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Prometheus Rant

{ Posted on Jun 14 2012 by }
Categories : Movies

I want to watch Prometheus, but now all these kids are seeing it without having seen Alien or any of the other movies.

I figure they are seeing it because they believe it’s the hip thing to do.

This sort of makes me not want to see it.

Alien, and a lot of older sci-fi/horror films, are considering boring by today’s standards.

We can thank people like Michael Bay for this with his five-thousand explosions in a movie along with all kinds of bullshit.

Back in the day, there was more of a story and more suspense.
Then there was an action scene thrown in here and there.

I’m sort of afraid that Prometheus will have a lot of action scenes, considering what I’ve seen in the trailers.

This sort of thing is hip with the youngsters. I’ve seen numerous Facebook posts about people going to see the movie.

I will admit, I just saw Alien for the first time this year. I saw Aliens only yesterday (6/13/12).

So, I am also a latecomer to the series. But the difference is that I have put forth the effort to watch the original series before going to watch the prequel. (I have Alien 3 right now and Alien 4 is in my Netflix queue)

I don’t know if it’s the wannabe hipster in me or something else.

I just always seem to hate when the mass population starts to like something old just because there is a remake of it or it was on some TV show.

I had known about Alien for many years, since I was a wee child and rode the Great American Movie Ride at Disney World.

Yet I never really showed an interest for it. I have never been a fan of scary movies, and my parents never let me see R rated films as a child.

I remember a lot of my classmates going to see Alien vs. Predator while in fifth grade. The way I was raised led me to believe that their parents were rednecks or scumbags that didn’t care about exposing their children to bad things. This is why I never tried to watch Alien before.

So when the first preview for Prometheus came out, Reddit went crazy over it. I had to find out what the fuss was about. I believe the first trailer I saw was the one introducing Michael Fassbender’s character, the android.

I loved the way the trailer was shot. The framing, the set, and the dialogue were amazing. That trailer made me very much want to see the movie, though I still didn’t rush to watch Alien.

It took another trailer before I decided to watch Alien. I was pleasantly surprised by how amazing it was. It was simple and minimalist compared to today’s action/horror films. Yet it was very gripping and kept me worrying about the characters. I don’t know if I find that many more in today’s movies (Besides indie films).

Obviously I became very eager to see Prometheus. But as time as gone on, I’m beginning to worry that it may have been affected by mankind’s lust for violence and action.

Hopefully I’m wrong and it’s an amazing movie.

The whole point of this is that I don’t think you should be allowed to see this prequel without seeing the original at least. The sequels I’m not so worried about.

This isn’t the kind of series like Die Hard or Fast and Furious. This is like Kill Bill or even Harry Potter.

It tells a story that travels across all the movies. It’s not just a series with the same characters traveling through mostly unrelated stories.

In Alien, they land on a planet and find a crashed ship which contains the alien eggs. Then in Aliens, there is a colony on that planet and they again discover that ship. Prometheus is the story of why that ship crashed and the events leading up to it and afterwards, I suppose.

So, for a person that has seen Alien, it will be another piece to the puzzle. Yet for someone that hasn’t seen it, it’s just a movie about an alien ship being crashed on a planet because it contains the, “Alien” eggs. They will know nothing of the terrors those eggs have caused Ripley.

I find that to be sad. There are two things that could happen. This movie could inspire that person to learn more about the story and thus watch the original.
Or, they could just watch it, say it was a good movie, maybe even their favorite (at least until they see another movie), then never think about the series again.

Hopefully it will be the first. I would love for people to discover how great it is. Though I’m afraid a lot of the hip kids will do the latter. Well, we shall see.

Tyler Goss

tl:dr I don’t like that kids are watching Prometheus without seeing Alien beforehand.