Originally Posted by The Prankster
Yes! That bugged me as well! They set up a shuttle with all the amenities that she could have used, and then instead she runs off in an alien ship to go lurching around the galaxy. What if there are medical complications from her staple-surgery (and all her leaning over and groaning sort of suggests there were?) What if there's only a week's worth of oxygen on board? What if the alien ship turns out to have engine trouble? What if the cryo-pod doesn't work on humans (because, remember, there doesn't seem to be FTL in this universe, so presumably she'd need to use it)?
So, so many stupid things about that ending. Again, Lindelof's characters seem to be reckless to the point of suicide--when they aren't literally suicidal, like Idris and his "Let's blow ourselves up for fun! Wheeee!" crew.
The shuttle didn't have a nice, tidy landing onto the planet. It looked pretty damaged and it had an unwanted passenger in the form of that squid. Plus, David Head said he could operate the ship. He also could read the glyphs and more than likely, solve whatever issues an alien vessel may have.
I've been allowing this film to stew about in my head. First of all, visually: goddamn stunner. Mind blowingly good looking film. A total exercise in visualization. Okay, got that. I saw it via IMAX 3D, and my jaw was on the ground throughout this film. I'm still marveling about it's looks.
Yes, the script was a clunker. But there were issues that I could allow to slip by. Holloway's sudden descent into a bottle of champagne, is one. I got it. And I liked Logan Marshall-Green's performance. I don't think he was a weak link, at all. I'd pass that onto the gal who was Ford. She came off absolutely flat in all of her lines and thankful her role was very limited. The opening sequences up until the crew awakens from cryo sleep, were awesome. Especially of Fassbender/David wandering about the ship, alone. I could watch a whole movie of just him, doing just that. I do really wish it was Vickers who was the heroine. That's a lost opportunity. Her little moment with Janek was appropriate levity. And Elba. His one moment of exposition was actually okay. I expected it, as throughout the earlier scenes, you could tell he was busy figuring out what he was seeing on the science team member's vid cams. I've got mixed feelings for Rapace. But why an archeologist was so involved, and even leading, the examination of the Engineer head? Why wasn't it with David (science officer) and Ford (ship's medic); with Shaw observing? That didn't make sense.
The most egregious issue was yes, a biologist wanting to pet an obviously pissed off alien creature. One that resembles a white, ultra-creepy, King Cobra, no less. And with the geologist not even trying (that hard) to pull him away. And why wasn't that geologist; who earlier, announced his love of all things rock, examining the rocky temple they were in? Alien planet rock. That was everywhere. Wouldn't he be wanting to out there, gathering samples? Another issue? If you have those glowy red "pups" (is that what they were called?), what's the need of immediately sending in a team of PEOPLE. Why not use the orbs to make sure all is safe, first. For a science team, there were a few moments of where they were being much more stupid than the group of miners on the Nostromo.
I wonder how much better the story would have been if Fifield and Milburn survived their overnight stay. They were already two rather interesting guys, easily distinguishable characters; keep 'em alive a bit longer. I would say that and lessen the number of people from 17, to say 10. It's like, to quickly alleviate the film of all these people, they (writers) resorted to some lazy writing.
I didn't mind the ending(s): the one for Shaw/David and that other one. ;) Sorry for the choppiness of this post. I'm just sorting through this stream of thoughts the same time as I type all this out. It's great this movie has stirred up all this discussion/debate. I just wish there weren't some huge glaring issues. And that's the thing: when there were issues - they were/are HUGE. Granted, all enveloped within this beautiful visual feast and give him credit, Ridley Scott was still able to weave compelling moments with a sub-par script.
ETA: I've never watched Lost, btw. Well, okay, I caught one episode and didn't finish watching a second. But, that's it. So consider this my first experience with a Damon Lindelof script.
Edited by smugbug - 6/10/12 at 6:51pm