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October 20th, 2014

Prometheus Spoilers: 10 Unanswered Questions

Ridley Scott’s Prometheus is now playing and it has raised more then just a few questions and my good friend Mary and I were just discussing it online and put together a list of 10 questions that were left un-answered and will likely have fans of the Alien franchise scratching their heads severely.

It should go without saying that this post is a massive spoiler so do not read this list until you have seen the film. When you do see it be sure to see it in IMAX 3D if you can. The 3D effects and IMAX visuals make up for the films flaws. So without further ado lets dive into all the un-answered questions Prometheus left us with.

Why did the Weyland robot David poison Halloway?

Prometheus Spoilers: 10 Unanswered Questions

Why did everyone say this was not a prequel to Alien when it clearly was

Prometheus Spoilers: 10 Unanswered Questions

Was the Engineer in the opening scenes on earth? Was he creating life or trying to destroy it? Why was he there and why did he commit suicide?

Prometheus Spoilers: 10 Unanswered Questions

What made the space jockeys have such a hatred for mankind?  Why would the Engineers create Man and then want to destroy humans?

Prometheus Spoilers: 10 Unanswered Questions

Why did they cast Guy Pearce to play an elderly gentleman?  Will he be in flashbacks in the next movies?  Maybe in David’s memory?

Prometheus Spoilers: 10 Unanswered Questions

What happened to the man that was infected by the snake (worm)

Prometheus Spoilers: 10 Unanswered Questions

The Engineer that is found at the beginning of Alien is not the same one in Prometheus. Why?

Prometheus Spoilers: 10 Unanswered Questions

Do the Engineers return to the planet only to be wiped out by the Aliens?

Prometheus Spoilers: 10 Unanswered Questions

How does the new Space Jockeys play into the history of earth and the Alien / Predator angle? Predators supposedly bred the Alien Xenomorph’s for the ultimate hunt.

Prometheus Spoilers: 10 Unanswered Questions

So the human race are actually the origins of the xenomorph?

Prometheus Spoilers: 10 Unanswered Questions

Those are the ten un-answered spoiler questions from Prometheus that Mary and I had but I want to know what questions did you have? What irked you? What had you puzzled? More importantly did you like Prometheus?




69 Comments


  1. Xiadus

    There is no AlienPredator angle AVP has no place in Scott’s Alien or Prometheus.


    • Btherwanger

      I believe you are right. Both stories are seperate from one another. Ridley scotts story being one of more complexity and interest. Still AVP was the shit too!!!


  2. Dude

    what did david say to the Engineer??
    we don’t know what he said.


  3. Britbotrojan

    What type of alien hybrid caused the original destruction of the engineers? The ones we saw had developed from worms in the dirt. What species were the ones the engineers developed?


    • Btherwanger

      Think the engineers that david saw running in the ship via the hologram were running from the plant like creatures that infected the final engineer at the end, creating the xeno species.


  4. Yankeephil

    In the beginning the engineer sacrificed himself to bring life to earth, and the other engineers didn’t like that idea so decided to destroy us. Me I reference Alien series just like Star Wars, they have the original trilogy, (I purposefully left out resurrection and AVP), then they decided to make a prequel which I believe is going to be a prequel trilogy and just like star wars episode one wasn’t great but had to be made to set the story in motion, just like prometheus was made to set the story in motion and I’ll put money on it there are already two more movies on the way. Also the engineer in prometheus is different than in the beginning of Alien because that engineer in prometheus died, and they are on a different planet. Another note, the predator only breed the xenomorph to hunt, but they didn’t create them, just like I breed snakes as a hobby but the original ones were caught first then bred.


    • RepublicansSuckIt

      Wrong. They are NOT on a different planet.  This is the same planet that the Nostromo came to when it received the distress beacon, (now known to have been a warning).  Scott screwed up the end of Prometheus and has pretty much admitted it.


      • Yankeephil

        You are incorrect sir, do some research, in prometheus they land on a moon named LV-226, and in Alien they land on a planet named LV-426. Make sure you know what you’re talking about before you try to act like a know it all and end up looking dumb  :)


        • Yankeephil

          I meant in Prometheus they’re on LV-223 not 226, watch both movies again, they may be in the same universe or even same solar system but definitely different planets


      • You’re completely wrong. Any person with a brain can easily research the internet to know the two worlds are different. How you believe that it’s one and the same and that Ridley Scott is clueless of his own creation is completely ludicrous. 


      • Chino1ne

        You’re a dumb ass.


  5. CrummyLuke

    For the guy that got attacked by the snake looking thing, the Austrailian guy came back and attacked the crew yet he wasn’t the one that got the snake in his mouth, he was being burned by the acid. So I think they may have lost track of who was who in their own script during that scene. Also, the acid blood….just another tie into the Alien franchise


  6. CrummyLuke

    That or I heard the name wrong…..


  7. db borroughs

    Only 10 questions? I have about 35 or 40. The film is so internally flimsy the whole film falls apart for me. the basic idea is okay but the devil being in the details none of it makes any sense


    • Btherwanger

      Really? I really like this entire series, creation any films to to with it. Anyway they want to flip it fine but ridley has story line that appeals and delivers I have been thinking about it for a week.


  8. Gvalo

    The jockey at the beginning of Alien is fossilized and Alien takes place roughly 30 years after Prometheus so it definitely can’t be the same one. Why Aren’t they the same? There’s no reason for them to be. Prometheus is in the same universe and on a different planet.


    • Relapse808

      I have a different theory.  I think that the ship in alient and the space jockey could be Shaw.  When they took off in the derelect ship they stated they were not going home to Earth.  Maybe it was them???


  9. JBocGivingHisThoughts

    Out of the comments posted here, only two seem to have shown any type of true thinking intellegence. Which I find very sad. That comment is not meant to sound snobbish nor arrogant. But we live in a society where people want to go to the movies and have fluff they don’t have to use their brain capacity on to understand simply throw at them to consume without any true thought. Ridley Scott has always been a director who knows exactly how to utilize visuals with much deeper meanings. For a breathtakingly more insightful view on a translation of Prometheus, read this article: http://cavalorn.livejournal.com/584135.html .


    • CrummyLuke

      So wait…you just called most of the people above stupid and you’re trying to say that’s not snobbish or arrogant? No single person’s honest opinion should be broken down to such a narrow view or made to feel intellectually challenged just because they have a different view to yours or different questions.

      It shouldn’t really be that hard to express what your thoughts are in response to another person’s point of view in a conscientious way.

      If your comment is any indication of how “breathtaking” and “insightful” the article you’ve linked is then I look forward to not reading it.

      P.S. You spelled intelligence wrong- I only bring it up because I believe you should be criticized as you have criticized the folks who previously commented.


    • CrummyLuke

      So wait…you just called most of the people above stupid and you’re trying to say that’s not snobbish or arrogant? No single person’s honest opinion should be broken down to such a narrow view or made to feel intellectually challenged just because they have a different view to yours or different questions.

      It shouldn’t really be that hard to express what your thoughts are in response to another person’s point of view in a conscientious way.

      If your comment is any indication of how “breathtaking” and “insightful” the article you’ve linked is then I look forward to not reading it.

      P.S. You spelled intelligence wrong- I only bring it up because I believe you should be criticized as you have criticized the folks who previously commented.


      • Casafenix

        Article is good though


      • Natesdevices

        He’s right though. The reason the critics all loved it, but the general audience is split between those who do and those who don’t like it, is because moviegoers have no sense of interpretive thinking and are unable or unwilling to actually try to analyze the material in order to achieve a better movie going experience. It’s because they are stupid and lazy and thats why “smart” films don’t do half as well with an american audience as they do with a foreign one.


    • Spitwad

      There may be a section of film goers who don’t enjoy thinking.  But to say most of the world’s film-going audience just want mindless fluff is totally wrong.  If this was the case, why are intelligent television shows like Game of Thrones, Mad Men and Deadwood so popular?  Heck, you could even chuck Lost in that list too if you wanted to (despite it suffering from some major story telling problems). 
      I personally thought Prometheus was visually spectacular but there were too many questions left unanswered.  And I don’t mean the deep, meaningful, “where do we come from” “religion vs science” questions.  I mean obvious common sense questions that made some of the characters (and sometimes the film makers themselves) come across as half wits.

      EG – A biologist that runs away from a long dead, non threatening alien engineer body but is happy as hell to try and tickle an aggressive snake-like alien (Has he never heard of cobras?)
      – A geologist who maps the entire ship then gets lost.
      – The captain of the ship, who also has the aforementioned map showing the locations of the away team plus camera feeds from all of them,  doesn’t even notice until it’s too late that the geologist and biologist are missing.  Then has no idea where they are, despite the map being right next to his captains chair.  
      – A super intelligent robot, there to serve the humans (when he isn’t trying to secretly infect them) who constantly disobeys orders from the humans not to touch everything.  Wouldn’t that raise a few questions amongst the human crew?
      – Weyland hides on the ship.  For what reason?  And why was no one besides Noomi Rapace’s character shocked by this.
      – How did the Weyland hologram know where to look when he introduced Noomi and her boyfriend? 
      – Charlize Theron is Weyland’s daughter.  Why is this important?  The way it was shown made it appear to be something incredibly important to the plot (like Darth Vader revealing he’s Luke’s father) but instead it eventuated into nothing.

      The list goes on and on.  It’s great to make a film that raises questions (Alien is a perfect example of this) but the film also has to make some common sense.  A few mistakes here and there are understandable but to have this many obvious ones in was trying to be an intelligent film of the genre is the true mystery.


  10. Why did the Weyland robot David poison Halloway? Because he could. Because he was told to try harder by Weyland.


    • BDRanger

      David asked Holloway how far he would go to find the answers.

      Holloway responded with anything, that is when David contaminated Holloway’s drink.

      David was asking for permission to taint the drink and did so at Holloway’s directive.


    • Scanlonlatina

      I noticed David started to show human like emotions on his face. And the dr/ archeologist kept giving David little robot insults and david made a face like take that jerk after he gives the dr the water.


  11. How does the new Space Jockeys play into the history of earth and the Alien / Predator angle? Predators supposedly bred the Alien Xenomorph’s for the ultimate hunt. The AvP movies are completely irrelevant and should be sent to the Sun to be destroyed.


  12. What happened to the man that was infected by the snake (worm)? He became alien snake food.


  13. Was the Engineer in the opening scenes on earth? Was he creating life or trying to destroy it? Why was he there and why did he commit suicide? The Engineer destroyed his life to create new life. I assume he was on Earth though he may not have been.


  14. The Engineer that is found at the beginning of Alien is not the same one in Prometheus. Why? Did you not see the Engineer get killed by the alien bursting out of its body? ALIEN takes place in a totally different location.


  15. What made the space jockeys have such a hatred for mankind?  Why would the Engineers create Man and then want to destroy humans? Wait for the sequel. 


    • Dagobert II

       I think the Engineer’s hatred of us is a form of self-judgement.  We are they and they are us.  We are genetically identical.  In breeding bio-weapons they realized they effed up, condemning themselves and the cosmos.  They did not want us to repeat the cycle, like the Ouroboros, an ancient alchemical symbol that I think is quite relevant here.  http://img10.imageshack.us/img10/4925/ouroborosb.jpg


    • Scanlonlatina

      Maybe they seed planets with DNA for the terra forming process. And once the planet is ready and before their creation uses all the natural resources they send alien to kill them all? And clear the world for themselves


    • SimonJester753

       Look at the Engineers. They are perfection. Then look at us. It’s like if your goal was to create Angelina Jolie and you got Rosie O’Donnell. We disgust them.

      Or check out my longer theory posted elsewhere.


  16. Why did they cast Guy Pearce to play an elderly gentleman?  Will he be in flashbacks in the next movies?  Maybe in David’s memory? You used a photo of the younger Weyland from a viral video. The TED TALK viral video takes place before the events in Prometheus. Guy was casted for the movie to keep continuity with the viral videos that were released in the months before the opening of the film. Think of them as short film prequels.


  17. Do the Engineers return to the planet only to be wiped out by the Aliens? Who knows… maybe. It really doesn’t matter. What matters more is what is going on on their home planet, where Shaw is headed at the end of the film.


    •  I suspect it will be found that the Engineer’s home planet was contaminated and destroyed by the bio-weapons that got out of control on the planet visited in Prometheus and Alien.  Of course that raises the question of why the ancient Engineers would direct humanity to their bioweapons factory planet instead of their home planet unless they wanted to ‘quarantine’ any returning ‘children’ that might come looking for them.  This reinforces my belief that the Engineers consider themselves, and us, potentially dangerous.


  18. So the human race are actually the origins of the xenomorph? I’d say no. Humans derive from the much older Space Jockey. The ancient paintings/carvings in the cargo chamber suggest a xenomorph that more than likely predates the existence of the human race. My guess is that DNA depicts the inherited qualities of the xenomorph.


  19. Why did everyone say this was not a prequel to Alien when it clearly was? There is no direct link between the two films that tie them together. Prometheus is a story that takes place before ALIEN but it also takes place in the same universe as ALIEN. So there are many commonalities between the two films… though no true direct link exists.


    • None

      Wetland is a direct link, as the Nostromo is owned by Weyland-Yutani.


      • That’s a commonality from being in the same universe… not a direct link. Non of the events in Prometheus have anything to do with the movie ALIEN.


      • Yankeephil

        The Nostromo is owned by Weyland Corp not Weyland-Yutani, the company didn’t merge till 2130, the events of the first movie took place in 2122, and Peter Weyland from the movie is the the original founder of Weyland Corp 


        • Alex Andersson

           The Nostromo was owned by Weylan-Yutani. The name appears several times in the movie Alien on video screens and on the beer cans that the crew drink from. James Cameron changed the name to Weyland-Yutani and that spelling has remained ever since. Therefore, Ridley Scott always intended for the Nostromo to have been sent by Weyland-Yutani.

          Whether or not Ridley intends on using CGI to remove these visual references from future cuts of the film is anyone’s guess, but they remain in the film and are there for anyone who wishes to find them.


  20. Moniquecrafford

    The guy whi got attacked by the snake appeared outside the ship and tried to kill everyone. At least thats what I gathered. Also, about why the tried to destroy us, the answers will most likely be in the next film. The relationship to Alien questions are pointless as this is not a prequel in itself, it requires a sequal to wrap up. Once the next one comes out all the questions this one left open will most likely be answered.


    • Fifield was the one who attacked the crew. He was the one who’s helmet melted from the acid blood. His face fell right into a pool of the black bio-former liquid and mutated him.


      • Bret

        see, now that’s not what I gathered and I have a different scenario than BOTH of you. Fifield just got acid in his face and died, thats it. The guy with the snake in his mouth also died, thats it. Charlie, who David poisoned, is the one I saw attack everyone. He got burned by Charlize and they left his body there all mangled. That’s why he was still there and still alive, the poison did that. That’s how I saw it.


  21. Jis87

    Sequel, sequel,….I see no sequel or whatsoever on IMDB :( I hope it won’t be another 23 years lol!


  22. Jis87

    *I mean 33 years


  23. Just a guess on my part.   but the engineer at the start of the film may have been sentenced to die, in keeping with the title of the film he did something the other engineers did not want him to do, but instead being around for punishment his ‘gift’ took his own life someone else had suggested that the robe that he/she/it was wearing may have been a cult within the engineer race.


  24. When everyone goes into the room with the big head that was a mural / sculpture of a Alien Queen on the wall I think the Aliens existed on their own, BUT the engineers being the supposedly intelligent race that they are/were, thought they could take what they wanted from the Aliens and make something they could control; apparently this was a failure considering all the ‘Jockeys’ running in the hallway (apparently from something)  and the dead bodies the crew members found during the night.


    • I disagree that was a queen xenomorph in the mural. HR Giger created the ALIEN xenomorph design and the sculpture for Prometheus. James cameron created the queen for ALIENS and designed it with Stan Winston. I seriously doubt Giger would redesign someone elses creation when he is a perfectly capable artist.


  25. Question # 2  why its not a prequel

    some already mentioned that things don’t exactly line up while a few things would the space jockey that was leaving but decided to (try to) kill Shaw although the jockey ship crashes lands it had  a Alien implanted in it. it gave birth and died in the luxury suite (for lack of a better term) if it would have gotten up and got back in its ship and flew off and probably crash after launching then that could have been a  direct tie into alien. 

    keep in mind they only went into 1 ground structure there was probably a few more ships (Shaw took another 1) and maybe engineers depending on how bad the ‘outbreak’ was.

    along with that there are supposedly more military installations across the universe 


  26. I was thinking watching the film that the creatures in there were a pre-evolved form of the aliens but like I said about the mural and Queen Alien that would’nt make sense.
    my question what exactly was the life cycle of the engineered aliens?

    Worms in sludge < Snakes < ?  
    I  ask because we never found out what happened to the guy besides the snake jumping out of his mouth.

    I was wondering if the engineers were trying to recreate their own race?  because the guy who went back to the ship (face fell in the sludge) looked a bit taller, stronger and was certainly flexible (the way he was waiting in front of the ramp. he probably could give the engineer a decent fight.
    so were they trying to destroy us at a cellular level and rebuild humans to be just like them?

    worm capsule in booze< Human/worm hybrid < facehugger/ body hugger squid???< incubating seed in engineer = Alien?


  27. Schaaffthomas

    Why does everyone think that was the same ship and planet from 1979’s film?
    I believe the crew of Prometheus , or David ! Said there was several ships there.
    It’s possible the chest buster got onto one of those other ships!
    If one ship had engineers still alive just in cryostasis, I’m sure the other ships did has well.
    In my opinion the engineer had enough time to start an awakening process for the others to continue the mission.
    With one of the ships carrying the alien on board ,( a queen ) killing the crew forcing the ship to crash onto the planet the nostromo landed on.
    On that planet Kane saw thousands of eggs, ( that’s why it would be have to be a queen.
    That’s only my thoughts .


  28. Sula

    I liked that the Alien at the start of the film looked like the Greeks did in early art work on Earth. Those Greco-Roman features with the big, heavy lidded eyes, were a nice touch.

    I didn’t think the alien was committing suicide at the start. He could have been about to cover himself with a balm before swimming. Who knows? He might not have known what was in the jar. Also, someone in the film points out that it’s a planet they use to test weapons of mass destruction. So it could have simply been something that got out of their control.

    Someone in the film says it’s a few thousands years ago since the aliens died on that planet (I think). I thought that meant that they were going back to Earth to wipe out their Human experiment, perhaps after tens of thousands of years before they had oringinally seeded/upgraded humans on Earth. On returning to the LV planet the ‘bombs’ of biological weapons leaked/escaped killing all bar the one in statis.

    There’s no reason why the alien at the start of Alien needs to be the same as in Prometheus. David says there are lots of space ships on the planet. So it could be yet one of many similar ships.

    I loved the film and can’t wait to see it again. I don’t normally watch a film twice at the movies but I want to see this one again soon. :)


  29. Bdrose17

    The movie failed to explain what was killing the engineers and why was the engineer at the end of the movie mutating? What were they running from in the holograms?


  30. LordOfShadows

    We know from Alien that the alien itself is ancient in it’s creation/evolution, based on how long the derelict craft had been resting on the moon LV-426 with its fossilized ‘pilot’. How the eggs survived so long is probably due to the atmospheric field containing them (moisture, nutrients, who knows, etc.). My main issue with Prometheus is it’s attempt to link the formation of the ‘alien’ with humans, which would make them not at all ancient and somewhat less than completely alien. The angle the movie takes with regard to the pilot/engineer/jockey race is interesting, though I heavily disagree with the elephantine face being only a mask rather than the creature itself. Also, anyone who swallows whatever Scott or Hollywood feeds them as fact and says I’m out of line needs to get their head checked. Since when has Hollywood or it’s directors cared more about what’s accurate and reasonable than about what wows the [dumb] audience?

    ALSO, what’s with the two guys approaching the snake-like alien? They were paranoid about contact with anything, then it appears and they suddenly wax friendly and approach it for no reason? Any reasonable person would have kept a safe distance and not crooned at it like some domestic pet. God I hate Ridley Scott for that, and for all of the other all-too-predictable moments in the film.

    To sum up, this movie is to me what the Star Wars prequels were to their progenitors. Namely, it never happened, because it’s stupid and undermines everything I loved (and feared) about the original works.


  31. Btherwanger@yahoo.com

    Loved prometheus. I have watch the alien trilogy as a jid and love it still the new movie was great I can’t wait for prometheus part 2 or whatever it will be called. Wee ned more movie series with unanswered forshadowed story lines. Love it. And my question is this the names from all of the cyborgs from alien. Aliens. And alien resurection.. AND prometheus make up A.B.C.D… D for david…. why the alphabetical lineup?


  32. Farouk Shabal

    David poisoned Charlie as an experiment, ultimately the machines we create will destroy us in the same way the Engineers operated


  33. Notfoolishyet

    #4 Why do the Space Jockeys have such hatred for mankind?

    Jesus was a space jockey and we killed him.  Now they want to destroy us for it.  Boom!


  34. SimonJester753

    I have not read all the above comments. Too much name calling and hair pulling.

    Here is my theory. The Engineers “seeded” other planets and terraformed them, but they didn’t do it like we saw in the opening scene– they cheaped out and the results were the Predators. That would explain why the Predators are biped humanoids, but with yucky faces – we come from the same stock.

    Once the Predators acquired enough tech, they turned on the Engineers.

    A lone Engineer figures out that the only way to make a planet develop “true human” life is to sacrifice himself. He goes to Earth and starts things.

    The Engineers made the Alien weapon to use against  the Predators. And they decided all the other planets they started life on, including Earth, must be destroyed, just to be safe. But they fail to launch.

    The Predators win, or at least survive after giving the Engineers a major ass-wupping. They reach Earth after the Engineers have left and bring Aliens and set up their hunting pyramid at the south pole. They pass themselves off as gods to the primitive humans.

    As to why the robot infected the human? Because he could.


  35. Tom

    This movie was brilliant . I’m
    Looking forward to the next part.
    ” Come on people this story has just begun! ”
    We at this point are no were near lv 427…….
    A good story takes us on a journey, and I’m along for the ride .


  36. John

    Why don’t they have a really freaky xenomorph that implants the egg thru a person’s butt? Then during dinner he/she keels over onto the table and their butt explodes and out pops a really nasty smelly alien! This would be a great role for Richard Geer.


  37. Timothy Thomas

    Did anyone notice, all the engineers look alike. I suspect that they are
    all clones/copy; was trying to bring back their long gone masters. In
    the movie David said “mortal after all”. Gods do not die, so was Mr
    Wehland foolish to ask. Think about it, how could a civilization that
    advanced make such a stupid mistake; in letting such a dangerous
    technology get out of control. remember the one who lost his head had
    signs of the contamination on his skin. What no helmet. Then the
    holograph showed that they ran in fear, obviously the could not conquer
    death. However I can give you some answers. 1. If we humans evolved from
    the oceans the the squid was our primal organism. 2. that makes the
    alien creature that burst from the engineer their primal organism. So
    who created them is the real answer. last of all I think the
    clones/copies are from a religious cult that worships life and thought
    that David was a abomination and ripped the head off his cold animated
    body.
    If you want more answers, i’ve got them.



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