‘Star Trek’ vet Brian Fuller, who created the upcoming ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ as well as STARZ’ new series ‘American Gods’ did not have nice things to say about Ridley Scott’s new ‘Alien: Covenant’. The writer/producer cites Scott’s original ‘Alien’ as one of his greatest influences but when asked if he enjoyed ‘Covenant’, he bluntly replied, “No.”
He further scoffed at the latest installment saying:
“So, you see this chest-burster [in Alien] and how disturbing and snakelike it is, and then the other chest-burster in Alien: Covenant is just [a baby alien] standing up,” he laughed. “It’s like, He has good posture.”
He further added, “I think the last two movies have had too many similarities to bad Friday the 13th sequels and not enough similarities to good Alien movies.”
On a slightly brighter note, he said that both ‘Covenant’ and its predecessor ‘Prometheus’ (also directed by Scott) were “so masterfully executed on a technical level, gorgeously composed and produced.”
Unfortunately, Fuller boiled both films down to “really smart characters doing really stupid things.”
Fuller appears to be in the minority. While ‘Alien: Covenant’ didn’t rake in the big bucks, critics have been kind, giving it a 72% freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes and audiences granted it a “B” CinemaScore.
As for Fuller, he has been behind some of the most beloved TV series in the last decade or so, including ‘Heroes’, ‘Hannibal’ and ‘Pushing Daisies’. Prior to ‘Star Trek: Discovery’, he also worked on ‘Star Trek: Voyager’ and ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’. He has exited ‘Discovery’ but was instrumental in its development and he provided the scripts to the first several episodes.
‘American Gods’ is airing now on STARZ and can also be streamed on Amazon Prime. The beleaguered ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ is due to become available this year on CBS All-Access, although the release date is currently unknown.
Did you see ‘Alien: Covenant’? Do you share Fuller’s views or did you think it was better?