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“You hear that? Nothing. No birds. No animals. Nothing.” New Zealand is so beautiful, even when it’s been color-corrected to look like it’s hiding a secret.

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The location work here is promising – Ridley Scott and his team seem to have created an area that is simultaneously inviting and totally creepy. That’s no easy feat.

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It’s a tiny thing, but I’m a big fan of Walter’s head tilt here. Fassbender doesn’t move quite like a human. He looks ever-so-slightly programmed, which is disconcerting and fascinating in equal measure.

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The last time we saw this ship, Dr. Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and David the android (Fassbender) were using it to head on a mission to track down the Engineers’ home planet. Is that why it’s here now? Did they succeed? What happened to the two sole survivors of Prometheus?

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As you can see from the interior, Shaw and David’s borrowed ship has seen better days. It apparently hasn’t moved in a long time and nature has begun to take its toll. We know that Alien: Covenant takes place ten years after Prometheus, so we have a pretty good idea of just how long it’s been idle.

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This is one of the sets I was able to explore while on location last year, and it’s just as dark, creepy, and filthy in person. In a little piece of movie magic, only a stretch of winding tunnel was built for the interior of the Engineer ship. Different set-ups and alternate dressings will make it appear much larger.

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We were only able to watch one scene being filmed during our set visit, but here it is: Walter and Daniels come across a makeshift living quarters while exploring the derelict vessel and find a set of dog tags. Elizabeth Shaw was here.

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Of course, the ship is also home to a new and nasty surprise: a whole bunch of alien eggs. This will not go well.

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Can someone tell Oram that this is not a good plan? That maybe approaching the creepy egg as it opens up is not the best course of action?

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The egg and its interior look very close to the original design from the 1979 Alien, and this is very much a case of not fixing something that isn’t broken. This looks as nasty as ever.

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Curiosity killed the colony ship science officer, I suppose.

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We visited the creature shop on our set visit, and this effect was demonstrated for us. It’s almost too simple: inside that egg is a bungee cord-powered launcher that shoots a rubber facehugger into the air. If you film it in slow-motion, you get a very smooth and very scary leap.

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Speaking of things that aren’t broken not being fixed, the bottom side of the facehugger still looks… Okay, let’s be frank: original Alien designer H.R. Giger was all about vaginas and anuses. Giger has passed away, but his legacy lives on.

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Remember the rumor that Katherine Waterston’s Daniels was the mother of Ellen Ripley, the lead character in the original Alien movies and one of cinema’s greatest badasses? It’s a rumor that makes me roll my eyes – it makes the vast Alien universe feel so…small. Then again, there’s no getting around it: both on set and in the trailer, Waterston is the spitting image of a young Sigourney Weaver.

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