Featured: Anticipating ‘Alien: Covenant’
Well, if you listened to Episode 221 or our Episode 221 Bonus Content, you already know where we stand on Alien: Covenant. Where many have it as their most anticipated of the summer, that isn’t the case for us, sadly. We are huge fans of Alien and Ridley Scott overall. Alien, Blade Runner and Gladiator and some of the best genre films we’ve ever seen, and the feedback on our poll this week has reverberated that feeling. On top of that, Thelma and Louise, Black Hawk Down, The Martian, and Legend are gems in their own right. Despite some recent blundering’s, Scott’s resume is excellent and a director many of us love. In that regard, I can’t help but be somewhat hopeful for Alien: Covenant, despite my severe reservations.
Speaking of, I’m on record of not being a fan of Prometheus. I respect its ambition and I adore the film visually, however its commentary on humanity’s feeble nature didn’t mix very well for me with the film’s dramatic urgency. I found those two aspects to be counterproductive in execution and working against one another. If we pretend that Alien: Resurrection or the AVP films don’t exist, Prometheus is easily my least favorite of the four main Alien films. For that reason, I’m dubious about Alien: Covenant, since it will work as a pseudo-sequel to Prometheus and the notions that film brought up originally. At the same time, from what I hear, is that it will simultaneously work as a more conventional prequel to Alien, and I am intrigued about that particular aspect. The question is – which film does Alien: Covenant swing more toward in execution?
If you’re a fan of Prometheus, you must be through the roof excited. And I’m happy for you. For me though, given my experience with Prometheus and from what I see in the trailers, I can’t help but assume disappointment for Alien: Covenant. I genuinely want it to be great and would love nothing more than to be surprised. Alien is one of my favorite films of all-time, and I loved The Martian, so there is a chance that the Scott I love could carry momentum of that success into Alien: Covenant, a franchise that I’m a big fan of overall.
Additionally – and this has been the case for many films in this franchise – the cast here is excellent. It stars Michael Fassbender, Michael Fassbender (yes I know I said his name twice), Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Carmen Ejogo and others. We’re all huge fans of Fassbender, and the more of him we get the better, but Danny McBride in a horror film? Hell yes! If McBride’s character of Tennessee dies early, I’m not even going to finish the film. I’ll leave the theater right then and there. All joking aside, I am super excited to see him here. I’m also happy to see Waterston blowing up in Hollywood right now. I fell in love with her in Inherent Vice and she’s continued to impress me in everything she does.
All in all, I’m conflicted on Alien: Covenant going into the weekend. I’m hoping for big things but at the same time I’m not sure how invested I’ll be in the Prometheus crossovers we’ll inevitably get. We shall see this weekend. I know many of you probably liked Prometheus, so I’ll be curious to hear where you stand. Are you excited for Alien: Covenant?
Here’s what else is coming to theaters this weekend:
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
The Commune (limited)
ICYMI: Hear our thoughts on Alien, Aliens, Alien 3, Alien: Resurrection and Prometheus as part of our Episode 221 Alien Franchise Retrospective!