So Just What Is ‘Prometheus’ Anyway?

The Guardian Looks Ahead …
… to director Ridley Scott’s Not-An-Aliens Prequel and finds it full of questions.

Let’s start with the synopsis, which went public earlier this week:

“Ridley Scott, director of Alien and Blade Runner, returns to the genre he helped define. With Prometheus, he creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.”

Here’s the nut graf from writer Ben Child:


“The suggestion that mankind’s origins are somehow tied to the events of the series is intriguing, while at the same time utterly outlandish. Scott has long hinted that the new film will shed light on the dead “space jockey” from the scene in the first movie in which the crew of the Nostromo land at the doomed planetoid after receiving a distress signal. Are these creatures somehow our creators? Because … you know … I remember reading something in the school library about monkeys. It’s been suggested that the space jockeys may have created the xenomorphs for terraforming purposes – they certainly seem like a utilitarian choice if your aim is to wipe out all intelligent life in a given area in quick-sharp time. Does Prometheus revolve around some sort of three-way encounter between the space jockey race, humans and a nascent form of xenomorph?”

I’ve never been a big fan of the “Alien” flicks, but this does sound intriguing.

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