Ralph Says ALIEN: COVENANT Is Paint By Numbers And That’s All Good

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I think it’s fair to say that Ridley Scott is one of the most respected science fiction directors of all time. From “Blade Runner” to the original “Alien”, he just knows how to bring these stories to the big screen in the best way possible. To say that my anticipation for the newest entry in the “Alien” franchise was high would be an understatement.

In my perfect world, this chapter of the franchise would head into more of an “Aliens” direction rather than in the style of “Prometheus”. Ridley Scott seemed more comfortable with combining action and science-fiction then making a sci-fi drama. Bill Paxton killing Aliens told a better story than Michael Fassbender’s Synthetic.

“Alien: Covenant”, the sequel to “Prometheus”, follows a ship that has been charted to find a new habitable planet. The crew, led by Billy Crudup, suddenly find themselves in trouble after landing on an unknown planet.

Overall, this is a worthy sequel. Ridley Scott compromised with me and took the best parts of “Aliens” and “Prometheus” to make an intelligent, insightful action film. Bringing the franchise back to its original roots while also continuing the story from its predecessor was the right move.

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Covenant asks a lot of deep, dark, and scientific questions about life (like Prometheus) and I found that to be quite refreshing. In today’s movie landscape, most summer blockbusters don’t have well thought out and intelligent stories. Much respect to Fox for letting Ridley Scott tell a mature science fiction story.

The references and call backs to the previous film(s) in this franchise felt very natural and sensible to the story. I was worried that Covenant would rely on nostalgia and musical themes from the earlier films to sell the story, but it’s very contained, which is a major plus.

One major issue I have with the film is how poorly written the characters are. Daniels (Katherine Waterson) and Walter (Michael Fassbender) have fantastic arcs, but the rest are left with nothing to do. It would be rude of me not to mention how irrational these Covenant crew members acted while stranded on the planet. Nothing they did made sense. I expected more from these characters, given how most of the previous crew’s from the Alien films got such wonderful treatment. My suggestion would be to cut half the characters out of this film. Covenant had such a large cast of characters that most of them didn’t have the time to shine.

Needless to say, “Alien: Covenant” is a worthy sequel to one of the greatest Sci-Fi franchises of all time, and is a huge improvement to “Prometheus”. Michael Fassbender gives one of his greatest performances ever, and Katherine Waterson proved that her appearance in “Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them” wasn’t a fluke.

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