“Alien: Covenant” expands the film franchise’s monster menagerie. (Twentieth Century Fox)
Spoiler Alert: This item avoids discussing major plot twists in “Alien: Covenant,” but wait until after you see the movie to read it if you want to stay totally in the dark.
We’ve seen enough “Alien” movies by now that we pretty much know what should be coming, and “Alien: Covenant,” the latest installment in the space-horror franchise, turns the dial up to 11.
There are new ways to pick up alien infections, new ways for incubating monsters to pop out of their hosts, and new ways for the crew members of the colony spaceship Covenant to fall for alien set-ups they totally should have seen coming.
If only they had watched the first “Alien” movie from the year 1979, they could have saved themselves a lot of grief in the year 2104.
But if you look beyond the gore and the surprise twists (which we promise to avoid like the alien plague), the biggest revelation is an explanation for how the movie saga bridges the gap between the seemingly baffling “Prometheus” prequel and the original “Alien” movie.
“This is the most sense ‘Prometheus’ has made since I saw it,” my colleague at GeekWire, Kurt Schlosser, observed after last week’s advance screening.
Erudite film buffs may want to bone up on Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s “Frankenstein,” Richard Wagner’s “Rheingold” and John Milton’s “Paradise Lost” to catch the literary references that director Ridley Scott and the writers worked into the script. That’ll give you a head start when you and your moviegoing friends discuss whether 22nd-century androids will be serving in heaven or reigning in hell.
In the meantime, here are a few observations that “popped out” when Schlosser, GeekWire chief business officer Daniel Rossi and I sat down for a post-movie chat:
Kurt Schlosser: It’s interesting that in …read more