April 28, 2017
“Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and Despair!”
Prologue: The Crossing is the official short for the upcoming Alien: Covenant movie, which is a sequel for Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. The video short bridges the gap and connects the dots between to movies and explains what happened to Noomi Rapace’s Dr. Elizabeth Shaw and the Michael Fassbender’s android David after the events of Prometheus. According to the video, the pair set aboard an abandoned Engineer ship and Elizabeth re-attached David’s head back to his body as he was talking her through the required surgical procedures. Together, they decided to continue the search for humanity’s creators and set a course for the Engineers’ planet. By the end of the clip, we see David looking all menacing, quoting Percy Shelley’s poetry and bombarding the city of Engineers with that black goo containers. Honestly, that ending sent chills down my spine. Check out the full prologue short below:
Visually, the whole clip is a masterpiece, every frame of the short has been shot with surgical precision. Plot-wise, it is kind of weird to see, somewhat, friendly dynamics between Shaw and David. Why? let’s make a recap:
First, David got Dr. Shaw pregnant with that weird proto-alien.
What’s more, David killed Shaw’s love interest (that discount Tom Hardy) As for the poem David quoted, it is called “Ozymandias” and you can read the full poem below:
I met a traveler from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:
And on the pedestal these words appear:
‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
Alien: Covenant is directed by Ridley Scott and stars Katherine Waterston, Michael Fassbender, James Franco, Danny McBride, Demian Bechir and many more. The much anticipated sequel hits theaters May 12, 2017 in the UK and May 19, 2017 in the US.