I liked Alien Covenant but I got a dejavu feeling during the 2nd act that I also felt heavily in Prometheus which was confusion with the whole mystery of what the black goo is and what it exactly did.
So in Covenant they land on the planet and 2 crew members get infected by spores. So first question, what are these spores? Are they the same as the black goo from Prometheus? Where did they come from?
The spores then eventually incubate inside the human host and release neomorphs (is that the name for them) which are similar to chestbursters but already in mini-alien made form. Now if these spores are similar to the black goo, why do they produce such different outcomes. In Prometheus, it causes 2 crew to visibly rot and die, whilst in Shaw it produces some octupus fetus.
And then there's the huge confusion about the xenomorphs. At the end of Prometheus, that octupus fetus creature grows to become what looks like a large face hugger which implants the engineer to produce an alien. So how does David produce the eggs that have facehuggers inside?
It just seems all over the place and I'm struggling to get a clear holistic picture of alien genetics. Anyone have any solutions?
Post by Tristan Incarnate on Sept 6, 2017 19:41:26 GMT
the black goo is simply alien sperm entailing the creature DNA, as sperm it can impregnate or mutate you (if you are a man) or dissolve you like acid (aliens have acid blood). In writing theory it is a deus ex machina plot device, doing everything that the story requires to remain interesting.