On a day when NASA announce they’ve found 3 habitable Earth-sized planets outside of our solar system, it feels incredibly apt that 20th Century Fox should release this very first clip from Alien: Covenant. Ominously titled “The Last Supper”, the prologue to the film’s main events focuses on the crew of the colonisation ship the Covenant, and offers us a tantalising tease into the budding colonists characterisations and dynamics, before their long sleep to a mysterious, new world. Click the play button above, you won’t be disappointed!
There’s so much to digest and love about this clip. First off, it demonstrates a better look into the return of the worn, lived-in aesthetic seen in the earlier Alien movies; the gloss of Prometheus has waned as we enter full-on prequel territory mode, no glass half-empty/glass half-full this time around. Danny McBride, playing the coolest named guy in the galaxy, Tennessee, is arguably the main-player throughout the footage. He injects some genuine blue-collar attitude into it, which is something I think we all loved about the regular people in extraordinary circumstances angle in Alien. One person who doesn’t rate Tennessee quite as highly as me is Billy Crudrup. But to hell with him!
James Franco gets a couple of scenes as the Captain, Branson, but unfortunately has to exit proceedings early due to illness. It’s doubly unfortunate cause McBride cracks a joke about sliding out of his jumpsuit and “colonising all over the table” during drinks, I felt as though Franco would have volleyed a quip right back his way in some This Is The End or Pineapple Express fashion. Maybe for the blu-ray outtakes, aye?! Scene-stealer unquestionably belongs to Callie Hernandez and a certain Michael Fassbender, returning from Prometheus but in new silicone skin for this clip. Hernandez starts choking on her food, purposely filmed to call back memories of John Hurt in the 1979 original. Seemingly out of nowhere, Fassbender’s android Walter marches over and karate chops her back, dislodging whatever she was choking on; “Down the wrong pipe”, he says to a crew stunned to silence. We even hear Tennessee say “The food’s not that bad” in a throwback to Parker in the first film. Brilliance.
In case you need reminding, the official synopsis reads:
Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, members (Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup) of the colony ship Covenant discover what they think to be an uncharted paradise. While there, they meet David (Michael Fassbender), the synthetic survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition. The mysterious world soon turns dark and dangerous when a hostile alien life-form forces the crew into a deadly fight for survival.