Prometheus Deleted Scenes Explained The Alien Prequel Better

While visually stunning with powerful performances from its cast, the focus on visuals and mythological themes, Prometheus left many fans with more questions than answers regarding the backstory. Luckily the subsequent Blu-Ray release contained deleted scenes that helped to expand on some of the information not included in the theatrical release.

With 2012’s Prometheus, director Ridley Scott returned to the Alien franchise for the first time in over thirty years. A prequel to Scott’s original 1979 landmark gothic horror in space blockbuster Alien, the film blended science and mythology to explore the origins of the fearsome xenomorphs. Completely upending the established backstory at the time, Prometheus traced the creation of the xenomorphs back to the Engineers, a mysterious race of extraterrestrials who used their genetically engineered black goo to create life and living weapons on various planetary systems throughout the galaxy.

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Even with all of this shocking world-building, the blue creature glimpsed bursting from the chest of an Engineer in the final moments of the film was revealed to be a prototype xenomorph nicknamed the Deacon. It would not be until the release of Alien: Covenant five years later that the full origin of the xenomorphs would be revealed. It turns out that the original xenomorphs were the work of rogue android David, played by Michael Fassbender, who viewed both humans and the Engineers as genetically inferior and had built on the work of the Engineers to create the perfect organism.

Starting at the beginning, there is an expanded version of the opening of the film where a lone Engineer stands on a bluff ingesting a black substance that causes his body to disintegrate and his DNA to seed the planet’s waters. The deleted scene shows several other Engineers standing nearby, revealing that this is a type of sacrificial ceremony as opposed to a purely scientific pursuit. Though it may seem a small difference in screen terms, this speaks volumes about the nature and culture of the Engineers. The scene was cut to enhance the mysteriousness of the Engineers.

Another deleted scene is a flashback sequence taking place back on earth. It shows the mission’s mysterious benefactor, Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce) lounging on a yacht with young women feeding him grapes while David watches from close by. It’s no small stretch to guess that Weyland views himself as something of a God.

This theme comes back in a later deleted scene involving a revived Engineer speaking with Weyland, who has been revealed to be very much alive. With David acting as an interpreter, it is revealed that the entire expedition was a cover for the sick and elderly Weyland’s megalomania. This scene hammers home the mythological theme of Prometheus, namely the consequences of playing God and the quest for immortality, alluding to everything from the Greek myth which gives the film its name to the story of Frankenstein’s monster.

Next: Alien Space Jockeys Explained: Engineer Origin & Alien Connection

2020-03-11 22:30:43

Dan Meersand

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Neill Blomkamp’s Canceled Alien Movie

There are few franchises that have gone through a greater metamorphosis than that of Sir Ridley Scott’s Alien. The original film is considered a horror classic, but as the sequel movies garnered a more and more negative reception, the franchise shifted from space-bound horror to more contemplative prequels, the quality of which fans can’t agree on.

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Around the time of the prequel trilogy’s release, however, many became excited by the prospect of director Neill Blomkamp of District 9 fame potentially writing and directing the first sequel film in years. With Blomkamp well known for his unique take on the sci-fi genre and knack for body horror, he seemed like a great choice. The excitement only built when details about the project made it into the public eye. Here’s the inside scoop about the eventually canceled Alien sequel project.

10 Unapproved Concept Art

Way back on January 1st 2015, Neill Blomkamp posted several pieces of concept art onto his Instagram, seemingly detailing a potential Alien 5 that he had been working on. As anyone in the loop will attest, the concept art was met with enthusiasm from fans.

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What you may not know is that it was all completely speculative, meaning that Blomkamp had commissioned the creation of the images without any permission or official request from Fox. It’s funny to think, in hindsight, that the entire Alien 5 phenomenon was kicked off by what was essentially glorified fan art.

9 Sigourney Was In

Following the initial concept art’s positive reaction, progress seemed to move at a decent pace. By February of the same year, only a month later, Blomkamp revealed via Twitter that he’d spoken to Sigourney Weaver — Ripley herself — about her potential involvement with the project.

She immediately became attached, likely the key ingredient in taking the potential Alien 5 to Fox to get a green light. And that’s exactly what happened. Before the month was out it was confirmed that Blomkamp and Weaver had taken the pitch to Fox and had subsequently received the go-ahead.

8 Retconning Alien 3

As many fans will attest, the Alien franchise really began its descent in quality with the release of David Fincher’s Alien 3, a film so bad that the director actively disowns it, and it put a halt on Alien sequels in favor of prequels for the intervening years. With such memorable moments as “killing off every beloved character from the previous films in the first act,” it’s pretty understandable why.

Luckily, Alien 5 looked to change that. The film was set to return an acid-scarred Hicks and a 20-something Newt to the face-hugging fray, either retconning the less favored sequels out of existence or acknowledging them, but with a very selective memory. The film would have even set up the continuation of the franchise, making Newt the lead going forward, and saying goodbye to Ripley.

7 New Xenomorphs

What would an Alien movie be without a few xenomorphs? Well, it’d be Prometheus. Alien 5, however, was going down a more traditionally Alien route for its monstrous villains. In February 2018, on the day of the late H.R. Giger’s birthday, Carlos Huante, the concept artist for both Prometheus and Alien: Covenant, released some concept art for a project that he heavily implied was Alien 5. 

The art depicts many hybrid xenomorphs being experimented on, and likely would have tied the plot to David’s genetic tampering in the prequel series. Among them is also a human-xenomorph hybrid, something worryingly close to Alien 3, but not surprising due to Huante’s links to the unreleased Jurassic Park 4.

6 Weyland-Yutani Had A Major Role

The Weyland-Yutani Corporation seems to be responsible for all of the shady goings-on and corporate misdeeds of the Alien universe. With its hands in all aspects of space colonization and research, as well as constantly being on the hunt for a sample of organism Xenomorph XX121, often with little regard for the lives of its employees.

Alien 5 likely would have depicted the fallout of the Corporation finally succeeding in weaponizing the aliens, but with terrible results. Concept art that included locations, was mostly backdropped by Weyland-Yutani Headquarters. The film included another Alien queen infestation, following the impounding of the derelict spacecraft from the original film

5 Put On Hold

The original plan was for production to be held at the starting line until the release of Alien: Covenant, with Fox hesitant to oversaturate the market with Alien-related films. As well as this, a condition of Blomkamp helming the film was that Ridley Scott produced.

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This complicated the matter even more, as by the time Alien: Covenant was completed, Scott had already begun production on the next Alien prequel, and Weaver and Blomkamp moved on to other projects themselves. Finally, with all of the key talent wrapped up elsewhere, the project was put on indefinite hold.

4 Killed By Alien: Covenant

Following the release of Alien: Covenant, Fox had a decision to make: with Alien 5 already greenlit, would they go on with production for that project or continue to focus on the prequel films? With the Blomkamp project already on hold, and Ridley Scott expressing serious interest in an Alien: Covenant sequel, the path must have seemed clear.

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While Blomkamp’s directorial debut, District 9, was a financial success, his follow-ups, Elysium and Chappie, had middling to poor receptions at best. Pair this with the critical acclaim and financial success of Ridley Scott’s recent standalone film The Martian, and it becomes clear why Fox permanently shelved Alien 5 in favor of Alien: Awakening (the speculative title of the third Alien prequel).

3 The Script Was Amazing

Back in 2016, when the project was on hold but still very much anticipated by fans, Sigourney Weaver and Ridley Scott took to a panel at San Diego Comic-Con for the 30th anniversary of the original Aliens and answered a few long term questions from Alien fans.

During the course of the panel, they let slip a few small but very enticing tidbits as to the nature of the Blomkamp project, the man himself not present at the panel to verify any of it. Specifically, they mentioned the script, implying it was complete and “everything fans want,” according to Weaver, and Aliens director James Cameron saying, “Amazing, performs fan service and should be made.”

2 Or Was It?

There was zero progress made with the film from that point on, but with the confirmation of a script at the aforementioned Comic-Con panel, many speculated that a leak was on the way, in the vein of Deadpool or At The Mountains Of Madness. Nothing happened.

That is until about a year later when the producer of Alien 5, Ridley Scott, was asked about the script in an interview with French outlet, Allociné. He denied it ever even existed, and that a ten-page pitch document was all that was written. It’s likely this was an honest mix-up, with James Cameron likely confusing the pitch document with a script.

1 Sequels or Prequels?

So, when it came down to it, the Neill Blomkamp Alien project was closer to a pitch that was never taken further, but became blown out of proportion due to fan speculation and desire for a true Alien sequel. The question now remains, what’s going on with Alien: Awakening?

While talking on the Empire Film Podcast, Sir Ridley Scott revealed that the xenomorphs will be taking a back seat in the upcoming film to that of A.I. antagonists. The sequel is rumored to already have a script and to currently be in pre-production, if not a little up in the air following Alien: Covenant performing poorly at the box office. The Alien franchise has always had a messy history, but might this finally mean the franchise’s death…or an inevitable reboot?

NEXT: Alien: 5 Reasons Why Neomorphs Are Deadlier Than Xenomorphs (& 5 Why They’re Not)

2020-02-24 01:02:42

Kieran Smith

Star Trek: 10 Smartest Alien Races, Ranked | ScreenRant

When Gene Roddenberry came up with the idea of Star Trek, he envisioned humans as a fledgling species that had just discovered the ability to explore the worlds around them. During this exploration, Starfleet has mostly encountered species far beyond their own.

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With technology and intellects that would have been deemed as God-like or all-knowing under any other circumstances. Luckily, humans have been able to hold their own, acting as intergalactic leeches, sucking the knowledge from far superior species and using it as a guide to the stars. So out of the hundreds of species seen on screen, what are the top 10 smartest alien races in Star Trek?

10 Nacene

These are probably one of the stranger looking species ever seen on Star Trek. The Nacene were violet non-corporeal or energy-based creatures with tentacles for appendages. While it is somewhat unclear as to their intellectual ceiling, it is known that their technology vastly exceeded that of humans, as they had subspace manipulation capabilities that could transport hundreds of ships light-years away in mere seconds.

As a species, they had created holographic self-aware technology capable of thinking and acting on its own. Like humans, the Nacene were explorers who traveled across infinite galaxies to unlock the mysteries of the universe.

9 Ba’ku

The Ba’ku might appear as nothing more than immortal, pacifist farmers, but their history was one of exploration. Their species successfully engineered warp drive and could create positronic devices and brains that gave artificial intelligence not just sentience but free will. Some Ba’ku had found ways to slow down time itself in localized areas. They were known for their clarity of mind and peaceful dispositions.

After creating advanced weaponry, the Ba’ku found themselves on the edge of extinction. To save themselves from themselves, they slowed down their technological advancements, preferring to live forever on their planet as simple farmers.

8 Cytherians

Unlike, many other alien species Starfleet has encountered, the Cytherians were not explorers. Instead, their method of contact involved the other species coming to them. As a species, they understood subspace distortion, a knowledge they were willing to share with others who made contact with them.

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What made them unique was their ability to implant their consciousness into ships as a means of driving it to their home planet. As a people, the Cytherians enjoyed their isolated tendencies, preferring to pick and choose who they made contact with, instead of just haplessly encountering various other species.

7 Vulcans

Vulcans are similar to humans in many different ways. Besides a few biological differences that make them suitable for a desert world. Their vast intellect is the direct result of their ability to rid themselves of emotion. Instead, choosing to use their intellect towards furthering their scientific superiority.

In earlier times, Vulcans were a war-like people, but their countless wars almost led to their destruction. Forcing them to ban most of their advanced technology to keep the peace. While working with Starfleet, the Vulcans engineered a more complex but capable transporter technology.

6 Changelings

Having the ability to change their forms, Changelings were, at times, misunderstood by solid species. This lack of understanding led Changelings to have a negative and distrustful view of other species. This view led them to believe in nothing but a slave or master role.

Being an advanced species, many of the worlds they conquered believed them to be God-like beings, a view that Changelings never sought to clarify. With many of them having a hive mind, they were able to learn knowledge through merging their essence and minds in their liquid forms.

5 Organians

Organians were non-corporeal beings, who had long ago, advanced beyond the need for bodies. As species created by the race known as the Preservers, Organians eventually were able to reach a level equal to or greater than their creators.

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A peace-love people, the Organians sought to preserve their knowledge, hiding it away from more hostile neighbors. This preservation of their knowledge kept them in a state of evolution as a people. While, at times, Organians desired other species around them to make peace with each other, for the post part Organians were above the petty turmoil of lesser species.

4 Ancient Humanoids

The creators and direct ancestor of modern humans, the Ancient Humanoids seeded multiple planets to spread life throughout the universe. Being the oldest and possibly first race to complete interstellar travel, they found the universe barren and desired to populate it in their image.

They were so advanced that they created holographic images within the blood of their descendant species as a means of getting them to cooperate in cracking the message. Those descended from Ancient Humanoids did come together to observe the message; however, only the Romulans and humans desired to take their advice.

3 Borg

The Borg were a cybernetic drone species that numbered in the trillions. A destructive and warlike people with a hive mind, they desired to assimilate the entire universe into Borg. While it is unknown as to their original species’ intelligence, the Borg had assimilated with so many worlds, that the knowledge of the conquered became their own.

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The Borg were a highly technological race that had knowledge of transwarp and used maturation chambers as a way of accelerating the development of baby humanoids, so they could quickly serve the Borg collective.

2 The Prophets

The Prophets or otherwise known as “wormhole aliens” were a non-corporeal blue and translucent orbs of energy, who were from the inside of a stable wormhole. The Prophets communicated to outsiders by either possessing their body or appearing to them in a dream-like state of someone that individual knew.

They learned this personal knowledge by being able to scan a person’s mind. They are a species who live outside the realm of time and space, making them immortal. Their comprehension of other beings is that of a God trying to learn the plight of a mere human.

1 Q

Simply known as the Q, these extra-dimensional beings were immortal and possibly the most advanced beings to ever be seen on Star Trek. They are so powerful they can alter time itself while having the ability to destroy any form of matter in the universe. The Q were benevolent beings who, when encountered by the crews of Star Fleet vessels, seemed to be working towards enlightening races beneath their own.

Some of their abilities include matter-energy transformation and instant teleportation to anywhere, anyplace, anytime. The power of their intellect was so vast that many Q claimed to be all-knowing.

NEXT: 10 Best Easter Eggs In Star Trek: Picard (So Far)

2020-02-14 07:02:10

Brett Hoover

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James Franco’s Original Alien: Covenant Role (& Why He Was Cut)

James Franco’s tiny role in Alien: Covenant was supposed to be more meaningful – here’s why it was trimmed. Alien fans couldn’t have been more excited when Ridley Scott signed on to direct a prequel to his 1979 classic. Scott originally signed up for a script called Alien: Engineers, which found a team of scientists setting off to a distant planet to investigate the origins of life. Once there they run afoul of Facehuggers and Xenomorphs, in addition to learning more about the enigmatic Engineers who created life.

Alien: Engineers morphed into more of a spinoff during development, with rewrites turning it into Prometheus and removing all the Xenomorphs. Prometheus was met with a decidedly mixed response from critics and fans with the film exploring genuinely interesting concepts but hamstrung by logic and character faults. Scott’s Prometheus 2 would morph again into Alien: Covenant, a 2017 sequel that tried to balance the heady sci-fi of Scott’s prequel with the familiar tropes of the Alien series. Covenant was notable for bringing back the Xenomorph but the creature’s lackluster treatment, combined with another muddled screenplay, saw it become a box-office disappointment.

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There was meant to be another movie that followed Alien: Covenant which found Michael Fassbender’s android David travel to another planet to continue his twisted experiments, but that likely won’t happen now. Among the issues with Alien: Covenant was a lack of important connective tissue, such as the offscreen death of Prometheus lead Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace). This is despite the fact Rapace appeared in a promotional short for the sequel, as did James Franco as the Covenant’s original captain Jake Branson.

James Franco’s role in Alien: Covenant left many viewers confused, with his character burning to death in a cryopod within the first ten minutes. He’s briefly seen later in a video message to wife Daniels (Katherine Waterston), but Branson’s screentime amounts to less than a minute and barely any dialogue. Scott’s film expects audiences to sympathize with Daniels for her loss and her plan to fulfill Branson’s dream of building a cabin on Origae-6, but this lacks weight since he was barely a character in the story. This wasn’t always the case, with Branson being fleshed out a little further in earlier versions.

Scripted and shot for Alien: Covenant was a flashback where Daniels remembers her life on Earth with Branson. He wakes her with coffee as its snowing outside their New York apartment. He discusses plans for their log cabin, which establishes why it becomes so important to Daniels. While the scene itself is short, it at least establishes their relationship and gives some emotional heft to Branson’s grim death. Scott ultimately decided this scene wasn’t needed since the cabin is brought up in dialogue anyway.

Branson also featured in promotional short The Last Supper, with the crew getting together before heading to hypersleep. In addition to doing a better job establishing the various romances between the characters than the final edit does, it also gave James Franco a little more to do. Franco’s Alien: Covenant character was always intended as a cameo but the final movie’s rushed editing and lack of setup means Branson barely registers. Not only was Daniels’ supposed to mourn his loss but so was the entire crew, but considering the character has more screentime in deleted and promotional material, this loss is barely felt.

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2020-01-13 01:01:58

Padraig Cotter

Star Wars: Every New Creature & Alien In Rise of Skywalker

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker introduced new creatures to the Star Wars universe, and some were featured more prominently than others. The Skywalker saga has now come to an end with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker after over 40 years of history, which began in 1977 with the film now known as Star Wars: A New Hope. The final entry in the sequel trilogy has been met with a lot of criticism for its story, pace, and how it addressed (or didn’t) some of the biggest plot holes left by the previous films, but it also added more to the franchise with new characters, both human and alien.

Viewers met characters like Allegiant General Pryde (Richard E. Grant), Zorii Bliss (Keri Russell), and Jannah (Naomi Ackie), all of them supporting characters either on the side of the First Order or that of the Resistance. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker also had its dose of new aliens and creatures, of which some appeared briefly and others were used either in battle or for a character to display certain abilities that would be used later on.

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker introduced a variety of sentient species and four new creatures – many of these were hidden among the crowd, so it’s very easy to miss them.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker introduced the alien species Aki-Aki, native to the desert planet Pasaana, which were holding a colorful festival when Rey and company arrived. New fan-favorite Babu Frik belongs to the Anzellan species, though it’s unknown what their homeworld is. The Alazmec are a species native to the planet Winsit, which colonized Mustafar as part of a cult in order to guard the Corvax Fen. The Cingulons were also introduced in The Rise of Skywalker, and it’s the species Resistance cargo pilot Dellso Prin belongs to. Viewers also met the Trodatome through Klaud, the mechanic seen in the Millennium Falcon at the beginning of the film, as well as the Boosodians (creatures with gray skin and twenty eyes), and the Deymasollians (a species with tan skin and white fur).

The Resistance had a good number of new alien species, such as the Lacertilo (an amphibious species, like Bo Rogiave), the Cyclorrian (an insectoid species), the Mohsenians (like the Resistance’s field medic Twylope Nur), the Didynons, the Reesarians, the Shahkirin (like the mechanic Yipsit), and the Talpiddians. Other species introduced in The Rise of Skywalker are the Ginmid, the Kessurian, the Symeong, the Shungbeek, and the Ozrelanso.

As for non-sentient creatures, a new reptile-like animal called “zymod” can be spotted at the jungle moon Ajan Kloss, where the Resistance was based (and where Luke trained Leia). This creature has the ability to change the color of their hide and it looks a lot like an iguana, only with much bigger eyes and longer legs. Next are the oki-poki, native to the previously mentioned desert planet of Pasaana. These are rodents with large, vibrating ears that help them detect various sounds – and their eyes also vibrate, allowing them to “see” sounds.

Pasaana was home to many interesting creatures, including a giant snake called “vexis snake”. When Rey, Poe Dameron, Finn, Chewbacca, C3PO and BB8 sank in the fields of Pasaana while looking for Ochi’s starship, they came across with an injured vexis snake, which Rey cured using Force healing – an ability that was later used by her on Kylo Ren and vice versa. Last but not least are the orbaks, a species of horse-like riding beasts found in the ocean moon of Kef Bir, though their origins are unclear. These are the creatures used by Finn, Jannah, and company during the attack on the First Order’s fleet. The creatures introduced in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker might not have had the same impact porgs had, but at least some had a more relevant role than the sea-dwelling birds.

Next: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Ending Explained (& What Happens Next)

2019-12-25 06:12:02

Adrienne Tyler

5 Things In The Alien Franchise That Make No Sense (& 5 Fan Theories That Do)

The Alien franchise is one of the most famous collections of films in the science fiction genre. Beginning with Alien in 1979, it redefined our cinematic concepts of space exploration. Not only did it paint a gritty and vivid near-future for those who had grown up on jumpsuits, jet-packs, and ray-guns, it also presented probing psychological questions that preyed on some of humanity’s greatest anxieties about discovering it’s not alone in the universe.

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There have been a total of six films in the Alien franchise, eight if you count both Alien vs Predator movies). Ever since Ridley Scott decided to answer the question “Where did the aliens come from?” in Prometheus and Alien: Covenant, the questions have only increased, leaving it up to the fans to theorize the logic of the films. Here are 5 things that don’t make sense and 5 fan theories that do in the Alien franchise.


The Alien vs Predator franchise convoluted many aspects of both sci-fi properties. In particular, one of the aspects it mired was the period of time it takes for a Chestburster to gestate inside a host before killing them. In these films it only took a matter of hours, resulting in a complete infestation of xenomorphs to a known human settlement in less than a day.

As we know from the colony in Aliens, this would have taken weeks. By the time that Prometheus, the xenomorph origin film came out, a relative of the Facehugger (the Trilobite) grew rapidly in a human womb and even more rapidly outside of it. The “Deacon Alien” was impregnated in an Engineer by the Trilobite and then born almost fully adult, with no explanation as to why. What was accelerating their growth?


In many ways, for David (a synthetic being) to have the hubris to create life in Alien: Covenant laughs in the face of everything that the Engineers stood for. But can he be blamed, when he was built by a man defying his own life cycle by demanding immortality? Their entire culture is based on organic life, which they can’t help but create. Their ships are alive, as are their weapons of mass destruction.

Fans have theorized that while the Engineers may have seeded humankind, they also sought to destroy it once they realized how little regard humans had for their own lives.


Prometheus revealed that the Engineers, the ancient ginormous humanoids from LV-223, created the xenomorphs by experimenting with black goo. The black goo is the mysterious substance that seeded many creatures in the galaxy, apparently.

It seems to react differently depending on what it comes in contact with. Apparently, the black goo can create “infected” humans, who can create Trilobites by having intercourse with a normal human. These are suicide creatures born from a human female – imagine giant Facehuggers. If they attach themselves to a regular human, then you get a “Deacon Alien.”


According to Prometheus and Covenant, if a Trilobite attached itself for oral implantation to an Engineer, a “Deacon Alien” would emerge. This is a prototype of one of the very first xenomorphs and shown to be rather large in Prometheus.

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Fans believe that it’s the “Deacon Alien” strain that would become a Queen Alien, and able to lay the eggs that appear in Aliens. The Queen is the largest of the xenomorphs, and others of the species have only previously been classified as “Warriors” and “Drones” later in the franchise.


In the future depicted in the Alien franchise, “The Company” is a somewhat nebulous authoritative organization later referred to as “Weyland-Yutani” (though the logo could be seen on various paraphernalia and props). Even after that incident concerning the crew of the Nostromo on LV-426, The Company wants Ripley to go to a jeopardized colony rather than nuke the planet from orbit.

In the Alien universe, the Corporation wants to capture and study xenomorphs even after the entire colony is wiped out and they wipe out an entire research vessel and threaten Earth’s entire population. Surely, there must be more to it than The Company considers them “magnificent specimens.”


In Alien: Covenant we learn that the android David took an alien ship and went on a mission to seek out the Engineers on their homeworld. When he arrived, he used their own black goo against them as a weapon of mass destruction, killing all of them as they went about their business.

Fans have theorized that the beings he wiped out weren’t the original Engineers at all. Though they’re tall and have the same hypertrophied features as the Engineers, they live in rudimentary dwellings and wear simple rags. There are temples on the planet, indicating the inhabitants worship some sort of deity. They hardly seem the beings that kickstarted all life in the universe.


If the beings that David wiped out were engineers, then they’d all be dead, and there’d be no giant space jockey to appear in a derelict ship on LV-426. That ship, Engineer, and those eggs are also thousands of years old. Why does it have the eggs?

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Furthermore, the Space Jockey from Alien is enormous. It’s much larger than the Engineers by a good 20 feet. In that film, it was clearly a desiccated, rotting corpse with skeletal arms, eye-sockets, etc. In the script for Prometheus, much of which was not included in the film, it explains the Engineers may have descended from an older, larger race.


Fans have long suspected that there was something special about Lt. Ellen Ripley, beyond her obvious smarts, integrity, and ballsy determination. They believe that Weyland Corp not only knew about the xenomorphs on LV-426 but knew there was something special in Ripley’s DNA that made her a special candidate for impregnation.

The only person/survivor to know about the location of LV-426 would have been David, who also had knowledge of the xenomorph life cycle. It might also offer a clue as to why The Company always needs Ripley’s help, but never wants to listen to her about fully destroying the alien.


If you’re trying to follow the life cycle or gestation of any of the creatures in either Prometheus or Alien: Covenant, it can be difficult to keep track. The black goo is arguably at the center of their creation but in a multitude of ways. Humans can be impregnated by intercourse, direct injection, and apparently interacting with a “hammerhead” that swims around pods like an aquatic Chestburster long before they release a Facehugger.

Not only that, but the giant tentacled Trilobite is born from a human female. Why does it not take on more mammalian features? Why is it so big? When it attacks an engineer, the Chestburster that eventually erupts from him is a fully grown xenomorph. Even after Alien: Covenant, we still have no idea how the xenomorph will streamline this process of impregnation, incubation, and growth.


It’s been said by fans that not only was David attempting to reverse-engineer the Engineers’ experiments to create the “perfect organism,” aka the xenomorph, but that he would utilize them as bioweapons to take out humanity (which he saw as an imperfect species).

Fans further theorized David made it back to Earth, took over Weyland-Yutani, and eventually was behind the development of the Ash series of android that he would send with the Nostromo to protect the alien eggs on LV-426. Although why he would send a ship to LV-426 when he had the ability to create neomorphs is anyone’s guess.

NEXT: 10 Questions The Alien: Covenant Sequel Needs To Answer

2019-10-17 01:10:16

Kayleena Pierce-Bohen

Alien 3’s Xenomorph Was Almost A Whippet In A Costume

The Alien franchise introduced its own type of creature with the Xenomorph, which has the potential to cause a nightmare or two, but one of the initial ideas for Alien 3 included a version of the Xenomorph that wasn’t that scary: a whippet in a costume. No, really. In 1992, David Fincher brought Alien 3, with Sigourney Weaver reprising her role as Ellen Ripley. The story is set right after the events of Aliens and follows Ripley as the only survivor of the Sulaco spaceship after the escape pod crashed on Fiorina “Fury” 161 – except an Alien organism also survived.

Alien 3 is regarded by many as the inferior entry of the original films (Alien, Aliens, and Alien Resurrection), with Fincher even disowning it. Still, Alien 3 was nominated for various awards, most of them for its visual effects. But had the production crew gone with one of their initial ideas for the Xenomorph, all those nominations probably wouldn’t have happened, although it would have been very entertaining to watch.

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The Xenomorph variation in Alien 3 is the Dragon, also known as Runner Alien, Dog Alien, or Ox Alien, depending on the version you watch (its host is a dog in the theatrical cut and an ox in the DVD assembly cut). This creature needs a quadrupedal host and behaves more like those that use their mouth to attack instead of their legs. It’s not a nice image (like any other Xenomorph), but one of the crew’s ideas for it would have been a very weird one to look at: a whippet in costume. A behind-the-scenes video shows their attempts to create a running chestburster with a whippet dressed as, well, a Xenomorph. With a headpiece included, of course.

Clearly, the idea didn’t work on camera, as the dog didn’t look menacing at all even with all those extra things to make its body look like a Xenomorph, but the idea was interesting. The whippet ended up looking like what it is: a dog in a costume, so the Alien 3 crew had to explore other ideas that ultimately worked best. A Xenomorph with a similar behavior to a dog doesn’t necessarily mean that it should be played by a dog.

It’s fun to imagine what Alien 3 would have been like if the “whippet in a costume” technique had stayed, as there was an impressively detailed work on the costume, although the headpiece would have probably been an issue for both the dog and the visual effects department. The plan didn’t work but at least it will give dog owners a fun idea for next Halloween.

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2019-08-31 06:08:44

Adrienne Tyler

5 Things Alien Did Better Than Aliens (& 5 Things Aliens Did Better)

It’s an age-old question: which movie is better, Alien or Aliens? It’s not often that fans debate whether a sequel is better than the original, but it’s not usually this close a call. In the Alien fan base, this debate is considered to be comparing apples and oranges. Alien is more of a horror movie, and Aliens is more of an action movie. They’re both as good as they can be in those genres.

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Still, there are certain basic filmmaking elements that each movie does better than the other. Here are 5 Things Alien Did Better Than Aliens (And 5 Things Aliens Did Better).

10 Alien: Suspense

A lot of horror movies these days are criticized for their overuse of jump scares, but the problem isn’t that jump scares are bad – it’s simply that a good horror film will build up suspense towards a jump scare to make it more effective. Unearned jump scares aren’t scary, but when they’re earned, they definitely are. Alien is a perfect example of this in practice. When the baby alien scuttles off, that’s what the crew goes looking for – a baby – and that’s what the audience is expecting. So, when a full-grown xenomorph suddenly shows itself, we get a jump scare that works, thanks to suspense and subverting the audience’s expectations.

9 Aliens: Dialogue

Good dialogue is the cornerstone of keeping a movie-going audience hooked. The dialogue in Alien isn’t bad, but it feels impersonal. A lot of the lines could’ve been swapped around the characters and it wouldn’t have affected the viewer’s understanding of the plot too much. James Cameron’s dialogue in Aliens, however, is a vast improvement.

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The characters are all well-rounded and clearly defined – even the one-liners have been tailored to the characters who utter them – and Cameron’s exposition doesn’t feel like exposition; it feels like a conversation that happens to reveal information that’s relevant to the plot. Aliens’ dialogue beats Alien’s dialogue, hands down.

8 Alien: Pace

Alien’s first big scare is the infamous chest-burster scene, which doesn’t appear until around 45 minutes into the movie. This is because Ridley Scott is a master of pacing. He doesn’t rush into introducing the titular creature. He lets us get to know the characters and builds up the tense atmosphere of the space station. When John Hurt is attacked by a facehugger, there are no immediate consequences, so the crew all have a party to celebrate his good health. And that’s when a baby alien forces its way through his chest. The first Alien film is a masterclass in pacing.

7 Aliens: Final Battle

In the final battle sequences of both Alien and Aliens, it boils down to Ripley fighting a xenomorph, and both times, she’s hopelessly outmatched. However, there are a couple of points that make James Cameron’s version of this fight more thrilling than Ridley Scott’s. For starters, Ripley has more to fight for the second time around. She’s not just fighting for her own survival; she’s fighting for Newt’s, too. And by hopping into one of the exoskeleton suits that was introduced earlier (this is a prime example of the screenwriting principle of “plant and payoff”), she can actually fight the xenomorph herself.

6 Alien: Composition

Both Alien and Aliens look fantastic, but the work that Ridley Scott and his cinematographer Derek Vanlint did on the first Alien movie is unparalleled. The scenes on the space station look like Kubrick could’ve shot them, while some of the scenes on the planet where they find the xenomorph eggs with the dead Space Jockey could easily stand on their own as terrifying futuristic works of art. James Cameron and his cinematographer Adrian Biddle included some great shots in Aliens, but it’s not the dazzling visual experience that Alien is. When you’re watching Alien, it’s so engaging that you feel hot when it’s hot, and cold when it’s cold.

5 Aliens: Subtext

James Cameron made Aliens as a pretty clear allusion to the Vietnam War. An American corporation sends soldiers to a foreign world to fight a war that isn’t theirs, and the bureaucrats respond to every potentially dangerous situation by immediately opening fire. The movie can be watched and enjoyed without reading into this subtext, but the political overtones give a deeper meaning to all the intergalactic action. And it’s not even the overarching theme of the film – the film is really about motherhood, and the maternal instinct (both in the hero and in the villain). Cameron is a master of subtext.

4 Alien: Realism

Okay, obviously, Alien isn’t realistic. But realism in science fiction simply means selling to the audience that the fantastical things that are happening to people are really happening. As an example, Tony Stark’s original Iron Man suit was absurdly advanced technology, but we felt the weight of it. We heard it clank, we saw that it was difficult to put on and operate. Contrast that with his Infinity War armor, which is made of “nanites” that just swarm his body to put a suit around it within five seconds whenever there’s danger. The technology in Alien, the atmosphere on the space station, the exploration of the alien planet – it all felt real in a way that Aliens, and every sci-fi film that came before it, didn’t.

3 Aliens: Escalating The Stakes

In Alien, the stakes escalate when the space station that previously didn’t have a bloodthirsty alien on board suddenly has a bloodthirsty alien on board. But in Aliens, the stakes escalate continuously throughout. For starters, there are a lot more bloodthirsty aliens this time. And then the humans’ ride back to base is destroyed.

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And it becomes apparent that the corporate suits want to take an egg back to Earth. And the xenomorph queen abducts Newt, motivating Ripley to rid the planet of them once and for all. Aliens kicks off with some stakes and then keeps raising them from start to finish.

2 Alien: Subtle Acting

There is some terrific acting in Aliens (such as Bill Paxton’s “Game over, man! Game over!” monologue), but the performances in the original Alien film are much more nuanced. Sigourney Weaver doesn’t have any ‘80s-flavored one-liners (although, to be fair, her one-liners in Aliens are pretty cool: “Get away from her, you b***h!”) and instead plays Ellen Ripley as a calm, collected professional who’s just there to do her job until she’s forced to survive. Ian Holm gives a chilling portrait of an android from a future where humans don’t trust androids. John Hurt masterfully lulls us into a false sense of security to make the chest-burster all the more shocking. The acting in Alien is superb.

1 Aliens: Character Development

The screenplay for Alien was written with no genders specified for the characters. They were interchangeable, and as a result, they hardly progress. The Ripley we meet at the beginning is the same Ripley who jets off into space at the end. However, in Aliens, she has a real character arc. She learns that while she’s been in space, her daughter has lived to old age and died. And then she meets Newt, a young girl who has lost her mother to the xenomorphs, and they bond over being a motherless daughter and a daughterless mother. This gives her a reason to join the fight against the xenomorphs, and develop as a character.

NEXT: Every Alien Movie in the Franchise, Ranked From Worst To Best

2019-08-27 03:08:05

Ben Sherlock

Star Wars: The 10 Best Alien Designs, Ranked | ScreenRant

In a widespread space opera such as Star Wars, an equally large and diverse array of alien species inhabit its universe. Since the Original Trilogy, the creatives working with Lucasfilm have dedicated themselves to crafting believable, loveable, or oddball creatures for fans.

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Not every design is an absolute hit, but the ones that work become instant icons. Thanks to artists such as Stuart Freeborn, Neal Scanlan, and more, viewers have enjoyed some of the best creature designs in movie history. Looking back over the Saga, here are the top ten alien designs from Star Wars.

10 Zabrak

Notable Zabrak characters have popped up across the Star Wars universe since Darth Maul’s debut in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Looking back at the marketing for the film, it is no wonder Maul was front and center on nearly everything. The jarringly disturbing yet beautiful design of Zabrak facial tattoos paired with the devilish red skin and horns made for an instantly iconic visage.

The design has gone through a few changes over the years. With the introduction of Maul’s brother Savage Oppress, a yellow shade was used instead of the iconic red, as well as a far more jagged horn shape. The core design has remained, though, making Zabraks an essential Star Wars alien.

9 Twi’leks

When it comes to simplistic alien designs, it doesn’t get much more human than the Twi’leks. This is no issue though, as Twi’leks are some of the most iconic humanoid aliens since Star Trek‘s Vulcans. Notable characters of this species include Hera and Cham Syndulla, and the Jedi Master Aayla Secura.

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With their twin Lekku and saturated skin tone, Twi’leks are simple, perfect designs. While they retain so much humanity, the small otherworldy additions never feel hokey. Seeing them in a scene always makes the environment feel more Star Wars-y (yes, that is an adjective in this case).

8 Jawas

Another simplistic design, Jawas feel even more alien due to their plain look. Abnormally small, with glowing yellow eyes and donning only a brown tunic, these little desert dwellers search Tattooine for any lucrative scrap they can find.

The design of the Jawas proves that old adage: less is more. While there is nothing overly complicated or impressive about the design on paper, the fact that we can see so little of these critters allows for the audience to infer their own interpretation. Anything could be hiding under the hood of a Jawa, making them far more mysterious than their reputation would lead one to expect.

7 Porgs

The Porgs are certainly the newest alien to appear on this list. While they only just made their debut in 2017’s The Last Jedi, they have secured their status in the Saga forever. These little critters hail from Luke’s island on the planet Ach-To.

Inspired by the puffins who call the real-life island of Skellig Michael home, these small bird-like creatures are arguably the cutest in the entire Star Wars saga. Not since BB-8 has a design stolen the hearts of fans so quickly. The Porgs are everywhere in merchandising, and fans cannot get enough of them. Their sheer cuteness and popularity earned them this spot on the list.

6 Rodians

Rodians are some of the most alien-looking creatures in the Star Wars franchise. Green skinned, bug-eyed, with a propensity for bounty hunting, these natives to Rodia have appeared in Original and Prequel trilogies, as well as Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Obviously, Greedo is the first to come to mind, but there have been many other Rodians throughout the series. Onaconda Farr, the senator from Rodia, also played an essential (if brief) role. Rodians, like Twi’leks, are just one of those designs that scream Star Wars. They are essential but rank a bit higher for their iconic look and silhouette.

5 Mon Calamari

Mon Calamari are instantly recognizable due to the impact of Admiral Ackbar and his fellow rebellious Mon Cal heroes. Though not a central character, Ackbar is without a doubt one of the biggest fan favorites. Now, with Admiral Raddus’ inclusion in Star Wars: Rogue One, fans have even more Mon Calamari characters to fall in love with.

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Fish-headed aliens might not seem like the most loveable in the Galaxy, but it is the combination of their outrageous design with excellent writing that makes these characters stand out. They are oddball and jarring, but heroic and outspoken. They add a non-human element to the Rebellion that makes the battle between them and the Empire feel that much larger.

4 Tusken Raiders

Like the Jawas, Tusken Raiders have a very mysterious design. Unlike the Jawas though, there is a definite surface look to them, and it is terrifying. Native to Tatooine as well, these beings terrorize the frontier inhabitants. Wrapped in rags, with nothing but a ventilator and pipe-like eye sockets, they resemble terrifying and ruthless mummies.

The real faces of these alien beings are hidden, similarly to the Jawas, but, because of this, they instil fear as opposed to curiosity. For beings who are defined by their savage brutality, one can only imagine what kind of nightmare lies beneath the rags.

3 Hutts

Jabba the Hutt had been teased for two movies before he had shown up (originally). Every time Han or someone else mentioned him, a sense of dread always permeated. Because of this, his design needed to both surprise and fit all of this hype. The final look did that and more.

The giant three-person operated puppet was unlike any other creature seen in the Star Wars universe. Resembling a giant slug, yet somehow worse, Jabba is both disgusting and fascinating to look at. The sheer realism captured in his design was unreal and has yet to be met by nearly any other design in Star Wars.

2 Yoda’s Species

This entry has less to do with Yaddle, and everything to do with Yoda himself. When The Empire Strikes Back was filming, nothing felt like a bigger risk than the execution of Yoda and his performance. Thanks in part to makeup and effects designer Stuart Freeborn, the voice-work and puppeteering of Frank Oz, and the endless imagination of George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, and Jim Henson, Yoda was brought to life. The impact of this one puppet changed creature design forever.

If Yoda had not been a believable character, the entirety of Empire would not have worked. Because of this success, one of the most iconic characters in cinema was born. Even in developing his CGI counterpart, Lucas and his team studied the exact movements of Oz’s practical performance. Yoda was and continues to be a perfect design.

1 Wookies

While Yoda was revolutionary, no design has stolen the hearts of fans as much as Chewbacca and the Wookies. These furry beasts are larger than life, with most clocking in at nearly seven feet in height and over three-hundred pounds in weight. Covered head to toe in (normally) brown fur, Wookies are essentially what would happen if Bigfoot was part dog.

It is the dog aspect in particular that makes these aliens so beloved. Lucas claimed that Chewbacca, in particular, was inspired by his own canine pal. The real-world implications of their design and inspiration shed a bit of clarity on people’s love for Wookies. They’re the closest thing in the Star Wars galaxy to man’s best friend.

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2019-07-30 01:07:22

Matt Berger