How did you like this take in the long series that spawned from Alien in 1979?
Since Prometheus, you felt where is Signourney, but at this point it probably doesn't make sense to bring her back despite her being the lead in the first film. She had kind of a final death, so best to leave it at that. I would say if we permanently deleted Alien 3 and Alien vs. Predator, the series would be awesome.
This story is great in that Ripley again evolves the story further down the road. One of the weaknesses of most of the other spin-offs is there is nothing but the bad ass alien and special effects like Aliens or Alien vs. Predator. Ripley really dives deep to discover how the Alien is actually created and where.
This is great in that there has been an evolution in the robot from Alien Prometheus, so David is now Walter. Walter has a bit more robotic feel as the inventors realized the first version was a bit too human. This is great foreplay into the original Alien that would follow this movie in chronological order in this space time continuum. Then we can see how this robot leads to Ash with a complete detachment from humanity. There is real meat to this story in that we find clues about what happened in Prometheus that ends up haunting the 2nd crew.
I think one of the tradegies of so many Alien films, is the ruin of the scariness of the original Alien. I remember watching that film on a 12 inch black and white TV in subpar SD quality in the 80s. That was some authentic scary shit! My mom saw the original in the movie theater and had nightmares for weeks!! Even though this film has some great scenes, Ripley really cut back on the long build to the Alien that made the very first film so damn bad-ass.
How important was H.R. Geiger to the earlier films?
You cannot fathom how important the original set designs in the original Alien based off H.R. Geiger really made the Alien come to life and scare the hell out of people. Below are some of his original works. The last one is his Museum, which must be amazing to see.
While I love H.R.Geiger's direction and thought process in his work, I'm not per say an illustrator. So I doubt that I would dive off in this direction. Keep in mind as well, the level of detail he is using is more of a young man's illustrator detail rather than an older artist shaky hand, right?