Prometheus Review

2 thoughts on “Prometheus Review”

  1. Dude. C’mon.

    There is nothing reaaaaly “out of cannon.”

    Oh, BS. There was a LOT out of canon. As for cannons… well, I saw a flame thrower, but not much else.

    There were all kinds of secondary… uh… monsters, depending on which species got face-hugged.

    But those aren’t from the ORIGINAL canon. All that crap came later.

    The fact that the genesis of the creature we know as THE Alien came from mixing the worm monsters with an Engineer “God” was pretty cool. It says “Hey, the byproduct of these things is horrible, but the byproduct of these things with an Engineer is REALLY horrible.”

    And then at the end they took off with a cargo that would/will/did destroy the planet of the Engineers. Right now I’m guessing the Engineers live(d) on LV-462.

    I don’t know. I sort of got the impression from the original movie the Engineers were on their way someplace else when they got facehugged.

    Then again, I’m saying that the whole “The Engineers were overwhelmed by their own WMD that backfired” angle was a complete red herring. Misdirection. There are lots of those mistaken assumptions in the franchise. I say the Engineers knew EXACTLY what they were doing. Just like the Egyptian temple workers who were encased in the tomb they built along with their Pharaoh, so the “energy video” was of rank-and-file Engineers getting closed into their own booby trap. Those ships were just booby traps in stasis, waiting for any civilization that gets advanced enough to find them, so they can be wiped out and start over again… without usurping or surpassing the Engineers.

    Well, there’s that. Good thoughts there.

    I could be wrong. I was initially disappointed, just like you. Then the sh!t kept bouncing around my head for a couple of days and I think Scott has laid some train tracks that might go somewhere really cool.

    Maybe I have to let it stew for a while. Maybe watch it again. I dunno. I just came away not thinking much of it, and believing he tried to hijack the franchise so he’d be able to go elsewhere with it after all the garbage everyone heaped on it. Can’t say I’d blame him, but the change was too sharp, and I didn’t think it led to the original movie well enough. But like you, I could be wrong. It’s not the first time it’s happened, and won’t be the last. 🙂

  2. Dude. It’s a prequel. Not a sequel. It’s an origin story.

    Yeah, and mucking with the origin started in the first sequel. That this one veered is the issue for me.

    There’s more than one continuity of how Bruce Wayne became Batman. There’s more than one continuity (now) or how Peter Parker became Spiderman.

    And that, m’man, is where you and I won’t see eye to eye on this. There is ONE story for Batman, ONE story for Spiderman, and every OTHER story is simply an updating of the origin story. If the story changes, it loses me. PERIOD. I don’t go there. I like my rules set in stone for awesome franchises. I have NEVER considered other stuff to be canon, only to be entertainment.

    At this moment, there’s a single continuity about how THE Alien came to be THE Alien.

    AND there was only ONE story about how those xenomorphs propogate. Black oil goo? Borrowed directly from The X-Files, or was that from Spiderman’s black-suit-cum-alien-life-form-joke symbiote? Not good. A veering.

    Before it’s over there will be some heartbreaking RetCon, no doubt. But as it stands…

    So far, so good.

    Eh. I’m not convinced.

    20 years from now when you’re rewatching Alien Vs. Predator Vs. Engineer II streaming from the embedded chip on your forehead… You’ll look back wistfully at how non-buggered the continuity was at P1.

    True, dat. No one will care but me. Hell, no one does NOW, never mind in 20 years.

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