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After the beating Prometheus took from critics and fans, the rumor is that Ridley Scott proclaimed, “They want Aliens? I will give them f___ing Aliens.”  And so the Prometheus sequel morphed into an Alien Prequel. Set ten years after Prometheus, we are introduced to a ship called the Covenant.  It is carrying thousands of colonists (and embryos) and is headed for a distant planet suitable for human colonization.  Piloted by a crew… Read More

Resurrection seemed to kill the franchise.  But after two Alien vs Predator films, Ridley Scott became very annoyed and wanted to right the ship.  Kind of.  The vaguely titled Prometheus would be set before Alien, but it was not a direct prequel.  Rather, it would be Alien Adjacent.  This certainly made for an intriguing idea, and trailers showed a lot of hints of the unfamiliar future with brief glimpses of familiar sites…. Read More

In spite of a lukewarm reception to the third film, the studio wanted to take another try at the Alien Franchise.  Although they managed to pump this one out in just three years, it is a bigger mess than the last one. This film is set around two hundred years after the last one.  It establishes a new wrinkle in the xenomorph mythology.  Not only do they borrow from their host, they… Read More

So, Ridley Scott announced the title to the sequel to Prometheus.  And I was a bit surprised they caved this early. I was one of the few who at least generally liked Prometheus.  It had some problems, such as the whole “what I choose to believe” thing was never grounded tightly enough to make sense as a solid philosophy and the final act is pretty crazy messy to the point of confusion.  Adding… Read More