I recently read an article detailing an interview with Ridley Scott and his new film Alien: Covenant. He said something that concerns me:
“It went straight up there, and we discovered from it that [the fans] were really frustrated. They wanted to see more of the original [monster] and I thought he was definitely cooked, with an orange in his mouth. So I thought: 'Wow, OK, I'm wrong.”
The 2nd part gives me even more hesitation:
“The fans, in a funny kind of way --- they're not the final word --- but they are the reflection of your doubts about something, and then you realize, 'I was wrong or I was right.' I think that's where it comes in. I think you're not sensible if you don't actually take [the fans' reaction] into account.”
Sir Ridley Scott essentially states that he made Alien: Covenant because fanboys/fangirls whined and complained about the lack of Xenomorphs in Prometheus. Even though he says that fans aren’t the final word, it appears they are in his world. Most of the Alien fans I spoke to who saw Alien: Covenant said that it was too similar to the other films. I enjoyed the new entry quite a bit but I share that same sentiment that it felt a little familiar, specifically Alien & Aliens. It made me appreciate Prometheus even more since that movie was trying something new. However, the fanboys/fangirls complained that Prometheus was too unlike the other Alien films and then the same community complained that Alien: Covenant was too similar to the original four movies. Case in point: nobody can please the fans. Fanboys and fangirls like to whine and complain about everything.
Hopefully Ridley Scott learned his lesson; - to never let the fans dictate his vision. They simply cannot be satisfied. They are people who hold onto those dear memories of seeing their respective classic films when they were younger. Granted, Alien/Aliens are better films but those people are viewing these movies and moments via their younger selves, in a nostalgia box that will never be bettered. So instead of appreciating new territory in their sacred franchises, they prefer to complain about everything. They remind me of my ex. People need to learn to love.