Questionable Decision Making And Alien Encounters In Deleted Prometheus Clip

By Brent McKnight | 8 years ago

Ridley Scott’s Prometheus is a sprawling sci-fi epic, full of big ideas, scenes, and sets. On a production of this scale you can imagine that there’s a lot of material that didn’t make it into the final cut. The Blu-ray release, which hits the streets on October 8th, looks to be full of scenes and moments trimmed from the theatrical version of the film, including this deleted scene.

This clip shows the crew of the Prometheus, including Dr. Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace), Dr. Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green), and David the android (Michael Fassbender), exploring the surface of the distant planet, searching for the origins of mankind. You get to witness humanity’s first encounter with alien life larger than a microbe. That’s cool.

It also sets up the omnipresent poor decision making on the part of the crew. Really, you travel millions of miles across space, and the first time you happen across an alien creature, you run up and grab it? Sure, it’s a squirmy little guy that you’re probably going to dissect anyway, but just plucking it out of the muck with your hands seems like a questionable choice. And later in the film you see how well that strategy works for Milburn (Rafe Spall). If you haven’t seen Prometheus, it doesn’t end well for him. That’s as specific as we need to be at the present juncture.

One other promise that this clip makes is that, “Questions will be answered.” Prometheus is definitely one of those movies that asks way more questions than it answers. That’s pretty much par for the course with a Damon Lindelof script. While not every problem needs to have an explicit solution, sometimes you get the feeling that the movie isn’t even trying. It’ll be interesting to see how many “answers” the Blu-ray actually delivers.

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