Prequels, as they go, tend to be quite crap, and for the most part they’re crap because we kind of know where the story is heading.
That’s exactly why Ridley Scott couldn’t possibly make Prometheus into a bona-fide Alien prequel, simply because we all know that it doesn’t end out too well for the Weyland Corporation and its employees.
Sure, the origin of the infamous Xenomorph would be interesting to see, but – quite frankly – the world has become quite Alien fatigued what with the slew of Alien vs. Predator movies that have come out over the last five years.
Don’t get me wrong, as a card-carrying sci-fi geek, I welcome it all, but for something as epic as what Prometheus is turning out to be, Scott has a reputation to uphold and this movie actually has to be good enough to appeal to a mass audience to justify its massive $150million budget.
I want to propose a novel thought for movie makers and armchair critics: movies with different stories and plots CAN take place in the same universe and not be directly linked to each other.
Tarantino did it with Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown and Reservoir Dogs and JJ Abrams did it with the most recent Star Trek movie – all extremely successfully. Not everything has to be a prequel or sequel.
Scott is going to succeed, because he’s giving us geeks the little nods and Easter Eggs that we want without detracting from the plot of this new and unique movie.
In Prometheus, we’re going to see a movie set in the same universe as the Alien films, just many years before the actual events of the original Alien movie.
For us geeks, we’ll see the origins of the famous Space Jockey, and possibly something that alludes to the Xenomorph and were they came from. It’s going to carry through the gritty and dark tone that befits Scott’s Alien universe, with lots of the stylistic influence from HR Giger that we love.
But for the most part, Prometheus is going to be an epic, big-budget, well-produced sci-fi move that going to have the same effect on moviegoers that the original Alien had on my parents in 1979. Scott doesn’t have to dive into decades of back-story to get viewers up to speed, wasting valuable screen time.
People will be able to sit down, and immediate become immersed in a beautifully-made and equally-riveting sci-fi movie. Full stop.
Hey, if it gets people interested in sci-fi again…awesome. If it make people want to watch or re-watch the original Alien movies, even better.
But as it stands, Prometheus is going to be awesome whether you’re an Alien fan, or whether you haven’t got a cooking clue about the history of the franchise. This movie will stand well on its own and I personally cannot wait to see it.
Prometheus opens in South African cinemas on 8 June 2012.
Wash is our resident uber-geek. He sleeps on a pile of comics, speaks fluent Klingon and spends his weekends unleashing all manner of Hell on the battlefields of his PC. If it’s related to gaming, comics, sci-fi or any other form of geekitude… chances are Wash has his sticky paws all over it.