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Alien: Covenant – Prologue What Happened After Prometheus?

Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) from the first film Prometheus made the decision to head off into the unknown to continue the search for answers, specifically, what humanities purpose is and who created us. In Prometheus the search for the truth goes awry when the entire crew of the Prometheus is killed with the introduction to the Xenomorph race created by the Engineers. The sole survivors are her and the synthetic named David (Michael Fassbender).

In Alien: Covenant – Prologue: The Crossing, we see a few highly suspect scenes of what happened between Prometheus and Alien: Covenant. David hates humans and yet we see in this short that he has grown to respect Elizabeth for her ability to adapted to challenging circumstances, like I don’t know a squid-like human Xenomorph hybrid that’s forcibly removed from her belly. Or just rolling the the right side as the Prometheus ship is downed after crashing into the escaping Engineers ship.

She puts David back together after lugging him around in a gym bag. They travel the stars until she needs to be put under into cryosleep since it’s a long journey to meet her makers.

It seems that things didn’t go so well with her post-Prometheus mission and David looks to be bombarding the settlement below with the Engineer ship with when the words are uttered in the trailer, “Look on my works ye mighty, and despair.” I’m going to assume he’s got a nest of Xenomorphs he unleashes unto the populous. Either the Engineers had the ship filled with the deadly creations or as we know by now David enjoys experimenting. We do see glimmers of emotions in David’s eyes before he sends down the torrent of destruction. Those Synths have always had emotional issues.

I’m thinking Elizabeth is probably kept none the wiser while this happens. So, when he wakes her up she’ll be devastated to find out the Engineers are no more due to their own creations destroying them. Only to then later find out David was behind the havoc. As to why David might do this? It might be a way of protecting Elizabeth since he does seem to draw some sort of connection to her. She has been the only one who has been kind to him even though he did kill her boyfriend in the first movie.

It’s difficult to say what leads David to his decision at this moment. What I will say however is that the short looks absolutely stunning and I am most definitely looking forward to seeing Alien: Covenant May 18. I wish we could get more of just Elizabeth and David traveling the universe, but I’ll just have to settle for this 2 minute wonder fest.

Alien: Covenant will have Ridley Scott returning to the Alien franchise. Alien: Covenant will center around a colony ship bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy. The crew of the Covenant will discover what they believe to be an uncharted paradise, but in true Alien fashion they find a dark twisted world filled with threats beyond their imagining. They must escape before they end up like the Prometheus.

Would you watch a full length film of David and Elizabeth exploring new worlds and civilizations ala Star Trek? Does this Prologue give you any renewed hope for the continuation of the Alien franchise? Learn more about Jeff Goldblum’s role in Jurassic World 2. And get ready for a live-action Teen Titans movie coming in 2018.

 

Lemon Demon – Spirit Phone: Glittery Chills Done Effectively

by Anthony Wetmore (GhostConch, @TheMisterPipes)

Lemon Demon, or Neil Cicierega is a name you might be familiar with. Known best for internet musical confections such as Brody Quest, and perhaps more so for Potter Puppet Pals also sets out to nail down his own weird corner of the glittery strange subsection of nerdy electro-pop rock. His latest album, Spirit Phone, taps into the nerd territory of catchy-hooks and deranged subject matter ala They Might Be Giants with the slick, glassy production and synth driven melodies of Joe Jackson. The subject matter is perfectly delicious for any aficionado of the stranger side of life, ghosts, aliens, general uneasiness, even protecting your grandfather from the woes of modern technology. 

Over the span of this album we are privy to a wide swath of weirdos and oddities. Cabinet Man gives us a glimpse into the tragedy of a man between two worlds, life as video game and the eventual dissolution of the Arcade era. Sweet Bod unfurls a twisted view from a well intended party bent on a rather unorthodox fetishization of a dead body, reassuring us ‘it’s not sexual, it’s confectional…’  Spiral of Ants paints a beautifully eerie meditation on ant death circles and in doing so also provides a meta-meditation on what it means to be alive, if anything at all.

I could go on and on about the merits of this project and delve into the deeper and not so deep implications found on Spirit Phone, but it’s probably just better if you pick it up and listen. 

Spirit Phone is out now and can be purchased here: https://lemondemon.bandcamp.com/album/spirit-phone

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Welcome to Bizarre States

by Anthony Wetmore (@TheMisterPipes, GhostConch)

Do you have an affinity for the weird, deranged or just plain eerie? This may be the podcast for you. Headed by Nerdist’s own Jessica Chobot [@JessicaChobot] (Nerdist News, IGN, Battle Bots) and Andrew Bowser [@andrewbowser] (Homicide: Life on the Street, The Mother of Invention, Director), Bizarre States formerly Spoooky Shit delves into topics those fearful dare not tread. 

Have you ever considered the benefits of Astral Projection? Felt a bump in the night? Have you ever woken up in the darkness of your bedroom, unable to move, but very certain you were being watched? Have you ever had your palm read? All of these and more come from the daring pair as they talk to guests from all walks of terror. Video game developers, UFOlogists, Paranormal Investigators and even “Readers Stories” from curious enthusiasts like you. 

Drawing on their collective knowledge and curiosity, as well as tangents that border on unrelated topics, however still engaging, this podcasts from the Nerdist camp is sure to delight all, from the deadicated horror fan to the surely doomed horror virgin. 

Bizarre States takes an honest look at all things strange, while maintaining a tongue in cheek playful tone between the two hosts and various guests from all walks of life, afterlife and beyond. Have a listen below to get a taste of what is to come and enjoy something just slightly left of Coast to Coast.

Episode suggestions:

 Ep. 37 – Ashley Troub (Ghost Hunters) – http://bit.ly/1IFu7UX

Ep. 11 – Barbara Crampton (Reanimator, You’re Next) – http://bit.ly/1G3u7YJ

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