The original Alien films all came out before I was anywhere near old enough to watch them. From Karl in Year 6 telling us details that he clearly made up as he hadn’t seen it, to seeing Aliens at our Aunt and Uncle’s house and it scaring the bejesus out of our younger sister, the franchise pushed on, showing us more of the creature but never really explaining it. I’d always wondered where the Xenomorph came from, but I don’t think I ever cared that much. Could anyone really do its origin justice anyway?
On this evidence it can’t be done. At least not by Ridley Scott anyway. He’s trying to explain something that really doesn’t need explaining.
The body horror, tension and female protagonist are all there and fairly effective
Prometheus was a confusing experience. Later viewings and internet research peeled away that confusion to reveal a distinctly average experience that did nothing to clear things up. If anything it made everything more confusing.
If Alien: Covenant had not been a part of this franchise I’d have told you how proudly it wore it’s influences. The body horror, tension and female protagonist are all there and fairly effective.
But it is, so all I can really say is that whilst I enjoyed it more than Prometheus, it’s a far more derivative story that won’t stick in my mind, as the franchise takes another huge stride towards demystifying itself.