There is no massive prequel hate (at least around here). Most people are able to make legitimate criticisms without descending into hate. Not around here, indeed. But any other place... whew.
I can't decide what to vote for. They all sound fine to me, but right now I just want Ridley to finish his story. And I want it to be epic.
These prequels will be re-evaluated years from now after the series has gotten to another place. We are just never going to have a series of films reach this # of sequels without a chunk of people hating everything except the first 2 films.
That hate is naive but understandable, I guess.. No one can make 7 sequels that line up with what everyone/fans loved in the first. Its a catch 22, any direction is a bad direction by part 7, if youre trying to please everyone.
Years from now, people will be able to see these films more objectively. Though here I find, I agree, people are more discerning than other places.
If you ask me, they need to stay away from the aliens in the prequels, altogether. Actually, I think the solution to the series is to create a REAL prequel to Prometheus, that involves the Engineers landing on Earth 2000 years ago and bringing humans to space with them.
I think they should simultaneously move into the space surrounding Aliens and clean that shit up in a streaming series on Disney's more adult service they plan to launch, and then work in everything else.
Come up with some grand idea for what happens when the Company gets the Aliens and why. Then bring in the Engineers, keep things in a grey area but infuse with mayhem.