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Tuesday 3 July 2012


I watched two trailers for Prometheus.  The teaser trailer (1:05) reminded me of the Alien franchise.  The longer trailer (2:24), let's call it the "spoiler" trailer, also reminded me of the Alien franchise and will likely be nominated for a 2013 Beerbohm award for Worst Spoiler Trailer.

Guess what? If someone hadn't told me that Prometheus was the prequel to the Alien franchise, I may never have guessed.  I likely would have made some silly comment like, "stupid Alien franchise rip off..."

The spoiler trailer was filled with familiarity. You know, space mission discovers something beautiful and/or mind altering and/or unlocks the mystery to life, the universe and everything only to discover the hope and promise only uncover a darker reality.  At least that was the optimism in the first part of the spoiler trailer.  It should have ended at about the 1:20 mark with some ominous foreshadowing.  Instead, it tells us that the hope was false, the invitation to enlightenment was a doorway to doom and that if the doorway isn't closed all of mankind will be doomed. 

So, given that this is a prequel to the Alien franchise, we know that they prevent the Alien from getting back to earth and, after a few more attempts, the Alien is left fighting the Predator in another franchise.

This kind of sucks because I really like the Alien franchise.  The first one was groundbreaking.  The original trailer told us nothing; it was a true teaser. Just music followed by rapid edits of panic and chaos.  No dialogue and no silly narration.  Only a tag line:  In space, no one can hear you scream. 

Here it is if you are so inclined http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjLamj-b0I8

The next two Alien movies, I think they were titled Aliens Too and Aliens Also were very entertaining.  It's been twenty years since Aliens Also (Alien 3), so why is Ridley Scott making a prequel of a classic franchise after twenty years?  Seriously, if you know the franchise and if you've watched the spoiler trailer, you already know what's going to happen. 

I can't imagine that the original Alien will be re-made after this, but I've been wrong so many times...

What I really can't wait for is Alien VS. Predator 12: The Next Pointless Battle.

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