Yes, More ‘Prometheus’… Did We Kill Alien Jesus?! Also, Viral Campaign Continues…

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Before I go deep into the mythology of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, website Movieviral has uncovered an image in the film’s end credits that leads to yet another viral website and video. You can click to link above to read all about it or just go directly to said viral site whatis101112.com.

Now onto the show!

For every well-crafted, yet comical (in a good way) negative review (as well as a handful of memes and mock graphics), there’s an equally well-written positive one. The juxtapose between the love and hatred for Ridley Scott’s Prometheus is so extraordinarily polarizing, and yet even most naysayers end up giving it a mixed to positive score. So what’s the problem? Last night my buddy coined the term “Lindelofing”, or for lack of a better term, introducing thought-provoking, high-concept ideas without ever explaining them. “What’s the sound of one hand clapping,” Damon Lindelof may ask. Thus, his scripts lack enough clarity and precision that it’s hard to use the word “brilliant” alongside “Damon”.

But one thing that has me continually writing about the film (when I previously swore I was done. Shame on me.), is this astounding blog, a site that carries an in depth article that proves without a shadow of a doubt that the ideas behind Prometheus are in fact high concept and unique, while also shrouded in the obvious religious motifs. Technically speaking, it’s both brilliant and completely moronic. The best of both worlds!

The biggest idea missed by, I want to say nearly EVERYONE, is the actual timing of Prometheus, which leads to the answer as to WHY the engineers want us dead. Read on to explore!

MAJOR SPOILERS:

Is Elizabeth Shaw the Virgin Mary?

The ‘Caesarean’ scene is central to the film’s themes of creation, sacrifice, and giving life. Shaw has discovered she’s pregnant with something non-human and sets the autodoc to slice it out of her. She lies there screaming, a gaping wound in her stomach, while her tentacled alien child thrashes and squeals in the clamp above her and OH HEY IT’S THE LIFEGIVER WITH HER ABDOMEN TORN OPEN.

And she doesn’t kill it. And she calls the procedure a ‘caesarean’ instead of an ‘abortion’.

Here’s where the Christian allegories really come through. The day of this strange birth just happens to be Christmas Day. And this is a ‘virgin birth’ of sorts, although a dark and twisted one, because Shaw couldn’t possibly be pregnant. And Shaw’s the crucifix-wearing Christian of the crew. We may well ask, echoing Yeats: what rough beast, its hour come round at last, slouches towards LV-223 to be born?

Consider the scene where David tells Shaw that she’s pregnant, and tell me that’s not a riff on the Annunciation. The calm, graciously angelic android delivering the news, the pious mother who insists she can’t possibly be pregnant, the wry declaration that it’s no ordinary child… yeah, we’ve seen this before.

Cavalorn also answers the major question: Why do the Engineers want to kill us? This portion of the dissertation explores the idea that the Engineers sent Jesus (the alien) down to save us and we in turn killed him.

From the Engineers’ perspective, so long as humans retained that notion of self-sacrifice as central, we weren’t entirely beyond redemption. But we went and screwed it all up, and the film hints at when, if not why: the Engineers at the base died two thousand years ago. That suggests that the event that turned them against us and led to the huge piles of dead Engineers lying about was one and the same event. We did something very, very bad, and somehow the consequences of that dreadful act accompanied the Engineers back to LV-223 and massacred them.

If you have uneasy suspicions about what ‘a bad thing approximately 2,000 years ago’ might be, then let me reassure you that you are right. An astonishing excerpt from the Movies.com interview with Ridley Scott:

Movies.com: We had heard it was scripted that the Engineers were targeting our planet for destruction because we had crucified one of their representatives, and that Jesus Christ might have been an alien. Was that ever considered?

Ridley Scott: We definitely did, and then we thought it was a little too on the nose. But if you look at it as an “our children are misbehaving down there” scenario, there are moments where it looks like we’ve gone out of control, running around with armor and skirts, which of course would be the Roman Empire. And they were given a long run. A thousand years before their disintegration actually started to happen. And you can say, “Let’s send down one more of our emissaries to see if he can stop it.” Guess what? They crucified him.

Yeah. The reason the Engineers don’t like us any more is that they made us a Space Jesus, and we broke him.

But this is all just the tip of the iceberg. If you click on over to Cavalorn you can read about the Engineers, the Engineers’ Gods, the Elders, and presumably what that black ooze is. To say Damon Lindelof is a bad writer is one thing, but to say he’s lacking ideas and originality is another. Prometheus, while shrouded in religious motifs, breaks new ground by implementing critical thinking into an other words generic sci-fi adventure.

 
Source: Cavalorn
  • Jasonicus

    There is no Space Jesus and this guy’s a loon. I have seen this on three sites now and its appalling.

  • djblack1313

    thanx for the link/heads up to that blog, Mr. D. it’s a VERY good read. it actually cleared up a lot of questions i had with the movie’s storyline. i’m going to see the movie again this week sometime and i hope (and think) that i’ll like it more on my 2nd viewing.

  • Lauren Taylor

    Maybe it was the excess amount of religion I had growing up- and my now complete rejection of it – that allowed me “see” this idea while watching the movie?? I think it’s brilliant fun. Makes me sad so many people didn’t like the movie!

  • http://www.facebook.com/dillon.brown.7 Dillon Brown

    That’s actually incredible fascinating and makes for a much more entertaining viewing of the film after reading; it also makes for a helluva drunken conversation afterwards.

  • John Marrone

    This film was absolute brilliance. The depth of the religious inferences was mind blowing in the sense that they didn’t exactly “spell” that out, but all the pieces were there and my mind was trying to sort it all out since. Great write up and POV by that writer. This movie was insane – not only original and an Alien origins movie without calling it that, it was sooo deep in inferences as to the origin of mankind, and meeting that super-human was just so sick – I feel like I went to a planet and just saw this shit myself. Academy take notice. Sweep.

  • flesheater24

    Thats something different didn’t see the whole jesus part. I did know that the engineers wanted to come here and kill us for what we’ve become, that was clear, and that I knew. And I know that we’ve came from these aliens, but what was the opening scene suppose to be now? the part with that weird egg shape thing in the air was that suppose to be a cross and the one lone engineer was suppose to like jesus. Ahhh damn now I have more questions and shit to wonder about. Fuck. LOL. And I always believed we’ve came from aliens and stuff LOL. But thats just me.

  • djblack1313

    flesheater, that egg shaped thing was a space ship (not one of the SJ’s type of ships) from “the elders” (as discussed i think in the book of art from the movie book). it appears that the elders dropped that SJ off and he sacrificed himself by drinking the goo. his DNA then eventually created life and that planet he’s on was a very very VERY early earth.

  • Rusted

    Excellent article. Certainly puts things in a different perspective and it shows that Prometheus isn’t the stupid movie people are saying it is. There’s way more going on under the surface in this film. I loved it and hope we get the explore this world again.

  • Jasonicus
  • http://www.facebook.com/BonnieLNewell Bonnie Newell

    While I love the Engineer Jesus theory, I do have to point out one mistake in the article. It mentioned that the Caesarean surgery was done on Christmas Day. In actuality, they landed on Christmas day. The surgery was not done the first day of the landing. I would say it was probably closer to the New Year, as the film ended on January 1st.

  • felixbrewer

    I can’t say I buy into this but it is an incredibly fun way to think about it all.

  • cooljoebay

    This truly is the age of deception. Any fool who follows the modern “sci fi” theories are lost. The Bible actually tells us all about human behavior and deception. Greed, lust for power, lies. All people are children of God. But they are led by deception because of their unwillingness to detach from society. This defiance of God has a curse. It is automatic. If you live like a child of the world, you get tangled up into it. You behave like the fool you become.

    But to do the unlikely is to reject what society throws at you. Technology. Throw it away. Norms. Trends. Fashion. Reject them. Typical conformist lifestyle, working 9 to 5, buying house, two cars, pool, and vacations. Toss them. It’s all a trap to suck you into the delusion. Worldly knowledge rarely is worth what it claims to be. The rich and powerful use deception as their primary weapon to maintain a status quo. It truly is mass deception.

    But there are no aliens behind it. This is all deception upon deception. The path to God remains hidden for many. But it is actually easy to find for those who are willing to hear the Truth straight from the source. And I don’t mean the pastor of a church. I mean from the Word of God. No middle man. Just you and Him.

    Try tossing out your TV, video games, movies, fancy clothes and other non-necessities for survival. Become poor. Live in a small apt. Get a small used car. Wear second hand clothes or “plain” ones. Become separated from popular society. Then you shall find out the Truth and the purpose we are here. The world puts our focus on materialism. Never on spirituality, unless it’s something false.