The Ambiguous Sequel to ‘Prometheus’ [Some Spoilers Included]

by on June 13, 2012

in Entertainment

'Prometheus' spoilers - Engineer Cargo Hold

With Prometheus having come and gone, seeing the love and hate for the movie is rather invigorating.  But to be fair, there were also folks that loved  it.  But with that said, of all the news and interviews I’ve seen, I still haven’t seen the word “reboot” tossed into the mix from anyone involved with the project.  I think this is the first wave of what I’m guessing will be many upcoming movies that could possibly reboot franchises, but done in such a way as to avoid those dark marketing terms of reboot or remake.

There were things in the movie that were new, but then there were things in the movie that obviously came directly to be considered references to the old Alien movie… yet, taking place in a different time and planet, they obviously were not.  Which touched on familiar ground, and yet, pointed this new franchise in a different direction.

Hence, Prometheus looked like a reboot to me.

[My other Spoiler Discussion on Prometheus]

To be honest, I’m OK with that and I’m OK if this new film franchise direction turns into something else.  But I’m not OK with the constant shifty dodging of the use of the term and how vague Ridley Scott and Damon Lindelof have been.  In various interviews, they’ve been asked direct questions and they answer them with maybes and what ifs.  And for a moment, I thought they created this new take on our favorite xenomorph.   But maybe that’s the intention.

If you’ve noticed, vague story lines and vague answers tend to create a fascinating amount of engagement by the audience afterward.  I mean, case in point, if you’re reading what I’ve been writing, well then…

As it stands

Some people are pissed that this was not a prequel, because it sure looked like it could be one but took slightly different avenues to deliver some of the same information or situations.  Others are pissed this exploration of the “Alien DNA,” as Ridley Scott once put it, isn’t appearing to be totally independent of the Alien Franchise.

But the majority of folks seemed OK with their movie experience.  But there is that outlying angst.  And those outliers are concerned where exactly the next Prometheus movie may go.

And as far as I’m concerned, I’m not sure anyone is willing to commit to where it’s going.  It almost looks like they’re waiting to gauge more weeks of the movie release before they move forward.  Or are they?

In one quote by Ridley Scott, we hear a definitive plan…

“From the very beginning, I was working from a premise that lent itself to a sequel,” said Scott. “I really don’t want to meet God in the first one. I want to leave it open to [Dr. Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace)] saying, ‘I don’t want to go back to where I came from. I want to go where they came from.'”

Then Damon Lindelof delivers a curious perspective

“[‘Prometheus’] has two children: One of these children grows up to be ‘Alien,’ but the other child is going to grow up, and God knows what happens to them. And that’s what the sequel to ‘Prometheus’ would be.”

(But is that one making any sense to anyone?)

And if you thought that Dr. Shaw’s references to her faith about the Engineers as an allusion to a religious overtone, think again, from this take from Scott:

“Because [the Engineers] are such aggressive f*!s, I always had it in there that the God-like creature that you will see actually is not so nice, and is certainly not God.”

But the back half of that quote has me pondering the ambiguity of the beast:

Scott further said:

“I’d love to explore where the [Dr. Shaw] goes next and what does she do when she gets there, because if it is paradise, paradise can not be what you think it is. Paradise has a connotation of being extremely sinister and ominous.”

(What’s with the “if’s” in there.  Isn’t he in control here, or is he taking the safe road to see how we’ll react first?)

And why do we have to head down the god route?  The Engineers, whether they be it, or the right hand of it, or whatever, seems to be a needless reference or parable, if you will.  Unless they’re trying to tap a specific market of consumer with this approach.  Politicians do it to their benefit all the time.  But still, why can’t we just have some pesky, curious aliens mucking with a test tube, and it went awry making us…  much like the black goo went awry in the movie.

'Prometheus' Engineer suits by necaonline

I’m presuming the black goo went totally awry from its original design.  I don’t think the Engineers designed it to be infected into someone’s drink, or that the infected would have sex and make goo-babies that would be removed via, of all things, an abortion of sorts.  Yea, I thought that was interesting.  But then this living abortion, later attacks the Engineer and instantly (as in awfully quick) creates our familiar alien.  There didn’t seem to be any lapse in gestation with that one.  And NOTE TO SELF:  If you’re going to fight a goo/alien monster, KEEP YOUR MOUTH CLOSED!!!

Was the alien (goo byproduct) a bad side affect that was not fully intended, but rather, brought about by more tampering with things, as David, at the behest of Peter Weyland, started?

That’s where I’ve started to lean.

To be honest, we didn’t see the first real living xenopmorph until the end of the movie, as the thing that Shaw had ripped out of her surgically… seemed to be something different.  Except, that this new creature resembled the wall pictograph/carving that we saw early on.

But as I looked over other interview notes, the ambiguous continues… over on Time.com, Lindelof says about that last scene where the ship warps out to the Engineer’s home planet,

I think they’re going where she wants to go.“  …  “think???”   For a second, I thought he wrote the script!?

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But then, there is more god in this movie than meets the eye. Take for example, this video, that if you followed the movie end-credits, you might have hit upon this brand new clip to keep things alive:

“Thus Spoke Zarathustra”

And again, god or gods, are tapped into in this video:

So those are more of my thoughts as I’ve been pondering this new thing called Prometheus, that originally, was going to be titled Paradise. I don’t know… that was another marketing sound bite I saw.

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If you want to take a peek at a good piece touching on the old events in new settings and what minor changes might have made this Alien movie better, check out this editorial from Vic on ScreenRant

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