Aliens Aren't The Real Bad Guys In The Alien Movies -- It's AI
Alien: Covenant, which came out this past summer, isn't good. Even after audiences laughed at Prometheus for having a team of scientists act like Camp Crystal Lake counselors, Covenant somehow made its characters even stupider. People willingly shove their faces into slimy monster eggs and have steamy shower sex despite the fact that all their friends have been murdered. And remember how people criticized the Prometheus guys for recklessly taking off their space helmets on an uncharted planet? The Covenant crew throw on nothing but some windbreakers and floppy hats, as if their expedition is sponsored by J. Crew.
20th Century FoxWhich explains why they'd risk everything to find the source of a fucking John Denver song.
What's interesting about the movie, though, is that it's establishing an elaborate creation mythology for the Alien series. It's basically a Bible story with vagina dentata monsters. Our first clue that things are about to get Biblical is that the ship is named Covenant, as in a pact with God, and it has an Ark-like load of couples to populate a new world. Also in the not-so-subtle Biblical allusions camp, James Franco is seemingly Space Jesus.
20th Century FoxWe regret to inform you that a Sony executive read that joke and greenlit Space Jesus, featuring James Franco.
The movie was originally subtitled Paradise Lost, a reference to John Milton's epic poem about Satan and the Fall of Man. Despite the name change, a lot of that's still in the movie. The android David rebelled against his human creators in Prometheus. By the time of Covenant, he's killed all the Engineers, aka the alien species that genetically manufactured the human race. So yeah, David has killed "God" two times over, and has cobbled together an entire army of gross-out monsters, as Satan generally requires an army of high-grade slobs.
But more interesting than simply dabbling in familiar theological themes is the way this movie, in a sense, becomes a sacred text for the original Alien. If you think back, the villain of that film wasn't even really the alien -- it was Ash the android, and to a lesser extent Mother, the ship's computer which was presumably from Apple's "Uncomfortably Oedipal" line of future operating systems.
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20th Century FoxYou know Ash was made by Apple too, because his innards are a bunch of needlessly confusing proprietary cables.
With Covenant, we get to see the crazy ancestry behind that conflict. Ash is likely a descendant of David, who genetically engineered that black Flubber stuff into the alien in the first place.
20th Century FoxSo yeah, the movies are less Alien, more Handsome Robot Space Satan.