Ridley Scott’s 1979 original is a bona fide classic, with James Cameron’s 1986 sequel following close behind. But after that, things get a bit dodgy for the franchise, most notably with Scott's 2012’s prequel, Prometheus
which had a serious lack of xenomorphs. So now it's “Give the people what they want,” time as this film plays like a greatest hits of your favorite Alien
moments. After a prologue that seeks to bridge the gap between films, we are swept away into the deep space life of the spaceship Covenant
, where married couples are the crew, and the ship houses thousands of souls in hibernation, on their way to a distant, habitable planet to thrive and prosper. The crew provide easy fodder when the xenomorph shows up, while Katherine Waterston runs around trying to figure out what the hell is going on. Rarely do I comment on characters’ hairstyles in movies, but the decision to give Waterston a hybrid bowl-cut/Prince Valiant bob is one of the most ill-advised things this film does. And in a film that treats its audience like morons, that is saying something. Read a full review of Alien: Covenant.