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ALIEN: COVENANT Prologue Scene Is Full of Signs and Portents

We know to be scared if somebody feels sick in an Alien movie. One day, maybe the characters will reach that same level of self-awareness.

Or, perhaps, they just enjoy faking us out. In this mini-movie, billed as an a official prologue to Alien: Covenant, we see James Franco start to feel ill, and we know he won’t be the first guy to die. I mean, don’t we? Maybe not. Ridley Scott might be playing some mind games.

More to the point, we also see Danny McBride bringing his Danny A-game, without compromising the atmosphere of doom. And yeah, that’s Michael Fassbender. So what does that mean for the official synopsis?

Set aboard the Covenant, a colonization ship on its way to a remote planet to form a new human settlement, the main crew (all couples) and their android, Walter, enjoy their final meal together before cryosleep.

Walter, eh? That’s a new name for David. It also looks like Katherine Waterston will be a more Ripley-like heroine, in that you don’t necessarily expect her to be the survivor. And maybe she won’t be. Maybe we’re still being faked out. I like that they’re trying to subvert everything we think we know. Now, how will Walter react when he meets David’s severed head? Will he do what the internet does worst, or will he try to communicate on civil basis? And more importantly, will Danny McBride try to punch the sun, as he promised in the deleted scenes from Hot Rod?

Let’s hear your thoughts in comments.

Alien: Covenant opens on May 19, 2017.

Image: Fox

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