In this post I will talk about the things I came to think about after my two viewings of Prometheus. Some of the stuff posted here I count as plot holes, other things are just a discussion about the events taking place in the movie and trying to understand weird or interesting points in the story.
I think people assume that the planet at the beginning is Earth and the engineer is creating life. Why? Because he falls apart and DNA strands are shown on screen. However, how old would that make the Engineers IF they created ALL life. Even after the dinosaurs there was life on Earth and evolution was going on. If you really want to believe the Engineers are involved you have to assume that they only made humans and nothing else, though it would be weird as we are lead to believe that the planet in the beginning is rather barren and lifeless. I’m not sure the planet at the beginning of the movie was earth, or that he was creating life – he could well be destroying/contaminating the planet.
Second thing are the cavern paintings. HOW did humans know about any giant men from outer space if the guy who created them did so by committing suicide?
Also why would the giant beings on the cavern paintings made 35.000 years ago point towards a distant planet which by all evidence is indeed probably some kind of weapons factory? Also did that weapons factory exist on that planet 35.000 years ago or what’s the point of this entire planet and the meaning for the humans to paint it on cavern walls.
The Engineer ship on the planet was 2000 years old when the expedition arrives, which can explain the next issue – the map room and projection of earth. Wouldn’t earth look a bit different or are the maps kept up to date? Do the engineers travel around and tweak their map projections to take into account the rise of ocean levels, movement of continents etc? I just found it weird that the map of earth was showing a ”modern” earth.
What was the point of Weyland being revealed as a sudden twist? He could well have been involved from the start. Revealing him towards the end was just kind of stupid/lacked reasonable cause.
What was the point of Vickers being named Vickers, obviously we were not supposed to know her dad was Weyland. But if we did, what would that have changed? Nothing.
Vickers was also a rather pointless character to have around. Her sole purpose was to be a ”corporate goon” like Burke in Aliens. She would not even be in the movie if Weyland would have been around from the start of the movie.
If Weyland saw David as his son, why treat him like shit, the comment about David lacking a ”soul” was just out of place, especially in relation to the dialogue up to this point. David cannot appreciate being immortal because he lacks a soul? More like the programming of the machine was lacking.
David is thought to be a pure machine without feelings and emotions. However he is clearly annoyed, hurt and pissed at the humans around him treating him like shit. He may be calculating and logical bu the isn’t unaffected by hurtful comments. The scenes with David show a great curiosity and longing to grasp and explain things. He is clearly interested in Elizabeths religion and God worship because he pretty much sees the humans who created him like Gods. That is why he is disappointed by the comment that he was ”made just because we humans could create you”. This lackluster explanation of his existence surely fuels his hate for his creators even further – however if he hates humans and they treat him like shit – why is he still kind to Weyland, why did he not kill the crew during the trip and take the ship to explore on his own etc?
David clearly takes orders from Weyland and we can assume he is ordered to find something to prolong Weylands life. This is why David infects Holloway.
Plot holes/stupid moments sin the movie:
David is able to steal away one urn from the cargo hold and bring it aboard Prometheus.
No one asks what the hell the urn is doing in their fridge?
No one is interested in what David is doing when he is sitting around for a long while tinkering with the alien contents of the urn?
What was the point of David tell Elizabeth about her pregnancy?
Why didn’t ANYONE react or ask any questions about the alien baby, Elizabeths abortion and her running about bloody and semi-conscious on the ship?
Why was the medical pod in Vickers chamber calibrated for male patients – wouldn’t Vickers have programmed it for HER convenience first and foremost? It was in her chambers after all. Did Vickers know Weyland was aboard the ship and callibrated the machine for his sake? He was in hypersleep and hidden away, even if she knew he was aboard it would make more sense to have it callibrated for herself since she was awake long before Weyland anyway.
How the hell did that aborted squid alien grow so fast to become so large without any nutrition?
How silly is it to first infect one human to give birth to a second parasite which infects a second host to give birth to yet another alien being? Seems like an awful lot of unnecessary steps.
Why did Vickers and Elizabeth not just run to the side when running away from the rolling space ship?
Why did the two co-pilots who knew little/nothing about the biological weapon jump on the idea of blowing themselves up into the alien ship without any kind of hesitation or thought?
How is Elizabeth supposed to survive on the alien ship she is travelling on in the end? Food, water, hypersleep chambers and fuel could become a problem sooner rather than later. The hypersleep compartments would not be calibrated for regular humans, and David is still a head short of being able to do anything on his own.
How stupid is Elizabeth trusting David when he already caused so much shit, he could well be steering the ship towards earth to destroy humanity for all she knows.
How could Millburn and Fifield get lost in the tunnels when the whole tunnel network had been mapped out and their position was shown on the holographic image on the Prometheus bridge? Why not just ask for directions?
How retarded do you have to be (Millburn) to approach an unknown creature that is obviously in an aggressive mood - the death of Fifield and Millburn did not even add anything to the plot beside a pointless action scene.
You arrive at an alien planet, don’t even mind the possibility of hostile humanoids – you don’t know anything about possible critters living on it. Why then, when offered, not bring some armed backup right away? And why would Vickers who wants to protect the ship and her company's investment take a risk like that just because one of the archeologists don't want any guns around?
If the planet was a military installation, and more ships were nearby, why did the others not leave? Are we to believe that every single ship faced a catastrophic contamination? And if the aliens were able to leave, why did they not bring those who were still alive aboard and not being contaminated with them?
What was the point of the holograms on the alien ship, what purpose would they serve for the aliens themselves? Was it a survaillance system? If so why not show what caused them to panic and then die in a pile up against a wall.
Finally, just something that made me chuckle. Was I the only one who thought Guy Pearce with the Weyland makup resembled Brad Pitts makeup in Benjamin Button LOL? And what a waste of Guy Pearce in such a role...
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