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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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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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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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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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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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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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Actually, the movie is quite ambiguous about whether Deckard is actually a human or a replicant, Ridley Scott takes him as a replicant, while Harrison Ford believes he is human. Even though Deckard shows more and more emotions as the movie goes on, the same is true about the other replicants. The ambiguity is IMHO, indeed an important part of the point of ...


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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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In her book Gladiator and Contemporary Society, University of New Mexico Professor of Classics Monica S. Cyrino writes: When Marcus Aurelius asks Maximus after the battle in Germania: "Tell me about your home," Maximus delivers a sentimental speech about the simple beauty and tranquillity of his farm, with its fecund soil "black like my wife's ...


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One of the main themes of the movie is the question, what makes us human and especially, if the replicants in their desperate struggle for survival are in the end not more human than the cold blooded killing Blade Runner. In this way this scene may be interpreted as Roy showing a humanitiy, Deckard would have probably not shown to him. And I also think Roy ...


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Maybe it's because with origami you can go from a simple non living material such as a simple sheet of paper and mold it into something that is a representation of a living thing. Although this might never get a true answer I like to think it has something to do with the artificial creation of something representing life or dreams. When thinking further ...


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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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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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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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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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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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Roy and the other replicant have been engaged in a desperate struggle to live, and Roy has been running most of the show. The struggle was Roys and though it has been carried out on the cerebral level where he is the most able (i.e. get to Earth, find Tyrel, get access, force him to provide a fix...) it has been a desperate time nonetheless. When he finds ...


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Cracked.com is a great place to find false information. I wouldn't recommend taking them too seriously, but that article is correct about Alien. "Good artists copy. Great artists steal." Dan O'Bannon explicitly stated in an essay he stole elements from those movies (it's available on the Alien special features disc). So it is really the script that ...


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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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Lots of reasons: Books and movies are different art forms - direct and strict conversions from one form to the other rarely work (unless they have large fan bases, such as LoTR, Harry Potter, etc). The movie was written and re-written several times by several screen-writers. You can imagine they all brought their own visions and ideas to the screenplay. ...


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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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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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The novel is less subtle about posing the question about who is an android or not. In the novel Deckard goes to retire an android who makes a phone call for help before being killed. The police who show up are from a 'shadow' police department who are nearly all androids themselves living under cover. Deckard escapes with a blade-runner who works with ...


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I think that has to do the book, the movie adapts. In Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? all people are a bit like zombies, they only want to go away from earth or follow a strange religion like Deckards wife does. In a scene in the book, another Blade Runner suspects Deckard to be a replicant and makes a test with him. I think, Philip K. Dick wanted to ...


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I don't think it was really what he said so much so as what David said was in the language of the engineers and that scared the engineer. Think of it from his perspective. The engineer is in stasis and is woken up by small humanoids from earth (I think it is fair to say the engineers would know more about us then we do about them). We got someone being very ...


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The humanoid wanted to break down the biological make-up of him, and then his infected DNA which eventually combined with Earth's water gives rise to all living beings on earth, including humans. According to IMDB, Why did the humanoid die at the beginning of the movie? It can be assumed that the Humanoid or "Space Jockey" at the beginning of the ...


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The black goo does not affect its victims in different ways. It consistently causes organisms to mutate into bizarre killing-machine versions of themselves: At the very beginning of the movie, the Space Jockey drinks the black-goo, and it kills him and makes the body decompose very quickly.So it creates human life on earth." -Actually "Space Jockey" ...



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