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From an MTV interview with the writer, Damon Lindelof: Question: We talked a bit about David but let's concentrate on Vickers for a second if we could. Like David, her motivations remain mysterious for much of the film. And certainly her resemblance (look, icy mannerisms) to David is interesting to say the least. Janek asks the question directly so I ...


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The Engineers are planet builders who seed planets with the gift of life. It's shown in the start of the film that the Engineers visit Earth repeatedly, as their figure pointing to a constellation of stars is found throughout history. When the film starts, an Engineer drinks the dark fluid, that starts this chain reaction of life. This fluid is so powerful, ...


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There are 3 possible motives for David. He wanted to test the black-goo to "try harder". David was receiving orders from Weyland as he told "Try Harder!".The scene where David spikes Charlie's drink happens after the 'try harder' scene (with Vickers). David goes to Holloway, asks him how far he is willing to go to find his answers, and Holloway replies ...


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Edit: Now we know. In an interview revealed at Total Film with Dr. Anil Biltoo: Well, according to Dr. Anil Biltoo, the film’s official translator and linguistics consultant, David did as he was asked, translating his words as follows: “This man is here because he does not want to die. He believes you can give him more life.” The rest of the text of ...


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The moon visited by the Prometheus, called LV-223, is not the same planet visited by the Nostromo in Alien, which is called LV-426. I believe that the latter was not named on screen until the second film, Aliens. So they are two different Engineer ships and two different dead Engineers. Similarly, the distress call/warning intercepted by the Nostromo was ...


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Prometheus and Alien deliberately share a lot of themes, as well as the same universe, but they are not directly prequel and sequel (spoilers follow...) The Space Jockey in Alien is old enough to be fossilised. Possibly by the same events that wiped out the Engineers in Prometheus (2000 years ago according to Shaw's carbon dating) but too close to Alien's ...


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Sorry, I don't have the link, but I read an interview with Ridley Scott where he states clearly that no where in the film does it actually say the tall figures in the drawings are engineers. He neither confirms or denies who they might be. There is also a key moment where David is talking to one of the crew members, that the planet they are landing on ...


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How it might work in real life (in the far distant future): Scientists like Mark Roth have studied suspended animation by starting with cases of spontaneous suspended animation, like the Canadian toddler who survived 2 hours of bitter cold in a nappy, the Japanese man who survived 23 days in the cold with no food or water, and the 29-year-old skier found ...


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From the Prometheus IMDb FAQ: It should be noted that AvP franchise is not considered part of the official canon of the Alien saga [...] Prometheus is considered by both Ridley Scott and the film's producers to be the first film in the Alien series. From an interview with Damon Lindelof: [...] Look, as to what’s canon and what’s not canon, for ...


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I think circumstantial evidence hints that the surgical pod was limited to men so the filmmakers could avoid mentioning abortion. Consider: A. It seems odd and arbitrary that the script calls for a machine that is advanced enough to perform a wide array of medical procedures on a man but cannot perform most or all of those procedures on a woman. For one ...


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She is clearly not an android: She answered "yes" to having sex, to prove her humanity. An android would not have argued with its creator. An android would not have had the option to either come with its creator or stay behind and manage a company. An android would not have been awakened from stasis as it would not age and not be put in stasis. An android ...


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I got the impression Weyland did not want the scientists (especially the two head scientists) to realize his selfish reason for wanting to contact the engineers. He kept them under the impression that he was funding the mission so that mankind could have the knowledge, even faking that he was already dead, the ultimate way to get credibility. If he had ...


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The surgery-pod was on board Prometheus to provide medical support for Peter Weyland. Who was secretly added to the crew list before the flight left, and was located inside the life pod of Peter Weyland's daughter.


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As we can see after he drinks the liquid, his DNA seems to desintegrate into the water. But from the particules of his DNA, life is created. It is showed by the particules turning step by step into cellular life. So my hypothesis is that his suicide was necessary to give birth to a new species: Us. A friend of mine told me that he might have missed his ...


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I just took it to be a bit of fluff or dirt. This seems to be just another piece in a greater montage showing the tediousness and repetitiveness of David's two-year wait for the ship to reach its destination. The picking up and looking at the speck just adds an extra, fastidious, layer to David's personality and is further evidence of Fassbender's compelling ...


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The scene is the culmination of the movie-long reveal of the origins of the killer creatures that cause so much havoc in "Alien" and its sequels. In "Prometheus," the creature is the result of a somewhat complicated process: A human (Holloway) was infected by the black goo The infected human created a new organism within a non-infected human (Shaw) This ...


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As Wikipedia says - Prometheus was originally intended as a direct prequel to the 1979 science fiction horror film Alien, set approximately 30 years before the events depicted in the film. While the finished film explored a more stand-alone mythology based upon the race of giant beings discovered by the crew of the Nostromo in Alien, it is, as ...


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The movie is fairly clear that the engineers were responsible for the seeding of human life on earth (and probably all life unless the film makers were careless in how they described DNA similarities). But there is very little evidence given directly as to why they did this. We also know the engineers must have interacted with early mankind or the ...


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From an interview with writer Damon Lindelof: In that final scene, David wants to go to Earth, and Elizabeth wants to go to the alien home world. Where do you think they’re going? I think they’re going where she wants to go. His fundamental programming has been scrapped. Weyland [the man who built and programmed him] is dead and so now his ...


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After seeing the movie, this question ate at me and I kept coming back to the same idea. Ridley Scott answered this question and confirmed what I suspected. Whatever happened on LV-223, happened approximately 2000 years ago. It's clear that the Engineers were loading up their ships with cannisters (oddly shaped like 20th century bombs don't you think?) and ...


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This question has been edited a bunch of times. I'll try and break it down: During the last scene in Prometheus, how did the Engineer enter the ship after Dr.Shaw had locked the doors? Brute force I guess - he was also able to rip an android's head off. This may be something to come in a future director's cut, as I think a few minutes of fight scene ...


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"We've changed the atmosphere of the room" - Dr. Shaw Presumably the door acted as an air lock. Maybe the room was sealed off to halt the biological processes of EVERYTHING in the room (which is why the head is perfectly preserved), and the worms where already in the soil. By breaking the seal for the room, the biological processes are able to continue - ...


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The removal of the helmets isn't some half baked attempt at taking risks, and was an important plot point in the film. The crew is following the "Pups" deeper into the maze of caves, and they come across running water. It's at this point they realize they are inside an alien terraforming plant, because the outside air is toxic but inside it's clean fresh ...


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It's not actually a prequel, but rather is set in the same universe but earlier in the time line. He made the coice to not make a direct prequel to essentially avoid being repetative in the material. From Wikipedia: The film began development in the early 2000s as a fifth entry in the Alien franchise, with both Scott and director James Cameron ...


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It's never revealed if Vickers is indeed a android. Therefore, it's up to the viewer to decide.I'm also guess she would be a android. Age Issue: Weyland seems he aged like 100+ and too old to be her father, with Vickers being too young to be his daughter. She may call Weyland father in the same way David refers to Weyland as "father", in the sense that ...


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Why did they invite the humans to come visit, if they wanted to destroy us? Who says we were invited? That's Shaw's interpretation, but the paintings could be something else: a warning, or maybe a copy of a glyph seen on the ships. It's not explained in the film; the map to the location and the giants is significant, but that's all we actually know. ...


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Is this pup picking up the engineer in the stasis pod? Yes, certainly the pup picking up the engineer in the stasis pod. Reason for the inconsistent nature of detection: To stay alive, you need to maintain some level of metabolism, and a heartbeat on every hour makes some sense.Suspended animation isn't a complete freezing of the body. Notice that at ...


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This interview with director Ridley Scott and writer David Lindelof indicates that it is the same liquid, but their film is intentionally ambiguous about what exactly the liquid does. David Lindelof: So there’s a speculative part of it – the question becomes, “What does the black goo do?” That is the question that you’re supposed to be asking ...


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The language was developed by SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London: Dr. Anil Biltoo, one of the linguists who worked on the language, explains: ...the influence behind this language is Proto-Indo-European (PIE), a hypothesized spoken language that pre-dates (and is the ancestor of) ancient languages such as Sanskrit, ...


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Apparently, it's because of what happened (what humans did) to Jesus. Yes. That Jesus. Apparently he's an Engineer-Space-Jesus. Excerpts from Prometheus Unbound: What The Movie Was Actually About [cavalorn.livejournal.com/584135.html] (emphasis, mine): An astonishing excerpt from the Movies.com interview with Ridley Scott: Movies.com: We had heard ...



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