Last Friday night Tom and I went with a couple of friends to see "Alien Covenant," the latest episode in the long-running "Alien" saga, which, by the way, is neither as scary nor as metaphysical as the movie poster would seem to suggest, still it was a pretty good effort in both scariness and metaphysicality, and I enjoyed the movie well enough,
Still, "Alien" being kind of a late 20th Century icon, I of course knew something about it,
...and could certainly recognize its hallmark monster well enough to figure out about halfway through the film that "Alien Covenant" is meant to be a prequel to the original "Alien," or mayhaps a prequel to one of a number of subsequent prequels and sequels that might come to fruition before the franchise has run its lucrative course.
My son Tommy, an "Alien" saga fan who also was likewise intending to see this latest installment informed me when I talked to him after seeing the film that that "Alien Covenant" is not only a prequel to "Alien," but the sequel to the first prequel, which was the 2012 movie "Prometheus."
In any case, "Alien Covenant" had an involved enough story line that afterwards I felt the need to have a group recap of the film, and we all felt the need for some food,
Anyway, after seeing "Alien Covenant" I felt the desire to see all the episodes of the "Alien" epic so as to find out what preceded this installment and where it's all headed to.
So the following night, Saturday night, I decided to start at the very beginning (a very good place to start - sorry I couldn't resist), with the original 1979 movie,
But then, of course, "Alien" had the advantage of being its own story and the simplicity of its plot line, which was in essence a variation of cat-and-mouse thriller,
But I'm only saying, in the next sequel-prequel they better figure out a way to stick Sigourney Weaver in somewhere. (Maybe she could play her own veteran space-traveler mom? What do you think?)