Geekery: New Spoilery Alien Covenant Prologue

David has been a very naughty android…

As part of the Alien Day celebrations yesterday Fox released this short that links Prometheus to Covenant.

That ties together some of the images that have come out in recent months – including these leaked from the set last year. If you care at all about spoilers don’t click that.

Also part of Alien Day: Adam Savage and the Tested team got to visit the set during production, and finally got to share the footage.

Fox has also been dropping stills left and right in the past couple of weeks. Including a look at the newest member of the alien clan: the neomorph. We got a quick look at this critter at the end of Prometheus. They’re going to be all over Covenant.

It looks a little like a reversed goblin shark, and there’s a reason for that: Ridley Scott. Screenwriter John Logan talked a bit about where the inspiration for the new aliens came from with Empire: “Some of those nature videos are so stomach-churning that they don’t pay me enough to watch them, but Ridley will see something to do with insects swarming, for example, which eventually finds its way into a movie. Usually there’s some sort of grotesqueness we find interesting.”

There’s a lot of previews being dropped – the same level of marketing that drove the hype for Prometheus. Hopefully this one will actually live up to it.

 

Alien: Covenant hits theaters May 19th – there might be a new Blade Runner 2049 trailer in front of it

  • euansmith

    I’m avoiding trailers and keeping my fingers crossed that this is the Alien film I hoped Prometheus would be.

    • Matthew Pomeroy

      Same here! I sooo want this to be awesome!

      • euansmith

        I would be happy with mediocre and workmanlike 😉 But seriously, I’m just hoping they have got a good script this time round. I thought that everything else about Prometheus was tip-top; but the script made no sense, both the plot and characterisation were all over the place.

  • Drpx

    They keep forgetting what made the original so successful: you barely ever see the alien.

    • That said – it’s 2017 and the alien IS the draw for the crowds these days. You can only pull off the “what the heck is it” once…

      • Drpx

        CGI splatterfest it is then 🙂

        • Sign me up – I can already taste the popcorn 🙂

      • I agree. And actually I already disliked not seeing the Alien enough back in the old movies.

        • af

          But not seeing it enough is part of what made them work, and masterpieces. I must agree with Drpx here. Overexposure to the aliens causes familiarity and is plain bad storytelling.

          On the other hand, it’s also true that it’s 2017 and everyone knows the aliens by now. Surprise is no longer possible. So the answer to this conundrum is, in my heretical opinion: you cannot make a good Aliens movie anymore. Let the franchise alone, to age and die with dignity. Start new, fresh and unrelated franchises.

          • Dunno, in “Aliens”, they were pretty much visible and that worked great too, no?

          • af

            You have a point there. And in some ways, I prefer Aliens to Alien (though both are fantastic movies). But the xenomorphs in Aliens take a lot to make their actual on-screen appearance, and even when they show them, at first you only catch brief glimpses of them (think the scene where Sgt Apone’s squad is ambushed). The way the movie is edited, you only catch brief glimpses even of the Alien Queen, though it’s true a couple of them are full body shots. Cameron knew his stuff 🙂

          • I think what they are trying to do is the right approach. The alien itself attacking hapless humans will only get you so far. So from a storytelling point of view, open up the universe and explain what they are, who made them and how it all happen.

            I support that at the “big-picture level”, but my worry is Scott is getting a bit old and not up to snuff anymore. He was born in 1937. When he made his masterpiece Alien, he was 42. Now he’s 80. Maybe time to turn things over to a protege who can keep the franchise up to snuff.

          • af

            Bigred, what you say makes sense. So take what I’m about to say as just my opinion.

            Unfortunately, much like Old Man Ridley, I’m set in my ways and also very opinionated. I don’t like (over)explanations — I consider it particularly annoying how the nerdy fanbase of almost any scifi or fantasy franchise *demands* explanations. In my opinion this ruins everything. Nerds need details, explanations, background, they *demand* that minor characters whose design they liked (*cough*Bobba Fett*cough*) be expanded into greater roles, they need to know why such and such galactic empire attacked this other planet, they need to know the origin stories of every character, monster and piece of tech. As a nerd myself, I understand this urge — I just think it kills movies and books.

            In my opinion, knowledge is the antithesis of the xenomorph. To me, too much knowledge kills the magic. I remember seeing the first Alien movie, the wonder at the derelict spaceship, the bizarre “pilot” alien that was half merged into its seat, the weird alien eggs. By explaning more about the Engineers, Prometheus killed some of this for me. In my own imagination, it was far more mysterious than what Prometheus showed. Likewise, I don’t need to know more about the xenomorphs; what sketchy information the first two movies gave us is enough. It works *because* it is sketchy, not in spite of it. This to me is like storytelling 101, but evidently a lot of other people don’t think the same.

            This is a long-winded way of reiterating I think they should leave the alien franchise alone.

            PS: I’ve re-read my rant and it’s not entirely a response to your post. It’s more my opinion about the overall direction of the Aliens franchise, and about the decision to milk it for all it’s worth.