When You Already Know It’s All Going to Shit: The New Alien: Covenant Trailer Takes a Familiar Path, But We Don’t Care

Say what you will about Ridley Scott; the man knows how to do aliens. Specifically, that Alien, and no matter how familiar it all may feel, we’ll still go plunk down our dollars to be expertly terrified one more time.

The Alien:  Covenant wildcards are these:  Who is Katherine Waterston’s Daniels, and is she related to Ellen Ripley? 

Whose side is this David — aka Walter, a rebuild of Prometheus‘ David — on?

And, what happened to Dr. Elizabeth Shaw aka supposed genius-type archeologist who thought following a killer Engineer was a good idea?

How many years later does the Covenant mission take place? What — how much — does David know about the aliens and the Engineers? I could probably go on for days, but I’m certain you’d rather just jump in and see the latest trailer. It feels oh so familiar, but just as freakily exciting and terrifying, and we still have a million questions.

Waterston is the perfect Ripley antecedent; even her look is similar to Ellen, I’m willing to bet she’s related. What we’re really dying to know though is, what exactly happened that sent this particular nastyball rolling in the first place? What could humanity have done to so offend those Engineers?

Because, here

we

go

again.

Was it Trump?

I’ll bet it was totally Trump.

Alien:  Covenant stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Noomi Rapace, Danny McBride, Billy Crudup, Demián Bichir, Amy Seimetz, Carmen Ejogo, Callie Hernandez, Alexander England, James Franco, Nathaniel Dean and Jussie Smollett. Catch it in theaters beginning May 19, 2017. Previous trailer here.

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis has been writing about the entertainment industry for ​over seven years, and is the ​Editor-in-Chief at Oohlo, where she muses over television, movies, and pop culture. Previous Senior News Editor at Pajiba, and published at BUST.

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  • Nadiney

    So presumably, this is the Engineer ship from Prometheus, which Noomi and David have crashed here (someone says David when they find the dog tags?) and she’s mananged to seed Earth like plant life.

    So, based on what Prometheus suggests the Engineers probably taught us farming etc or maybe the Engineer ship- which must be somekind of ark/seed/world ship, has Seed banks which she’s used to create an Earth like planet for them to live on. She’s terraformed it?

    But, if they left in the Engineer ship, they took all that black goo with them so…..

    buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut will they explain the relief of the Alien Queen on the walls of the Prometheus Engineer ship?

    Is…..is each ship a seed ship, or do they serve different purposes? Was this one ship part seed ship/part weapons programme? Are Xenomorphs an inevitability of the goooo or are they a side effect the Engineers lost control of?

    • Excellent questions. Yeah, I wonder if the Engineers knew what they wrought, or if the Aliens evolved. I can’t imagine Shaw did anything on purpose — she wanted to chat it up with that killer Engineer who clearly wanted nothing to do with humans (other than wipe them out) — so I presume we’ll see her killed.

      I’m curious who reprogrammed David/Walter (himself?), and what his goal is now.

      • Nadiney

        I like your Pajiba post about how he could get Shaw to reattach him to his body-even if it was ….after that he could easily self programme, I think. He’s clearly a profoundly independent entity-I don’t even think he cared about Weyland getting skull cracked. By then it was all about David’s own exploration of life, self, creation…the gooooo.

        • I do think he’s exceptionally curious — here is a “new” life form, that like him was engineered, rather than solely biologically created. It morphs and matures exceedingly fast. It’s not predicable. I wonder if he has an idea to mate with it, so to speak.