Friday, November 09, 2012

Ridley Scott's Prometheus Has A Storyline Flaw

Scientists making discovery in movie, Prometheus (2012)


Prometheus, set to release in U.S. theaters on June 8, 2012, is a movie in which scientists go on an exploration mission to investigate the origin of the universe and alien life forms.

Sounds a lot like the Star Trek franchise, right?

Well, yes, but they are set in two very different universes.

Prometheus (2012) movie poster

Aliens was made by Ridley Scott, the creator of the Alien franchise, and Prometheus (2012) is a prequel to Alien (1979).

A Problem with Prometheus Storyline
There is one major problem with the Prometheus storyline. But first I must point out that in the Q&A section for Prometheus on IMDB.com, one section is titled: "How is this related to Ridley Scott's 'Alien' and the rest of the series?"

In that Q&A section, it points out that James Cameron and Ridley Scott both separately did not support the making of the Aliens vs. Predators crossover movies. That being said, the conflict is between Prometheus and the first AVP movie in 2004.

In AVP, an archeaological team finds an Aztec temple under the Antarctic circle. They soon realize, after entering the temple, that Predators use the temple as part of a ritual (don't know the specific intervals). Inside the temple is a cryogenically frozen Alien queen, which produces eggs containing "facehugger" aliens. This takes place in the year 2004.

However, in the movie Prometheus, the movie ends in the year 2093 with what we understand to be the first alien ever created, as it comes out of an engineer and now inhabits planet LV-223, which is the setting of the first Alien movie.

So if the first known alien was created in the year 2093, but the Alien queen existed in the past (for Predator rituals), then there is a flaw in the storyline.

What I expect the explanation from Ridley Scott and/or James Cameron to be is: They don't consider AVP part of the Alien canon, and ignore AVP as part of the storyline.

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So what do Star Trek (2009) and Prometheus (2012) have in common?

They were both written by Damon Lindelof.


Damon Lindelof at Comic Con (source: Ewen Roberts)


Star Trek 2 Sequel news:

According the IMDB.com, Orci and Kurtzman could go in two different directions with the new 'Untitled Star Trek Sequel.' The crew could battle a villain or explore the galaxy like in most Star Trek episodes.

According to Mania's article on May 1, 2012, the Star Trek 2 bad guy will be Khan, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, and has been confirmed by TrekMovie.

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