2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
1. Shots of prehistoric Earth. Ape-like humans. Mysterious pillar appears and affects humans.
2. Cut thousands of years into the future. We're in outer space.
3. People talk about the discovery of some strange object.
4. The object sends out a signal that begets a space mission.
5. HAL, a sentient computer, runs the spaceship while everyone is in cryo-sleep.
6. HAL kills all but two of the crew members while they sleep..
7. The crew members HAL does not kill, David and Frank, enter into a weird passive-aggressive battle with HAL that turns deadly.
8. David survives by shutting down HAL to his basic functions.
9. David has a one-on-one encounter with the alien presence (in this case the black monolith).
10. The result of this encounter is this Star Baby appearing just outside the Earth's atmosphere.
1. Shots of prehistoric Earth. Greek God-like human. Mysterious black goop appears and affects the "human".
2. Cut thousands of years into the future. We're in the same spot.
3. There's the discovery of some strange cave painting.
4. The cave painting is a coded message that begets a space mission.
5. David, a sentient android, runs the spaceship while everyone is in cryo-sleep.
6. David doesn't kill any of the crew members while they sleep. When Vickers wakes up she asks "Has anyone died?" Which makes sense in the context that they've all been asleep for two years. But it's a fairly obvious reference to 2001.
7. Charlie Holloway and Elizabeth Shaw have a weird passive-aggressive battle with David. It turns deadly.
8. Elizabeth survives after removing the alien baby David had passive-aggressively impregnated her with.
8.5 Engineer rips David's head off, basically rendering him useless as an Android and making him more a speaking computer.
9. Shaw has a one-on-one fight with the Engineer.
10. The result of this encounter is this xenomorph baby appearing
-Because of Alien, we know the implication of the xenomorph baby at the end of Prometheus. How then does the fate of the xenomorph baby compare 2001's Star Baby?
-Blade Runner situates the viewer in the power-position of the creator/creation dynamic by having humans create androids. How does this viewer-state compare to the one created by Prometheus where humans are the creation and Engineers the creators?
-How does Prometheus incorporate the scare-tactics/terror of Alien in a plot otherwise concerned with ruminations on an existential-dilemma?
I could go on and on. But I've already written four other posts about Prometheus. Time to move on to something else.
In case you missed the previous posts:
1. why Damon Lindelof is probably to blame for Prometheus not being as great as you probably thought it would be (if you don't think it's as great as you thought it would be)
2. as a re-imagining of Blade Runner
3. applying the myth of Prometheus to Prometheus
4. the biologist and the vagina-snake