Kurt Loder on Prometheus

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Prometheus is not exactly a prequel to Alien, the 1979 game-changer in which director Ridley Scott scuffed up and pulped out the pristine techiness that had dominated sci-fi films over the decade since Stanley Kubrick's 2001. Instead, writes Kurt Loder, Prometheus is a return to the treacherous Alien universe—to what might be called the adolescence of the title monster—to tell a separate story, one not intended, in the George Lucas manner, to neatly butt up against the beginning of the earlier film.