In the trailer, we get the same spiel that we did in other trailers from Noomi Rapace about the prehistoric imagery from various civilizations acting as an invitation to the stars. We also see more of Charlize Theron’s character – “The Company’s” liaison – than we have before. Does she want to find aliens? Or is she reluctant?
Suddenly, as it did in every single one of the previous trailers, the (fill in the blank) really hits the fan and we see glimpse after glimpse of many confusing and yet utterly fascinating things. New aliens, infected humans, firefights, DEATH, acid to the face (?), and presumably the Space Jockey alien without his Space Jockey suit. It’s also implied, via Rapace's dialogue, that the Space Jockey corpse we saw in Alien was, in Prometheus, en route toward Earth to destroy it before his ship crashed.
Two images, out of the many that flashed onscreen, stand out in terms of how revealing they are. First, there’s a shot of what appears to be a very xenomorph-esque corpse (FYI, the aliens in the Alien series are often referred to as xenomorphs). Second, there’s a fairly clear shot of one of the new creatures that will be appearing in Prometheus – a potential precursor to the facehuggers that we know and love?
Check the images out below:
Your guess, of course, is as good as ours as to what these things actually are.
Despite the fact that this is the most "revealing" Prometheus trailer yet, there's no denying that it's nonetheless mysterious to the extreme. For one, how does any of this lead to the events of Alien? What do these new aliens -- and the way in which they seem to infect human beings, if that is what they're doing -- have to do with the more familar xenomorphs of yore? More importantly, what do the Space Jockeys (or whatever they're actually called) want with us? With Earth? And what is their role in the birth of the xenomorphs?
Then again, where would the fun be in knowing any of that?
I think it's telling that Ridley Scott had the opportunity to return to the Alien franchise and just phone it in for the sake of a massive paycheck; but instead, he decided to go big. He decided to take that decades-old tale and root it in a much more substantial and complicated mythology. It's very possible that, at the end of Prometheus, the threat of the xenomorphs will be but a drop in the bucket compared to the importance of the Space Jockeys, et al, and that's potentially very interesting.
What do you think of the confusing things we've seen so far, Screen Ranters? Let us know in the comments.
Prometheus hits theaters June 8th, 2012.
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