History YMMV / Prometheus

23rd Sep '17 4:44:50 PM VoxAquila
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* ContestedSequel: If you believe the internet, this movie is either a misunderstood masterpiece or a total disaster.



* LoveItOrHateIt: If you believe the internet, this movie is either a misunderstood masterpiece or a total disaster.
10th Sep '17 8:07:02 PM PaulA
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* SpiritualAdaptation: This film can be viewed as modernized adaptation of Creator/HPLovecraft's ''At the Mountains of Madness''. This is due to the fact that much of its first-act material was taken directly from Dan O'Bannon's original ''Alien'' script, which was essentially a rework of that story (the version we're familiar with was a root-and-branch rewrite by David Giler and Creator/WalterHill). O'Bannon (like his friend and onetime collaborator, Creator/JohnCarpenter) was a major Lovecraft nut and would eventually direct ''The Resurrected'', an adaptation of Lovecraft's ''The Case of Charles Dexter Ward''.

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* SpiritualAdaptation: This film can be viewed as modernized adaptation of Creator/HPLovecraft's ''At the Mountains of Madness''.''Literature/AtTheMountainsOfMadness''. This is due to the fact that much of its first-act material was taken directly from Dan O'Bannon's original ''Alien'' script, which was essentially a rework of that story (the version we're familiar with was a root-and-branch rewrite by David Giler and Creator/WalterHill). O'Bannon (like his friend and onetime collaborator, Creator/JohnCarpenter) was a major Lovecraft nut and would eventually direct ''The Resurrected'', an adaptation of Lovecraft's ''The Case of Charles Dexter Ward''. ''Literature/TheCaseOfCharlesDexterWard''.
1st Jul '17 9:53:23 AM Infection
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* HarsherInHindsight: David mentioning that Ellie's father was [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ebola_virus_disease killed by Ebola]] back when the film was originally released in 2012 may have made it seem like a distant, exotic disease to most people around the world. Then in 2014 an Ebola outbreak flares up again in West Africa, infecting several US caregivers and doctors in the region, killing one man who had visited relatives there and didn't get treated in time, and infecting one of the nurses who was looking after said man that died of the disease. Suddenly Ebola doesn't seem so remote any longer for those in the West that normally only saw news statistics about deaths in Africa from this disease.

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* HarsherInHindsight: HarsherInHindsight:
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David mentioning that Ellie's father was [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ebola_virus_disease killed by Ebola]] back when the film was originally released in 2012 may have made it seem like a distant, exotic disease to most people around the world. Then in 2014 an Ebola outbreak flares up again in West Africa, infecting several US caregivers and doctors in the region, killing one man who had visited relatives there and didn't get treated in time, and infecting one of the nurses who was looking after said man that died of the disease. Suddenly Ebola doesn't seem so remote any longer for those in the West that normally only saw news statistics about deaths in Africa from this disease.disease.
** In a less significant but still worth noting thing to mention, a lot of David's friendly interactions with Shaw becomes this considering [[spoiler:that he kills her in ''Film/AlienCovenant'']].
22nd May '17 10:07:03 AM RagingHigher
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* FanDislikedExplanation: Many fans did not like this answer to the question raised by the Space Jockey. One of the main points was the reveal that they look like humans and not the elephantine alien beasts thought until then, despite the fact Ridley Scott had stated endlessly that it had always been their suit which gave them that shape.

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* FanDislikedExplanation: Many fans did not like this answer to the question raised by the Space Jockey. One of the main points was the reveal that they look like humans and not the elephantine alien beasts thought until then, despite the fact Ridley Scott had stated endlessly since that it had always been was their suit which gave them that shape.shape.
* {{Fanon}}: People tend to believe Sean Fifield is supposed to be Irish, as his first name is of Irish origin and he generally looks an awful lot like Wrestling/{{Sheamus}}. However, nothing about his background has been officially released.
21st May '17 7:59:34 AM Cieloazul
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* CriticalResearchFailure: One of the scientists on the bridge of the ship claims that 3% atmospheric carbon dioxide will kill you. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_dioxide#mediaviewer/File:Main_symptoms_of_carbon_dioxide_toxicity.svg It won't.]]

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* CriticalResearchFailure: CriticalResearchFailure:
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One of the scientists on the bridge of the ship claims that 3% atmospheric carbon dioxide will kill you. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_dioxide#mediaviewer/File:Main_symptoms_of_carbon_dioxide_toxicity.svg It won't.]]



* {{Misblamed}}: Damon Lindelof bears the brunt of the hate for ''Prometheus'' by people who didn't like it. In fact, he cautioned Ridley Scott ''against'' leaving so many mysteries unexplained, precisely because of the bad reaction to the finale of ''{{Series/Lost}}''. Scott promptly overruled him. There is also ample evidence major parts of the film were rewritten, reedited, or reshot by Scott well into production. The much derided decision by the science team to remove their helmets, for instance, was not in Lindelof's original script.

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* {{Misblamed}}: Zig-Zagged. Damon Lindelof bears the brunt of the hate for ''Prometheus'' this film by people who didn't like it. In fact, it, as now it's known that he turned the script from what was originally known as ''Aliens: Engineers'' into the first draft of ''Prometheus''. However, his treatment didn't end up being the final product either: he cautioned Ridley Scott ''against'' leaving so many mysteries unexplained, precisely because of the bad reaction to the finale of ''{{Series/Lost}}''. ''{{Series/Lost}}'', but Scott promptly overruled him. him and worked on Lindelof's ideas on his own way. There is also ample evidence major parts of the film were rewritten, reedited, or reshot by Scott well into production. The much derided decision by the science team to remove their helmets, for instance, was not in Lindelof's original script.



* SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome: Save for Guy Pearce's faulty makeup, even those with a negative opinion on the film can agree that it looks incredible, ''especially'' in 3D. Some examples include but not limited to would be the opening shots of the waterfall and the world, The Engineer's sacrifice, and the Starmap.

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* SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome: Save for Guy Pearce's faulty makeup, makeup (which, as mentioned, can be explained in-universe), even those with a negative opinion on the film can agree that it looks incredible, ''especially'' in 3D. Some examples include but not limited to would be the opening shots of the waterfall and the world, The Engineer's sacrifice, and the Starmap.
17th May '17 12:59:43 AM KingClark
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** Surprisingly, Creator/RogerEbert, who popularized the term "idiot plot", gave this movie four stars. He did, however, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-x1YuvUQFJ0 later link to this]]

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** Surprisingly, Creator/RogerEbert, who popularized the term "idiot plot", gave this movie four stars. He did, however, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-x1YuvUQFJ0 later link to this]]this]].
7th May '17 3:04:31 PM Infection
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* AwesomeMusic: If there was ever a piece of music that perfectly represents the sheer awe and majesty of creation, then, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzI3AdpA9e4 "Life"]] is it. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x83SXBc1sV0&list=RD02rzI3AdpA9e4 "Earth"]] could count as well.
4th May '17 5:51:08 PM KingClark
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* SignatureScene: Shaw's infamous [[spoiler:improvised C-section to remove the monstrosity she's pregnant with]].

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* SignatureScene: Shaw's infamous [[spoiler:improvised C-section c-section to remove the monstrosity she's pregnant with]].
4th May '17 5:50:53 PM KingClark
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* RetroactiveRecognition: On the side of the Engineers, we have [[Series/GameOfThrones The Mountain that Rides]].

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On the side of the Engineers, we have [[Series/GameOfThrones The Mountain that Rides]].


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* SignatureScene: Shaw's infamous [[spoiler:improvised C-section to remove the monstrosity she's pregnant with]].
16th Mar '17 11:36:38 AM Eagal
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* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: [[spoiler:The coda showing the birth of a "proto"-xenomorph, a scene created to connect the film to the greater ''Alien'' mythology. However, audiences new to the context of the film don't know what the point of this critter is, since it was never foreshadowed, and it has no impact on the narrative, characterization, or the central conflict of the film, and have therefore found the epilogue confusing and out of nowhere. Audiences who know about ''Alien'' will acknowledge the connection, but since the action for a potential sequel has now moved offworld (with Shaw and David traveling to the Engineer planet) and ''Prometheus'' takes place on a wholly different planet from ''Alien'', the scene is a narrative dead-end.]]
** It does actually continue the central theme of [[spoiler:ParentalAbandonment. Shaw unintentionally took part in creating it, making her yet another Prometheus, and literally rejected it.]] It was also foreshadowed on the mural, shown in a [[spoiler:crucifixion pose and is [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory birthed on Christmas via impossible pregnancy]].]]



* {{Genius Bonus}}/{{Shown Their Work}}: One of David's scenes prior to the arrival of ''Prometheus'' at LV-223 shows him studying [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schleicher%27s_fable Schleicher's fable]], an artificial story written in the reconstructed Proto-Indo-European language in 1868 [[ScienceMarchesOn (and updated over the decades as our best guess as to the vocabulary of PIE evolved)]]. David's (presumably virtual) instructor was an actual linguistics professor hired by Creator/RidleyScott to create the Engineers' language and teach it to the actors.

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* {{Genius Bonus}}/{{Shown Their Work}}: GeniusBonus: One of David's scenes prior to the arrival of ''Prometheus'' at LV-223 shows him studying [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schleicher%27s_fable Schleicher's fable]], an artificial story written in the reconstructed Proto-Indo-European language in 1868 [[ScienceMarchesOn (and updated over the decades as our best guess as to the vocabulary of PIE evolved)]]. David's (presumably virtual) instructor was an actual linguistics professor hired by Creator/RidleyScott to create the Engineers' language and teach it to the actors.
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