed but you don't get to know them so to me at least when they die I just don't give a.
Alien 3 was 1992, not 1993. (Nerd comment, LOL)
“I think they should introduce more stronger variants of xenomorphs”
Would that be different enough, though? I can see that point, but I would prefer new things. It's like how much more variations can you do on the same thing before it gets old? The prequels are so and so, but at least they tried new monsters, which I consider in their favor.
I would like to see a movie or a TV-show where they balance the monsters and the Engineers if we are about to talk antagonists. More Engineers please even though some might disagree, more of the same old gets stale fast.
Crap, i can't believe i typed 1993 instead of 1992
Well the xenomorph is the star of the alien franchise and everyone thinks of the xenomorphs when mentioned the ALIEN movies and ALIEN was the xenomorphs name before the word xenomorph became popular, again its like Godzilla with no Godzilla or a Predator movie with no Yautja/Predator
I mean the neomorphs are basically prototype xenomorphs same with the deacon from prometheus. They are both parasitic that have parallels to the xenomorph proper. They botch hatch from an egg-like structure, they both have a infector form, they both violently are birthed by bursting out of its host and they both have elongated heads and long limbs.
If you have it heavily focused on super humans, it maybe alien as in the unknown or whatever but its no longer ALIEN, its now a generic sci-fi tv series.
"Would that be different enough, though? I can see that point, but I would prefer new things"
Well they would be xenomorphs of corase but more specialized breeds or even evolved from an earlier caste. Maybe we might have flying xenomorphs that could eventually evolve into a xenomorph starship-caste, kind of evolve the xenomorphs into being like the tyrannids or zerg. I know that might sound video gamey but its an avenue the alien series could take
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