Set 11 years after the events of Prometheus, Covenant is a sequel that attempts to bridge the gap with the first Alien film.
The crew of the Covenant, a colony ship transporting a cargo of frozen humans to an Earth-like planet for colonisation, take the fatal decision of investigating an SOS sent from an uncharted world. Their hope of discovering ‘paradise’ is short lived after two crew members inhale sinister spores and die when the xenomorph bursts out of their bodies (gruesome stuff!) The landing craft explodes and the remaining crew are left stranded with David, the unbalanced droid who features in Prometheus. We are led to believe David killed Elizabeth Shaw years earlier to conduct twisted experiments in a bid to create the perfect alien species. Eventually a shuttlecraft is despatched from the colony ship to collect the remaining survivors, together with an unwanted guest.
As expected crew members get killed one by one and the film’s climax echoes the first alien film set on board the colony ship with a rogue alien scuttling around in dark corners, randomly killing the remaining crew. Unsurprisingly, the remaining crew (Daniels and Tennesse) set a trap and manage to suck the alien into space. But David has other plans, and the final scene shows him coughing up alien embryos and putting them alongside human embryos for future experimentation.
The special effects are brilliant and the link between Prometheus and the original Alien film is enlightening. However, many questions are left unanswered, namely how the aliens got to LV-426 which is where the Nostromo crew discover them in the original Alien film. The storyline is predictable in places and relationships between the crew lacking.