Alien Encyclopedia version 8 released!

Yep, here it is! Enjoy the newest version of the Alien Encyclopedia, featuring all-new content about the Nightmare Asylum comic, an updated cover and page numbers! A million thanks go out, as always, to Frans Hattingh for his impeccable proofreading. Head over to the Downloads page and grab your copy!

Looks like I’m still on track for providing two releases per year. Next: Female War, completing the epic Earth War trilogy.

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The Dragon’s Advocate: A Case for Alien³ (part 3 – final part)

4. What was first? The egg or the… ah, nevermind.

Before I rest my case, I want to adress the complaint about the plot holes of the movie.The only problematic plot element I see is how a Xenomorph egg could have gotten into the Sulaco. The obvious answer is: The queen brought it there. Why? Simple: Her hive blew up around her, and it was the reasonable thing to do to ensure the survival for her species, which doesn everything to survive. So, did she carry them under her arms like a bunch of French baguettes on her Sunday stroll to the Sulaco? Probably not. It’s far more reasonable to assume that she laid her eggs inside the dropship. Sure, she lost her ovipositor in the hive, but the ovipositor is not the source of the eggs. A look at ovipositors on real-life animals suggest that it was merely a mean for the queen to (duh!) safely positon the eggs. Here, I cite the Anchorpoint Essays: „Because each egg has a defined top and defined bottom the egg must be turned before being laid. This is done by a series of muscles just prior to the depositing tip.“ However, the need for an ovipositor would have been secondary when confined in the landing struts of the dropship. The ovipositor may have been needed for mass production, but a species as refined and complex as the Xenomorph certainly would have some fail-safe mechanism to lay a limited number of eggs in a worst-case scenario. Let’s play the Queen’s Advocate for a moment: Remember that it was not only a crisis situation for our beloved humans, but also for the Queen, which was suddenly isolated and without support from her underlings. Or was she? Maybe a lone drone, ordered by the Queen had snuck aboard the dropship during its time landed on LV-426 and placed the two eggs necessary for the scenario in Alien³ to take place. The dropship was certainly large enough to hide a Xenomorph, as was shown in the demise of the first dropship. Surely, the possibilities don’t end here.
There are a number of other so-called plot holes, but they are all explained easily, and I don’t want to bore you with the details. Just check the FAQ on Alien³’s IMDb page.

The final speech:

Your honor, I made my case. Alien³ is neither the trainwreck filled with plot holes nor the boring regurgitation of an already existing movie many people claim it to be. Instead, it is an intriguing, highly atmospheric conclusion for the story of Ripley that doesn’t shy away from conveying an incredibly disturbing and depressing mood or taking bold choices for plot and character development. I demand my client to be fully aquitted from these unfounded accusations probably triggered by disappointed fan expectations. I rest my case.

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The Dragon’s Advocate: A Case for Alien³ (part 2)

2. A short detour.

If you take more than an superficial glance at the movie, you will see that Alien³ is not only an original story, but a logical continuation of the first two movie. Alien was all about suspense. Aliens was all about action. Alien³ has both. It has the scares’n’shocks (The birth of the Alien, Clement’s death, Ripley’s attack on the fake Alien) and great action set pieces (do I really need to name them? The bait and chase finale, the attempt at capturing the Alien). I am not a huge Aliens fan (although it has an awesome finale). Suffice to say, Aliens removed the threat even a single Xenomorph can pose and turned them into hordes of bugs, although, admittedly, it was the logical step for the franchise to take at the time. But why expect Alien³ to up the body count even more? Granted, a full-out Alien war is a fan’s (and, therefore, my) wet dream, but why blaming Alien³ for not taking that direction? Okay, granted, that was partly because of the movie’s crappy marketing, which showed a teaser that strongly implicated an Alien outbreak on Earth. Alien³ brought back the almost, for the lack of a better word, god-like quality of the Alien, which could show up at any time to kill you and you could do almost nothing about it. This is what makes the Alien creature so cool, isn’t it? For me, it’s definitely not an onslaught of mindless drones which can be easily killed and only win by numbers.

3. Not Alien. Not at all.

But I digress. You say that Alien³ is more or less a rehash of the first movie. Isn’t that a bit overgeneralizing? It’s like saying „Hey, there are starfighters blowing each other to dust and lightsaber duels. Therefore, Empire Strikes Back is a rehash of A New Hope.“ There are only so much variations you can go with the bare-bones plot of an Alien movie. People without weapons fighting a single Alien (Alien and Alien³, granted). People with weapons fighting a single Alien (would be a very short film). People without weapons fighting many Aliens (Interesting, but probably of TV-commercial length) People with weapons fighting many Aliens (Yeah, well, Aliens). That’s it. And come to think of it: It’s also a case of double standards. Say you one day you will get your „Earth war“ Alien flick. I severely doubt you would say: „Meh, it’s like Aliens, only bigger.“ My point is: Just because Alien³ shares the most basic (I can’t stress this word enough in this respect) plot structure with Alien, it doesn’t make it a rehash of it.

So, after making a fuss about that Alien³ is NOT the same as Alien, it’s just fair to ask: What makes it different? What makes it unique? First, the most obvious thing that needs the least reasoning: Alien³ is the last part of the trilogy, and Ripley dies. In this, it’s actually the exact opposite of Alien. Alien starts the story, Alien³ ends it. In Alien, we get to know Ripley and the Xenomorph, whereas in Alien³, we watch both of them dying. I could expand this list, but I think I’ve made my point. Just by virtue of being the finale, Alien³ is both different and unique.
Now, you say: „Hey, what about Return of the Jedi and The Last Crusade? C’mon, those are third parts of a trilogy and mostly rehashes of the first movie.“ I tend to agree although, one day, I may make my case about each of them having enough unique and new elements to set them apart. I end this part by suggesting a sidestep: Isn’t it a vital part of trilogy enders that they live on reversed symmetry to the first movie? As I said: The first one starts the story, the third one ends it.
Let’s come to the second aspect: The character ensemble. You thought that the crew of the Nostromo was not exactly your brand of heroes? Well, the prisoners of Fury 16 is a whole facility full of potentially very dangerous psychopaths and criminals. How’s that for a group of heroes! Alien and Aliens suggested that humans may be as dangerous as any alien parasite, but mostly in their subtext. Alien³, for the first time drives the point home and then some. And there’s also the gender thing: Ripley is a woman alone in a world full of men. No Lambert and also no token females like Ferro. I like horror movies which break up the usual gender relationship archetypes. Think The Descent. And playing to this by presenting the only sexual relationship in the trilogy just to cut it short shows that the story lives up to its premise. I certainly prefer it to the Ripley-Hicks thing that, in my opinion, would have certainly developed had he survived.
The third and last aspect I want to point out is the bleakness of this story, embodied in so many things – first and foremost in Ripley’s impregnation. It’s the logical conclusion and inevitable to bring Ripley’s arc to an end. Alien never would be so dark again, save for the Labyrinth comic and parts of Alien Resurrection. Here, no one gets out alive, save for one minor character. Your beloved Aliens had a rather generous survivor count with three (and a half) people (pun intended). I agree that this is perhaps the least enjoyable movie of the series because of its hopeless atmosphere. But that doesn’t make it a bad movie, and don’t blame the sun if you can’t take the heat. One other intriguing plot element is the religious subtext of Alien³, even moreso in the Assembly Cut. That’s perhaps the only thing I would have liked to have been taken even further, although there’s a bunch of comics which tackle the Alien-religion connection. Instead the movie stays subtle, but rich nonetheless. Ripley’s sacrifice, the tell-tale implications of a bunch of violent loonies practicing religion and Golic’s relationship to the Alien as featured in the Assembly Cut. I don’t want to be an apologetic (although that’s kind of my business) saying: „Hey, no wonder you didn’t like the theatrical version, the Assembly cut is soooo much better!“ But concerning the religion subplot, it is indeed an enhancment. However, it’s also there in the theatrical version, just not served on a silver tablet.
So, there you go. The setting is different. The character dynamics are different. The film goes beyond the threat of a Xenomorph to tackle religion and gender dynamics. The main character experiences the worst horror of the Alien first-hand and pays the ultimate price. Where were your intolerable and annoying rehashs again?

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The Alien Encyclopedia version 7 released!

I pondered for a second whether to finish posting the Alien³ essay first, but version 7 is ready for release, so why artificially delay it? Thanks to real life interfering with my time, it’s late enough as it is.

This release is special for two reasons. First, I finally got around to designing a completely new unique cover. This cover was created in accordance with the redesign of this website, sporting what I jokingly call the “Apple look”. I am very happy with it, and I hope you like it, too. However, this does not diminish the greatness of the cover artwork I was allowed to use for earlier version, so a round of a most sincere “Thank you, you’re awesome!” goes out to Rado Javor, the creator of the artwork. Visit his deviantart page for more visual goodness!

The other reason is that with version 7, I start tackling possibly the biggest story arc in the Expanded Universe, the Earth War trilogy. This version contains complete coverage of the first part known as “Outbreak” or “Earth Hive”, depending on whether you read the comic or the novel version of it. I’ve always been fascinated by the epic scope of the story, so I’m very excited to finally see it enter the Alien Encyclopedia.

Before I send you off to the download page, I want to address two things. First, I want to thank Frans Hattingh, who, as always, did the proofreadinf for this version. I couldn’t ask for a better man to do this job. Y’know, it’s not awesome enough that he’s always been willing to help without hestitation. The nicest person on the planet would not do if she or he weren’t a good proofreading. Fortunately, Frans is exactly that and better. So, again, from the bottom of my heart: Thank you!

Okay, last topic: I decided to remove the earlier releases of the Encyclopedia from the download page. The reason is simple: What’s the point? Accordingly, I renamed the page to “Download”.

‘Nuff said. Head to “Download” and enjoy the new version of the Alien Encyclopedia” Next: Nightmare Asylum.

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The Dragon’s Advocate: A Case for Alien³ (part 1)

Your honor, I want to open my defense of today’s client, the movie Alien³, with a recap on its public perception: Alien³, according to many fans, is the movie where the series jumped the shark. Long story short: A RottenTomatoes rating of 44% and an IMDb rating of 6.4 (as of 2015). The sum-up quotes on RottenTomatoes include statements like: „Too conceptually disjointed to live in the imagination after it’s over, like its predecessors.“ Or: „Flashy, flawed sequel that doesn’t deliver the chills of the first or the thrills of the second “ And: „Good acting has salvaged many a poor script in the past, but not here.“ Negative reactions from fans can be summed up in „Wait, they kill off Newt and Hicks in the first five minutes of the movie without them even waking up from hypersleep? Are you kidding me?“ and „Great, it’s just Alien all over again. Some guys with no weapons against a single Xenomorph.“ I will concentrate on their reactions because they form the popular opinion about this movie. However, one word out to the critics: „Flashy“? Really? Have you seen the movie at all? Even Helen Keller could have seen that this movie may be anything, but not „flashy“ (Sorry about the Helen Keller thing… got lost in the moment).

  1. No happy endings (obviously)

The fan quotes show that the movie was doomed before it even got into cinemas. And for this, you don’t even have to tackle Alien³’s troubled production history. The reason is simple. Just two words: Failed expectations. Yes, this movie has indeed a knack for disappointing audience’s expectations. I mean, after the end of Aliens, who wouldn’t expect new adventures with Ripley, Hicks and Newt? A romantic relationship between Ripley and Hicks was hinted at during Aliens, so this would be something one might think that it would be tackled in the third movie. But really, is this something you’d like to have seen being further developed? Another cookie cutter romance plot? A marriage? And this is a great way to show what the Alien movie are all about: There are no happy endings in Alien movies. You should have got that by now. People die. This isn’t Star Wars. If anything, it is „anti-Star Wars“. Ships don’t fly like fighter jets, there are no princesses and victory celebrations with cuddly bears. I love Star Wars, but if you want Star Wars, go watch Star Wars. There you can be sure that Luke, Leia and Han live to see another day. If you watch an Alien movie you have to take the possibility into consideration that the captain of the ship may die midway through, Spock turns out to be a killer android and only one person makes it out alive. That was just the first Alien movie. And it doesn’t end here. You have to deal with the fact that the hero wakes up in a time where all his friends and family are dead (including her own daughter). People lose their friends by friendly fire, have to live with the fact that they are now in the hands of an organism that prolong their suffering by impregnating them with their children or blow themselves up to buy you time to escape. What where you expecting at this point? Granted, further events involving Hicks and Newt were a possibility. But nothing more. A possibility. Characters you have grown to like die in Alien movies. In 1991, that was hardly a new thing. That’s also life, by the way. Why not appreciate that Alien³ took a bold turn and created an atmosphere where it was impossible to foretell what would happen next? You know, like in the first movie, where you couldn’t tell who was the protagonist until the climax. And that, excluding the gross simplification of the second fan reaction concerning the plot, is about the only thing Alien³ has in common with Alien.

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The two missions of the USS Sephora: Conjecture in the Alien Encyclopedia

We know that the fate of the Sulaco was something that was not addressed in the Alien movies. This changed when the Nintendo DS game Aliens: Infestation was released in 2011. In the game, the Sulaco is located by the Colonial Marines who send a contingent of soldiers to investigate. The ship that transports the marines to the Sulaco and serves as a base of operations is a sister ship of the Sulaco, the USS Sephora. The plot of the game takes place six weeks after the movie Aliens. At the end of the game, the Sulaco is damaged by an explosion and left drifting in space while the Sephora retreats from the scene.

Now, the game was marketed as a side story to a bigger game project which would be released in 2013, namely Aliens: Colonial Marines. In this game, the USS Sephora carries marines to investigate the Sulaco, which has been located by the Colonial Marines. However, this story takes place 17 weeks after the movie Aliens, features an entirely different cast of characters (including a new commanding officer) and contains not a single reference to an earlier mission of Sephora to the Sulaco. In this game, both the Sulaco and the Sephora are destroyed early during the story campaign. Aliens: Colonial Marines is also explicitly sanctioned as official canon while such a statement had never been made about Aliens: Infestation.

Several questions arise: What is the official story? Is only Colonial Marines official canon because of its status as being sanctioned by Fox as such? And if not, how in Earth’s name can the two missions be reconciled into one cohesive timeline? Is there a case of mass amnesia among the marines in Colonial Marines which made them forget about the events of Infestation? Why would the USCM headquarters send the same ship twice, with the bonus question of why the corps seemingly exchanged the entire crew?

The easy solution (which has also been adopted by some sources) would be to say that Infestation has never happened and declare the story as an alternate version of the official story in Colonial Marines. The whole problem of reconciling the two stories would disappear. But I tried to do it anyways. To be blunt: My conjecture is that both stories have happened, and I have good reasons for it.

The basic idea is as follows: There WAS a first mission of the Sephora, but it was covered up due to the questionable nature of the actions by the marines involved and powerful influence exerted by Weyland-Yutani and its allies within the USCM corps. And there are hints that make this interpretation work. First, at one point, the Sephora‘s CO, Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Steele uncovers Weyland-Yutani and its allies working behind the scenes: He says: “I have been doing some research into this Xenomorph situation.[…]It seems that the Weyland-Yutani corporation and its military backers have a keen interest in these creatures[…]But not in destroying them… Rather using them as bio-weapons[…]” He then decides to go rogue to stop the corporation: “It’s off the books, completely black. If we are caught it could mean hanging at Camp Orrinpaul.” Weyland-Yutani is shown to have a great influence on the USCM, even managing to take over the Sulaco under the pretense of contract work. Later, Company representative Sean Davis even tries to pull rank on the marines by stating that the Xenomorph cargo is basically military property: “[…]that cargo is technically Weyland-Yutani property, who is, as you know [sic] a military contractor, which means you would actually be destroying UAAC property, which I don’t think, under the circumstances, is the best career move you could make at this time…” There are more quotes supporting my conjecture, but I will stop here.

So, we have enough circumstantial evidence for both the influence of Weyland-Yutani over the Colonial Marines and, despite doing the right thing, the treason the marines on the Sephora commit by working against Weyland-Yutani’s interests. We don’t KNOW what happens to the Sephora‘s crew after the game ends, but under the circumstances, there are enough indicators to support my conjecture. A probable outcome MIGHT indeed have been that the Company managed to silence everyone in the knowledge about its hand in the mission. Under the pressure, the USCM corps MIGHT have been forced to incarcerate or execute the first crew of the Sephora.

So, we explained how the Sephora crew in Colonial Marines is an entirely different one and also oblivious of the Sephora‘s first mission. But why is there a second mission of the Sephora? Well, the USCM corps MIGHT have been tired of being pushed around by Weyland-Yutani. Maybe, even some heads rolled on the highest echelons. And Hicks’ distress call (which, as Stasis Interrupted reveals, was not sent immediately after the events of Aliens, but much later) MIGHT have been a message that the Colonial Marines could not ignore in good conscience, Wey-Yu’s influence over the USCM be damned. So, the corps sends another contingent, and the reason why it is Sephora they’re sending MIGHT be to send a message to Weyland-Yutani that they have been pushed too far and that, now, the USCM pushes back.

So here we have a working solution how the two stories MIGHT be reconciled, and I used it for the Alien Encyclopedia. Again, make no mistake: This is purely my conjecture how things might have worked, and I marked it as such. I’m not trying to rewrite Alien history. I’m merely offering a possible solution. If you’re so inclined, read this as a case study for the power of the “might” (no pun intended).

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5 Things you have to consider when writing an Encyclopedia

I’m not gonna lie: Working on version 7 of the Encyclopedia was particularly challenging, for many reasons. These reasons, however, were just extremes of issues that are representative for working on such a project. After 4 years, I thought it would be fun to write about what exactly these challenges are, not least for the cathartic effect it may have for me.

1. Be prepared to write about the same things over and over again

An encyclopedia is not a novel and, therefore, has no linear structure, meaning that almost nobody will read an encyclopedia from beginning to end. Encyclopedias are basically databases created for references, and where themes overlap, the same information is bound to be filed in several places. Writing an entry about Ellen Ripley means you will have to write about the events concerning her in other entries. This can be very tedious, of course, and can make you feel as if you will never finish the update and do the same thing over and over again until the end of time, just like Sysiphos. Be prepared for it. You WILL eventually reach the top of the mountain.

2. You have to unleash your inner OCD

Of course, you also have to develop an obsession with details. This is actually a great thing 80 percent of the time. You see relevant media in a whole new light. Novel that might otherwise be mediocre suddenly get exciting because it contains this or that reference you can incorporate in the Encyclopedia. However, this is also a magnet for tediousness. Back when there was the Project Prometheus website, and I was cataloging dozens of planets differing from each other only in a non-descript scientific classification as a name and its distance from Earth. But trust me: The feeling you get once you look back at all the trivia you assembled is AWESOME. Realizing that all of it contributes to larger and more complete and detailed picture of a fictional universe is worth it.

3. You also have to keep your inner OCD in check

Attention to detail is great and all. But you also have to be ready to hit the emergency break when things get absurd. On at least one occasion, I had to delete several small entries because they have become so arbitrary that there was no value to be gained. It was something like “Module 1.0: The entry on the Health section on the Project Prometheus website containing the introduction for the subject.” Yeah, it can get that crazy. Not because the information was irrelevant (I wrote entries for the David 8 subsite, which were unique on the site), but because the entry name was so arbitrary. So arbitrary, in fact, that there were several “Module 1.0” on the website. This is where you have to step back and ask yourself: “Does the Encyclopedia really need this?”

4. Ask someone to proofread it

You think you’re diligent? You think no spelling error can get past you? Think again. Once you have let it proofread, you will be astonished by the amount of stuff you missed even after repeated readings. That’s not because you suck at spelling, it’s because you wrote the damn thing. You need another perspective on the document, someone with a bit more distance to it. Sounds esoteric? I agree, but only until you will have experienced the truth of it. This, of course, does not apply only to encyclopedia projects, but every document of a certain scope – be it your own novel, your letter of application or your dissertation. But this does not make it a less valid thing to consider when writing an encyclopedia.

P.S. See how there were a few spelling mistakes right here in this article for the first few hours? Fitting, huh?

5. Watch and learn

Your encyclopedia will not be the first. Others have done this before, and they have done a great many things right. Look at their example and learn. Other good ideas: Look at good Wikipedia articles to learn about structuring your entries and get a feel for objective writing. Or do the old-fashioned thing and grab an encyclopedia in book form. This is a good thing to do if you want to write a book-like encyclopedia such as this one instead of opening a Wiki, as it will teach a lot about consistent structuring and systems for presenting information. In any case, it will spare a lot of chaos and confusion in the long run.

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New look!

Visitors of the Encyclopedia’s Facebook may notice that I updated the look there a while ago and promised to redesign the blog’s look in a similar fashion. Now, finally, it followed suit. Enjoy, and let me know what you think!

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The Alien Encyclopedia version 6 released!

Better late than never! I’ll keep things short: I am immensely pleased to able to tell you that version 6 of the Encyclopedia is released and available on the “”Releases” page of this blog! This version adds complete coverage on the Stasis Interrupted DLC for Aliens: Colonial Marines and on the Nintendo DS game Aliens: Infestation, among other things. I’ve also included an essay in the second chapter about continuity and my attempt to reconcile the plots of Colonial Marines and infestation. I will also release the essay on this blog later on.

As already announced on Facebook, version 7 will focus on the Earth War story arc from the comics. This will keep me busy for a while, and real life will surely interfere again, so I can’t tell you yet to what extent coverage in version 7 will be. However, I will do my best to get back to releasing two updates per year, I promise! Further down the road, coverage on Alien: Isolation, the new Titan Books novel trilogy and Steel Egg will be given priority.

What’s left to say? Enjoy the new release! And, of course: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

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Prometheus review (Facebook repost)

The short version is: I REALLY liked the movie, maybe even loved it! Just for the record: I concur with the general buzz about the movie’s strengths. It’s hard not to, because the visuals and atmosphere are really great. However, unlike what seems to be the majority of the fans and press, my enjoyment does not end there. I think it’s best to address what most people don’t like about this movie instead of raving about the good stuff you’ve already heard.

1. “There are some really stupid decisions made by the movie’s characters!”

Yes, there are. Taking off your helmets in any alien environment is grade A stupid. Millburn’s reaction to the black goo and the snake was not smart. I have to admit that my answers to this criticisms are the most subjective, biased ones. Basically, it comes down to this: There was some stupid stuff, but I didn’t mind it because there’s so much cool stuff going on. At least for me, it never got in the way of things. In any case, I also never felt that the stupidity was out-of-character. Holloway was kinda set up to be a hotshot and a jerk. Shaw’s decisions, while not always very clever, were driven by her personality (I refer to the “catching the Engineer helmet inside the storm” scene). And Fifield was, well, Fifield. As a side effect, the characters weren’t as likable as they could have been. But personally, I was not so much interested in the characters as I wanted to see a new intriguing chapter of the Alien universe that expands on the existing stuff and provides new insights. Which brings me to the next complaint…

2. “The movie posed too many questions without delivering any answers! It’s just one big setup for a sequel!“

This one was what probably influenced my expections the most before seeing the movie. It’s also the one that would have crippled my enjoyment the most, since I know Damon Lindelof’s work from LOST, which in my opinion was okay but less than perfect, considering the great setup. Oddly, I was pleasantly surprised. For instance, the movie ended more than three decades of speculations about the origin of the Xenomorph by strongly implying it was a bioweapon created by the Engineers. At least for me, that was one hell of an answer! Was this something completely unexpected? No, but since Matrix Revolutions, I take “not very surprising, but logical and consistent” over “yes, unexpected, but WHAT THE HELL were they thinking!?” anytime. Now, you may say: “Yeah, but if the Engineers want to kill us, why did they create us in the first place?” This is where I see some severe nerd rage about Lindelof’s involvement, insofar that it made the people oversensitive to questions left open by the movie, considering how he handled LOST. But bear in mind that, if anything, this is the BEGINNING of a larger story, NOT the end. When people complain about sequel baits and sequel-mania, I can see where they coming from. However, it’s a problem with modern blockbuster cinema, not a Prometheus-specific issue. I admit that there are loose ends, but would you blame “Star Wars IV: A New Hope” or better “Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes” for its loose ends? Leaving questions unanswered does not a make a movie bad by default, just as answering all questions does not make a movie good by default *cough*Matrix Revolutions*cough*. As far as it concerns me, the sequel baits were rather moderate, at least not in any quantity that it would warrant such criticism, and the movie provided enough answers for me to create the feeling of watching one movie that can stand on its own instead of just the first half of a longer one.

3. “The movie began too ambitious and degenerated into a mere monster flick!”

Okay, first, it’s an Alien movie! Of course, it’s also a monster flick! I bet you would have been pissed if you hadn’t gotten some monster brawling at the end. I also think that the public buzz and, to be fair, Ridley Scott himself greatly exaggerated the preconceptions regarding the movie’s ambitions and, thus, creating expectations for something that I think simply is not there. Yes, of course it is built around fundamental implications regarding the origin of mankind and science vs. faith, but it is first and foremost a sci-fi thriller, and by no means an M. Night Shyamalan flick. I thought that the movie always stayed true to its roots, and I never felt any inconsistencies between different parts of the movie. I also felt that Weyland’s arc, the search for immortality, upheld the level of ambition throughout the movie’s last third. By the way, I thought it was a nice character dynamic between him and David: Weyland created David and made him basically immortal, and David, grateful for his creation, wanted to give his “father” immortality in return.

4. “The biology of the Black Goo is fricking confusing!”

This is one criticism I have to admit I share. I definitely have to create a flipchart for this one!

5. Conclusion

All in all, I admit that, yes, this movie has its faults and I can even understand why people may not like it. For me, Prometheus is a great way of expanding the Alien universe and a treasure trove of information. I prefer a movie that aims high and misses to a mediocre flick that is executed perfectly.

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