I know alot people are debating on what the movie should be but i am just going to see it when it comes out to see if its good or not. Then I will judge. We all been through alot in the years and I understand everyone is stressed and expressing different opinions but I am going to go to theater open minded.
I think this is what we are all going to do. When all is said and done, if the movie is good we will be happy to accept it. Of course, when you have a series this beloved there will always be some percentage that hates whatever new thing comes out.
I find that myself, Im with the consensus and over-the-moon for ALIEN and ALIENS, Im one of the few that LOVE Alien 3 but understand why fans find the beginning of that film DIFFICULT. Overall I love the world of that. It's Mad Max meets Alien and the brooding tone doesn't bother me in the least, because I eat that Noir-stuff up. There are things I love in A:R (when she finds her clones) but the stuff I hate (the humor, script changes) I really, really HATE. I think its the weakest in the series by far. AVP and AVP-R were serious, serious garbage and I can't find anything redeeming about them. And I'm not against AVP. I wish they would do it right and the very basic root of that is not having it take place on earth, maybe make it a TV series, if not an outright R-Rated CGI Animated feature, and not have it connect to either franchise directly. PROMETHEUS makes mistakes with the Engineers and the art direction. I dislike the way the Engineer's look and especially hate their technology. I don't think it fits with the Gigeresque designs to have holograms and lazers everywhere. The biggest problem to me, with Prometheus, is simply that I think the Engineers weren't doing anything terribly interesting. Its not that they are humanoid, because that was actually in Gigers art all along. Instead it's that they don't feel menacing enough to me. But I acknowledge that they didn't even HAVE TO BE menacing. They weren't even seductive, or ethereal enough. They were kinda boring and poorly designed. What's worse is some of the early designs looked much more interesting. Overall though, I find a lot of PROMETHEUS to hit very hard when it's on point and keep my fingers crossed that they right the wrongs with this next film, make the Engineers more interesting and design things better.
Blomkamp's already doing some things right for Alien. His own films have already done things right for Alien. That alone is exciting. I can't deny that I think he could salvage a film with Ripley 8, but when all is said and done, I'm gonna see the movie and if it's good, I'll accept it.
The worst case would be if both COVENANT and BLOMKAMP'S films aren't good enough to justify this.
I rate the films in this order:
That's what I'd prefer. Something subtle.
WOAH WOAH WOAH!!! I just thought of something!!
What if they did something like this!:
It's 450 years later and Ripley, wakes up in a hospital bed with Hicks and Newt standing over her. She is told there was some kind of malfunction and they aged slowly, in cryo (time dilation?) and missed their lives.
When she is awoken, it is explained to her that she was impregnated in cryo somehow (like the beginning of A3) and they have removed the alien.
The idea being - its up to you to decide whether this is an ALTERNATE Alien3 or if both A3 and A:R actually happened and they are actually clones.
Given that start, you can either accept this as A3 or A5.
Think about it.
It would make a lot of sense out of BLOMKAMP's statement (paraphrase): "Then I realized there was the potential for, at least another film with Ripley in it, maybe more..." Aaaand "This film will not CATEGORICALLY feature RIPLEY 8"