Ok, so I’ve been thinking a lot about Alien Covenant since I saw it 24 hours ago and I think I finally know what’s really going on here.
So, back when Prometheus came out five years ago, we wondered what was going to happen next. Were we getting a new spinoff franchise based on the Engineers/Space Jockeys? Or were we getting more actual Alien movies starring the good ol’ “xenomorphs”?
It really looked like it was going to be the later, I mean the movie flat out had “Alien” in the title and the publicity campaign made no secret that the classic aliens were in it…
But we were wrong.
This really IS a new spinoff franchise, but not in the way anyone expected. The Engineers are not actually the focus of these movies starting from Prometheus onwards…
It’s David. This is David’s franchise now. He was arguably the most beloved part of Prometheus, now he’s the main character, the villain, and the monster. An unstable super android in his journey to wipe out humanity and replace it with his own creations.
In fact, he’s the modern equivalent of Victor Frankenstein from the 60′s Hammer Frankenstein films(the one played by Peter Cushing).
Like those movies, these are about the escapades of a wicked creator of monsters, now IN SPACE. And while the aliens may be present in these movies, so was the Frankenstein’s monster and derivatives in the Hammer movies.
Alien: Covenant is actually a David movie, Prometheus is retroactively a David movie, and now we wait for the sequels.
This may actually be the new direction the series needed. A very different kind of central character to Ellen Ripley. We’ll see. For now, well played, Fox; you may not have Star Wars anymore, but at least you have space robot Victor Frankenstein played by Michael Fassbender.
‘Prometheus: Life and Death #1′ for Dark Horse Comics
Next in line is Prometheus! Metaphors abound. The engineers being our progenitors, I thought the empty husk of the space jockey being used as an incubator for a human child was appropriate. Hope you like it!