What Prometheus’ deleted scenes might reveal

Feature Ryan Lambie 16 Aug 2012 - 06:39

Ahead of its DVD and Blu-ray release, the titles of Prometheus’ deleted scenes have appeared online. We look at what they might tell us about the film’s secrets…

Ridley Scott’s Prometheus gained mixed notices when it arrived earlier this year, with many praising its sumptuous visuals, but bemoaning its muddled storyline and characterisation. As we’ve digested the strange mix of mythology, fantasy and sci-fi the movie offered, it’s gradually become clear that quite a bit was snipped out in the final edit – something Scott himself has admitted in subsequent interviews.

Now, a list of the deleted scenes, which will all feature on the Prometheus home release due out in October, provide some tantalising clues as to what was missed out. They were unearthed by Bleeding Cool, and their titles make for interesting reading for anyone looking for a bit more coherence in Scott’s return to the Alien universe. Here they are, with durations (in minutes and seconds) plus a bit of our (inevitably spoiler-filled, if you haven't yet seen Prometheus) conjecture mixed in:

Arrival Of The Engineers (02:31)

This title suggests that an alternate version of the opening scene will appear on the disc. In The Art Of Prometheus book, production stills depict a different sequence, in which the sacrificial Engineer is joined by a shaman-like figure wearing a cloak – further hinting that what takes place is some sort of religious ritual.

Tis The Season (00.58)

We’re guessing this is a brief dialogue scene involving Janek (Idris Elba) and his Christmas tree, or other members of the Prometheus crew chatting about the festive season.

Our First Alien (00:42)

Another brief scene, this one was probably snipped out of Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and her crew’s first encounter with long-dead alien life on the planet LV-223.

We’re Not Alone Anymore (01:22)

This could take the form of a simple discussion back on the Prometheus about the import of what the crew’s just discovered. Or does it hint at something more ominous?

Skin (00:42)

An ominous title, this one. Is it a deleted scene showing Holloway’s gradual consumption by alien DNA?

Strange Bedfellows (02:57)

This title, quoting Shakespeare’s The Tempest (“Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows”) might be an allusion to the hapless Millburn and Fifield, who become lost in one of LV-223’s mysterious alien buildings, and are forced to stay there overnight while a storm rages outside.

Holloway Hungover (01:25)

Given that Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) was one of the least sympathetic characters in the whole film, we’re not particularly looking forward to seeing around 90 seconds of him stumbling around and moaning about a headache. But then again, is this an extended version of the scene in which something weird wriggles out of his eye (something he doesn’t bother to tell the rest of the crew about)? 

David’s Objective (00:23)

This could be an interesting scene, in spite of its brevity. We know that David (Michael Fassbender) was able to communicate with the doddering Peter Weyland, who’s frozen and hidden away on the ship. Will this sequence better explain David’s motivations for infecting Holloway?

Janek Fills Vickers In (03:27)

We’re sure this sequence is far less rude than the title implies; presumably, it’s an extended conversation between Janek and Vickers (Charlize Theron) that didn’t make the final cut.

A King Has His Reign (03:40)

This title alludes to something Vickers says to the thawed-out Weyland (Guy Pearce). Is it an extended version of that scene?

Fifield Attacks (02:01)

This, presumably, is a lengthier version of the action sequence where a now infected Fifield attacks the crew of the Prometheus. We always wondered why we didn’t see several secondary cast members meet their deaths; evidently, their demises ended up on the cutting room floor.

The Engineer Speaks (04:06)

David’s conversation with the revived Engineer was extremely brief in the final cut, and it’s been said before that a much longer version once existed – and look, it’s four minutes long. What do the pair chat about? Will the deleted scene be subtitled, or will they be removed, thus rendering the conversation incomprehensible, as Scott decided to do in the theatrical cut?

Final Battle (05:30)

This, we’re guessing, is an extended version of Shaw’s final encounter with the angry engineer. In the Art Of Prometheus book, we see her fighting the hulking alien with a fire-axe, something Scott later took out because he thought it took some of the mysterious sheen off these pale-skinned humanoids. What we didn’t realise, though, was how long this sequence would turn out to be – at more than five minutes, it’s almost the equivalent of Ripley’s fight with the Queen at the end of Aliens.

Paradise (05:05)

For us, this is the most intriguing deleted scene of the lot. Scott has said that Shaw flies off to find the Engineers’ true home planet (LV-223, it turns out, is essentially a military base), which the director has previously dubbed Paradise. (Paradise was even the film’s title for a while.) This scene, then, probably comes after Shaw blasts away from the planet with Michael Fassbender’s head in a bowling bag. 

It’s another lengthy scene, so what’s on this other planet? Why is it called Paradise? Do the Engineers all eat Bounty bars? Regrettably, we’ll have to wait until October to find out.

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There needs to be a scene entitled 'A Shred of Sense' because without it, this film doesn't make any.

It made sense. Let's keep in mind that it revolved around humans visiting a planet they had never been to before though, not knowing what they would find, and with an alien intelligence at the heart of it. Personally I think it would have been much worse if we'd have been give a round-peg-in-the-round-hole instruction manual to go with it. I honestly don't know what's happened to sci fi audiences if the questions are that flabbergasting for you. Script shortcomings with regards to the actions of characters are one thing, but the over-arching story made sense, as much sense as Alien or Aliens. Maybe if River Song were to saunter on screen and deliver some exposition...

I agree, the overarching plot was coherent for me. There were a few dubious moments (trying to pet hissing alien worms) but overall a lot of the questions seemed like they were set up as part of an ongoing mystery that will hopefully be resolved in the next film.

There were a few holes here and there (show me a movie that doesn't have a plot hole), but to say that the whole thing made no sense - makes no sense :P

Now now don't insult doctor who, DoG favourite series. No need to patronise. You might get off on illogical self indulgent movie making, but us audiences need to understand what the film is trying to tell us. This film had no message, no moral to impart, just bizarre madness in space.

Personally if I say this movie doesn't make sense, I don't mean that I didn't understand what was going on. It's not that the film is incoherent, it's that characters behave in contradictory ways and while the over arching story is told, there are scenes and events that don't make sense. That makes it a less enjoyable film because it seems characters change for the convenience of the plot rather than understandable motivations.

This does happen in a lot of films, but I always expect a writer to be able to hold that kind of thing together. With Prometheus, we had good reason to think it'd be better. Ridley Scott is a considered film maker who has done some really great work and was talking up this project for a long time. I personally think fans are justified in their disappointment as, while it's not a bad film, they took their time and everything pointed towards it being better.

I've heard a lot of people blame Damon Lindelof for the script but I'd be curious to know who really did drop the ball on this.

I'd never insult Doctor Who, just River Song, and maybe some of the companions. A moral? Wouldn't that be patronising? "We humans need to learn to look after our planet" said Shaw, as she stared into the sunset.
It tried, and succeeded, in telling us a great many things, by way of questioning our notion of an idealistic scientific expidition to find a supposedly benign superior alien intelligence. It told us that said superior technology and intelligence does not necessarily carry with it greater wisdom, compassion, empathy, or motives that make sense to us. It told us that there may not be a comprehensible 'meaning' or origin to our existence, at least not one we'd be happy with. It told us that the universe may actually turn out to be a nasty and unforgiving place, where our own superiority and ideals are challenged. But as an aside, I have to add that I've seen a lot of great films with no message, no moral, and just bizarre madness. This may be a good film rather than a great one, but I stand by my exasperation at the wider audience who really couldn't get to grips with it.

I do agree about the characters, to some extent. That's what's frustrating about this DVD release - why not have an extended cut option. Of course, I'm sure the added material wouldn't justify all of the behaviour, but at least it might lean in that direction. There still seem to be people shouting about the story as a whole not making sense though, which I cannot agree with.
I'm beginning to question the quality of Mr Scott's back catalogue though, you have to go back quite a long way to find his sci fi classics. Films like Black Rain and G.I. Jane were very cheesy. Hannibal but good but flawed, considering the complex, dark material and the strong timeline.

I loved the film! could have been better thou, its not the epic tale I was epecting, but people who said it doesnt make sence must be real slow as it made sense to me!
I do however feel that 6there was some silly points, mainly the 2 scientist who got lost when the captain could have clearly guided them out way before the storm hit!
Also wasnt a fan of the prostethics on Guy Pierce
but overall a good movie

Oh. Nice one! And You did it all by yourself.

Engineers all eat Bounty bars..........lol

Two words: Magic Flute.

The movie made total sense to me...it was just filled with awful characters, weak dialog, and dumb contrivances (a magic flute is needed to start up an interstellar craft? Really???). A handful of deleted scenes aren't going to fix this disappointment.

White Squall makes 1492 look like Legend!

Nicely put.

This is a Lindelof production. All these extra scenes will do is give us even more questions, and everybody here knows it!

Yes, and that was clearly explained in the film. I don't understand the confusion over it.

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