Few recent sci-fi films have disappointed fans as much as Prometheus. There are reasons. Were expectations unrealistically inflated? Definitely. Are there large-scale design flaws in the story? To be sure. Does the film leave too many unanswered questions? “Too many” might be a matter of opinion, but you certainly walk away with a lot of loose ends. (Despite what this may sound like, and in spite of some rather glaring flaws, I rather enjoyed Prometheus.)
If screenwriter Jon Spaihts, who penned the first drafts of Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel, had his way, the finished product would have looked markedly different. Talking to Empire, Spaihts dished on his version of Prometheus, and some of the drastic changes that were subsequently made to his script.
One of the factors that led to him getting the job in the first place was the medpod scene. He was fascinated by the idea of a character, one infected with an alien embryo—and one who knew what was coming—surviving the process. With some slight alterations to the “choreography” of the scene, the arrangement and placement of events, Spaihts says the finished product is relatively similar to what he envisioned.