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Firstly, Nostromo was constructed in 2101, only 12 years after Prometheus. Secondly, not all types of vehicles have the same level of UI polish. Generally, military and industrial vehicles/systems tend to look a bit dated compared to the latest consumer vehicles/products. Here's a cutting edge F-35 cockpit: Here's the Eurofighter, which is about ten years ...


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No it does not. The opening sequence of the movie indicates the Engineers have existed for quite some time. it is implied they gave the genetic material which became all life on Earth. This fact alone makes their species very old indeed. Even if the Predators had been using the Xenomorphs for a long time as AVP suggests (20,000 years at least) the Engineers ...


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I think there are actually two different black liquids at play, and a third unknown pathogen. Black Liquid #1 Black Liquid #2: Bio-weapon Unknown Pathogen


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It was filmed at Dettifoss. Scott used Dettifoss, in Iceland, as the filming location for the scene (many thanks to @Paul D. Waite for the link). The links provided show that very little except the spaceship was changed in post-production. But its location in the fiction of the story is deliberately undetermined. From this movies.com interview with Ridley ...


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I saw it as David identifying with T.E. Lawrence who, in the film at least, was shown as being conflicted in his identity - and perhaps his loyalty - between the British and Arabian cultures. I imagine David felt betwixt and between, being both humanlike but not actually human. I briefly considered the masochist subtext to Lawrence's character, but...no. ...


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David's intention is to fulfill his master's orders and speed any developments that will lead to full contact with any alien intelligence. David's old Waylan master, Peter Weyland, wants to save his own life, but he has a diminishing amount of time to do that in. If infecting a crew member will help speed understanding of what they are dealing with, then ...


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I've downloaded a few subtitles and looked through them. They all have the quote: 00:23:45,995 : CO2 is over 3 percent. 00:23:48,122 : Two minutes without a suit, you're dead. This means there was probably a goof in the movie. Although, technically the CO2 could be around 7%, it just doesn't make sense why she would say 3.


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As far as I can tell, you will find nothing written in canon, about the Xenomorphs being an engineered species. There has been plenty of opportunity to discuss it in the multiple Dark Horse Comics series where they show entire societies of the creatures. I can only surmise it because of the evidence presented by the species. Yes, this is entirely ...


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The creature was trapped in a fully-equipped automated medical suite, which was clearly intended to keep a certain elderly man alive for as long as possible. In order to achieve that goal, it would need to be able to perform any sort of surgery - and probably, the most likely sort of surgery would be organ transplantation. So, that means there must have ...


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The movie does not give us a definitive answer. There are many theories that range from: The Engineers changing their minds about having created us Rival factions of Engineers, ones who creates, others who destroy It is all part of a weapons development project and humans are lab rats for testing. Pick whichever you like, or roll your own.


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My first instincts when that scene happened were this: I think the Engineer killed everyone because of David. The android might have represented an affront to their bio-engineering sensibilities, or to their standards of morality. David has basically surpassed his creators, and he is communicating with the Engineer -- not the frail humans. That may be ...


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TL;DR: This is just meaningless character chosen for their visual look. As French is my native language, I'm able to translate the caption in the image linked on yakunins's comment, that seems to be scanned form the French version of Prometheus: The Art of the Film book: It says they created a visual language to use on all their sets by using characters ...


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The ship did not play the holographic images until they were triggered by David, the android whose skill at language translation was evident by the ability to activate the holo-feed. Activating that information was one of the first things he did upon boarding the Engineer's space-craft. What was being shown was the cause of the condition of the ship, ...


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Edit: Now we know. In an interview revealed at Total Film with Dr. Anil Biltoo: Well, according to Dr. Anil Biltoo, the film’s official translator and linguistics consultant, David did as he was asked, translating his words as follows: “This man is here because he does not want to die. He believes you can give him more life.” The rest of the text of this ...


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Xenopedia has a very detailed article about the Engineers. It looks like the Alien universe isn't the most consistent, so there isn't really a consistent answer. Within the movie universe, however, there isn't much said about them, so I'm free to speculate. It's spoilers all the way down. I used to read the Alien comics and I think this idea came from ...


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Short answer: the ship tunnels are not full of debris. The walls are markedly different inside the ship than in the rest of the compound. Where we see rubble the walls are carved out of stone, albeit in a very similar style to the walls of the ship. The ship walls however are much more ornate and apparently made out of metal or another manufactured ...


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The Lone Engineer at the beginning of Prometheus drank the black liquid in order to seed Earth with intelligent life. This is described on the Prometheus Blu-Ray's extras section, in the caption for one of the deleted scenes: Scene 7: Arrival of the Engineers The Engineers touch down on prehistoric Earth for a sacred ritual devoted to the seeding ...


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David wasn't learning to speak the Engineer's language, he was learning ancient languages in order to be able to decode the Engineer's language. This is based on the theory that human languages are derived from the Engineer's language. In the scene David is learning the building blocks of language and we see him taking a lesson in Proto-Indo-European (...


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The only thing we know from the movie is that about 2000 years before the crew arrive at the planet some Engineers were planning on using the black liquid to destroy life on Earth. The military base was certainly not a "secret" as primitive cultures dating back 35000 years were told about its location by the Engineers. It is safe to assume that the ...


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At this time, nothing has been published regarding the full conversation. However, one website contacted the consultant who created the language spoken by the Engineers. The deleted scene that this conversation comes from is reported to be 10 minutes long. It's quite possible that a translation will be included somewhere on the DVD/Blu-Ray. According to ...


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The Engineers missed their mission date 2000 years ago, when human technology was not very advanced. He's awakened, on a military base, on his ship, by an intruding force obviously of a technology far advanced from the one he was getting ready to go wipe out on Earth at the start of the common era. A military man's only prudent action would be to strike ...


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The best explanation is probably that what he was smoking in his suit wasn't tobacco. And that he was most likely hitting it earlier.


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I believe that there is a good chance the idol was merely meant to distract from the fact that the room is a death trap. The room maybe similar to the ending room/construct of Revelation Space, where the aliens have lured the humans to a particular place with an origin mystery simply to assist the aliens in eradicating humanity. Once the atmosphere hits ...


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Here is a possible answer, found on an io9 article: http://io9.com/5919306/another-theory-about-the-meaning-of-prometheus While it is more of a speculation, it is well argumented and documented and it might help others who shared my curiosity. [edit]Relevant excerpt from io9's article included below


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From an in-universe perspective; It seems like this is the norm for operations at the time. Crew members even place bets as to what sort of mission they are going to be briefed on. These missions are very expensive as discussed in the film, and this one in particular was very secretive. I feel like it is typical for people to not be told all of the details ...


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There are no canon sources explaining the planetary designations used in the Alien franchises. Indeed, there does not even seem to be a planetary designation system in place at all. LV-426 was barely used in the script of the original Alien with the planet's name being Acheron. There was barely any connection to the two names and only in later materials ...


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Basically, they were following natural/artificial terrain cues that the Engineers also likely followed or left behind: They spotted a massive mountain peak (52,000 feet) that jutted above the clouds, so they used that as their point of entry. During descent they detected large "hard spots" in their terrain data that they speculated were likely metal and ...


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I'd say a 30-year gap between the filming of the two movies is the biggest factor here. But, for the sake of finding something that would make sense in-universe... Ruggedness The Nostromo was a mining ship (or, a tug for a mining platform, to be more precise), and things had to be made to last. Holographic projectors, fancy though they may be, may not be ...


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