It is still a while before the Alien TV series which is coming to your screens exclusively on Hulu will be released. There is a lot of hype over it, and if you are looking for movies and series to binge watch, the Alien films are a good place to start. Fans of these films have lead to the expectation that Century Studios will put plans in motion to kickstart a new series of the Alien movies, which could go back to the basics and try to imitate the first two films. But first, the TV series is being put into development by Noah Hawley, a creator who is known for not playing it safe.
What Can We Expect?
Aliens Arrival on Earth
Although we have seen the arrival of aliens on earth in both Alien vs. Predator film installments, the show made an announcement that they would be bringing xenomorphs to Earth for the first time. This is an interesting twist, as the possibility of a huge alien outbreak on Earth was the reason why character Ellen Ripley tried to prevent Weyland-Yutani from engaging with these creatures. She ends up having to sacrifice herself in Alien 3 in the hope of destroying the alien queen embryo that was growing inside her.
In a synopsis, the show is described as ‘set not too far into our future.’ If you follow the timeline of the Alien films, this assumption is confusing. The reason for this is that in Alien: Covenant, the character of David creates aliens as we know it for the first time, which was set in 2014. This means the Canon States, the classic alien, didn’t exist before 2014. It sets the premise askew, which leaves viewers excited for this release, and puzzled as to when it will actually take place and how it will make sense within the Alien story.
Here Come the Marines
In the second film of the original Alien saga, the Colonial Marines appear only theatrically. Although only making a brief appearance, the Marines went on to become one of the most iconic elements of the franchise, particularly in video games, and were loved by fans across the world. The reason for this is the idea of space heroes destroying xenomorphs is exciting, it provides action and suspense for those who watch. It is something that Alien fans can look forward to in the TV show and perhaps we can expect them to have more of a permanent role.
The synopsis that was released already claims that the TV series will be a mix of “both the timeless horror of the first Alien film with the non-stop action of the second.” In referencing the second film, fans could expect to see the Marines in the TV series.
It seems that human drama and social struggles will be a key focal point in Hawley’s show, but what will most excite viewers is the reintroduction of action. One thing to remember is that the soldiers won’t look like the Marines as seen from the movies, as they will be entirely on Earth.
The Appearance of the Synths
Although not confirmed if it was the actual intention back in 1979, synthetics became a crucial part of the Alien film franchise. For this reason, Ridley Scott gave them more attention in the film Prometheus and Alien: Covenant than the actual aliens themselves. Although the fans do want to see more of a shift to the creatures again, it would not make sense for the TV series not to discuss ideas of artificial intelligence or the synths' roles as partial humans in this dark future further. Thanks to Ridley Scott, he went to great lengths to make fans care about the character of David’s personal journey, which means the TV show should take this plot further.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Hawley referenced the fact that the story for the TV series plans to deal with humans being “trapped in the primordial past, with artificial intelligence as the future.” Going on this information, it seems likely that Hawley will explore these ideas further.
As mentioned previously, character descriptions have also been leaked. In these descriptions, there was one about a woman stuck in another’s body due to an experiment. Although not confirmed, it could be that this body is a synth. Either way, this series is likely to deal with the theme of what makes humans unique, an idea that has been explored in the films previously.
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The Alien franchise is taking a dramatic turn at 20th Century Studios, now owned by Disney. Currently there are two major Alien projects in development - a new Alien TV series by Noah Hawley and a new, stand-alone Alien movie being directed by Fede Alvarez. Both of which will be taking the franchise in a new direction - moving away from the Alien prequel direction Ridley Scott set out to pursue back in 2012.
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Being that we haven't had anything good since Alien 3 I got to set my expectations low. The prequels were alright but not good (those are two different things). If you get you expectations up high then you set yourself up for disappointment is my point.
“Thanks to Ridley Scott, he went to great lengths to make fans care about the character of David’s personal journey, which means the TV show should take this plot further."
No thanks, I've had enough of that. I don't want the franchise to be taken over by androids that are playing flute and discuss poetry. Keep them as a side story but the focus should be on other things. Raised By Wolves was about androids, which I didn't care for, and likewise I won't care about this if it's about that.
I don't mind Androids being a large focus in the story as long as the main focus is on the xenomorphs themselves. Unlike some people here, I actually like Bishop, Ash, Walter and David. I think they are great android characters that balance between relatable and being the "other"
I dislike Call for being too human, she didn't come across as a proper ALIEN android to me.
It is sadly and abundantly clear that the writer of this article has no idea what "canon" is in the Alien universe. According to canon, actual canon, the Covenant mission was only announced in 2103. That's only a difference of 89 years from what the article states. David's RECREATION of the xenomorph occurred years later. Please, use google, at the very least. Consult Andrew Gaska, the guy who is the literal expert/ consultant on Alien canon at this point.
I have a VERY STRONG suspicion that this is a REBOOT of Sorts. And as such i think its maybe something we can NOT go and Expect too Much from.... just to SIT BACK and Enjoy the Ride whatever it may bring.. by that we maybe should NOT go and try and Compare it to the Original MovieSeries.
Its a SHAME that this is what is Taking Place but Disney are the OwnersNowand IF they Feel the Story has became Stale or STUCK... then they maybe see a REBOOT is a way to Explore something in a Different Way.
And so we should look at it like the Batman Series... the we had the 1966 Batman based off the TV Show... then we had the 1989 Batman Movie (and the others in the 90's) the 1966 and 1989 Batman Movies are within the same UNIVERSE, but they are NOT like Direct Canon but a Alternative Take... much like the Dark Knight Series. And so its like we had say the Tobey Maguire Spiderman Movies which were NOT Canon to the latter Andrew Garfield (Amazing Spiderman Movies).
And this is HOW i think this ALIEN TV SERIES will be, a ALTERNATIVE Reality/Take where it seems the COMMONElement will be the Xenomorph. (and so there may be NO... Weyland/Yutani, and NO.. Ripley or ColonialMarines).
These will likely be Replaced by NEW Greedy Corporations, NEW Military Factions and NewAntagonist and Protagonist with maybe the ONLY real Connection being the Xenomorph.
I think for some Fans who like the ACTION then a EventualMovie with Xenomorphs running Rampant on Earth would be AWESOME!
However... indeed IF this is NOT executed well then we could see another AVPR! I think the BIGGEST PROBLEM with having Xenomorphs on Earth is it NEGATES the Plots of Movies that would FOLLOW as FAR as the Xenomorph.
For example if say the Earth was Ravaged by Xenomorphs some 100 Years after ALIENS or so then depending on HOW LARGE was the Xenomorph invasion you would have to ASK as to WHY would USM go and Try to CLONE our Ripley to Obtain a Specimen when SURELY they should have came across something on EARTH!
UNLESS..... we are talking a Outbreak at a ResearchFacility that is ISOLATED or on a Island where the ENDRESULT is a NUKE! that DESTROYS everything!
This is the SAME KIND of thing they have to look at with the TV Series, as in WHERE and HOW do we come into Contact with the Xenomorph..... surely having them RUN Amok in say New York or Los Angeles would be a BAD IDEA.
However i dont think the TV Show will Contradict the Franchise as i SUSPECT it will be a ALTERNATIVE Story and i would NOT be Surprised that in Noah's Alternative Universe there would be NO Derelict on LV-426.
I think Alien Resurrection had some Interesting things going on that are NOT quite so Obvious that could be Expanded upon... but OVERALL i would say Yeah the Execution and Characters are NOT that Good.
The Newborn could have been Better and it did make the QUEEN look Weak!
I have talked to TWO people i know about the TV Show and they seem Bummed Out about HOW we wont have any Connection to RIPLEY in it..... One of them also thinking it should be a Opportunity to introduce the PREDATORS as the Creators of the Xenomorph.
This would just be another AVPR with some Fluff/Scenes like in AVP...... with also something like the "The Predator" Alternative Endings..... No Thank You!
Wendy - one of the main characters in the series. She is what is considered a hybrid, a metahuman who has the brain and consciousness of a child but the body of an adult. Because she was essentially created in a lab, she will eventually yield her almost superhuman powers.
Boy Kavalier - a very young man who is the CEO of a company called The Prodigy Corporation. This company is at the heart of the series, with their experiments and creations becoming a new wave into metahuman territory.
JD Hermit - a soldier for the company’s security arm. He is essentially an orphan who lost his family at a young age. One of his losses was his sister Marcy who he believes died at the age of 10.
Kirsh - synth who acts as a mentor and trainer for Wendy. Slightly older and more highly developed, the character will train Wendy but might have other intentions.
Atom Ein - Boy Kavalier’s advisor. He is older but understands manipulation and the way to help achieve larger goals.
This is Concerning to me.... so NOW it seems we are going to have Meta-Humans.... Enhanced Humanoids who may NOT only have Superior Strength/Speed but also maybe some Psychic Abilities? This sounds a BIT MARVEL to me...
If this Information is Correct.... what we are Basically getting is like a Ripley 8 with Newts Consciousness inside.... a Enhanced Human with Child's Soul who is Raised/Taught by a Synthetic... where its likely the WENDY (Meta-Human) with likely Marcy being the Consciousness inside. Will gain some Sympathy for the Synthetics and maybe Meta-Humans and LEAD a Rebellion?
Again i just CANT see HOW the Xenomorph Fits?
It could be we WONT even see Weyland/Yutani!
The Premise does seem VERY ALIEN to ALIEN....
The BIG QUESTION.... is HOW/WHEN/WHY and WHERE do we see the Xenomorphs?
The SHOW is SET on Earth...... and it seems its SET after Prometheus and so MAYBE we see some Company has GONE to LV-223 to get the Black Goo to USE to EnhanceHumans? well Create a Hybrid/Enhanced Race?
What IF the Company also Creates the Xenomorph?
However.... looking at what was said before it seems the Show will have a Slower Build Up before we get the Xenomorphs.... they are also what is the Parasitic Threat from our Past..... which indicates the Xenomorph would be Ancient in this TV Show and looking at the PromotionImages it seems they are Discovered on a somewhat Submerged, Ship or Facility that LIKELY is Discovered on Earth at Sea or another Large Body of Water?
The other Aspect is the Threat from the FUTURE (A.I) and we know we will have Synthetics.... but also the Meta-Humans... are BOTH a Threat? Or just the ONEKIND?
The Meta-Humans being Created likely for MilitaryPurposes, so we looking at a Replicants meets UniversalSoldiers with maybe some SUPER-HUMAN Abilities thrown in... Crikey hope this does not END UP like the Necromancers from Raised by Wolves but just OrganicVersions...
And are we going to see the Synthetics go to USE/PROGRAM them to Overthrow Humanity?
I think the PLOT could be Interesting as a STAND ALONE like TV Show... i dont see WHY it would NEED to have the Xenomorphs and become Connected to ALIEN etc
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