“Prometheus”: The Great Ridley Scott and his prequel to “Alien!”
There are very few things that I get really excited these days, and as the news of the world does march on, you must forgive me while I take a brief pause to relish in something truly enjoyable. In fact, I’m so excited about it, that I considered all week whether or not to purchase plane tickets to London and all the expenses that go with it, to see the new Ridley Scott film, Prometheus which opens tonight in England, then in America on June 8th.
For those who have watched that preview and thought that it reminded you a lot of the 1979 film Alien, done by the same director, you would be correct. Except, this is not a retread of an older film, which is being done in great abundance these days, but is in fact a “prequel” to that fantastic, cutting edge science fiction/horror film from the late 1970’s.
Alien and the next film by James Cameron called Aliens are two of my favorite all time films, and I share that sentiment with my wife. We have the massive 15 disk collection of all the Alien films and I personally admire the first attempt by 20th Century Fox to bring two of the greatest film aliens together in the film Alien versus Predator. While many think that AVP was a gimmicky sci-fi thriller, it was one of the first films of its kind to deal with the very controversial topic, but growing sentiment in archeology, and anthropology that human life on earth was seeded from elsewhere in the galaxy, and that the technology of the past on earth was in fact advanced far beyond what we currently accept in science. The evidence is popping up in great abundance all over the world that human history is far more complicated than we are ready to acknowledge.
I have written extensively about these theories here at the OW, and to date, out of all the articles I have written, out of my millions of words produced, one is my most popular—it gets well over a hundred hits every day—it’s called Giants of Ohio. CLICK HERE TO VIEW. I wrote Giants of Ohio based on a paranormal map I found at the Mothman Festival in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, and was intrigued at how many sites showed up on the map revealing discovered bones of 8 to 10 foot human-like skeletons. These bones have been stuffed into drawers at museums and private collections all over the world because nobody knows what to make of them in science circles. This terrible problem has been articulated well in the great book called Forbidden Archeology. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO.
I feel very passionate in discovering what the roots of these bones are and how they fit into our human history. At present, only theories can be offered up, which have been finding their way into films like Alien versus Predator. The evidence is there, but science can’t offer answers otherwise they wreck their current funding mechanisms, so authors and movie makers have been doing the work of theorizing. As young people sit in the movie theater and watch these ideas for the first time, then do their own research and go to college moving into the archeology and anthropology fields to advance science with these theories fresh on their minds to prove, or disprove, our understanding of ourselves improves.
Ridley Scott, the director of Prometheus has set the bar very high for himself, particularly in the realm of science fiction. His films hold up so well, because they work on so many levels, this particular prequel to his great Alien film is particularly stunning as a concept. I was shocked that he took on the project, because he typically doesn’t do sequels, or prequels. He usually makes his movie then advances on to the next project. So for him to revisit this type of film must have some significance to him, which it apparently does.
I would want to go and see this film just to see a science fiction film by Ridley Scott, but as I studied the footage I recognized that he was offering up the events that occurred with the mysterious crashed ship in Alien that had the giant creature fossilized into the gun turret of the destroyed vessel known affectionately as “The Space Jockey.” That caught my interest because I have wondered about that back story since 1979, which was so long ago that ironically it was the same year that Jimmy Carter began the Department of Education. It came to my mind that Prometheus is an offering up a new theory for the origins of mankind as the mystery of “The Space Jockey” is explored in this epic new film.
A plot like that offers a whole range of challenges to our world’s religions, and philosophies to date. That excites me because in those conversations society advances just a bit. A film like Prometheus is not simply a pop-corn eating sci-fi, horror film, but a serious exploration into the idea that earth was not populated by just the sudden emergence of human life evolving from Neanderthals, but was helped along by these giants who used their technology to genetically manipulate the human race for reasons of their own design.
Today what is left of the human being is a distant memory of their origins on other stars and their tendency toward obedience with self-imposed slavery. This impulse is rooted in the collectivism breed into humans at this development stage that only in the last couple of centuries have been challenged by philosophy, most notably the new philosophy of Objectivism. Some of these giants died on earth and their bones were left behind to be buried, and copied by the humans who worshiped them. In myths and legends, the giants became great warriors and gods, and they make their appearance in our own Holy Bible, especially in the story of David and Goliath.
As of this writing, I have no idea if a giant species of humanoid makes an appearance in the new film Prometheus and seed the earth with the first steps of the human race. But, since I was a little kid watching Alien at a drive-in as part 2 of a night of horror starting at about 11 pm at night, I have been fascinated by the giant creature in the gun turret. Knowing what I know now I suspect that this is the case after listening to Ridley Scott talk about his new film in the interview above.
When separate individuals come up with the same basic conclusions after weighing all the evidence, there is merit to the results that are more powerful than results determined through consensus. My hunger to fly to London stems from wanting to know if the creative minds behind Prometheus have arrived at similar theories as I have based on examination of the known evidence.
The names of these species of creatures are unimportant except in the context of the story. But the acceptance that other elements played a part in the creation of mankind is extremely relevant to the understanding of ourselves, as very important decisions will have to be made in our lifetimes about our own mortality, and effectiveness in harnessing the miracles of science. Those decisions will be made by the members of the audience seeing Prometheus, and this makes the film a grand, epic event important to the sustaining culture of the human race.
Science begins with a thought, and that is the merit of science fiction. The concepts created can either be validated or eradicated, but to behold an abstract idea is the first step in understanding. So when the origin of the “space jockey” back story is revealed in Prometheus, a whole new level of mythic interpretation will fill our culture with new questions on a deep quest to be answered, and it is that which excites me to a level unprecedented by virtually any other big screen endeavor I can recently recall.
Many people wonder about my wife, and how she endures many of the antics I get involved with. Well, to convey what type of person she is, I’ll have to report that she is probably more excited about the release of Prometheus than I am, if that tells you anything after reading what I’ve said. The best things are not in diamond rings, fancy dinners, or luxury automobiles. The best things are in ideas–ideas fresh from the mind of the human soul striving forward to understand what has been covered up by millions of years of suppression, and a collective desire to hide from the real history of the human race.