Alien: Covenant, The Last Supper Prologue

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Alien: Covenant is Ridley Scott’s newest addition to the Alien franchise. The film acts as a sequel to Prometheus, which hailed Scott’s return to the franchise and explored the mysterious Space Jockeys introduced in the original film, although they are now named the Engineers. Covenant is set 10 years after Prometheus and 20 years before the events of the original Alien. In Prometheus, Scott introduced more openly religious themes into the franchise and exploring themes of creation. Alien: Covenant‘s title also holds a religious connotation, and this is only amplified by the title of the short five-minute prologue film that 20th Century Fox released in anticipation of Covenant, which will be released on May 19th, on February 22nd, The Last Supper.

As the Last Supper opens, we get an opening shot of the Covenant as it journeys through space. The ship, although not as majestic as the Nostromo from Alien, has a heavy industrial practicality that is reminiscent of the Nostromo. The interior of the Covenant is also very similar to the aesthetic that we were introduced to in Alien. We see the toy hula dancer and a table that feels much like the dinner table aboard the Nostromo, but on the Covenant, the table serves as the location of the titular last supper. Around this table as the crew prepares to enter cryo-sleep, the characters of Alien: Covenant bond and celebrate embarking on their colonization mission. This isn’t the first time that we have seen colonization in the Alien franchise; Aliens explored this theme. Although in Cameron’s addition to the canon, the colony was already abandoned by the time our characters arrive. This time I suspect, the colony will never be erected at all. As the characters bond, we begin to see how these various personalities are going to interact and it left me a lot of faith about the actor’s chemistry with one another. Another aspect that I found exciting, is that there is a fair amount of diversity in the crew, including a gay couple (the first in the franchise). The Alien movies have always been pretty good about this, but it is worth mentioning. The fact that prologue takes the name of the painting and biblical story, The Last Supper, makes me wonder if we will see some kind of apostles to the Engineers in Covenant, and if there will be a Judas amongst the crew. I sure hope it isn’t Walter, the android played by Micheal Fassbender, because that would be terribly predictable considering the history of androids in the Alien films. Walter does seem to be less emotional than most of the previous androids that we have seen, though. He won’t be passing for human any time soon.

Alien: Covenant, The Last Supper

I am excited about this new installment in the franchise and love this form of advertising for the movie. It feels like it matters and builds anticipation organically, rather than trying to impress us with spoilers. What do you think? Are you excited about this new installment in the Alien canon?

If you want to catch up with Alien movies directly related to this one, check out the links below.

You can get a copy of Prometheus here.

You can get a copy of Alien here.

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