Following the recent cast group photo, the “last supper” scene from Alien: Covenant has been released, which introduces us to the crew and their relationships, shows off some humour and includes a pretty massive in-joke.
While we’re not quite sure how we feel about directly quoting dialogue from the original film (“Food’s not that bad!”), it’s a reminder of just how strong this cast is: Michaael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, Demian Bichir, Billy Crudup, Carmen Ejogo, Jussie Smollett, Amy Seimetz, Callie Hernandez, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England and James Franco.
And while it might be a little strange seeing McBride cracking jokes about “colonising all over this table,” it’s a great relief to see something approaching human characters after Prometheus. You’ve got to have a Yaphet Kotto, a Harry Dean Stanton, a Bill Paxton, and we’re looking forward to seeing him fill that role.
It’s also great to see an LGBTQ couple in a film of this size, played by Demian Bichir and Nathaniel Dean, and the first in this franchise. Good stuff, Alien: Covenant.
Elsewhere, we get some clues as to Billy Crudup’s character, who clearly doesn’t like McBride’s pilot, and is definitely going to be a problem for Katherine Waterston’s Daniels when she inevitably has to take charge. Watch out for that guy.
It also gives a look at Michael Fassbender’s new android character Walter, complete with an American accent and less of an evil twinkle. Fassbender has already hinted that Walter won’t approve of David’s actions; could Walter be the Bishop to David’s Ash?
We’ll find out soon enough…
“Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in ALIEN with ALIEN: COVENANT, the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with PROMETHEUS — and connects directly to Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.”
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