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Alien: Covenant Teaser Trailer – AvPGalaxy Podcast #44

We promised we’d be back with another episode of the Alien vs. Predator Galaxy Podcast after the Alien: Covenant teaser trailer dropped and we keep our promises!

We have just uploaded the 44th episode of the Alien vs. Predator Galaxy Podcast (right-click and save as to download). Our final episode of 2016 sees Omegamorph, RidgeTop, Xenomorphine and I discuss the new Alien: Covenant teaser trailer.

 Alien: Covenant Teaser Trailer - AvPGalaxy Podcast #44

The 44th episode of the Alien vs. Predator Galaxy Podcast sees staff take a look at the recently released Alien: Covenant teaser trailer.

We offer our opinions on the trailer and break it down and talk through it scene by scene. We talk through what we loved about the trailer, what we didn’t enjoy and what impressions it gives us for the finished film’s release on the 19th of May 2017. It’s another lengthy one (you guys and girls seem to enjoy them!), clocking in at just under 3 hours.

We mentioned several of our articles in the podcast. You can find them here: teaser trailer breakdown, reveal that James Franco and Guy Pearce would be appearing in Alien: Covenant and all about the Neomorphs. We also posted a gallery of stills taken from the teaser trailer.

Make sure you stick with Alien vs. Predator Galaxy through 2017 for the latest news on Alien: Covenant, The Predator and Alien 5. We’ll be back with the podcast in 2017 with an interview with Aliens’ Private Spunkmeyer aka Daniel Kash! You can follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram to get the latest on your social media walls.

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  1. rabidranger
    I want to add something about the backburster: After watching more, I do not think the creature is bursting through the spine and ribs like a chestburster. I agree with the idea that the creature has somehow absorbed or grafted the victim's spine and ribs into its structure, that it is going to emerge similar in size to the bambi-burster and with possibly greater capability. This should leave a really large hole in the victim's chest cavity. It will be interesting to see how the scene plays out. It should be completely disgusting.

    I don't know-it seems the back is just another spot for the neomorph to come out. The spine pops out nice and neat (indeed disgusting). Isn't there a throatburster as well?
  2. Shamo
    First of all thank you for another awesome Podcast. I really love them. Listening to hardcore Alien Nerds around the world having in depth discussions about my most cherished universes really helps me through hard times.

    Still this time I have to disagree with one key point in your discussion.

    Its about all these complaints about the shower scene. I completely understand the argument, and if it was about any other franchise I would agree but its ALIEN! ALIEN!

    And in Alien...

    EVERYBODY DIES! EVERYBODY f**kING DIES!

    This is not a spoiler! It won't keep me from being invested in the characters. The opposite- I will connect with them even more because I know it will be their last days. The question is only- who of them will make it out? And what price are they paying?

    Look at

    ALIEN: Everybody dies except for Ripley.
    ALIENS: Everybody dies except for a litttle girl and a blind Marine- and Ripley. Oh and half an android. Okay bunch of survivors- but the vibe is EVERYBODY DIES
    ALIEN 3 Everybody DIES! Includin all survivors of Aliens. All of them. DEAD. Only a psycho prisoner makes it out.
    AVP: Everybody DIES! Even the main Predator. And again- only one person makes it out.

    Even Prometheus- and there is only ALIEN DNA GOO in there and still- EVERYBODY DIES! One Survivor and an android head....

    Okay Alien Resurrection had a bunch of survivors but- at the time in the theater I thought, okay this is a new beginning in the Alien Universe. I was totally cool with a few people surviving- so I give you that.

    But still the overall feeling is- ALIENS WILL KILL EVERYONE!

    Now I didn't really see the face of the guy in the trailer- so its not to spoilerish. The scene didn't take away from the movie in my opinion. No Brothers and Sisters- that scene in the end really pumped me up to be honest.

    Now I want to see how it plays out in all its gory glory uncut and raw! I can't wait for that scene! This was one for the fans man. It made the point- the Alien is back! The Nightmare, the ultimate human destroyer will return to haunt us. And test us as a species. Especially after Prometheus which I like but- it dabbled too much with the context of the larger  story arc (by making an even bigger mystery), and the horror fail flat.

    So this scene was just hey- allthough it is in the vein of Prometheus- with that haunting and yet fitting song, about a strange enchanted android on a journey to the edge of existence- allthough it is still that lightly philsophical mystery SCiFi story- there it is! THE ALIEN! OUT FOR CARNAGE! Blood splattering on a naked woman! The beauty of humans in there most beautiful state of existence- turned in to nightmare.

    ALIEN COVENANT

    The trailer needed that scene for all the Alien fans who were bummed by Prometheus. They needed to see that.

    God I can't wait for that movie. To me the vibe of trailer was perfect. Super atmospheric beginning, hints at new creatures- a continuation of a story that left us wanting- an absolute outstanding landscape, spaceship horror, two Fassbenders and in the end! SPLAAAAAAAAAAAAAASH!

    The Alien is back!

    And my life has meaning again.
  3. XenoHunter99
    I want to add something about the backburster: After watching more, I do not think the creature is bursting through the spine and ribs like a chestburster. I agree with the idea that the creature has somehow absorbed or grafted the victim's spine and ribs into its structure, that it is going to emerge similar in size to the bambi-burster and with possibly greater capability. This should leave a really large hole in the victim's chest cavity. It will be interesting to see how the scene plays out. It should be completely disgusting.
  4. XenoHunter99
    It's probably no accident it was called Apocalypse, what with it being a take on Heart of Darkness.
    Now that you mention Heart of Darkness, I see the parallels. I've read the story and seen Apocalypse Now more than once. It's all the more appropriate when you factor in the hints of Conrad in Alien.

    I plan on doing a podcast covering that series at some point (and talking about the similarities to Prometheus). Destroying Angels is the main reason I even got into the Expanded Universe and a series I love very much.
    I'll look forward to that.
  5. Ingwar
    @Xenomorphine

    Scientists can easily destroy any Sci-Fi movie.

    That's because it's science fiction.  Almost fantasy.  We don't have the technology to go to other planets yet, plus lots of other things, hence speculative, future mythology.  Asking for realism is a bit of a tall order.  Even 2001:  A Space Odyssey is not that realistic.

    I totally agree. I wrote that sentence (Scientists can easily destroy any Sci-Fi movie) regarding to what Xenomorphine had written about Prometheus crew taking their helmets off. Some Sci-Fi movies contain more science than fiction where some are almost utter fiction. Not without a reason Star Wars is called space opera or fairy tale in space (it's marriage between Sci-Fi and fantasy when you think about it).
  6. Corporal Hicks
    That was exhaustive, if not exhausting;  ;D Good job. I've seen the Apocalypse Destroying Angels book. It actually captures some sense of the original Giger artwork and retains the Lovecraftian aspect of the Alien and Space Jockey. In a lot of ways, all that would have been fine as basis for a movie.

    I plan on doing a podcast covering that series at some point (and talking about the similarities to Prometheus). Destroying Angels is the main reason I even got into the Expanded Universe and a series I love very much.
  7. XenoHunter99
    That was exhaustive, if not exhausting;  ;D Good job. I've seen the Apocalypse Destroying Angels book. It actually captures some sense of the original Giger artwork and retains the Lovecraftian aspect of the Alien and Space Jockey. In a lot of ways, all that would have been fine as basis for a movie. Instead, we have Prometheus and Covenant. I'm not happy that David is any way connected to making the Alien. Evidence indicates he will be. Even if he's using Engineer tech to do it, I don't like it. I like the idea that the derelict is ancient, and the creatures are from some far-flung corner of the universe. But we get what we get. The trouble is, Covenant does not have to be good to spawn more movies. It has to make a big pile of money. If it does that, more will films will be made. If it is visually stimulating and well-marketed, it can be very average and still make money.
  8. Bworko
    LoL! This video is really stupid. Prometheus is an SF film, not a scientific documentary or a molecular biology course.

    Yes the microbiological aspect is completely evaded as in 100% of SF films or air is breathable.

    ALL SF films can be scientifically criticizing. Avatar, Terminator, Star Wars, Star Trek even Interstellar. Oddly nobody is shocked when guys easy comes into a black hole, or the guy move the books in a parallel world. It's amazingly scientific.
    And then let's talk about avatar. It is not normal that the Na'Vi have strangely like us 2 arms, 2 legs, articulated fingersa head with 2 eyes, ears, nose, hair, skeleton ... Strange that the evolution is radically identical to ours.

    It is true that Prometheus has some lack of writing, notably in Shaw's arguments to justify the mission.

    It would have been so much easier for the scenario that Shaw found on earth monolithic engineers indicating the position of LV 423 via a hologram rather than cave paintings. The viewer would have more easily accepted and asked less questions.

    For me Prometheus remains a very good film that leaves little clue behind him regarding the origin of xenormorph and that is what is essential.
  9. Xenomorphine
    The Covenant crew might be under the impression that "paradise" is just a secret terraformed planet (created by humans) and that the "strange signal" comes from an old Weyland research station that is in trouble.
    From above they examine and find breathable air, lots of absolutely earth-like forests.... the buildings they see might be confused with human settlements, etc..
    In short, they have no idea about "Engineers", their Paradise or the Prometheus expedition..
    So they just land, assume that everything is fine with the local earth-like fauna/flora and immediately try to find the signal's source.
    "maybe it's just a busted communications tower" and they think they can help.

    I think that's the easiest way to explain away the lack of special hazard suits.

    Which makes them look even more stupid because they didn't bother to confirm and verify before putting all their lives at risk (plus those back at base, who they'd be in danger of infecting - and who shouldn't even let them back on board, if following basic scientific protocol).

    All of this is pretty bizarre when you remember how Ripley, 'Alien', addressed this precise issue as only causing problems if people didn't follow the kind of training even space-going tug jockeys are getting. :)

    Regarding taking helmets off in Prometheus.

    [as they reach an area of the structure that has water streaming down and the sun shining through the open ceiling]
    Charlie Holloway: Look at this!
    Elizabeth Shaw: Oh, Charlie!
    Ford: Jesus! Sun light’s heating the water. Check out the humidity.
    Charlie Holloway: Yeah, look at the CO2 levels. Outside it’s completely toxic and in…in here, there’s nothing. It’s breathable.
    [as Holloway prepares to take off his helmet]
    Elizabeth Shaw: What are you doing? Charlie, don’t be an idiot!
    Charlie Holloway: Hey, don’t be a skeptic. Right? There’s something generating an atmosphere. David?
    David: Dr. Holloway is correct.
    Ford: Cleaner than earth, actually.
    Charlie Holloway: They were terraforming here!
    Elizabeth Shaw: Please, don’t do…
    Charlie Holloway: Look, Eli…
    Elizabeth Shaw: Please, don’t!
    Charlie Holloway: Eli, I’m not wearing this thing anymore! Wish me luck, babe.
    [he takes off his helmet, takes a large breath of the air and laughs]
    Elizabeth Shaw: You crazy bastard!

    Again, that's just referring to chemical composition, not what might be living down there. It also meant they weren't even thinking of their own bacteria/etcetera contaminating their surroundings. Holloway was bad enough, but then they all go and do it - including Shaw, who was the one character pointing out it was against basic scientific (and archeological) protocols.

    Real scientists had a lot of problems with how badly that film misrepresented their fields. Some of their criticism is heard here (along with constructive suggestion for how the various inaccuracies could have simply been fixed)



    Exactly...What kind of movie would it be if we had to watch them shamble around in hazmat suits for 90% of the movie...

    Also see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suspension_of_disbelief.

    The Nostromo crew did it - as did the Prometheus crew, for a while. If anything, I'd argue it made those scenes a little more tense, not less.

    Besides, they'd have clear visors, just like in 'Prometheus'. It's not like the audience would find it mysterious to identify which actor is speaking.
  10. SM
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    perhaps not so clever of her to run in a straight line most would argue.

    Most inexplicably miss her and Shaw making a left turn while running away and not, in fact, running in a straight line.
  11. Corporal Hicks
    Regarding taking helmets off in Prometheus.

    [as they reach an area of the structure that has water streaming down and the sun shining through the open ceiling]
    Charlie Holloway: Look at this!
    Elizabeth Shaw: Oh, Charlie!
    Ford: Jesus! Sun light’s heating the water. Check out the humidity.
    Charlie Holloway: Yeah, look at the CO2 levels. Outside it’s completely toxic and in…in here, there’s nothing. It’s breathable.
    [as Holloway prepares to take off his helmet]
    Elizabeth Shaw: What are you doing? Charlie, don’t be an idiot!
    Charlie Holloway: Hey, don’t be a skeptic. Right? There’s something generating an atmosphere. David?
    David: Dr. Holloway is correct.
    Ford: Cleaner than earth, actually.
    Charlie Holloway: They were terraforming here!
    Elizabeth Shaw: Please, don’t do…
    Charlie Holloway: Look, Eli…
    Elizabeth Shaw: Please, don’t!
    Charlie Holloway: Eli, I’m not wearing this thing anymore! Wish me luck, babe.
    [he takes off his helmet, takes a large breath of the air and laughs]
    Elizabeth Shaw: You crazy bastard!

    I'd completely forgot about that dialogue. That's just about good enough for me. Would have been nice for some specific comment about toxins and pathogens and etc though. With how much of Covenant seems to be course correcting following Prometheus, I'm sure it'd be something he's taken note of.
  12. juxtapose
    . .and just to add what i said about vickers earlier. .it was a good decition on her part to fry holloway. .perhaps not so clever of her to run in a straight line most would argue. .but personally if i was in her shoes i think i would do the same. .their huge chunks of burning shit falling left, right and center, plus the ship can't roll on forever. .it has to lose momentum. .if she did not stumble and fall she might have survived, it came to a standstill shortly after crushing her. .if shaw knew what her fate in covenant was gonna be she probably would not have even bothered running. . Asuming she does die in covenant ofcause. .
  13. SM
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    Alien at least used the idea of quarantine and isolation as a source of drama between characters, and it didn't leave Dallas looking completely stupid for it either.

    They had quarantine and decontamination in Prometheus.
  14. juxtapose
    well Vickers fried holloway because she was scared he might infect the crew. . .ok he also asked her to do it. .she probably would have toasted him anyway. . So at least she had more intelligence than the majority of the crew and ripley might have acted in a similar fashion in that same scenario. . Seeing as she also did'nt want a infected crew member onboard. .
  15. OpenMaw
    Yeah, it's a bullshit argument to say "It's Science Fiction, people can act like idiots for no reason."

    What's more interesting, people acting like idiots and bad things happening to them... Or people being smart, and bad things still happen?

    Alien at least used the idea of quarantine and isolation as a source of drama between characters, and it didn't leave Dallas looking completely stupid for it either.

    Some people ignore the fiction part in science fiction.

    I would argue that most people seem to ignore the science part in science fiction.

  16. RidgeTop
    Before I give it a listen, how spoilery is it?

    Somewhat. The majority of the podcast is us speculating, but we do talk about some potentially spoiler-ish rumors.

    @RidgeTop

    1. Every epic Sci-Fi movie (Star Trek, Star Wars, Terminator, Alien series and so on) contain scientific inaccuracies. Even the recent ones like Gravity, Interstellar and The Martian are flawed on that field. Am I bothered? Not at all. You cannot take Sci-Fi movies too seriously because you wouldn't enjoy them at all.

    2. Charlie Holloway doesn't take his helmet off on LV-223 surface. If he did that he would have been dead, like Ford says during the landing: Only if you're breathing through an exhaust pipe. CO2 is over 3 percent. Two minutes without a suit, you're dead. He does take his helmet off being inside Engineer pyramid knowing that the air (result of terraforming) is cleaner than Earth's one. It's a minor scene in the movie. Its explanation is sufficient enough. Besides, sometimes you have to sacrifice scientific accuracy and rational characters behaviour for a sake of the story itself. Deal with it. Charlie takes his helmet off? Not a big deal. Main protagonist in Interstellar enters the black hole and ... survives. Try to beat that :).

    Logical fallacies and difficult to buy scenarios should not always be forgiven simply because a movie is a movie. This highly depends on the franchise or series, as Star Wars is equal part fantasy as it is Science Fiction. Alien has always been depicted as very hard sci-fi, so the standard for suspension of disbelief is higher. This is evident in the very first film when Ripley refuses to let the captain of the ship aboard in accordance with quarantine procedure. She's essentially a space trucker, and even she is highly concerned about infection due to protocol. The scientists in Prometheus couldn't care less it would seem, as is evidenced by far more than just the helmet-removal scene.

    It's fine if Prometheus was plausible enough in all its scenarios for you, but that's like, your opinion, man. How the scientists acted was a common point of criticism among critics and audiences, however, and I'd simply like the filmmakers to learn from what I considered the missteps of Prometheus. I don't hate the film, and as I noted in the podcast it's actually grown on me over time, but I'm certainly not the only one who sees its many flaws.
  17. BeamChan
    Love the podcast, really gets me through the night shift. Pleased to hear my concerns of David creating the Alien being voiced in this podcast. But I get the feeling this will probably be the outcome of Covenant. A few people might ask why? Why would David create a creature that could wipe out human life? To which I say,
    "Doesn't every child want their parents dead?"
  18. anduu
    @RidgeTop

    1. Every epic Sci-Fi movie (Star Trek, Star Wars, Terminator, Alien series and so on) contain scientific inaccuracies. Even the recent ones like Gravity, Interstellar and The Martian are flawed on that field. Am I bothered? Not at all. You cannot take Sci-Fi movies too seriously because you wouldn't enjoy them at all.

    2. Charlie Holloway doesn't take his helmet off on LV-223 surface. If he did that he would have been dead, like Ford says during the landing: Only if you're breathing through an exhaust pipe. CO2 is over 3 percent. Two minutes without a suit, you're dead. He does take his helmet off being inside Engineer pyramid knowing that the air (result of terraforming) is cleaner than Earth's one. It's a minor scene in the movie. Its explanation is sufficient enough. Besides, sometimes you have to sacrifice scientific accuracy and rational characters behaviour for a sake of the story itself. Deal with it. Charlie takes his helmet off? Not a big deal. Main protagonist in Interstellar enters the black hole and ... survives. Try to beat that :).

    Exactly...What kind of movie would it be if we had to watch them shamble around in hazmat suits for 90% of the movie...

    Also see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suspension_of_disbelief.
  19. Ingwar
    @RidgeTop

    1. Every epic Sci-Fi movie (Star Trek, Star Wars, Terminator, Alien series and so on) contain scientific inaccuracies. Even the recent ones like Gravity, Interstellar and The Martian are flawed on that field. Am I bothered? Not at all. You cannot take Sci-Fi movies too seriously because you wouldn't enjoy them at all.

    2. Charlie Holloway doesn't take his helmet off on LV-223 surface. If he did that he would have been dead, like Ford says during the landing: Only if you're breathing through an exhaust pipe. CO2 is over 3 percent. Two minutes without a suit, you're dead. He does take his helmet off being inside Engineer pyramid knowing that the air (result of terraforming) is cleaner than Earth's one. It's a minor scene in the movie. Its explanation is sufficient enough. Besides, sometimes you have to sacrifice scientific accuracy and rational characters behaviour for a sake of the story itself. Deal with it. Charlie takes his helmet off? Not a big deal. Main protagonist in Interstellar enters the black hole and ... survives. Try to beat that :).
  20. RidgeTop
    Regarding taking helmets off in Prometheus.

    [as they reach an area of the structure that has water streaming down and the sun shining through the open ceiling]
    Charlie Holloway: Look at this!
    Elizabeth Shaw: Oh, Charlie!
    Ford: Jesus! Sun light’s heating the water. Check out the humidity.
    Charlie Holloway: Yeah, look at the CO2 levels. Outside it’s completely toxic and in…in here, there’s nothing. It’s breathable.
    [as Holloway prepares to take off his helmet]
    Elizabeth Shaw: What are you doing? Charlie, don’t be an idiot!
    Charlie Holloway: Hey, don’t be a skeptic. Right? There’s something generating an atmosphere. David?
    David: Dr. Holloway is correct.
    Ford: Cleaner than earth, actually.
    Charlie Holloway: They were terraforming here!
    Elizabeth Shaw: Please, don’t do…
    Charlie Holloway: Look, Eli…
    Elizabeth Shaw: Please, don’t!
    Charlie Holloway: Eli, I’m not wearing this thing anymore! Wish me luck, babe.
    [he takes off his helmet, takes a large breath of the air and laughs]
    Elizabeth Shaw: You crazy bastard!

    That might have been enough for some to buy scientists making that kind of decision after a few sentences, but for plenty of audiences it was not. It was one of the main issues Prometheus was mocked on.

    at 0:40
    https://youtu.be/RBaKqOMGPWc?t=40s

    at 0:54
    https://youtu.be/-BWnTW4rL0U?t=54s

    Again, all they could see was basic atmospheric content, they had no idea what kind of pathogens might be present in that environment.
  21. Ingwar
    Regarding taking helmets off in Prometheus.

    [as they reach an area of the structure that has water streaming down and the sun shining through the open ceiling]
    Charlie Holloway: Look at this!
    Elizabeth Shaw: Oh, Charlie!
    Ford: Jesus! Sun light’s heating the water. Check out the humidity.
    Charlie Holloway: Yeah, look at the CO2 levels. Outside it’s completely toxic and in…in here, there’s nothing. It’s breathable.
    [as Holloway prepares to take off his helmet]
    Elizabeth Shaw: What are you doing? Charlie, don’t be an idiot!
    Charlie Holloway: Hey, don’t be a skeptic. Right? There’s something generating an atmosphere. David?
    David: Dr. Holloway is correct.
    Ford: Cleaner than earth, actually.
    Charlie Holloway: They were terraforming here!
    Elizabeth Shaw: Please, don’t do…
    Charlie Holloway: Look, Eli…
    Elizabeth Shaw: Please, don’t!
    Charlie Holloway: Eli, I’m not wearing this thing anymore! Wish me luck, babe.
    [he takes off his helmet, takes a large breath of the air and laughs]
    Elizabeth Shaw: You crazy bastard!
  22. SciFiWasabi
    While I feel like David creating the Alien is a terrible idea, if they detach the series from AVP, it would be very intentional.  Just look at Star Wars.  The EU was huge, but only a very small portion of it was any good.  The Alien/Predator/AVP EU is already very convoluted and contradictory.  Restarting and streamlining what is canon would be a very good thing.  Am I the only one who doesn't want the Blomkamp film?  He's a terrible storyteller.  Great visual eye, but if he writes it, it will suck.  He basically always tells the same story.
  23. juxtapose
    . .well if it's not explained in the movie. .is it really gonna keep u guys up at night?. .i mean personally i would think that it was not clever on their part either. But it's not gonna spoil the  entire movie for me. .i am not gonna suddenly jump up and leave the cinema. .i mean they have to get infected somehow. .sure you could have some tendril plant ripping thrue fabrick. . Then you might as well have walking trees. . I mean who's gonna land on that planet?
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