Thread: The Multiverse
5/05/2012 8:00am, #1
Prometheus. If you don't know what I am talking about, stop reading here, because this is borderline nerd **** and you might not understand.
As an avid fan of the Alien series, the trailer for Ridley Scott's Prometheus obviously piqued my interest, it's aesthetic too close, too exactly the same as Alien for it not to have tickled my H.R. Giger loving arse. So I did some in depth research using the best information tool available on the web and found myself staring at something called a Wikipedia entry. According to this article, Prometheus was originally conceived as a prequel to the Alien series, but developed into it's own story along the way.
Conceived as a prequel to Scott's 1979 science fiction horror film Alien, rewrites of Spaihts's script by Lindelof developed a separate story that precedes the events of Alien, but which is not directly connected to the films in the Alien franchise. According to Scott, though the film shares "strands of Alien's DNA, so to speak", and takes place in the same universe, Prometheus will explore its own mythology and ideas.
Oh yes, the awesome part: "Takes place in the same universe". Takes place in the same universe. That **** right there gave me two boners, the first sprung up so fast the friction in my pants made me cum and before it had gone down it was back up. In fact, I have replaced my script for viagra with that one line.
Alien Vs Predator Vs [whatever alien species] Prometheus uncovers.
"But I hated the Alien Vs Predator's", you cry, cause you're a *****, "the concept was underdone, it had potential but didn't reach it."
"Exactly," I reply, cryptically, allowing me some suspense before I elaborate. The CONCEPT of Alien Vs Predator was underdone. But it is the CONCEPT of the Alien/ Predator/ Prometheus universe that is precisely the reason for excitement.
Remember when you were a kid and you had that thing called "imagination". You used it every time you were playing Wolfenstein 3D or flicking through those well thumbed Hustler magazines, pretending you were a ruthless killer or a sex god, (hopefully) respectively. When you saw Christopher Reeves flying through the air, you didn't see a shitty bluescreen effect, you fucking saw Superman. My point is we are so spoiled today, with our fandangled special effects, our CGU, that we don't need to use our imagination. And imagination can fill a universe.
Individual movies in a series can suck hard. They can and they do. But what we have to remember is that those movies are the result of various imaginations, from the writer, director and producer. It is their imagination being screened and if you already have a vision, no matter how inventive or, alternatively, impaired it is, then it is likely nothing will live up to your expectations. I try my damndest to keep an open mind about these movies, to give them the benefit of the doubt. That it is only their interpretation of one story out of the entire "universe".
Prometheus is appealing to me as it widens the Alien/ Predator universe and allows it a future, but also another present, another past. Another story that can be told. At the moment, with the teaser, I am happily considering the many possibilities this universe expansion means to our universe.
I am writing this while watching Terminator 2: Judgement Day, having just finished watching The Terminator and before watching T3 and Terminator Salvation. Probably my all time favourite universe. It would definitely be my all time favourite if the universe included The Matrix as a sequel. I'm hoping one day some visionary is able to put on screen a Terminator/ Matrix storyline. Until then, I will use my imagination. And when it happens, I reserve the right to say it wasn't as good as I thought it would be.
"But battlefields, there are many expanded universe storylines," you exclaim. Yeah, I know. Official, unofficial and fan written. They can be good and they can be bad.
What is your favourite "universe"?
What would you like to see in that "universe"?GET A RED BELT OR DIE TRYIN'.
5/05/2012 9:01am, #2
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We can also look forward to some more mediocre to great dark horse tie-ins for all my fellowe comic book lover's out there. I would be hard pressed to pick a favorite universe but one fictional universe that really drew me in was bill willinghams fables. For a darker multiverse experience I also love the invisibles.
5/05/2012 9:09am, #3
Nice writeup, Fields.
I'll be brief. Briefer than you, at least, you wordy bastard.
My favourite universe? This goes EASILY to Varda, The Tolkien universe. Not only is it literally chock a block with all the most epic acts of heroism and villainy that you could possibly imagine - it is by far the most detailed work of fiction (if you could even call it a single work) ever realised. That ************ wrote several separate languages, each with multiple dialects to support his Mythos. in little over 50 years, one man became the creative equivalent of an entire fucking culture.
Here is a lulzy picture I made for a LOTR: conquest clan a while back
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5/05/2012 2:44pm, #4
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Larry Niven's tales of known space universe is pretty fricken awesome from the sheer scope of imagination from Ring World to Integral trees.
5/05/2012 3:35pm, #5
I like the Riddick universe. It's hardly expansive but the video games flesh out a decent, dark sci-fi future.
In literature I like it in Bret Eston-Ellis's work when characters from other books pop up in unrelated books, like when Pat Batemen keeps asking a character in Glamorama to come and see his 'coat of arms'.Ne Obliviscaris
5/05/2012 8:30pm, #6
I really like the extended mass effect universe...not so much the novels as the extra stuff you can pry out of the games
5/05/2012 8:46pm, #7
Here's my guess: The Prometheus finds a ship that is the remnant of some awesome, dead, advanced civilization, and finding it is supposed to accelerate human knowledge and exploration into the stars.
Of course, since they died off, the Ancient's genetically engineered, biomorphic worker army might have broken free and now spell the doom of humanity. I mean why else do the Aliens have opposable thumbs?
The Space Jockey's last message? "Oops!"?
Thank goodness the Predators are watching over everything or else we'd really be in trouble.
Lots of good info here:
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5/05/2012 9:39pm, #8
Fucking hell, did you know that there are fucking Volus dreadnoughts? I mean what the ****? They were portrayed as a race who rose to power through economics. But a volus ship in the sky blowing **** up. That fucked with my mind something vicious.
Sir Isaac Newton is the deadliest son of a bitch in space and all that ****.Originally Posted by Goju - joe
5/05/2012 9:42pm, #9
Also, just to mention it. I have had several dreams where I have fucked Asari. Goddammit I wish Liara T'soni were real. I would fucking destroy that blue ass. While grabbing onto her hair-tentacles. Oh yes.Originally Posted by Goju - joe
5/06/2012 2:11am, #10