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Alien: Covenant

Alien: Covenant is everything that I wanted Prometheus to be, but at the same time it does little to answer the massive questions that Prometheus laid out to begin with.

We follow the new crew of The Covenant.  Their mission is to find a sustainable planet for humanity to colonize.  They have their sights set on one particular planet, but those directions get derailed when a new habitable planet pops up on the radar. They decide to set their sights on this new planet, which of course will be a mistake.  This is the planet that Elizabeth Shaw chased David to in Prometheus.  We add to the dilemma of The Covenant with a David look-alike Walter….the more advanced version of David.  Collisions will happen.

The crew is of course in for a rude awakening as they search the planet.  They’ll run in to David and trust his story of what happened with Shaw, and why he is there.  The reason he ended up there though is obviously much different.

Covenant feels a little like a remake at times of Aliens.  The same type of characters are in place.  They’re just on a different world with a different type of Xenomorph.  That’s not to say that it is tired.  It is most definitely a welcome addition to the Alien franchise.  I also think it will end up being an important middle portion to a new trilogy, and in the end we will receive the answers from Prometheus that we’re looking for.  These are the questions of god, humanity and evolution that Scott set out to answer in his mythical world.

High praise for Katherine Waterston as Dany Branson.  She’s obviously meant to be a doppelganger of Sigourney Weavers Ellen Ripley, but she does it in a way to slightly imitate, not completely replicate.  There’s also this air of history repeating itself along the Alien franchise, not to mention history itself.

Ridley Scott does a lot with a little, and creates an extremely entertaining sci-fi horror film.  He’s able to create something that is loved by both critics and fans alike, and that’s not easy to do.  Covenant makes me really look forward to the next installment.

Grade: A-