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Prometheus is a 2012 science fiction film by Ridley Scott and set in the Alien universe. Use in conjunction with the [alien-franchise] tag.

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How did the “black liquid” work in Prometheus?

I just saw Ridley Scott's “Prometheus” and I’m still confused about how the black liquid works. Can anyone elaborate on what its function was and the mechanism by which it operated? I surmise that ...
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Why does the Engineer turn murderous, seemingly without reason?

When the team from Prometheus enters the Engineer's chamber and wakes him up (from a hypersleep of 2000 years), the Engineer wakes up and starts killing everybody without speaking a word. He does not ...
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Does Prometheus contradict Alien vs. Predator?

At the end of Prometheus one sees a creature that looks surprisingly like the xenomorph alien. Does that scene show the actual origin of it? Does it contradict the version from Alien vs. Predator ...
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In the Alien series, what is the meaning of the “LV” designation for planets and moons?

Alien and Aliens take place on LV-426, Prometheus on LV-223. What does "LV" stand for?
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Why is the “Covenant” crew so careless?

It seems that the "Covenant" crew shares the same foolhardiness as the crew from the previous "Prometheus" movie: they descent on an unknown planet without any protective equipment other than rifles. ...
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What evidence points to Xenomorphs being biologically engineered?

It has been suggested elsewhere on SF+F that the Xenomorph species in the Alien franchise is bio-engineered, possibly with specific focus on targeting the human species. Apparently this may be a plot ...
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What did David say to the Engineer?

Right after they wake the surviving Engineer from stasis there is a bit of an argument about what to ask it. Did David ask Mr. Weyland's question? Elizabeth's? Something else? Is there any way we can ...
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How did the geologist manage to get lost?

This is driving me crazy: how did the geologist in Prometheus get lost? He has advanced mapping technology (the flying robots), is an expert on caves, and the spaceship has real-time tracking ...
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Why did the Engineers leave the clues to their military installation (as opposed to somewhere else)?

Dr. Shaw (and her boy friend) told the crew of Prometheus in their presentation that Engineers left - as far back as 35,000 years - clues as to the location of their planet in the form of a star ...
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Was the atmosphere on LV-223 3% carbon dioxide or monoxide?

While making some search for this question I found this article on LV-223 article on Xenopedia (emphasis mine) The atmosphere's main components are similar to Earth's; 71% nitrogen, and 23% oxygen....
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Why is David obsessed with “Lawrence of Arabia”?

In Prometheus, while the other members of the crew are in hibernation, David busies himself watching Lawrence of Arabia. He seems so obsessed by the film and the eponymous character that he imitates ...
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What is the purpose of this room on board the Engineer's ship?

Where is this room and what is it used for? Technically it is not confirmed where this room is, whether it is on the ship or on the planet but in either case, I could not determine what the purpose ...
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What is David's intention?

In the film Prometheus, the android David does something that I'm unclear on: What is his intention?
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Does Ridley Scott foreshadow a revelation early in Prometheus?

Early in the movie Prometheus, we see the ship traveling through space with wording being displayed on top of it. As you can see, the crew count is displayed as 17. During the briefing after the ...
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Is the ship the crew of the Nostromo find, the same “Engineer” ship that crashed in Prometheus?

At then end of Prometheus, I had expected the Engineer to go back to his ship and sit in that large chair he previously used when attempting to leave the planet. I assumed this because in Alien the ...
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What info is available about the Engineers from Prometheus?

I just saw the film Prometheus today, and as a sci-fi fan I was more than pleased. However, the story made me curious, and I would like to know more about the Engineers. For example (possible spoiler)...
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How long is the alternate ending of Prometheus, and is it canon?

I just bought my copy of Prometheus on Blu-Ray yesterday and I'm going to watch it tonight. The copy I bought says it has an "alternate ending and beginning". I have two questions about this: How ...
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What do Engineers breathe?

While entering the atmosphere of LV-226, the captain is informed that the moon's atmosphere is comprised of 3/4 hydrogen and the remaining is oxygen. So a human can't breath for more than 2 minutes. ...
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Why did the Engineer eat the alien substance?

In the opening scene of Prometheus, do we know why the alien eats the thing that kills him? The alien looks at his spaceship and then eats the thing that modifies his DNA after killing him.
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Why did the Prometheus crew get briefed after arrival instead of before?

Why would the crew of the Prometheus crew get a brief on their mission and location only after they arrived? It would seem to me that if I was going into stasis I'd want to know where I'd wake up and ...
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Why did the Engineer have to sacrifice himself?

Why did he have to die to seed intelligent life on Earth (if that was the aim of the experiment)?
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Where is the possible location of Engineer's sacrifice scene?

Is this scene happening on Earth? I mean, perhaps this scene was made completely with CG effects. But if not, which waterfall looks like that? Please, answer with images and sources.
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What was depicted on the cup with the black liquid in the first scene of “Prometheus”?

The black liquid is seen in sacrifice scene. An Engineer opens the cup and consumes the black liquid, which disintegrates his body. There was some embossed image on the cover of the cup. It looks like ...
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What time period did the Engineer disintegrate himself on Earth?

I was unclear if the Engineer who drinks the black liquid and disintegrates at the beginning of Prometheus seeded life or just human life -- was there any indication of when in time that part happened?...
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What did the Engineer say to David?

Is it known from any trusted source what the Engineer was saying here? David was clearly saying "I told him he want to live forever".
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How did the alien grow so fast in Prometheus?

Dr Shaw Later, at the end of movie, she revisits the room and How did it grow so fast?
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How did the Prometheus crew know where to land?

When the Prometheus enters the LV-223 atmosphere, the crew starts to look for a place to land. The planet was big. They would have to have incredible luck to go into the atmosphere where actually the ...
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Why would the engineer's ship play the holographs of space jockey drama?

The storytelling aspects of the holographs of space jockey's / engineers running in panic seems well justified as far as the script is concerned. I just cannot figure out why the ship would project ...
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What did the Engineers actually initiate on Earth in Prometheus?

In the beginning of Prometheus (the opening scene and the briefing scene), the film conveys that the Engineers did something on Earth that either started life itself on Earth, or started human life on ...
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Why did Engineers use a flute to start their spaceship?

Why do they use a flute to start their spaceship? Are the notes played a reference to something else, or are they significant at all?
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Why is Nostromo's technology so… 1980s?

"Prometheus" is meant to be a prequel to "Alien", happening 30 years before (src). If that's the case, how come one of the very earliest spaceships, Prometheus from 2089, has a spiffy new technology, ...
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How are the engineer's ships made in such a way that they have rubble debris throughout?

I've only watched Prometheus once, but I believe the tunnels in the ancient Engineer's ship were full of debris that looked a lot like rock fragments -- and not like chunks of metal. And, IIRC in ...
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Who discovered the Engineer's language (and how it sounded)? [duplicate]

On the trip to the Engineer's world, David was learning to speak their language. But where did the lessons come from? On the star maps that were left, they showed a few symbols, but there don't seem ...
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How was the Engineer able to reach this location?

In the end of Prometheus, But: So : How did he reach this location?
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How is Prometheus related to the Aliens, and how were the Aliens created?

I've just watched Alien: Covenant. I watched Prometheus quite a while back but don't fully remember the story, so I couldn't exactly relate the two movies. But from what I can tell, Covenant is just a ...
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Why did the engineers give a map to their weapons of mass destruction?

In Prometheus they are given a map, Ordinarily you would think that at the time they would be giving the map to their position of where the Engineers originated from. So why was the map to the ...
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Prometheus “star map”

At the beginning of Prometheus movie, the two archaeologists Elizabeth Shaw and Charlie Holloway discover a "star map" among several unconnected ancient cultures. That map will led the Prometheus ...
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In Prometheus, does David dislike humans?

In the movie, does it ever state that David has disdain for humans in general? Is there any confirmation of his opinion of his fellow crewmates?
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In Prometheus, is it not implied that they did not just create human life but literally all life on Earth?

Although it seems to be the understanding Elizabeth Shaw and Weyland that the Engineers created human life, the first scene on the apparently pristine planet where the Engineer's body dissolves and ...
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What is the purpose of the holograms in Prometheus?

What is the purpose of the holograms in Prometheus that show what the Engineers did 2000 years ago? (Apart from the fact that they were used as a story telling tool) Was there any reason in or out of ...
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Why did the astronauts use completely glassed helmets?

In Prometheus, why did all the astronauts use helmets completely made of glass? I mean, is the idea that a person will look out the back of his head? Is it not safer to have helmets like astronauts ...
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Was that planet “Earth”? [duplicate]

In the film Prometheus, is the planet shown in the beginning of the film Earth or was it some other planet?
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Can the Prometheus planet and the Alien planet be in the same system?

AFAIK there is word of god that the planet in Prometheus and the one in Alien are not the same (different Numbers, Atmosphere, etc.). I'm not as sure about this but I think I read somewhere that there ...
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Were the fleeing Engineers already infected, or being chased by monsters?

Were the fleeing Engineers already infected? And if so why would they run TO the refrigerated chamber of Black Liquid, noting that this one chamber was more of a Temple (with the giant head) as ...
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How/Where did the Yautjas (Predators) get the Xenomorphs?

The Yautjas (or more commonly known simply as Predators) are an extra-terrestrial race of warriors who hunt for sport and honor. Their hunts included humans and several species (judging from the ...
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In Prometheus we see lot of dead space jockeys/Engineers with their chests burst open. Where are the alien creatures?

In Prometheus we see lot of dead space jockeys/Engineers with their chests burst open, so where are the alien creatures? One possibility is that they died of old age but we know that the evolved ...
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Motivation of Engineer in final scenes

The following is a spoiler of the final scenes of Prometheus :
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How did the ancient people of Scotland know about Zeta Reticuli if it's in the Southern Sky?

In Prometheus, Elizabeth Shaw and Charlie Holloway discover a star map in Scotland that matches others from several unconnected ancient cultures that leads them to the Zeta Reticuli system. How is ...
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What is the ancestral form of language used in the fable that David was studying during the flight?

David studies linguistics during the flight to LV-223. We get to listen and read a fable. Is it written in a real language? What is the name of the language? Can the fable be translated? Approximate ...
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Does the Engineer bow to humans immediately after waking up? Why?

In Prometheus we see the awakened Engineer standing up and apparently bowing in front of the humans that he kills minutes later. Was that a sign of respect or was he just feeling sick after standing ...