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But director Ridley Scott is up to more than retrofitting the origin of the aliens-he contrasts the world of the religiously faithful with those of us who'd prefer to do without celestial help. The decision is made to investigate while the colonists remain in suspended animation.

The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark and risky world.

I saw: In space nobody can hear you giggle.

The film is both a sequel to Prometheus as well as a prequel to Alien.

This "Alien" works purely as a blood-splattered horror movie in film No. 6. In fact, even though Michael Fassbender returned for the follow-up, I wasn't expecting there to be any connective tissue between Prometheus and this film at all. However, as a side note, the ending is one totally wonderful way to cap off the movie and something many might not see coming.

Some of the similarities which easily come to mind are in the names.

Alien: Covenant has sterling production design, and an nearly regally solemn Jed Curzal score. As far as the Xenomorph, why are the physical characteristics different from any other Xenomorph we have seen before? The franchise has a long history of female protagonists. well, at least a long history of a female protagonist: Sigourney Weaver's Ripley. More importantly, it's established itself among the Alien canon. "I'm still learning and still curious, after 40 years in film", he said. It's an Alien movie so you pretty much already know it all turns out bloody and badly for all involved.

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There's still a touch of the quasi-mystical thrown in - this is Ridley Scott after all - but for the most part, fans can rest easy that all the elements that made the first two films so enjoyable are very much back in place. The Aliens themselves are cool, too. Judging from the trailers, this film looks to be more like the original "Alien" and "Aliens" in tone and suspense.

As a continuation, this movie worked well.

The Alien franchise has always been battleground for the philosophical and physical tussles for dominance between human, alien and artificial intelligence. "He was like, 'You know, Carl Sagan and I were talking, ' and at first you're like, 'Oh yeah, please go on from there.' He says, 'Carl Sagan told me mathematically it's impossible to imagine humanity without a creator.'" Crudup trails off and smiles at the implication.

Clearly, the elder Scott's aim is on the scares - and oh, what satisfying, terrifying, screams-echoing-down-a-ship's-corridor scares they are. With all the crew being couples, it's not just their own life they have to worry about and protect, but the life of their loved one as well - this adds another level of fear and foreboding.

The acting is good to great; Fassbender and Waterson are stellar, while the others do a decent job at suspending your disbelief that they are actors reading lines, but they are mostly just there to be cannon fodder.

In so doing, they revive a moribund franchise in much the same way The Force Awakens reignited the Star Wars saga, by reconjuring characters and themes from the past.

Ummmmmmmmmmm, OK. Is that the same character Fassbender plays in this one?


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