Why ‘Alien: Covenant’ Left Me Shaking Like a Baby

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Lions, Tigers, Bears… are nothing compared to Aliens 

Warning: Light spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen Alien: Covenant

The Alien series returns with another prequel, Alien: Covenant. This follow-up to Prometheus gives us a glimpse of how the Xenomorphs (or Aliens) came to be. It also provides more story for David (Michael Fassbender), the butler/maintenance android aboard the Prometheus ship.

Alien: Covenant follows the tale of the Covenant, a colonization ship headed for a remote planet, Origae-6. The passengers are in stasis, but all goes awry when the ship takes heavy damage.

Walter (also Michael Fassbender), an advanced android who assists the covenant, wakes everyone after the damage. After the crew gets a transmission from an unknown planet, Captain Oram (Billy Crudup) decides the planet is a better habitat for the colonists. Daniels (Katherine Waterston), a key member aboard the Covenant, is hesitant but they explore the world anyway. To their demise, they discover the gross creatures that mutate in a person’s body—the Xenomorphs.

Even the picture gives me the creeps…

Xenomorphs in Alien: Covenant

I’m not a scaredy-cat, but the Xenomorphs put me on the edge of my seat. I bit my nails nervously as I watched the Xenomorphs burst out of people, like the first film. The person becomes sick and seconds later, a Xenomorph bursts from their chest or back.

This movie was the first depiction of the Xenomorphs since Alien: Resurrection (not counting Alien vs. Predator). I’m not going to lie, they were a mix of spectacular and terrifying. The Xenomorphs looked impressive—modern technology improved on their looks. However, they’re ferocious, and their transformation from larvae to adult is gross. Not to mention they take on this disgusting pink form before developing. I’ll admit, I was shaking like a baby.

My face during most of Alien: Covenant

While the Xenomorphs were scary, like they’re supposed to be, the cast wasn’t as amazing. I love Michael Fassbender (X-Men, Assassin’s Creed), but I feel like he gets stuck in the same personality—Magneto-like. Many of his portrayals feel similar. Danny McBride (Your Highness, Pineapple Express) was a great comic relief as Tennessse. And while I appreciated Katherine Waterston’s (Fantastic Beasts, Steve Jobs) Daniels, it felt like she was too afraid to be a badass like Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley.

For a more detailed review, join me on Facebook Live Tuesday May 23 at 8:00 PM MST. 

The Xenomorphs get their origin in Alien: Covenant. See it in Theaters now.