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Disturbing Omissions

Prometheus remains one of two notably disappointing movies for me this year. While I enjoyed viewing the movie and its some of its tantalizing propositions, ultimately it was a heavily flawed movie. I was hoping that its home video release would change my opinion of that and correct those flaws. After watching the some thirty minutes of deleted scenes I would put forth that they actually do make the movie better, but still do not correct the flaws.

I won’t be reviewing the movie here, but let me point out my major issues with it. There will be spoilers in this outlining and discussion of the outtakes.

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“The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far.”

from The Call of Cthulhu, H.P. Lovecraft

There appears to be a strange human tendency to relate things of disparate origins to each other. And not just in weird tales, but real life also.

With the Prometheus home video release taking place tomorrow there’s been a buzz of news across the Internet to promote it. One of them is the news, or at least the concept of, the idea that Prometheus is related to several of Ridley Scott’s other movies. Obviously, Prometheus is born of the same silk as Alien, in content if not in quality, but some say the connections to movies such as Bladerunner run much deeper than previously though.

Long ago, some wise guy noticed that the cockpit display of the police spinner in Blade Runner was actually the same as the orbital insertion graphic in Alien and promptly concluded that they must be in the same universe! At this point in time, however, believable special effects as an art was still in development and very costly, so it was a matter of course to re-use elements wherever a studio could to save time and money.  Blade Runner and Alien were not the only movies to re-use FX shots. The movie Silent Running, starring Bruce Dern, contained shots of the Valley Forge spacecraft were ultimately re-used in the TV Series Battlestar Galactica… Surely, if the interfaces in Blade Runner and Alien were so similar, and must therefore be in the same universe, then so too must Silent Running be in the same universe as Battlestar Galactica, if not the same event. Its ridiculous. Pish!

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