Alien Covenant: Heading towards Prometheus: Paradise Lost: Impossibility of existence leading to Kubrickian Questions, leading to the hunt for the big boy

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a) Impossibility of existence

Ridley didn't think we were here by accident. He found it hard to believe how life could exist, because the molecular miracles that would have to occur were in the trillions, since the first sign of human life that crawled out of the mud with the four fingers, would be impossible, unless there was some sort of guidance system.

With that, there was the sun approximately the same distance from Earth as it for maybe millions of other planets and planetoids that are almost identical in distance and therefore enjoy the value or sunlight on their sold.

Could one tell Ridley that there are no other planets with human life. He simply didn't believe it.

b) Kubrickian Questions

So there was a question being raised for him, it was the same as was depicted in 2001 when the monolith lands in Ethiopia and the ape that had been grubbing around in the water hole with all of them bickering at each other, goes up and touches it.

He then has a bigger thought injected into his brain that Isaac Newton had when he sat under a tree and watched and apple fall.

Kubrick then picked something metaphorically poetic in its violence, as the ape picks up a hip bone and brains the tapir so that can eat him.

This was one gigantic, magnificent leap of a thousand years of evolution, it was where the would begin, and it was a great thinking, and this is what Ridley wanted to explore.

So Ridley thought that one had to go back, find those engineers and see what they were thinking.

c) Hunt for the big boy

He was asking If the engineers were the forerunners of the human race on Earth, therefore were creators of life forms in places that were possible for biology to function, then who created them and where was this being, the big boy?

Or should we think this was all an accident?

Ridley didn't have an answer and noted that even Stephen Hawking was saying "I am not sure" and no longer believed in the big bang.

  1. Ridley Scott: Because this will set up definitely a sequel and then another sequel, and then it depends on how clever you are, if you want to keep going, because we've gone off in a different direction which is about creation, right, and this is about creation and then destruction, if you realise you've done something , what you've, whatever you've created is wrong, you want to kind of wipe it out and start again, wipe the slate clean. So that line of Fassbender, where she says , where..."where they're going", he says "earth", "why" , and he says, I maybe misquoting this, but he says , "well sometimes to create, you first must destroy", You know whose line that was? Joe Stalin. So Stalin has a series of quotations which are like absolutely gob smacking frightening, when you think in those terms, how many, how many people did Stalin in sixty nine/six to nine? (Stalin carried out a great purge from around 1936-1939)  ,  without even thinking about it, so you're moving it to that kind of epic proportions of saying if there is an off world situation where they do lay seed to planets and planetoids, and that's their role, that's their self given role within the context of their own universe or their own span, like gardeners of the universe, are they gods or are they not. if they're not gods, they're simply us, then where does the buck stop, who made them , right, and why, what's the grand plan, what's the bucket that everything's in, you know, and so that, you can go on evolving, and I think even Hawkins of this juncture has admitted that he thinks that there may be other forms, life forms out there and he said, he said hopefully they won't visit, they won't be nice, yeah. Well, if they're that smart, they're not going to be particularly nice are they.(Prometheus director commentary)
  2. DEADLINE: Where do you take the Prometheus 2 plot?
    SCOTT: You can either say, leave the first film alone and jump ahead, but you can’t because it ends on too specific a plot sentence as she says, I want to go where they came from, I don’t want to go back to where I came from. I thought the subtext of that film was a bit florid and grandiose, but it asks a good question: who created us? I don’t think we are here by accident. I find it otherwise hard to believe you and I are sitting here at this table, because the molecular miracles that would have had to occur were in the trillions, since the first sign of human life that crawled out of the mud with four fingers, would bloody well be impossible, unless there was some guidance system. Also, you have the sun approximately the same distance from earth as it is from maybe millions of planets and planetoids that are almost identical distance and therefore enjoy the value of sunlight on their soil. Are you telling me there are no other planets with human life? I simply don’t believe it.
    That raises the question to me, same as was depicted in 2001 when that object comes hurtling through space, and lands in Ethiopia. And an ape that had been grubbing around in the water hole with all of them bickering at each other, goes up and touches it. He has a bigger thought injected into his brain than Newton got sitting under a tree and seeing an apple fall. Stanley then picks something metaphorically poetic in its violence, as the ape picks up a hip bone and brains the anteater so they can eat him. That is one gigantic, magnificent leap of a thousand years of evolution; that is where the world begins. It is pretty grand thinking, and that’s what I want to explore. You’ve got to go back and find those engineers and see what they are thinking. If engineers are the forerunners of us, and therefore were creators of life forms in places that were possible for biology to function, who created that? Where’s the big boy? You think this was all an accident? I don’t know. Even Stephen Hawking now says, I am not sure. He no longer believes in the big bang. (http://deadline.com/2015/09/ridley-scott-the-martian-star-wars-2001-alien-blade-runner-prometheus-toronto-film-festival-1201522484/
  3. Ridley Scott: Prometheus 1 was an attempt to resurrect and reinvigorate the alien character. I felt it was a little worn out and so we started on a brand new path, imagining many years before Alien 1 and discovering these creatures which are called Engineers which are superior to us. Are they gods, not really and therefore it raises a bigger question, well, who is God, who made them. So it, I'm trying to layer this cake into a much bigger larger question than a monster in a tin can killing people. Even though it was formidable, we've got to go bigger than that, okay. So, Prometheus started the ball rolling and we had the Deacon at the end which was the forerunner of the alien. We are now picking up upon what will be called Alien: Paradise Lost. The script's done, I'm starting the film in February which is the, this alien pre-pre-prequel. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTnKXfDyNVU&feature=youtu.be) Sky Cinema Published on 26 Sep 2015 

Illustration for Paradise Lost by William Blake

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