Were you bewildered by the sheer variety of creepy crawlies in Ridely Scott’s new Alien prequel Prometheus? You’re not alone. Luckily someone has simplified the whole gene-bending mess in one easy to read chart. Be warned; even though the chart may be easy to read, it doesn’t mean the permutations of black goo + genetic code and it’s actual purpose make any more sense.
WARNING! Go no further if you don’t want spoilers.
Although Prometheus was a beautifully shot film with fantastic special effects, it has garnered some criticisms by all of the questions it leaves unanswered by the end of the movie (see this spoiler-ific and hilarious earlier post, to hear Red Letter Media ask all the mind-boggling questions in one shot). One of the key questions that would leave even the most diehard Ridley Scott fan struggling to come up with answers, was why the viscous gene-splicing material seen earlier in the movie would make at least 4 different creatures from the same basic source. According graphic artist Carlos Poon, black goo creations are a little bit like pizza, they vary greatly depending on the ingredients.
Makes sense enough when you look at it. But this still begs the question, if the Engineers created a substance that would turn humans into space mutants, was the whole purpose of making them just so they would “do the nasty” with Earth women? If that was the plan all along, it certainly puts the return of the space geologist to the ship in a whole new (and kinda gross) light.