Prometheus Trailer Rears Its Head on the premise of ambition
Of course by now, any discerning fan of the Alien franchise knows as much or as little about this “not-an-Alien-prequel” as they want to. This is not meant for those of you who know, this is meant for those of you who care.
The newest preview is so well done, that it serves as an intro to a franchise that had been practically begging for more content to be added. Fans, I include myself as one, are rabid and generally insatiable for another acidic killing machine walking through generally flat and boring side characters until it makes its way to Ripley.
Sadly that wont be the case here. There have been images released of the “Alien” that will populate this film and while it looks nasty, it bears little likeness to one of the most iconic monsters created for film. I like to think of this series as y Star Wars or Star trek. There is not nearly as much content as I’d like but for the most part the content that I get is chock full of realistic (for a movie with spaceships and aliens) violence, interesting race mythology, and greedy bastards willing to pay the price to get what they want.
No squid-headed women dancing in a cantina? Okay. No captain trying to bang green chicks? Fine. Unthinking, reactionary killing machines set lose in close quarters against people who have no clue what they’re capable of? Sign me up.
But not this time. This marks the first time the creator of the franchise revisits his story since the 3rd film, Alien 3, the least respected came out. From a director’s and storyteller’s standpoint, he has re imagined his vision. I would guess that, like the easily detestable George Lucas, Scott stood back, imagined the beginning of his story, saw that it had merit and started in the middle. He envisioned the first, no doubt terribly disastrous interactions with this race, this culture, and he saw catastrophe. He probably took the view that, like in the real world, people will always be there to take advantage of that catastrophe and so business, in its own way becomes the Alien.
Now we’re talking.
Business overwhelms, moves of its own accords and devours what pray it finds weaker than itself all in the name of progress. Here is the antithesis of progress in the most optimistic tone possible. Here is the beginning of what I and many others have come to love. Human spirit, as they say, knows no bounds, no limits to which it can not go. To that end Ridley Scott has introduced us to the man who funds the whole operation, the man who started it all.
Clap a few times, if disaster suits you.