Michael Fassbender as David and the Protomorph in Alien Covenant

Warning: Major SPOILERS for Alien: Covenant ahead

Alien: Covenant, Ridley Scott’s latest in his ever-expanding sci-fi horror franchise, follows the crew of the sub-titular colonization vessel as they explore a presumed paradise only to discover the extra-terrestrial horrors that lie within. So far, so Alien. What makes the new movie stand out from the pack is how it takes many of the franchise’s long-standing ideas – deceptive industrialism, sexual body horror, very bad robots – and marries it with the high-flying philosophy Scott has previously explored with Blade Runner and introduced to this franchise with Prometheus.

That aforementioned paradise is the former home of our creators, the Engineers, and after the ...

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