As geeks, when my family found out that Prometheus was coming out the first thing we did was get tickets to the midnight premier at the local theater.
Suffice to say, money and time well spent. It may not be a real prequel, but it was a fun movie with good acting, fun characters, and awe inspiring special effects.
Coming out of the movie we were, of course, deep in debate on the subject of how this actually tied in with the Alien movies, if it did at all. Our main issues focused on that black goo stuff (I’m sure there’s a name for it and when my brother reads this he will yell at me for not knowing it), the Engineers, and whether or not they actually designed the Alien, or if it was an accident, and especially for my OCD little brother, whether or not the timelines in the two movies match up (they don’t, and he was panicking about it until he heard they were releasing yet another movie that will, hopefully, tie them together more properly).
Then I made the terrible mistake of saying: “I loved David.”
"What the hell is wrong with you?" My youngest brother asked, clearly horrified, "He was evil!"
This of course prompted my other brother to say that, due to the fact that he was an android, David was emotionless, and therefore neither good nor evil.
This devolved into an argument we are still having to this day. You see, one of the greatest parts of the Prometheus movie and the performance of Michael Fassbender as David was the fact that even though David does all sorts of terrible things in this movie, you still kind of feel sorry for him. He was constantly the butt of the joke, being treated especially cruelly by Charlie. His own father figure/creator Mr. Weyland, even said he was like the son he never had if it weren’t for the fact he had no soul. So yes, I felt sorry for him, even though I know my brother is right about the whole “android-equals-no-emotion” thing, and well, David killed a bunch of people.
Regardless, one of the signs of a great performance is that even days later you are still thinking about it, so whether David was evil, jaded, or emotionless, it still stands that Michael Fassbender did an amazing job portraying David the android, and I commend him for it and can’t wait for the next movie.