“I think it’s safe to say that we can learn just as much, if not more, from a movie that doesn’t work than one that works perfectly,” says the narrator as it opens. “For that reason, I believe we can call Ridley Scott’s ‘Alien: Covenant’ a perfect candidate for perfect inspection — a big reason being a lot of this movie does work.” For every horrifying scene and interesting idea at work in the film, however, our narrator argues that the movie is still less than the sum of its parts.
Captain Dallas is not the only death Lambert is partially responsible for, either. Upon encountering the creature in a supply room, Parker and Lambert don’t notice until the alien has Lambert cornered against a wall. Parker can’t engage his flamethrower at the alien without engulfing Lambert as well. She is rooted to the spot, crying in terror and oblivious to his pleas for her to move. Had Parker adapted the alien’s methods and kept his own survival in mind, it would have been a simple decision to set the alien on fire, even if it put his crew mate in grave danger. But despite his vocal concerns about bonus pay earlier in the film, Parker has more than money on his mind. He opts to charge at the Xenomorph, which ends poorly for him. This would have been Lambert’s chance to escape but she stays frozen in place, even as the creature’s tail slowly curls around her own leg. When Ripley rushes to the supply room, all she finds are the bloodied bodies of her fellow crewmembers - the gruesome result of sticking together.
The actor that I wished for most was Dalí: for the role of the insane Emperor... Which adventure!... The Emperor buffoon, seemed to me it, could be played only by one man of the great delirious personality of Dalí . To New York, with Michel Seydoux and Jean-Paul Gibon, I arrived at our hotel, San Régis and in the hall I sees sitted El Salvador Dalí . I guess that it is indelicate to approach him immediately and the following day I called him by telephone. I speak Spanish. Dalí had not see my films but friends spoke to him about them with enthusiasm. He invites me to a very private surrealist exposure and promises to leave me the invitation under the door.