PROMETHEUS

June 8, 2012

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INSIGHTS INTO RIDLEY SCOTT’S FILM: PROMETHEUS
by Doug Yurchey

SPOILER ALERT!
IF YOU WANT TO GO INTO THE FILM UNAWARE…DO NOT READ THIS ARTICLE!

     What happens when we die?  Where do we go?  Who made us and why?  These are some of the questions that motivate the crew of the Prometheus.  The long-awaited return of director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Blade Runner) to the world of Sci-Fi has finally arrived (sadly at a time of the death of Ray Bradbury).

     ‘Prometheus’ is, no matter what they say, a prequel to Ridley Scott’s 1979 classic ‘Alien.’  The director wanted to distance himself from the franchise because of the inclusion of the low-budget Alien vs. Predator films.  ‘Prometheus’ sets up everything many years before we saw Ripley and the Nostromo land on the barren planet of the distress call or Moon LV-223. 

     The new story begins with a map or ‘invitation’ among many ancient civilizations that show a race of giants; our human-gods who are pointing to a particular star cluster.  A planet with ringed moon is discovered in the location of early star maps.  The Weyland Corporation finances a 2-year, trillion dollar expedition to the planet in 2094.  Onboard is an android (‘David’ played by Michael Fassbender) and the Charlize Theron character (Company-woman) which acts very much like a suspicious robot.  Scientists Shaw and Holloway are lovers and head an elaborate research team to the toxic moon. 

     The large beings are called ‘Engineers’ according to Dr. Shaw, a woman of faith.  She genuinely believes the giants are our Makers.  The mission of Prometheus, funded by the Company, is to bring back answers of our very own genesis.  A holographic image of rich, old man Weyland explains details of the mission after they have landed.

     He tells the crew, Prometheus in mythology was one of the Titans who wanted equality for humanity.  For that blasphemy, he was cast out of Olympus (like the Devil cast out of Heaven?)  We know Prometheus is a heroic figure for the secretive Freemasons.  This is why we have the Torch as a symbol and Lady Liberty.  Prometheus stole ‘fire’ or power from the gods and dared to give it to the human race.

     Soon after landing, an Away Team uses vehicles and explores a ‘structure’ that resembles an artificial mound they later call a ‘pyramid.’  Inside the hollow structure, the team finds that something is generating breathable air.  A long dead, Engineer giant is found decapitated by a large door.  David, the android, opens the door and more goodies are uncovered such as hieroglyphs; a monolithic head; a grand mural and the actual head of the fallen Engineer.  Thousands of flat-topped canisters are also discovered with something in them.  These are the seeds of the alien (virus).  But, what is the alien?

     The Away Team takes back the ‘god’ head to the ship and barely escapes a violent storm.  We have seen the head before.  It is the ‘Space Jockey’ from ‘Alien’ that appears as a truncated elephant’s head.  Later, Shaw makes the awesome discovery; THEY ARE TRULY OUR CREATORS!  The DNA checks out; we came from them!  They also realize that the elephant-like thing is only a helmet.  When it is removed, we see the Engineers’ real appearance.  They are very large, beautiful, bald humanoids.  

     What happened to the Engineers on this deadly moon long ago?  An old Engineer hologram is activated.  The bald giants were running from SOMETHING?  David, like the Ian Holm robot in the first film, protects the alien…and now, the Engineers.  The android takes back a sample of the virus from the ‘vase’ canisters as the doctors make their discoveries with the Engineer head.  Later…an excellent scene occurs between Holloway and android, David:

     [The robot asks the purpose of the mission.  The doctor responds with ‘to meet our Makers’ and get answers.  The android asks Holloway, ‘why did Weyland make me?’  Holloway replies, ‘because he could.’  David comments with a question, ‘would you be disappointed to hear that from your Creators?’  He also asks the scientist, ‘how far would you go to get your answers?’  The man says, ‘I’d do anything and everything.’ They toast.  David gives Holloway the alien virus in the drink.  He is slowly infected].

     Holloway then has sex with Shaw.  He asks her one of the big questions; ‘why have the gods abandoned us?’  She almost instantly becomes pregnant with the accelerated, alien fetus.  By this time, two crew members have been stranded by the storm.  Snake-like forms of the alien attack them.  Ever since the Away Team entered the high structure, the virus is no longer dormant.  They find broken canisters as if something squirmed out of them.

    When they return to the ship, Holloway is visually affected or in the process of changing as Shaw freaks out.  Charlize Theron does not let him back on board.  As per his request, she torches Holloway with a flamethrower. 

      David is alone and has turned off his monitoring devices.  He enters the gigantic room of the Space Jockey without its driver’s seat.  Another Engineer hologram from the distant past is activated.  The android sees a marvelous display like a vast, galactic planetarium.  Earth is singled out as David puts together the real purpose/mission of the Engineers.  He makes another big discovery; one of the Engineers is ALIVE and laying prone inside a sleep-chamber!

     David returns to Shaw and knows she is pregnant with the alien.  She fights off other doctors and enters an adjacent medical facility.  Shaw activates an automatic machine which can perform a cesarean operation.  The mechanical device removes the alien from her stomach, which resembles a spastic octopus.  She is stapled together and makes her way out. 

     Corporate head Weyland has been alive and onboard all this time; kept in a stasis chamber.  The old man fears death, which is the prime reason he funded the mission and had Prometheus built.  He wants answers from his gods.  He wants more Life.  ‘If the Engineers created life, then maybe they could save it?’

     The Captain has an interesting theory.  His view is the Engineers do not come from the moon.  Here was a testing ground, possibly military, for the VIRUS-WEAPON.  But, something went wrong and it turned on the giants.  The Captain swears to destroy Prometheus before he lets anything alien return home.

     David explains to Shaw the true purpose of the Engineers.  They were about to depart and release thousands of virus canisters on Earth.  The android answers her question (‘why?’) with, ‘sometimes to create, one must first destroy.’

     David, Weyland and Shaw go to the large/round Space Jockey room to greet God or one of the gods still alive.  The android believes he can communicate with the cosmic creature.  David awakens the silent Engineer who sits up from the chamber and stands.  Shaw, fully aware they were so wrong about everything, yells the question ‘WHY?!’

     The Engineer proceeds to rip David’s head off and kill Weyland as Shaw runs out in terror.  The bald giant initiates a long overdue departure sequence.  Its helmet returns into place.  The enormous Engineer ship (curved-bone craft in first film) in the structure begins to separate; preparing to leave the moon.  In a few moments the massive vessel will be gone.  God will be on its way to kill its creation of life on Earth. 

     Shaw escapes to the surface and radios the Captain of the Prometheus.  She convinces him that the rising ship brings only DEATH to Earth.  The Captain crashes Prometheus into the Engineer ship of the gods as they explode high above the moon in that great scene from the trailer.  Company-woman Charlize Theron also escapes, but is crushed by the falling ships.  Shaw barely survives, however; she does escape…the only survivor of the Prometheus (like Ripley in the original movie).

     The enraged Engineer survives the crash and goes after Shaw who is now in a section of Theron’s fallen ‘lifeboat.’  Behind a hatch, she sees the much grown (alien-octopus) thing that incubated inside her.  Obviously, Weyland Corp. had their own agenda for the alien.  As the giant Engineer rushes at her, she opens the hatch and releases the monstrously huge alien.  It subdues the bald giant and forces its egg-laying tentacle down the Engineer’s throat.  (The original ‘Alien’ contained what was considered the most horrific scene ever put on film, which was the dinner scene after a face-hugger was removed from John Hurt’s character.  Prometheus’ climactic scene of a giant-sized face-hugger pushed down the Engineer’s throat was nearly as horrendous).

     Shaw is in despair.  She is sure she can never get off the moon.  Suddenly, she receives an audio communication from David.  The android is fully functional except for his mobility.  He is only a decapitated head on the floor.  Shaw does not know why she should help him.  David explains there are other ships on the satellite that he could pilot.

     She agrees and they join forces.  Her faith is renewed as she places her father’s cross back around her neck.  Instead of going to Earth, she wants to travel to where the Engineers exist.  The android tells her he could navigate them to their world.  She is still searching for answers…as (probably) what will be the Queen-Alien (seen in the sequel) bursts out of the Engineer’s chest.

     WHAT DID IT ALL MEAN?  I felt mesmerized; like after I saw the film ‘2001.’  Did we have such a high opinion of our species; nowhere close to reality?  Was God silent because the human answers we want to hear are not the ones forthcoming?  Were we nothing more than paramecium in a Petri dish to the gods?  Were we not worthy of a single atomic particle of a reply or answer from our Creators?  Are we something at the very bottom of the cosmic trashcan? 

     Surely not; well…we LOOK like the gods, anyway.  It was a fun film.  The questions that Shaw really wanted to know were: ‘They created us; then, tried to destroy us.  Why did they change their mind?  And, who created the Engineers?’

     What blew my mind was…we have the nasty Alien-buggers to thank for interrupting God’s plan of destroying us!  Ain’t that a kick in the head?  Kind of changes our view of the original Alien now; doesn’t it? 

Copyright 2012 Doug Yurchey
Doug can be contacted:  [email protected]

PS1 Alien Experiment?

Read my ‘Talking to a Sea-Monkey’http://www.world-mysteries.com/sci_6doug1.htm ] – a short story on World-Mysteries.com site.  Is our world nothing more than an alien’s experiment?  And, an alien child’s Elementary experiment at that!

Also, don’t miss my film script: http://www.world-mysteries.com/doug_God_movie_script.htm

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PS3 An alternative opinion what the “Prometheus” movie is about:

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

.gary wicki March 6, 2014 at 8:38 pm

I have always been amazed that the works of STICHEN have never really been focused upon.WHY? He scares the he’ll out of me and yet I’m so fascinated by his words and ideas that seem so “right”.

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Maelstrom December 7, 2012 at 6:17 am

I havent read through all the comments so I don’t know if this has already been said but the really interesting thing about this film (like many other science fiction) is that it’s based on a foundation of reality. There is mounting evidence that an advanced civilisation existed 10,000BC and they had knowledge of the stars that we have only acquired in the last 50 years. Take a look at this Channel 4 documentary on Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WBh-WYS-iE.

Also do research on the Dogons, a stone age African tribe that knows about the rings of saturn and that Sirius is a binary star and posses diagrams of the stars 50 year orbit around each other. Also check out Göbeklitepe in Turkey with it’s huge 12,000 year old man made structures, 8000 years before the earliest known civilisation.

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Doug Yurchey June 25, 2012 at 6:17 pm

Alright…saw the film in the theater, in 3D – where earlier I streamed a poor copy on ZMOVIES. I knew the story, dialogue, direction – NOW…I got to see details and the special-effects. Well, the people on the blog who didn’t like Prometheus ARE JUST WRONG and lack any real taste for science-fiction. CONTACT? What a paid federal mouthpiece Sagan was! He debated Hynek AGAINST Life in the Universe…sheeeesh!
But, that’s not why I write. I think I possibly figured out the beginning of Ridley’s film when the giant (one of our Creators) at Earth’s waterfall drinks and then dies; falls into the water and accidentally starts OUR life. Could it be that the giant’s God or Creator was killing him? The stuff the giant drank looked a lot like the killer-alien-virus in the flattop vases, right? The question was asked in the film; who created THEM? What if God’s God was wiping the Space-Jockeys out and they, in turn, felt the need to kill their creations? Is this like you get fired on the job; go home and kick the dog?

DISCUSS…

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Davey August 6, 2013 at 10:30 am

I think your right about the “kick the dog” comment. People don’t realize that after Aliens, comic books took over the canon storytelling. And they were very faithful, at least when it came to the first two movies. In the comics the Space-Jockeys were actually giant, elephant like humanoids that were psychic. They were basically wiped out by the Alien species and harbored some resentment towards humans. My guess is that Ridley Scott will keep the Alien fans happy and follow that thread a bit. The original space-jockeys created the Engineers, who created the Alien weapon and maybe tried to use it against their creators, then accidentally created us and now want to destroy us. It also jives with the Biblical story. God created the angels, the angels rebel because God favors humans. Not perfectly but you get what I mean.

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Ab Asaff June 11, 2012 at 9:11 am

The last Sci -Fi movie I paid to see was the last good one to be made, “Contact”. Since then it has been all garbage. I can’t take Hollywood’s violent and sex twisted hi- tech commercial fantasies polluting my imagination anymore. I refuse to go to movies and put more money into the pockets of the Hollywood money grubbers smiling as they walk down the coveted celebrity isle and out to the bank.

Hey, isn’t it time for another Vampire movie or perhaps one about the twin Werewolves. Have some pop corn and enjoy.

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Lex June 11, 2012 at 8:27 am

The movie looks great in 3D. The effects are incredible (SFX technology went long way compared to early Sci-Fi movies) and I liked some aspects of the story (Earth being colonized by ET, Humans being created by the Engineers, etc.).
Unfortunately the entire Alien series is designed to “shock” the audience with gruesome images and violence (perhaps it sells better this way to “generic” audience).
I would like it better if at least the Predators (in the Alien series) had more human faces (since we were made in their image) — not spider/pig-like features.
I wish someone made a movie showing Sitchin’s theory in a realistic way…
We still cannot travel beyond our planetary system yet our current technology would appear “alien” to anyone just 200 years ago (flying machines, atomic energy, electricity, TV, MRI, Lasers, cell phones, Internet, Wi-fi, etc). Unfortunately our spiritual development is far behind our technology and now we are on the threshold of self-destruction…

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Ron O. Cook June 11, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Lex, I am with you on the Sitchin movie series. I would love to see that one without the same old stuff that seems to always crop up out of Hollywood. I am sick of those same old flicks…I want some new stuff…

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Anon June 23, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Are you deliberately confusing the Predator series here because you’re trolling, or because you’ve only seen Alien Vs Predator and assume they’re canon in regards the actual Alien movies?

If so, how do you even confuse the Space Jockeys/Engineers with the Predators?

Good lord man, won’t even touch on the rest of your argument as to why it was bad

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Doug Yurchey June 8, 2012 at 4:52 pm

I’m sure you could do better, Ron.

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Ron O. Cook June 9, 2012 at 5:12 am

Would that I could, Doug. That ship has sailed, knowing who controls the mindset in that wasteland.

Cheers,

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Ron O. Cook June 8, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Just got back from seeing this mess and though I loved the special effects (which is one of my talents), I just have to say it is not one of my favorites. I was expecting much more after the hype, but I simply was not impressed especially when I saw some familiar images that once caused my chest to hurt. I am becoming more and more depressed that we seem to have rehashes of the same old junk. I remember how Star Wars blew my mind over 30 years ago and I just did not have the same results. Of course I am getting rather long in the tooth.

I may never go to another movie again.

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Anon June 23, 2012 at 9:53 pm

You’re holding Star Wars up for originality? The movie that’s admitted to be a blend of western, pulp science fantasy, and crime flicks from Lucas’ child hood? With many parts outright stolen?

With opinions like that it completely invalidates everything else you’ve said (“it’s bad because it’s not completely original lol”).

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Doug Yurchey June 8, 2012 at 9:48 am

Hope people can forgive me for spoiling their theater-surprise. I thought it was a perfect little film that twisted everything we thought of the original alien. Didn’t the Ian Holm robot say it was anti-man, pure evil? Love what Scott did with ‘Prometheus.’ It’d be great to see one more of these films when we reach the Engineer’s world…

…Wonder what Bradbury is writing, now?

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