Michael Fassbender as David in Prometheus and Katherine Waterston as Daniels in Alien Covenant

It’s very hard to not call Prometheus a let-down. Regardless of what you actually thought of the film as a whole – for every person willing to cite it as the Alien franchise’s equivalent of The Phantom Menace there’s another enthralled by its high-minded creator exploration – it does have some unavoidably poor screenwriting. It’s still hard to decide which is more perplexing – the geologist who gets lost in a structure he just mapped, the biologist who tries to snuggle a violent snake, or the businesswoman who can’t think to run sideways.

But where Prometheus really let people down was its near-Lovecraftian pile of unanswered questions and its complete ...

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