Latest Prometheus image needs deciphering

Posted by Starr Keshet

A new image from Ridley Scott’s Prometheus - featuring Noomi Rapace and Logan Marshall-Green - is making the obligatory rounds in cyberspace.

The problem? 

It is essentially a teaser picture, complete with alien writing, and obviously requires a lot of deciphering.

Latest Prometheus image needs decipheringI almost wish I could phone up Daniel Jackson (SG-1) or Rodney McKay (Stargate Atlantis) and ask for help.

Yes, I know they are both fictional characters from another franchise, but still, wouldn't it be nice to have them both on speed dial, along with Samantha Carter?

OK, enough daydreaming, let's try and start off with what we know. Rapace and Marshall-Green are wearing space suits, although they are standing in what appears to be an alien cave, chamber or ruins without their helmets.

This obviously implies there is some sort of breathable atmosphere, along with a fairly reasonable temperature. Of course, there is no way to tell if the two are above or under ground, but there does appear to be the remains of a tree in the upper left corner, along with several lines of alien script carved into what appears to be a large stone or the remains of a doorway on the right.

It is likely we are looking at a "scorched earth" scenario inflicted on another planet, perhaps hinting at the "terrifying battle" to save the human race that the crew of Prometheus is forced to either wage or research.

The latest Prometheus picture was released just weeks after another, equally enigmatic image went live: a unique perspective of a giant (alien or human?) statue. 

At the time, I speculated that it perhaps epitomized the insignificance of the Prometheus crew in a wider universe - while showing us some pods, eggs or alien pottery on the floor.

This is still likely a valid observation, although now I can’t help but wonder if both images were shot in the same in-world location. Something tells me they weren’t, even if I have little more than a gut feeling to base my opinion on. 

Alternatively, the newest image could have been taken of Rapace and Marshall-Green after they exited the statue chamber and perhaps entered a different section of the ruins.

It's obviously going to be some time before we see exactly what Ridley Scott's Prometheus is all about, but in the meantime we can content ourselves with the fact that veteran Hollywood screenwriter Damon Lindelof assures us the film will be nothing short of "epic."

And according to Sigourney Weaver (Ripley), Prometheus takes the franchise where she always wanted previous Alien films to go.

"Fox and I disagreed on how the [movies] should continue. But I'm glad it's Ridley Scott doing it, and I'll be as curious as anyone, or maybe more curious, to see it [because] I think he took my suggestion," Weaver explained during a recent interview. "Fox wanted to go to earth and I said: 'That's so boring. Who wants to see aliens on earth?' I said 'go back to the [original] planet [depicted in Alien]'."

Prometheus, which explores its own mythology and is not directly linked to  Alien, is slated to hit theaters on June 8, 2012 via 20th Century Fox. The movie boasts a star-studded cast, including the sexy Noomi Rapace (from the original Swedish version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Logan Marshall-Green and Idris Elba.

Prometheus is directed by Ridley Scott and written by Jon Spaihts, along with Damon Lindelof. Marc Streitenfeld, who worked on several of Ridley Scott's previous films, has reportedly composed a haunting musical score to match the somber mood of Prometheus.