Lotta people are asking me about my "Prometheus" review and saying they're surprised that I was disappointed cause they consider me someone who likes heady space alien awesome shit. Well folks, I'm still disappointed, but a recent online discussion has allowed me to gain a much larger appreciation of the film. In particular one live journal post from a fan in London really the blew the lid of the heady ruminating on the film. Slash film got into it as well. The whole thing seems very engineered to be exactly like the crazy theorizing that surrounded Lost season 4/5. Not a coincidence, since Damon Lindelof wrote both. So in the spirit of "Lost" theorizing, let me drop some old school 2009 ish "heyyy brotha Daniel Faraday" mind bones on you about the film.
1. What did David say to the Engineer after waking him up?
Lindelof has said it was originally subtitled and we'll learn what he said on the dvd, but until that drops we're left to speculate. Over the course of the film, David learns more and more about humanity. He learns about faith and toughness of Shaw, the corruptibility of Holloway, and the lust for power that Vickers has. I was struck by the scene of him washing geezer Guy Pierce because it seemed like he knew that this was going to be it for the old man. I think what he said to the engineer was like "this old man doesn't deserve your awesome power, kill this sucka right here."
Of course that raises the question if David knew he was about to get his head ripped off. Of course he did. He knew that like the other famous feet washers in history (aka Jesus), he would ultimately be resurrected and ascend to heaven. In the end, where's David going...blasting off through the heavens to meet his a higher power.
2. Where did "The Alien" Really Come From?
3. How Big of A Reboot Is This For the Alien Franchise?
4. Why was The Engineers SpaceShip in The Opening Different Than Ones On The Planet?
Tree of Life shit. As for the ship featured in the opening, I think this was the first glimpse of the engineer's creators. This hints at the cyclical nature of life in the film. The engineer's creators made the engineers so they could seed life through sacrifice, the engineers created us in their image, we created robots in our image, their sacrifice being they have no souls. Now based of David's actions he has evolved beyond humans (he clearly sees us a less than him). What comes after David? Like "Prometheus" the film I don't have all the answers....but my head hurts.