alien covenant

(Because of the mixed reactions to the film from critics across the internet, we are running two reviews of Alien: Covenant. Here’s a positive take on the movie. For a different perspective, you can read Josh Spiegel’s negative review.)

The planet upon which most of Alien: Covenant unfolds is not unlike the movie itself: it’s a vast and beautiful thing, though not without its share of dangers and unexplored territory. Covenant is an epic that sprawls across genres and ideas, some of which are better addressed than others, but in its final act, it shines just two beacons through the darkness. There’s its base DNA in the self-contained drama and horror of 1979’s Alien, and there’s the near-biblical story that director Ridley Scott now wants to tell about man and post-humanity, and the creation of life. The resulting mix is a thrill, in no small part because — for a franchise that seems so determinedly nihilistic — it’s surprisingly earnest.

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In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Get Out director Jordan Peele is making an HBO show with J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions
  • AMC’s Preacher gets an explosive new season 2 trailer
  • The Young Pope gets a second season and a new name
  • ABC heads under the sea for The Little Mermaid Live!
  • And more!

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(Welcome to The Unpopular Opinion, a series where a writer goes to the defense of a much-maligned film or sets their sights on a movie seemingly beloved by all. In this edition: a defense of Ridley Scott’s controversial Alien prequel Prometheus.)

Like most of you, I walked out of my first screening of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus in some combination of confused and angry. That was the Alien prequel we’d spent the past two-plus years anxiously anticipating? The film that absolutely wasted Charlize Theron and Idris Elba, featured some of the worst character beats I’ve ever seen in a science fiction narrative, and bled all over the memory of Scott’s original Alien film? No matter how I approached the film – how charitable I tried to be in my interpretation of its story – all I saw was a barren wasteland where a promising Alien franchise might’ve stood. My hatred of Prometheus ran deep and pure.

And then a funny thing happened. A few months ago, as 20th Century Fox began to roll out new footage from Alien: Covenant and people in my social network started talking about Prometheus as if it wasn’t the worst thing since death and taxes. A few friends even argued passionately on the film’s behalf, suggesting that Prometheus, despite its flaws, was one of the boldest science fiction films to hit theaters in a good long while. This put me in an awkward position. I had spent more than four years nursing my grudge towards Scott’s film, and while I remained convinced that the film would only get worse on a re-watch, I knew it would be disingenuous of me to argue against the film without at least giving a second shot.

So I popped Prometheus into my Blu-ray player again, and wouldn’t you know it? That movie grew up a helluva lot in our four years apart.

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Alien Covenant clip

If I’ve learned one thing watching Alien movies, it’s to never, ever go to space. I’ll keep my feet on terra firma, thank you very much. But if I’ve learned two things, the second is that coming face to face with a facehugger is the first step in drastically shortening your lifespan.

So when one of those nasty little creatures zips around and introduces itself to a couple of crew members in this new clip from Alien: Covenant, it’s a safe bet that things aren’t going to turn out well for them.
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alien sequels

Ridley Scott admits that he was “wrong” on Prometheus.

The much-maligned Alien prequel was a stumbling block for the renowned director, who had planned to launch a second coming for his Alien franchise to flesh out the origins and backstory of the terrifying Xenomorphs. His upcoming film Alien: Covenant continues the thread that Prometheus started, taking place long before the 1979 Alien film. Scott had intended to make at least four more sequels which would lead up to or take place concurrently as the original Alien movie. But negative reactions to Prometheus has him rethinking his plans.

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Alien Covenant Spacesuit

The set of Alien: Covenant was explored by Adam Savage as part of a sponsored series of videos from the folks at Tested, and today brings another glimpse behind the scenes of the sequel to the prequel that was Prometheus.

This time, the former Mythbusters co-host checks out one of the new Weyland-Yutani space suits that our intrepid cosmic explorers will strap on in the movie. In strapping on the gear for this suit, it’s impressive to see what a sleek and well-constructed piece of wardrobe this suit is. You know it’s good when even someone like Adam Savage, who has built stuff like this for a living, is floored by how flawless the design is.

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If Alien: Covenant is a success, then Ridley Scott has no plans of leaving the Alien franchise anytime soon. The filmmaker wants the next few sequels/prequels to “gradually drive into the back entrance of the [original] film.” He has four more Alien movies in mind, and he’ll be ready to shoot the next one within 14 months.

Below, read Scott’s comments on the Alien: Covenant sequel.

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Alien Covenant

Even though we’re still a little under two weeks away from seeing Alien: Covenant on the big screen, critics have already seen the next chapter of the Alien prequel series that began with Prometheus and will supposedly continue with even more sequels that will take us back to the events of the original Alien from 1979. So what are the early reviews saying?

The consensus: though Alien: Covenant is a return to form for Ridley Scott as far as the horror, blood and gore is concerned, the director has a hard time balancing that stuff with the intellectual, thought-provoking, scientific side that made Prometheus less enjoyable than its predecessors.

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Ripley returns

In about two weeks, we’ll have a good idea of how hungry the world is for more Alien films. Sir Ridley Scott has a couple of sequels in mind, and he envisions himself ready to shoot one next year after he makes All the Money in the World. Right now, Scott is steering the Alien ship, and it probably won’t ever make a stop for Neill Blomkamp‘s untitled Alien film.

Below, Ridley Scott discusses Blomkamp’s Alien sequel.

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Alien prologue

At the end of Prometheus, Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) either makes a very brave or very foolish decision. After the doctor’s search for humanity’s creators goes horribly wrong, leaving most of the Prometheus crew dead, she continues to seek answers. Based on Shaw’s lack of presence in the promotional materials for Alien: Covenant, her minimal role in the film, and the fact she’s with David (Michael Fassbender), we’re presuming her post-Prometheus mission doesn’t go so well.

In a new Alien: Covenant prologue, titled “The Crossing,” you can see Elizabeth and David hitting it off on their journey.

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