I've read the whole thread... very entertaining.
I haven't seen Prometheus myself.
I did however see Alien when it came out in 79. I was 7. My mom new the owner of the local Odeon Cinema.
See I loved scifi films like forbidden planet and war of the worlds. So I thought "Mammy... a film about an alien... I want to see it".
The film fuelled my nightmares for the next 5 or so years. Usually involving the Space Jockey and a spider legged dolphin with metal teeth chasing me around corridors.
I currently work at Bray Studios, where, back in the 70's, the derelict was built and a few other scenes were shot. I also worked at pinewood when Prometheus was being filmed. Saw all these weird and wonderful designs. Monks with white silicone masks walking around... Fassbender crashing his golf buggy into the bond stage and looking rather embarrassed... Therone walking around in her skin tight suit... mmmmmmmm, The space jockey, the big head room... etc.
So all the 'designs' were spoiled for me well before the film was out.
They had to rebuild the personnel carrier because it was too small to begin with. also... some of the 'xenomorph' concept designs that didn't make it were phenomenally better than the one that did. One of them looked like a baby goblin.. glad that didn't see the light of day.
Some of the things I was perturbed about... The size of the space jockey/engineer... too small. The mould maker where I work had a few casts of various 'things' like the space jockey helmet... HELMET???? cop out. I know they used the crew's children in miniaturised space suits for the SJ scene in the original... but come on!!
I was also a bit deflated to find that the Jockey was a suit worn by translucent skinned giant humanoids. They could have got away with having the jockey as a specifically engineered version of themselves that was say... the CPU, control module and engine.... like it WAS the ship. It would have made so much more sci-sense. My disappointment is due to the fact that it is blatantly obvious the Jockey was part of the chair in the original. It would have been much better if these engineers, engineered themselves to suit the situation. The whole idea of Biomechanoids that originally drew Scott to do the original has been thrown out of the window along with the dirty bathwater it seems.
Few points... about posts on this thread. I won't directly quote because it would take ages to find the post...
The music used in the trailer is the same music used in the original A L I E N trailer; the high pitched drone. So this is markedly obvious that he wished it to be like A L I E N or rather have the nostalgic feel of the original.
In A L I E N... it was originally Weylan. James Cameron changed it to Weyland. Why? Who Knows... and why Scott kept Cameron's change is surprising. But this puts a bit of the confusion about some of his decisions into more befuddlement.
Old age makeup is a difficult one to carry off. Especially if the actor is known to be young and as sucky cheeked as Mr Pierce.
Most of the ones you don't notice are when the actor/actress is relatively unknown. For instance the old woman in Titanic, Dorothy Gibson, was in her 50s at the time of filming... subsequently the makeup won an academy award.
I am happy that he seems to have got rid of a queen alien idea. Don't get me wrong... I love the Queen alien... but it sort of pushes away the idea of the creature to be less 'alien' and more like "There are many of them so lets make them like ANTs". The idea an alien can engineer another organism into an egg is so much more disturbing.
I might go to see it tomorrow.