"And at the same time, it's hard for him to understand that humanity is a mistake of some kind". As intense as numerous violent confrontations are, there's nothing as viscerally unsettling as the self-administered alien abortion in Prometheus.
Alien: Covenant is classic sci-fi horror, but three of the stars lean more toward comedy - at least, during their press interviews for the film. We're not. You can nearly feel the pressure on Scott to increase the "Alien"-style jump-scares - "our surveys indicate a desire for more Alien-action", you imagine some studio boss saying - while the cheap-looking CGI renders them useless". And while the setup doesn't necessarily allow for much character development, the film is still populated with a host of interesting characters, whether human, robot or alien. David arrived there shortly after the dramatic conclusion of "Prometheus", and the more Oram and company learn about what happened, the more they realize they have more than Xenomorphs to fear. But soon, the paradise turns dark, and the gooey aliens rear their ugly heads.
The best performance comes courtesy of Michael Fassbender. He's outwardly disappointed to discover that the Engineers are mortal and is much more interested in the pathogen and what it can create. Shortly after, the crew picks up a distress signal from an unknown planet.
Also occupying the planet: none other than David, the synthetic from "Prometheus", who tells the crew he's been here for the last 10 years. For every five minutes of philosophical conversation about the origins of life, there are 15 minutes of morons poking at alien things, being infected by them and giving birth to CGI monsters that burst from their rib cages. The other is the long-stranded David, who confides in his lookalike Walter about the planet's true menace. The next day she gives birth to a "trilobite", or "Facehugger", as they have become known in the movies. It attacks the lone living Engineer, who then births a proto-Xenomorph. Katherine Waterston is Daniels, and she's a lot less bad-ass than Ripley (Weaver). Early on the spacecraft is hit by a neutrino shock wave, which takes the life of the captain (James Franco, in a hilariously brief cameo) and leaving the Covenant under the command of Capt. Oram (Billy Crudup, valiantly enlivening a role defined by insecurity).
There's only one conscious entity aboard Covenant: Walter, a next-generation synthetic who looks exactly like David, which is convenient seeing as how Michael Fassbender plays both synthetics.
For many, Prometheus was a love-it-or-hate-it experience. Fans of the franchise will find it more enjoyable than most, but that doesn't stop Covenant from being a slightly missed opportunity to bring the franchise back to prominence. Judging from the trailers, this film looks to be more like the original "Alien" and "Aliens" in tone and suspense. What began almost 40 years ago as a creepy extraterrestrial slasher movie with a memorable tag-line ("In space, no one can hear you scream") and an even more memorable double-jawed, acid-blooded antagonist kept finding new incarnations in subsequent installments.