Our new “Ripley”:
The next chapter in the huge “ALIEN” franchise prequel saga, “Alien: Covenant”, has a “Walter” who looks just like “David” from the first prequel instalment “Prometheus”. It is due to hit theaters … HARD … mid-May. I have read over the past year that director Ridley Scott is returning the mood, feel, and dark atmosphere of this new instalment to that of the original “ALIEN” movie. From some of the fast-moving clips spliced together I can see some of that, especially inside the colonial ship. And with today’s fantastic new CGI and other technologies so much more is available nearly 40 years after “ALIEN” to Ridley Scott now for “Covenant” and all other franchise chapters ahead. I sat through “ALIEN” on the day of its release 4 times. By the 4th viewing I could actually look between open fingers on my hands covering my face. By the time I left the theater I had a splitting migraine from all the stress and tension … and hunger and dehydration. Thinking back now, I must’ve looked like I had two ‘face-huggers’ on my mug.
Anyhow, one thing has been clear through all 3 “Alien” movies, and then in “Prometheus” that the main character is a woman. Judging from what I an reading and seeing in trailers “Covenant” looks to be following that M.O..
As you watch the video commentary from director Ridley Scott you’ll note he mentions that these AI droid ‘company men’ (Weyland-Yutani Corporation) on the spaceships are ‘unknown’ to the human crews. Not-so-much, however.
In Prometheus the humans knew David wasn’t “a real boy” (as he was taunted by human asshole Dr. Charlie Holloway). I am assuming that will also be the case with Walter in the coming new movie which takes place years after the first prequel … maybe? Yet, if you go back to the original ALIEN the crew did not know who/what science officer Ash really was. And ALIEN takes place decades and decades after Prometheus. So at some point something had to have been done or said in ‘the company’ to make the hired human crews assume AI androids would no longer be tagging along.
Perhaps as the prequel saga unfolds we will have an explanation as to how the company began making them covert agents in the future missions, as Ripley and her crew angrily discovered. And by “ALIENS” (57 years later) AI droid “Bishop” was known to the Marine Corps crew, however. Puzzling.
Ripley figured the company wanted it (the ‘alien’) for their weapons division. I am now beginning to ponder if the underlying plot to this whole massive franchise story is not so much the DNA altering/evolving alien lifeform taking over Earth’s humanity, but the company’s (Weyland-Yutani Corporation) goal to replace humans with these neo-Skynet AI androids via a completely different manner of evolution on Earth, and the aliens are just the weapon for that purpose… ???
It’s all about meeting your ‘Maker’ … and then conquering your Maker … isn’t it?
Sidebar Thought – Special Order #937 – Science Officer’s Eyes Only:
This could explain why by “ALIEN”, which we discovered was probably a planned infestation by the company all along on their ill-fated mining mission and its setting down on LV-426 (revisited in ALIENS as terraformed and colonized … and ‘infected’ Acheron), there were no weapons on the USCSS Nostromo, and why ‘Ash’ was in no hurry to actually makeshift anything that would be harmful to the creature stalking the crew aboard the ship…
By then (through whatever info they may have gotten back in the prequel chapters) the company would know a bit about what they were dealing with, and depended on the AI android to get it back to base intact. Given at least 3 (planned) sequels we have to assume by ALIEN the company has been unable to acquire the alien in any way, shape, or form. And by “ALIEN: Resurrection” the resistance AI android “Call” had made herself covert to ‘The Betty’ crew while she was in search of alien-cloned Ripley on the company/military space station in hopes of finally ending the company’s plan. Problem is, at the end of “Resurrection” alien-cloned-morphed Ripley is sitting alive on Earth with Call. And as I continue to try and keep track of future franchise plans I see there will be more ‘sequels’ that will be time-lined after “Resurrection” possibly involving Ripley…
Here are the latest TV trailers for “ALIEN: Covenant” that were released in the last few days…
Here is a ‘stills’ breakdown of the scene peppered TV ad “Take Me Home” (above) explaining when/how we will see lone survivor ‘Dr. Elizabeth Shaw’ from the “Prometheus” prequel in “Covenant” (don’t watch if you don’t want the ‘movie magic’ revealed)…
And we have to assume that it is not happenstance this “Covenant” crew is showing up on the same planet Shaw and David ended up on after hyper-driving off the planet/moon (LV223) in an ‘Engineer’ Juggernaut cargo starship at the end of “Prometheus”. Was David able to communicate with ‘the company’ from this new habitable ‘paradise’ planet … and maybe suggest it would be a perfect test study venue to send a crew of human colonists to be infected with the alien organism???
Think about it. Everywhere a Weyland-Yutani Corporation space mission has gone has had the alien and/or organism on it. “ALIEN” – LV-426. “ALIENS” – Acheron (formerly LV-426). Exception, in “ALIEN 3” Ripley’s EV ship has the alien on it and just happens to crash on the prison planet Fiorina 161,that the company happens to run. “ALIEN: Resurrection” the company and its military complex space station already have the alien organism from Ripley’s blood samples from the prison lab of Fiorina 161 (“Fury” … and coincidentally the home planet of ‘Richard Riddick’ is named “Furya” … hmmm … um, but I digress).
And more movie reveal (same spoiler warning)…
In the franchise prequel that we are now seeing in reverse form (much like the Star Wars franchise) the Prometheus lands on LV223 where Drs. Shaw and Holloway have theorized was the home planet of the “Engineers” depicted in multiple cave paintings around Earth. Weyland-Yutani Corporation is in charge of the discovery mission, Weyland himself and his ‘daughter’ along for the ride. And as I stated above, “Covenant” brings the next Weyland-Yutani Corporation to the (yet unnamed, but I understand is the Engineers’ home world) planet Shaw and David ended up on after leaving LV223 in the Juggernaut ship with a shitload of the alien organism goo in its cargo hold…
If The Playlist’s impressions piece is any indication, Alien: Covenant will begin right around the time when Prometheus ended, as the footage screened at CinemaCon showed David’s ship arriving on the Engineers’ home world. Rather than making first contact, though, Michael Fassbender’s unruly AI unleashes hellfire on the unsuspecting masses in the form of the sickeningly familiar black ooze, seeding the creation of hundreds (thousands?) or Xenomorphs.
The sneak began with the spacecraft from the last film arriving at the Engineers’ home world. Surprised, startled or curious about this ship’s arrival, hundreds of Engineers have gathered in what looks like a Roman or Greek coliseum for the ship to dock. As the Engineers look on, the base of the ship opens and we find David walking on a deck. He looks ragged, but fully operational in a complete body. Then, as the Engineer population looks on, a mass of black bombs fall from David’s ship. The crowd panics and tries to escape the arena, but the bombs quickly explode and douse them with a black ooze that is sickeningly familiar. The Engineers are quickly transformed into hundreds (or would that be thousands?) of alien creatures as David watches from above satisfied with his…revenge?
The report also stipulates that the Covenant crew will be touching down on said planet years after David has executed his sadistic revenge or, alternatively, Katherine Waterston and Co. may be answering a distress call on a nearby sister planet. The fate of Elizabeth Shaw remains up in the air, but at least this is a sure-fire sign that Ridley Scott’s prequel-sequel will deliver some answers, right?
I cannot wait!!!