I was pleased when it was announced that the already-in-the-works PROMETHEUS 2 would instead be called something with the word ALIEN in the title. PROMETHEUS was, or I guess I should say IS, an entertaining movie, but it doesn’t hold its own in comparison to the original ALIEN or to James Cameron’s ALIENS. It is, after all, the ALIEN who is the star of that film series. When you relegate it to a brief cameo at the end of the film, you lose the thing that makes an audience want to watch the flick in the first place. It seemed there was a concentrated effort to distance PROMETHEUS from its source material, whereas the new ALIEN: COVENANT wholeheartedly embraces it. It also serves as a proper sequel to the former, for those who wanted that (although we still don’t know why the Engineers, the giant aliens who “created” the human race, decided to instead destroy it, which is what Noomi Rapace’s character, Dr. Elizabeth Shaw, sets out at the end of PROMETHEUS to discover; we DO, however, find out how the definitive ALIEN creature got to be that way, who “created” it) and a bridge between that film and the ALIEN series.
ALIEN: COVENANT represents a return to the basics, in all the right ways. I would, however, recommend that anyone who hasn’t seen it, or who might have forgotten about it, rewatch PROMETHEUS before seeing the new ALIEN flick. Everything will make more sense.
I won’t divulge too much here, so as not to ruin the surprise, but I will say this: The one overriding moral of these films, if one could be distilled, would seem to be NEVER TRUST AN ANDROID.
Were the Blade Runners right about the Synthetics, after all?