Love it or hate it, there’s no denying that Ridley Scott’s Prometheus has some major gaps, hence this week’s home video release being marketed around the phrase “Questions will be answered” (spoiler: they aren’t).
For many viewers like me, it’s not so much the film’s insistence on ambiguity – which is perfectly fine, in theory – but its string of massive, glaring plot holes that holds Prometheus back from realizing its full potential. The film has some good ideas, but they are utterly hampered by some of the worst scientific logic, biggest plot contrivances, and cavernous logical gaps I have ever seen in a film. This is not a ‘science fiction’ story so much as it is a ‘fictional science’ story, as very little of Prometheus could exist in any recognizable layer of reality.
With the film now available on home video, allowing us to analyze it to our heart’s content, I figured now would be the perfect time to set in stone every logical issue I could find. Well, some of them. Once my notes had extended past 6,000 words, I decided it was best to cut things off at just 100 issues, and that is the list you see here today. Time codes are included to assist in matching the list with the content of the film.
Special thanks to Sean Chapman, my WGTC Radio co-host, who was instrumental in helping to find and clarify many of the points made in this article.
UPDATE (10/12): As several reader comments have correctly pointed out, my assessment of issue #11, seen on the next page, is incorrect. The Prometheus can travel with glass windows because they are covered by metal panels during flight. I have accordingly scratched it off the list, but to keep this article at 100 total issues, I am including a reader-suggested issue as our replacement for #11:
Replacement Issue: How could David, an android, play a flute? As a robot, he would be in no need of lungs or a diaphragm, so where would the air needed to blow into the flute come from? In fact, Holloway and David converse, while prepping for the first expedition, about how David does not breathe, therefore not having the capacity to blow air into a flute. David can presumably speak without lungs or a diaphragm because he has a voice box or chip – which is how he can communicate after his head is severed – but he wouldn’t be able to play a flute.
Now, without further ado, let’s dive into 100 Glaring Logical Issues With Prometheus. Enjoy…
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Part 1: The Engineer’s Sacrifice (0:00:00 – 0:05:12)
1. What is the planet in the opening sequence? We never find out, and while ambiguity is fine in theory, what few conclusions the viewer can make given subsequent evidence make absolutely no sense. For instance, if we assume that the planet is Earth, major logical issues arise, because…
2. This cannot be the origin of life on Earth. It is what we are led to believe later on as we learn more about the Engineers, but science tells us that life began hundreds of millions of years ago, and the terrain we see in the opening sequence – mountains, rivers, snow, etc. – is consistent with the modern geological era. When life originated on Earth, the planet would look almost entirely different. Even if we just traced humanity back to primates, we would be in a different geological era.
3. If it is not Earth, what is the point of this scene? The only way this sequence actually serves Prometheus in context is if it depicts the creation event characters discuss later on. But if it’s not Earth – and it cannot, by simple math, be Earth – then it serves no point in the narrative.
4. If we share a perfect DNA match with the Engineers, why does the sacrificial Engineer’s DNA have to reconstitute itself? We see the DNA break up and reform before starting cellular mitosis, but this is not scientifically possible or necessary since Elizabeth Shaw later discovers humans and Engineers share the exact same DNA strands, indicating simple sexual reproduction and environment-based evolution, not complex DNA reconstitution.
5. There are no thrusters on the Engineers’ ship. When the Engineers’ spaceship leaves the mysterious planet, we see no propulsion system of any sort that would allow it to fly. Even in futuristic science fiction, the laws of physics should be obeyed.
Part 2 – The Beginning of the Voyage (0:05:12 – 0:15:00)
6. “I think they want us to come and find them.” Why? This is a logical issue that plagues all of Prometheus, but it begins here. Dr. Shaw and Dr. Holloway see a cave painting where a large figure points at a series of circles. Dr. Shaw says the above piece of dialogue. Even if they had a way to know for sure what those circles meant, and who the people in the paintings were, what about the picture indicates humans are meant to go on an epic voyage? Dr. Shaw’s reasoning is never provided.
7. Unit of Measurement Issue: 3.27 x 1024 km is the distance given for how far Prometheus has travelled from Earth. Using kilometers is ridiculous. Cosmic distances are not measured that way, but through special cosmic measurements, like parsecs and light-years, that were created so every scientist or observer could be on the same page about celestial distances.
8. Why are Dr. Shaw’s dreams fully edited with multiple angles and crossfades when David watches them?
9. Who is the little girl with the violin seen in dreams and other ship images over and over again? Again, ambiguity isn’t an inherent problem, but when there is no interpretive context, it sticks out like a sore thumb.
10. Why does the Prometheus begin flashing red warning lights, having other lights flicker in and out, and start tipping from side to side when it nears its destination? We see no evidence of any outer interference that would cause these issues.
11. Why does the Prometheus have glass panels for viewing windows? Unless it’s made of some hyper-strong futuristic material, even the strongest of glasses would not stand up to interstellar speeds or the vacuum of space. It would make much more sense to have cameras and a large view screen, a la Star Trek. See update on the previous page for more information.
12. Why does David not know what ‘casualties’ are when Meredith Vickers asks him? As a hyper-intelligent android, shouldn’t David have a dictionary in his memory banks?
13. The geologist tells the biologist “I’m here to make money.” Why would Weyland hire someone motivated solely by greed for this crucial mission? Seriously. Over a trillion dollars were spent preparing the voyage, and the mission is to seek out the single biggest scientific discovery in human history. I understand that the scientists were not briefed beforehand for security reasons, but wouldn’t you try finding someone a little bit more…eager?
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Part 3: The Explanation of the Mission (0:15:00 – 0:23:00)
14. Why is Guy Pearce playing an extremely old man? The make-up is awful, the performance is hokey, and it’s all because Pearce is not Weyland’s actual age and has to overcompensate wildly. Why could they not hire an actual elderly actor. In fact, since Pearce’s old man voice sounds almost identical to legendary performer Malcolm McDowell, who happens to be much closer to Weyland’s actual age, why not just hire the actual Malcolm McDowell?
15. The position of hieroglyphic circles would not lead Prometheus to a specific spot in space. This is the explanation Dr. Holloway gives for how they found the planet, but there are multiple flaws in his reasoning. First, if these cave paintings really were separated by centuries, star coordinates and positions would be drastically different to each separate culture, as they move and change through time. Even then, five circles painted simplistically on a wall could never serve as actual cosmic coordinates to a tiny, minute section of space, because the universe is incredibly vast. That pattern of five circles would appear all over the Milky Way galaxy, let alone other galaxies. It’s not nearly specific enough to serve as a map.
16. What does Dr. Holloway mean by a “galactic system?” This is what he calls the place they are going, but he describes the system as a star similar to Earth’s sun with a nearby planet and moon. That would technically be called a solar system, like the one Earth exists in.
17. Odd syntax: “There seems to be a planet,” says Dr. Holloway, “but there is a moon capable of sustaining life.” Why can the crew’s interstellar scanners pick up minute details like a life-bearing moon with absolute certainty, but only ‘seem’ to show an entire planet?
18. Why does Dr. Shaw assert that the paintings are “an invitation?” It seems like a very broad assumption to make based on such a miniscule amount of evidence.
19. Why do Drs. Shaw and Holloway assume the tall creatures in the paintings are aliens? The only distinguishing characteristic about the so-called ‘aliens’ is that they are tall, and pointing at circles. Why do those circles have to be planets? Why do those beings have to be aliens? What makes Shaw and Holloway think of such a thing in the first place, let alone assume it to be undeniably true? Still, it’s not nearly as massive a logical leap as…
20. What reason does Dr. Shaw have to assert that the aliens “engineered us?” Here’s how the exchange goes in the film. “We call them engineers,” Shaw says. The geologist asks why. “They engineered us,” she replies. No further explanation is given. Shaw simply makes the ridiculously cavernous leap from ‘cave paintings with stars’ to ‘we have found the origin of all life on Earth.’ She has not a shred of evidence – not even a little detail that suggests her larger conjecture – to prove this, and yet she asserts it as absolute fact. When the Geologist continues to grill her on the point, as any sane person would, she has no answers, no evidence, no shred of logical reasoning to explain why the entire history of human scientific theory is now null and void. All she says is “It is what I choose to believe.” Which is infuriating, and leads me to my next point…
21. How can Elizabeth Shaw be considered an actual scientist when “It is what I choose to believe” is her only reason behind a trillion dollar interstellar voyage? That’s not science. That’s not even logic. Believing wholeheartedly in something without a shred of proof is closer to religion, and even then, most faiths can point to some real-world event that fuels their belief. Not Dr. Shaw. She’s just insane, and everyone around her goes along with it without batting an eyelash.
22. Who is the Prometheus sending messages to? Holloway, Shaw, and David discuss how they have had “no response” from the planet, but what was the message? Who were they sending it to? If they have never been to or mapped out the planet, how and where would they send it in the first place? Even digital messages need another digital receptacle. They can’t just be sent out into the ether in hopes of getting a response.
23. Holloway, David, and the script do not understand basic linguistic theory. David tells Holloway he can communicate with the aliens “provided your thesis is correct.” There is no possible way Holloway could formulate a thesis about alien language in the first place, and if he did, no expectation for it to be true. I assume his thesis is that the basis of human languages come from the engineers, which is not only completely and utterly unfounded and unverified by the film’s internal logic, but absolutely impossible in reality. The thesis supposes that humans must be taught how to communicate, or to have it instilled, but it’s actually a natural ability all humans possess. That is why we have had thousands of languages throughout history, even though, for a long time, humans from one part of the world could not communicate with humans from other parts. Even if that weren’t true, for Holloway’s thesis to be correct, all languages would have to have the exact same foundation, but they don’t. Chinese and English, for instance, are completely different. There is no possible way David could trace all human language back to one sole root and somehow learn to speak the Engineers’ language.
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Part 4 – The Arrival on the Planet (0:23:00 – 0:44:50)
24. How does the Prometheus just happen to land exactly where they want to be as soon as they arrive? No scans of the place, no geological surveys; the Prometheus just happens upon a massive alien structure where all the film’s action will take place the moment they arrive.
25. Why is Holloway so insistent that they enter the structure right away, when it’s almost night? No scientist would ever lack that much caution. Nobody on that crew would go along with him. Does no one worry about safety?
26. Why does Holloway want to know if the structure is natural or not? How the hell could it be natural? It was obviously constructed. Not five minutes ago, he uttered the words “God doesn’t build in straight lines,” so why does he assume God builds architectural formations?
27. How does the crew know where to go in the structure? The Geologist says “Pops are saying this way,” but it’s all just one big circle, and they don’t even know what they’re looking for yet, so what sort of directional measurements are they using?
28. Why does Holloway take his helmet off? What if the scans were wrong? He would die almost instantly. Even if he had complete faith in the scans, no scientist would ever do something so unsafe, not just for their own health, but because exposing one’s breath to their surroundings could contaminate the archeological site. And why, then, does everyone else just go along with Holloway, take their helmets off, risk their lives, and contaminate the hell out of the incredible alien cavern?
29. Provides wrong definition of ‘terraforming’ when explaining presence of breathable atmosphere. In a theoretical terraforming process, the whole planet would be covered, not just one contained outpost, and the other goal would be to make the earth arable for crops. Whatever this is, it is not the result of terraforming.
30. How does David know how to enter codes into the walls and read the written language fluently? Even if the alien alphabet were somehow connected to primitive Earth languages, David could not magically become fluent from such minor amounts of information. And even if we ignore that, how on earth would David know anything about this complex code system on the wall that have no basis in human communication? Where would he derive the knowledge from?
31. Where did the Prometheus security officer go? Before the crew disembarks, Shaw speaks to a security officer, who demonstrates his weaponry. Where did he go off to? Once they enter the structure, he’s just gone.
32. Why would the Geologist run away terrified upon seeing the dead body? Actual Geologists also study fossils, and since the body is thousands of years old, it has been fossilized. He should be fascinated by the opportunity to study alien fossils, but instead, he runs away. And why would the Biologist – whose mission in life is to study organisms – be frightened by the chance to study an extraterrestrial corpse?
33. Why does David just start messing with stuff in the room? Yes, David has a ‘curious personality,’ but wouldn’t the sophisticated android be programmed to least know and follow the scientific method, operating with caution and documenting his findings?
34. “I think we’ve affected the atmosphere in the room!” Why would they not have thought about that before, like when they took their helmets off in the first place, which automatically affects the atmosphere? They could have destroyed the single biggest scientific find in human history because they were so gung ho, and when they see the atmosphere changing, nobody takes personal responsibility for the mistake.
35. What’s the giant face on the cliff? When the crew runs away from the violent sandstorm, we see a giant face in the side of the cliff, a big carving like Mount Rushmore. Why is it there? What is its purpose? Why do we never see anything about it again?
36. Shaw and Holloway should be dead from sandstorm buffeting. Shaw is flung across the entire cargo bay, hitting the back wall hard, but even ignoring that, there’s no way the spacesuits would protect them from that volume of sharp, dangerous, fast-moving sediment.
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Part 5 – Studying on the Ship (0:44:50 – 1:01:30)
37. How does the Captain not know where the Geologist and Biologist are? He has a camera feed and a 3D map we previously saw him examining. For that matter, How can the Geologist and Biologist get lost at all if the Captain has this map to locate them?
38. Why, when analyzing the alien head, does the computer say “SAMPLE STERILE: NO CONTAGION PRESENT?” Not three minutes later, they will examine the head and see cells “in a state of change,” which would absolutely count as a contagion.
39. Why does Dr. Shaw have David just break the ‘helmet’ apart without doing any analysis on it? That would be a significant scientific and archeological find, but they just destroy the helmet without batting an eyelash.
40. “I think we can trick the nervous system into thinking it’s still alive.” But why bother? Dr. Shaw has the single most amazing discovery in all of human history in her hands, an actual alien head, and instead of investigating the bone structure, the organs, or the cells they see changing and multiplying, she decides to shock the head with increasingly powerful amounts of electricity. Why? We never find out. The absolute most that could happen is some facial muscles would twitch. Otherwise, dead is dead, and all Dr. Shaw accomplishes in going electro-crazy is blowing up this massively significant scientific discovery. It may be the stupidest thing any so-called ‘scientist’ has ever done in a movie.
41. Dr. Shaw – and the script – do not understand how DNA works. When Dr. Shaw runs the exploded alien head’s DNA, she finds that it is a 100 percent match with humans. She then, in a later scene, concludes emphatically that they must have ‘created’ us. That is a faulty deduction. A 100 percent DNA match means that the Engineers are humans. Their physical features are different because they lived and evolved in separate environments than us, but make no mistake: Identical DNA means identical species. That’s still a massively significant discovery, of course, to find other human life in the universe, but it absolutely does not mean that these creatures ‘made’ humans through some sort of intelligent design.
42. Why is Holloway so depressed? I hate this character so damn much, and this scene is the reason why. While getting drunk off his ass, he asks Shaw if she thinks they wasted their time coming here, which is a ridiculously stupid thing to say. They found ALIEN LIFE!!! It is literally the greatest discovery in human history, and Holloway wants to drink himself to death because he did not get to “talk” to them. Bullocks. For one, he’s still assuming they were our ‘creators,’ which Shaw’s little DNA test just scientifically disproved, and more importantly, nothing in Holloway’s previous actions indicated why he would be so obsessed with getting “answers.” He’s such a thin character that we have no idea what his motivations would be for wanting to know ‘where we came from,’ or anything else like that. His depression makes absolutely no sense, and it’s infuriating.
43. Why does the Captain screw with the Geologist and Biologist, subtly convincing them to go look for the source of the scanner ‘ping?’ Does he get off on putting crewmembers in danger?
44. Why is Shaw trying to ‘figure out’ what made the alien head combust? Is pumping it full of electricity not a good enough reason? There are risks to reckless experimentation, you know.
45. More faulty science: “Their genetic material predates ours; we come from them.” Shaw has no possible way to know this. We are told specifically how old the alien body was – “two-thousand years, give or take” – which means that 2000 years is the absolute furthest her equipment could ‘date’ anything in the body, and automatically nullifies her conclusion.
46. Why does Holloway automatically assume that the Engineers would have been able to tell the humans about their own creators? The entire point behind the Prometheus mission is that we know nothing about our creators, so why assume the Engineers would be able to explain everything about theirs.
47. What about Holloway and Shaw indicates that they want to have children? Never mind how awkward Shaw’s “I can’t create life” line sounds in context. Just consider how strange it seems for these two people, who travel around the world looking at cave paintings and are now on a multi-year space exploration, to think they could lead a parental lifestyle.
48. When Vickers and the Captain are awkwardly flirting, she says she flew “half a billion miles from earth.” That isn’t just bad math, it’s criminally inept math. They flew across the galaxy, and 500 million miles would barely get you to another planet. Pluto, for instance, is over 3.5 billion miles from Earth. Vickers does not know what she’s talking about.
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Part 6 – Sex, Death, and Nasty Alien Pregnancy (1:01:30 – 1:20:00)
49. Why is the professional geologist smoking pot inside his helmet? How did he even rig that up? Moreover, why isn’t his drug of choice cocaine, given his expressed love of rocks?
50. Why does the Biologist consider the white, mysterious snake creature ‘beautiful’ when he fled frightened from the dead body just a few hours earlier?
51. Why does the Biologist – again, a man who studies living organisms professionally – not consider that putting his fingers in the creature’s mouth might be a bad idea?
52. Back on the ship, why does Holloway tell no one about the parasite he sees in his eye? He’s on a ship full of scientists searching for extraterrestrial life. You’d think they would want to know, and I imagine Holloway would want to tell them out of fear for his own life.
53. How do the Captain and crew not know the Geologist and Biologist are dead? With all the info being transmitted back to the ship, including camera feeds and a 3D map that locates each crewmember, wouldn’t they know immediately if vital signs went silent? Or transmitters just disappeared?
54. Why do the crewmembers examine the Geologist’s dead body without helmets on, making them susceptible to attack by the snake creature? That’s exactly what happens. No one is killed by it, but things could easily have ended badly, and wearing their damn helmets would have nullified the risk.
55. If the Engineers control their ships through music, why is music not the universal basis for their communications? It would not be outside the realm of possibility for music to serve as its own language, and in that case, David could actually plausibly understand their communication system and work with it, because music is a scientific and mathematic base that exists throughout the universe. He could study and learn enough about musical theory to reasonably confer with the aliens. It would be a much clearer narrative solution than just having David look at strange symbols and magically, impossibly know what they all mean.
56. The Captain suggests putting the infected Holloway in the medical pod. Why don’t they do that instead of burning him alive?
57. Are there no more humane ways to kill an infected crewmember than live embalming? Yes, the flamethrower is effective, but couldn’t you just as easily shoot him once in the head, humanely putting him out of his misery, and then burn the remains?
58. Why is Holloway suddenly ready to die? He offers himself up to be violently burned to death, but there is no clear reason for why he has spontaneously become the sacrificial type.
59. Why does Shaw get over Holloway’s death so fast? There’s a cut to white as she cries on the ground, and then she wakes up, a little shocked, but hardly broken up about it. She doesn’t even seem to acknowledge how much she lost until near the end of the movie.
60. Why does David say Shaw is ‘three months pregnant’ with the alien fetus? Three months ago, she would have been in cryostasis. I understand that David is just saying this as an analogy to demonstrate the size of the fetus, but as an android, wouldn’t he give a more logical and accurate estimation of size, like ‘the baby is X centimeters large?” Saying three months just confuses Shaw and the audience for no good reason.
61. Is there no medical staff aboard the Prometheus? David seems to imply this when he tells Liz there are no staff on board equipped to remove the fetus. We never actually see a Doctor in the film, so there must not be any on board. And that’s just ridiculous. How could you spend a trillion dollars on a mission to an alien world and NOT bring medical personnel along?
62. “To lose Dr. Holloway, after your father died after such similar circumstances.” Um…what? David says this to Shaw, but how on earth could those words be true? Holloway died under the most bizarre, unique circumstances imaginable, infected with alien goo by an evil android and burned to death by a crazy woman with a flamethrower. How could anything ‘similar’ to that have happened to Shaw’s father? David says mentions Ebola, which is, for the record, nothing like being infected by aliens and burned to death.
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Part 7 – The Plot Falls Apart (1:20:00 – 1:34:30)
63. Why is the medical pod “calibrated for male patients only?” Does this super-futuristic technology not have enough memory for programs on two different sets of anatomy? Moreover, why would Vickers have the medical pod calibrated for men if it’s part of her escape contingency? Is it possible that she herself is actually a man? Makes as much sense as anything else in this movie.
64. How can this sophisticated machine work so sloppily? When performing this massive, invasive procedure, it just sprays on a little local anesthetic, cuts Shaw open, rips the fetus out, and staples her shut. There would be severe risks to doing things that way.
65. How would Shaw survive that procedure? Or at least not pass out? She’s cut open without any deadening agents around the incision area, gets the alien baby pulled out violently, which would assumedly tear apart her surrounding internal organs, and then, to cap it all off, the baby’s amniotic sac bursts, spraying goo everywhere, including into her incision, which is then stapled shut and would presumably infect her further. Alien material killed her husband like two hours ago, and now she’s filled with it as well. Seriously, how could she survive?
66. How could Shaw move around freely after surgery? Wouldn’t running around with a freshly stapled cut open the wound, or cause internal bleeding? No way she could walk, let alone run. Not even close.
67. Why does the medical pod’s decontamination not kill the alien baby?
68. Why is zombie-Geologist magically able to contort his body into impossible positions and attain superhuman strength? The parasite could maybe control his actions, but not his actual physical limits and abilities.
69. How is Shaw not completely stoned from taking massive amounts of painkiller shots?
70. Why does absolutely no one react when Shaw walks in on Weyland and company, naked and covered in blood and goo?
71. Why, in turn, does no one ever seem surprised about Weyland being on board?
72. Why, for that matter, did Weyland bother deceiving them? What did tricking the crew into thinking him dead achieve? When he comes back, we never find out anything about this, and it never comes into play. He doesn’t mind for a second when Shaw finds out, for instance.
73. “If these things made us, then surely they can save us.” Why does Weyland think this? Even in traditional human theology, all versions of God let their creations die, at least in body. Gods do not save their creations from illness or harm. So what would make Weyland think this?
74. Why does Shaw not tell a single person about the alien fetus monster she just ripped out of her own stomach?
75. How could Shaw get into a super-tight space suit, zip it up as quickly and forcefully as possible, and not rip open her wound? Especially when she proceeds to run around like that for the rest of the film.
76. Why does the Captain suddenly know everything about the Engineers’ plans out of nowhere? He just barges in to talk to Shaw, says “don’t you know what this place is?” and proceeds to explain that it’s a military instillation, the pods were weapons, and the Engineers were killed by it. He has absolutely no reason to know or suspect any of this.
77. “You must care about something Captain.” Why, at this sudden point, is Shaw getting all moralistic and idealistic on the Captain? She just lost her husband, had an alien baby ripped out of her, and is running around covered in blood. What does she have left to stay up on her high horse about?
78. Why does Shaw not tell the Captain about the alien monstrosity in the medical pod, when it is now his explicit mission to protect the ship and not bring “any of this shit” back to Earth?
79. Vickers’ motivation for travelling with Prometheus makes no sense. She says she came along to be there when Weyland dies, so she would get control of the company, but if she had stayed on Earth, she would have four whole years, if not more, to gain control.
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Part 8 – Flight of the Engineer (1:34:30 – 1:48:30)
80. Why is everyone so sure the Canisters are weapons? Yes, they killed some crewmembers who messed with them, but why does that automatically make them weapons built to destroy humanity? There is no clear evidence to support such intent.
81. How can David actually speak the Engineers’ language? What roots would he be able to study to figure it all out and then speak in a way the Engineer, a being thousands of years older than him, could fluently understand?
82. Why does Shaw assume and assert that the Engineers hate them? Yes, a lot of bad things happened to the crew, but almost all of it was because the so-called ‘scientists’ took stupid, destructive actions, or because David enjoyed messing with things. Yes, we find out later that the Engineer does seem to have bloodlust for them, but at the point Shaw asks him why he hates them, everything that happens has still been their own fault.
83. Why was Weyland in this movie? He dies with absolutely no fulfillment of his arc, no one mentioning how weird it was that he was on the ship the entire time, or any clear reason for his existence.
84. Why does the Engineer decide to just go to Earth by himself? We saw that this ship had a crew. How could he fly it all alone, and why would he want to?
85. Why does everyone know the black goo is bad? Since David was the guy who infected Holloway with the black goo, and Holloway is so far the only character to directly die from it, David should therefore be the only one who knows what black goo does. So why does everyone else know it’s dangerous, and then assume it’s been weaponized for use on Earth?
86. Why does the crew assume that the Engineers are A – going to Earth – and B – going to Earth to kill all the humans? There has been no evidence for this conclusion, especially to characters like Shaw, who are just making massive logical jumps at this point.
87. At the point where Shaw is running and jumping over massive holes in the Earth as the big plates come apart, they have just abandoned the idea that she just had horrible stomach surgery, haven’t they?
88. When escaping, why does Vicker not use her big lifeboat she prepared for this sort of scenario, and instead jump into the little escape pod? For that matter, why does the Captain eject and destroy the lifeboat?
89. Why do Shaw and Vickers start fleeing from the big rolling alien ship by running in perfect tandem with the length of the ship, instead of moving a few meters horizontally and being perfectly safe?
90. Why was Vickers in this movie? You literally remove her from every single scene she’s in and the movie would not be different in the slightest. She did nothing over the course of this film, and in the end, was killed for a brief ‘shock’ moment. Totally unnecessary character.
91. How is the rock that saves Shaw strong enough to hold a massive, city-sized alien spaceship at bay?
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Part 9 – The Anti-Finale (1:48:30 – 1:58:00)
92. Why is there is a giant axe, curved and spiked on the ends like a horror movie weapon, on the lifeboat right when Shaw needs it? It can’t be to break down doors, because the doors on the ship aren’t wooden.
93. How did the alien baby grow many times its original size in just a few short hours? There is no food or energy source in the room for it, which means this is a total betrayal of the Law of Conservation of Mass.
94. How does David know the Engineer is coming for Shaw at the exact moment he comes for Shaw? For that matter, how does David know where Shaw has gone? How can David even still communicate after being decapitated?
95. How did the Engineer even survive the ship exploding and crashing?
96. How could David operate the alien ships? What base of knowledge does he have to be able to operate massive alien vessels? All he’s done is see and interact with them for a day or two, so how does that makes up both for his gap in knowledge and the lack of a crew? He doesn’t even have a body at this point.
97. David says he knows where the Engineers came from, and can take Shaw there. How does he know this? What knowledge would or could he have amassed in the course of the film to answer a massive celestial question like that?
98. “They created us. Then they tried to kill us. They changed their minds.” There is slight evidence for one of those statements, but none for some of them, and not enough to strongly support any of them. All she knows for sure is that the Engineer did not like the Prometheus crew, the Prometheus crew was incredibly stupid and got themselves killed, and that the Engineer has a ship to go….somewhere. Could have been Earth, could have been the Restaurant at the end of the Universe. Who the hell knows?
99. Who is Shaw making her final log to? How is she making this log? How is she transmitting? Who is she transmitting to? Why is she doing it? Good lord, none of this makes sense anymore…
100. Why does Shaw use the phrase “Year of Our Lord” at the end, when she now firmly believes aliens created humanity, thus rendering Jesus, Christianity, and all other earthly religions null and void?
Oh yeah. Because she’s an idiot, and this movie is stupid.
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