You've Got to Watch This Four Minute Prologue to Alien: Covenant

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Well, this is a nice surprise. Wednesday night, a four-plus minute prologue to Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant came online.


In it, you get brief introductions to the characters, the setup of the story and, well, maybe a little shock. This is required viewing before the film is released on May 19.

Now, you didn’t actually think an alien was going to pop out of her chest, right? But it was a good fake-out.

This crew seems to be in very good spirits, at least once James Franco leaves. I can’t wait to see where it all goes wrong. Here’s the official plot description:

Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created, with ALIEN: COVENANT, a new chapter in his groundbreaking ALIEN franchise. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.

Alien: Covenant opens May 19.

Entertainment Reporter for io9/Gizmodo


Josh Weinstein

I truly hope nobody is offended by this observation, but what exactly is the point of having a male gay couple as part of a COLONIZATION mission? The purpose of sending couples to colonize a new place is for them to reproduce and create a gene pool sufficient to be healthy enough and differentiated enough to survive. Exploration can be done by single people, but colonization is intended to establish a civilization. Pregnant lesbians might make sense, or a male gay couple matched by a female gay couple with an agreement to reproduce together. Unless there is some technology available that let’s them incubate babies from single sex couples? I suppose in a civilization that has space ships, they could theoretically have incubators as well. Anyway, I’d like SciFi that really thinks this stuff through instead of just throwing in a gay couple for the sake of diverse characters and to say, “Look! In the future there is equality!”