Covenant opens with Guy Pearce reprising his role as Peter Weyland, and we see the first moments of David's (Michael Fassbender) existence. While this scene is brilliant, especially upon a second viewing, I will skip it for now. It ties into revelations that happen later on in the film, which will be discussed shortly. After we see the title come on in the same way it did in 1979, we are introduced to Walter (also Fassbender) as he is checking on the ship's crew currently in hypersleep. After a freak accident, the ship malfunctions, waking the crew of the ship up 7 years before they were supposed to, and this is where we get our first death of the film, James Franco's.
Once we get to the planet, it's not long before we are introduced to the new species of aliens created for this film, the Neomorph. I must admit, the idea of the spores in the air entering the body wasn't the coolest way to introduce the creature, but once that thing flops out of the guy's back, I fell in love with it. The whole scene with the back-bursting Neomorph was as intense as you would expect from the franchise, and the little guy was quite scary, especially the noise it made. When the second Neomorph bursts from the other crew member's throat, it was sickening and I loved it. This whole 15 minute-or-so introduction was incredibly thrilling and a great appetiser for the eventual Xenomorph killing spree Alien fans knew was coming.
Speaking of David, his character is revealed to be a full on antagonist. His more sinister actions in Prometheus could be blamed on natural curiosity, whereas his actions here are full on evil. He wants to wipe out humans. In his eyes, they're imperfect, especially after the opening scene, in which he discovers he'll outlive his creator. So what does David do to combat the imperfect? He breeds the perfect organism. Yes, Alien: Covenant's big twist is that David was the creator of the Xenomophs we have all come to know, love and fear. While this was a full on right hook that knocked me out at first, ultimately, I'm fully on board with the direction. I understand complaints saying this ruins the mystery of the species the first film perfected, but in terms of this whole God complex arc that was introduced in Prometheus, it makes complete sense and I loved it.
Okay, so the baby Xenomorph emerges and we have what fans have wanted for twenty years now... the return of the Xenomorph! And it was... enough. I am okay with the amount of screen time the 2 Xenomorphs get. Although I don't think they should have been in any of the marketing, I was expecting A LOT more time with them. They're the most iconic movie monster of all time, and their presence alone was enthralling. What I am disappointed with also ties into my theory, which I'm getting to eventually, and that is that the Xenos in this movie barley do anything. We do see the return of the Xenomorph's vision from Alien 3, which was cool. Not counting the chestbursters, the Xenos kill three people. Sure, the shower death where the Xeno's second mouth bursts through the guys head and out his mouth is probably the coolest death in the franchise, but it wasn't enough to make me believe these are the Xenomorphs I know. They don't wreck nearly as much havoc as they should, and both of them get taken out rather easily.
So, here's my theory about the film, particularly the Xenomorphs. These are not Xenomorphs. Okay, yes, they technically are, they're even credited as so in the credits, but these are not the fully evolved Xenomorphs that eventually make Ellen Ripley's life a living hell. What first tipped me off to this idea was their accelerated growth rate, explaining why the chestburster was a fully formed baby Xenomorph. Much like David branched out from his original intended purpose, so will these Xenomorphs. Everything will come full circle and the creation will destroy the creator. I feel the next film will show David attempting to colonize the Xenomorphs on this new planet, but, Planet of the Apes style, the aliens will evolve to create a more natural life cycle, involving the queen and a more natural growth rate. It will be the true awakening of the Xenomorphs, hence the title of the next film, Alien: Awakening. I also feel that we will eventually get the Rogue One effect in the future, having a film leading directly into Alien and here's how...
I truly apologize if all this came off as mumbo-jumbo, but Alien: Covenant is all I can think about and all I will think about for some time. I had a hard time putting my theory into words, so again, sorry if it makes little sense. I truly love Alien: Covenant. It's a step in a weird new direction for the franchise and I do believe that we will get the Xenomorphs in full effect in future films. This film, overall, is probably on par with Prometheus for me, but the mere inclusion of the Xenomorphs gives this film the slight edge, making it my third favorite Alien movie to date. I'll stop rumbling on about this silly space flick now... I need a nap.
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