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poorwill - 2020-06-20

just re-watched this recently and i guess it's redundant to say, but man it's so good.
also discovered that the aliens-are-afraid-of-fire thing is a myth? at no point does the creature flinch or recoil from the flame throwers. it's just something ash hypothesized - and obviously he didn't want the creature harmed. i thought for sure that was a thing. in alien 3 ripley says it's afraid of fire, but i think that's just a major goof. even in that movie it doesn't seem afraid of fire. maybe she had baby brain.
i figure people bought it because holm gave such a good performance - RIP sir.

Binro the Heretic - 2020-06-20

Ash never actually said the xenomorph would fear fire, just that fire might be their best hope of killing it.

But of course, he could have been lying about that.

poorwill - 2020-06-22

? that's what i said

SolRo - 2020-06-20

The sound design is so great. The synth voice is perfect. But it's elevated by mixing in the little gargle sounds without synth effects.

Also Ian Holm is a great actor.

Binro the Heretic - 2020-06-20

Holm played this role perfectly. The movie came out when I was 9, but I didn't get to see it until I was 12. Even at that age, I was able to pick up that Ash... wasn't quite right. He was eerie not because he did bad things (Even though he ended up doing some bad things near the end.) but because his" emotional" reactions to people and their emotions just weren't quite right.

Holm did an excellent job of falling into the uncanny valley. his behavior was just off enough that it was unsettling. I liked that Ash was never actually evil. He was just a robot programmed to protect the alien life form.

Michael Fassbender's portrayal of David is awful. Holm's performance seemed natural. Fassbender's seems forced. You can tell he wants to be over-the-top villainous, but that seems out of place in a robot.

Of course, the biggest problem with the David character is the writing. He's apparently a robot designed to hate people and women especially.

SolRo - 2020-06-21

My understanding is that David is supposed to be something like a rogue AI, which would obviously behave much differently than an advanced robot struggling with conflicting orders.

Maggot Brain - 2020-06-21

"Why wasn't I built with a vagoo!? FATHER!!!!"

Just the other day I was thinking about how dumb everyone on Prometheus was- How did the guy who made the map of of the ship get lost- Further more the ship was a essentially a giant tube, you could only go one of two ways- ugggh

Binro the Heretic - 2020-06-21

He was designed & programmed by a guy who wanted him to protect and research the engineer's technology.

Also, he clearly hates women and was disappointed his daughter didn't have a cock.

Or maybe she did since the medical table in her private ship was programmed for male anatomy but she's trans and he was mad about that? So he's basically denying her control of his company and tried to build a male robot as his successor?

I don't know. The script is a mess and we can see Damon Lindelof was the real monster all along.

Come to think of it, Lindelof told a story in an interview about how his dad got angry when he caught him sneaking a peek at the end of an "Encyclopedia Brown" story and tore the last pages out of all his mystery books so he would have to figure out the endings himself. And that's why Lindelof leaves so many unanswered questions in his scripts because he wants the audience to figure it out.

Oh, god...

David was Lindelof's self-insert character.

Anyway, the moral of this story is I really fucking hate Damon Lindelof and everything he has ever touched.

Maggot Brain - 2020-06-21

That's not how you write a mystery story XC!!!

Nominal - 2020-12-20

You can trace so much of the very worst shit writing today back to JJ Abrams and hist Lost posse.

Nominal - 2020-12-20

SHIT Lost posse

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