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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: David and exactly how much emotion and free will he really has. Fan opinions seems to range from him being entirely emotionless and simply following Weyland's orders to being entirely sentient and deliberately seeking out loopholes in his programming. [[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey Sound familiar?]]
** Did he [[spoiler:infect Holloway]] because [[spoiler:Holloway]] was the most convenient target, or because he was the human who had been the biggest [[JerkAss jerk]] to David?
** Since WordOfGod confirmed David had something of a crush on [[spoiler:Elizabeth, [[MurderTheHypotenuse this adds a third potential motivation to infecting Holloway]].]]
* {{Applicability}}: This movie was ''designed'' for WildMassGuessing. One moment of IdiotBall could mean an hour of theorizing behind why it is so.
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* ClicheStorm: But arguably, many of this movie's clichés are ones for which ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' was the TropeMaker / TropeCodifier, so they qualify as {{Call Back}}s.
* ContestedSequel: If you believe the internet, this movie is either a misunderstood masterpiece or a total disaster.
* 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.]]
** Not the film itself, but in real life, a {{Moral Guardian|s}} ticket vendor tried to push away people from the film by claiming that [[spoiler:Shaw self-performs an abortion. The procedure in the film was ''not'' an abortion but a c-section. If it were an abortion, the fetus would have been killed, which it clearly wasn't. Also, perhaps most importantly, it was an alien-squid-abomination that would no doubt have ripped its way out of her given a moment more.]]
* EpilepticTrees: Oh where do we ''begin''? However, one should have expected nothing less from the TropeNamer, [[Series/{{Lost}} Damon Lindelof]] (though not so much as believed - see Misblamed below).
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** [[Creator/MichaelFassbender David]] pretty much steals the show. So much that he is the only well-received aspect of the rewrite and revealed to be [[spoiler:the only crew members to return for the sequel]].
** [[Creator/CharlizeTheron Vickers]] tends to be quite popular as well, [[OnlySaneMan mainly because she's the only remotely intelligent character in the film]].
** [[BunnyEarsLawyer Captain Janek]] also has his fans, mainly because of his quirks, care for his crew and [[spoiler: [[HeroicSacrifice giving his life to make sure the Engineer's bioweapon doesn't reach Earth]].]]
** [[spoiler: The Deacon, a proto-xenomorph that only shows up in the last scene.]]
* 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 was their suit which gave them that 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.
* 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.
* 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.
** 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'']].
* HoYay:
** The crewmen who have a running bet with each other throughout the movie, Ravel and Chance. While they are more likely just friends or at least on familiar terms with one another, the duo did have an awful lot of significant glances and nearly all of their screen time was with the other.
** Also Millburn toward Fifield. He seems to be laughing at his comment early in the film in a way to gain his approval.
* IdiotPlot:
** While the movie is a visually and aesthetically amazing piece, the plot and behavior of the crew is a ''mess.'' Just look at the IdiotBall section to get an idea. ''WebVideo/HonestTrailers'' described the crew like this:
-->"A lazy captain, who leaves his crew to die. A stoner geologist, with state of the art computer maps, radio communication, mapping balls, and GPS, who still gets lost. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBaKqOMGPWc An inconsistent biologist, who is afraid of a 2000 year old dead body, but falls in love with a clearly dangerous alien snake. And an idiot woman who can only run in straight lines."]]
** 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]].
* ItsTheSameNowItSucks: A major weakness of ''Prometheus'' is how similiar it is to ''Franchise/{{Alien}}''. In particular, ''Alien'' was revolutionary for having its protagonists be {{Space Trucker}}s, but here, when the characters are well-financed and highly motivated elite scientists, they still act like unprofessional dabblers and look like they have never been in a field research (or even a field trip, for the inconvenience).
* MemeticMutation:
** "[[WebVideo/RedLetterMedia What was that black goo]]?"
** A lot of images have been made comparing the Engineer to [[WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants Handsome Squidward]].
** [[spoiler: Vickers']] death became popularized by WebVideo/CinemaSins, who claimed Vickers graduated from "The Prometheus School of Running Away From Things". Though, this creates a case of Main/CriticalResearchFailure, as in that scene, you can clearly see that [[spoiler: there is falling rubble blocking her way, therefore she can only in a straight line.]]
* {{Misblamed}}: Zig-Zagged. Damon Lindelof bears the brunt of the hate for this film by people who didn't like 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}}'', but Scott promptly overruled him and worked on Lindelof's ideas on his own way. There is 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.
* OneSceneWonder: [[spoiler:A proto-xenomorph]] shows up only for the last minute of the film, and was a huge hit with the fanbase.
* ParanoiaFuel: David can access the memories of the crew whilst they are in stasis. They've been in stasis for over ''two years''. Furthermore entrusting your life to an amoral synthetic for that length of time is unnerving.
* RetroactiveRecognition:
** On the side of the Engineers, we have [[Series/GameOfThrones The Mountain that Rides]].
** Not to mention [[Series/GameOfThrones Lysa Arryn and Marillion]] as the ship's medic and one of the co-pilots.
* SignatureScene: Shaw's infamous [[spoiler:improvised c-section to remove the monstrosity she's pregnant with]].
* SpecialEffectsFailure: In a film that is by and large ''astonishing'' to look at, Creator/GuyPearce's terrible aged make-up really stands out, the result of prepping a design on the fly during a then-tighter schedule. One could explain it in-universe as side-effects of Weyland trying to extend his age, but it can still be jarring or even creepy.
* SpiritualAdaptation: This film can be viewed as modernized adaptation of Creator/HPLovecraft's ''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 ''Literature/TheCaseOfCharlesDexterWard''.
* {{Squick}}: A completely uncensored emergency [[spoiler:c-section]], anyone?
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: When the original script for the film, ''Alien: Engineers'', became available online and was confirmed as authentic, series fans were outraged over how superior it was to the rewrite, which removed all of the overt connections to the original film and introduced a lot of plot holes in the progress. Also counted towards as TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot.
* UncannyValley:
** ''Heavily'' invoked by the "Happy Birthday, David" viral clip. David is shown making several odd gestures, including what appears to be a slight moment of processing when the narrator asks what he can do (tilting his head slightly with a glossy look in his eyes), and his speech about how war and poverty make him sad, complete with thorough waterworks, then (without missing a beat or changing expression) describing how he does not feel even the remotest emotion but can replicate them perfectly. He also "smiles" (note SarcasmMode) whilst claiming he can perfectly replicate emotion and fit in with humans.
** Brought up when Holloway asks David why he's wearing an environment suit when he doesn't need to breathe. David responds by saying that he was designed to be as human as possible to put humans at ease when dealing with him. Not wearing the suit would put him squarely into UncannyValley territory.
** The Engineers, first seen in the movie's intro. They look almost human, but are over ten feet tall, and seem to have about as much in common with us as we have with David.
* WTHCastingAgency: It seems odd to cast Creator/NoomiRapace as an English scientist considering she uses her own Swedish voice. The real 'WTH' moment comes with casting an obviously English child actress to play the young Elizabeth. The character being English isn't necessarily vital to the plot, so it would have been less jarring to just have Elizabeth be Swedish like her actress.
* VocalMinority: While certainly not perfect, this movie scored a respectable 73% ("Certified Fresh") critical rating on Website/RottenTomatoes--''far'' higher than ''Film/{{Alien 3}}'', ''Film/AlienResurrection'' or either of the two ''Franchise/AlienVsPredator'' movies--and its audience rating was almost as high. Still, to hear some longtime ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' fans talk about it, you'd think this film was a complete disgrace to the franchise with no redeeming qualities whatsoever.
* SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome: Save for Guy Pearce's faulty 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.
* WhatAnIdiot: [[WhatAnIdiot/{{Prometheus}} Also enough for its own page.]]
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