1. Only an American-based expedition could be based solely on the personal beliefs of someone claiming themselves to be a scientist.
past. The rest of their hypothesis (aliens seeded Earth and left markers to convince humanity to find their makers) are based on absolutely no scientific evidence whatsoever.
And the fact that the characters are from a variety of nationalities is irrelevant, since the entire mission is funded by a rich American businessman who has bought into the evidence-less hypothesis.
In other words: America's pathetic tendency to base political and social decisions on the whims of "beliefs" have so tainted the future that the term "scientific exploration" is more ironic than anything else. Thus, the only science in this movie is tangential.
2. In the future, medical pods will remind women that they aren't important.
The Evidence: The one automated medical pod in the movie is designed for the male anatomy. Why? Some argue that this has to do with Peter Weyland's selfishness, but considering that the pod is perfectly capable of performing surgeries on women (Shaw uses a "foreign body" program to perform a Cesarean section), what this really tells us is that Scott's future is a patriarchy for the sake of being a patriarchy. Considering that half the planet are women, it is absurd to think that medical pods are not being programmed for women; and if they are being programmed for women, then it really doesn't make any sense to create two different kinds of pods when you could save considerable amounts of money on production to make one pod for practically all situations.
After all, the pod in Prometheus can already perform the necessary surgeries on a female body anyway, just not under the appropriate surgical subheading.
3. Scientists are incompetent in the future.
Likewise, there's Holloway and Shaw, who refuse to observe quarantine procedures. Worse yet, Holloway decides that because the air appears to be breathable inside the alien ship, it is perfectly reasonable to remove his helmet. No worries about microbes. No attempt by an authority figure to reprimand him. In fact, it doesn't seem like anyone put much thought into this mission at all.
Oddly enough, the only technologically competent people in this movie happen to be the captain (Idris Elba) and his mini-gang of ship people. All three can read the geologist's map, pilot the ship, use little computers and gizmos with expertise, and so on. But, hey, when you put together a mission based solely on the whims of a bunch of new age archaeologists, I guess you can't expect to nab a few decent scientists to tag along.
4. Humanity hasn't learned anything from all the science fiction stories they've written.
The Evidence: Thousands of movies and books and short stories have been written in the last 100 years alone about robots, androids, and other synthetic beings going slightly mental, and yet we have not taken any of that into account in the world of Prometheus.
Case in point -- David (Michael Fassbender). Here's what he's responsible for doing in the movie:
a) Invading the dreams of humans in suspended animation.
b) Infecting Halloway with an alien sludge, resulting in Shaw's impregnation with a mutant alien baby from hell and the death of Halloway.
c) Denying Shaw the right to terminate her mutant pregnancy by using medicine (drugs) against her.
Why? I don't know. The movie never tells us his motivations for any of it. So either David is just naturally curious, and therefore dangerous to human beings, or he's insane. Neither of those options sounds good to me.
5. The Roman statues were based on aliens.
(Yes, I'm aware that the concoction the Engineer drinks probably does something to his DNA. It's still stupid.)
6. There are no female aliens.
The Evidence: There are no female aliens. Seriously. None. Not a single one. Unless Scott is suggesting these nearly-human aliens reproduce asexually, like bipedal amoeba, then what we're left with is an alien race that believes its lady aliens need to stay home and do whatever it is lady aliens are supposed to do. They don't eat food, so maybe they just tend to the house (or whatever they live in). Why are there no lady aliens? Seriously. Are the man aliens the only ambitious and batshit crazy, dickish members of their species?
7. Two obviously different species can be the same species.
Wait, what? Have you seen an Engineer? They're two or three feet taller than us, naturally muscular, and slightly off looking. Just look at him:
If that isn't enough evidence, then perhaps the prologue of the film, in which an Engineer sacrifices himself so his DNA can seed the Earth, will do. Only we had to *evolve* from that DNA, over a long span of time. Unless the Engineers have magically learned how to control evolution through DNA alone (which I doubt -- see #5), this is simply impossible. We cannot be exactly like the Engineers. We can be surprisingly like them, but the same species? Nope. Even a .01% difference should matter.
8. Nobody keeps track of long-distance spacecraft in the future.
This seems unrealistic on a number of levels. Take, for example, the level of control placed on airline travel. You cannot build an airplane and take it for a joyride without letting someone know. Why? Because there's lots of crap flying up there, and it's kind of important to know who's flying where. Space travel is even more restricted. Even with the private sector getting involved, it's all heavily regulated. Don't tell me some rich billionaire can build a huge spacecraft to search for aliens and nobody knows about it. Human beings are stupid, but we're not that stupid. If we were, we'd have hover cars by now...
9. Infecting someone with alien goo means their sperm becomes super-alien-sperm.
Remember, these are the same aliens who hadn't figured out how to seed other planets with life without committing suicide, but they've easily solved the problem of quickly mutating other life forms with a single drop of alien goop. Hilarious.
10. The weather will make no more sense to us in the future than it does to us today (well, assuming by "today" we mean "1910").
But then I keep forgetting: all that is wrong about this movie are necessary for Ridley Scott's (and Jon Spaihts' and Damon Lindelof's) convoluted, nonsensical plot. Monitoring weather patterns? Nah. Let's just have the weather fuck things up for our heroes. Stick with basic rules of biology? Nope. Alien goo = super sperm. Medical pods for everyone? Hell no. Women got vaginas, and those things are weird alien monstrosities!
I think Prometheus would be a really great movie if you could watch it without thinking about. Sort of like a 3D Disney ride; you sit there and enjoy the pretty visuals without recognizing that there's a story somewhere in all that mess.
What are some things you learned from Prometheus?