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Hidden Meaning in PROMETHEUS – Earthling Cinema


Greetings, and welcome to Earthling Cinema. I am your host, Garyx Wormuloid. This week’s artifact is Prometheus, directed
by Ridley’s Believe It or Scott, and written by Damon Lindelof, the poster boy for unsatisfying
mythology since 2004. The film takes place in the distant past,
the year 2089. Two human archaeologists, Shaw and Holloway,
find a star map on the wall of a cave. Since they don’t have any plans for the rest
of the decade other than a work thing they can totally skip, they figure why not hop
over to that star system and see what’s shakin’? Four years of incredibly slow spaceflight
later, a ship called the Prometheus arrives on an empty moon and nothing happens for the
rest of the movie. Just kidding, everything happens. For one, there’s this building. So that’s pretty wild. And also some big dead dudes. These guys are called the Engineers and they
are the proud owners of the galaxy’s most powerful sunscreen. SPF infinity and beyond. Sensing the audience’s boredom, David, the
crew’s resident android-slash-prankster, makes off with a flagon of dark liquid from the
Engineerium. He mixes some of it into his famous strawberry
margarita and gives it to Holloway on the house — his money’s no good here. Emboldened by his newfound alcoholism, Holloway
enlists Shaw on an expedition to bonetown, which of course is an archaeologist’s favorite
town. Soon Holloway starts feeling under the weather,
so Vickers, the mayor of the Prometheus, hits him with the only hangover cure she knows:
fire. Meanwhile, Shaw uses a big laser to cure herself
of a bad case of squidbelly. It’s only when another crewmember goes on
a crewbender that they realize the margarita mix is actually a biological weapon and could
really use more salt. David discovers an Engineer in one of those
Michael Jackson sleep chambers, so they wake him up for a gab sesh. Unfortunately, Engineers are super cranky
before their morning cup of coffee. He powers up a hidden spacecraft and heads
to Earth to f*** s*** up, but since Earth still includes Baltimore, Stringer Bell shows
up to save the day. Shaw finishes off the Engineer with her squid
baby, whose name is Brian. Then Shaw and David’s severed head head off
to the Engineer homeworld to ask them what the dealio is, because that worked out so
well last time. Finally, an alien bursts out of the Engineer’s
chest for fanservice purposes. Prometheus explores man’s relationship with
his creator, Jesus Senior. The title references the Greek god Prometheus,
who according to legend, gave humans fire for their protection — and not just from
hangovers. His act angered his stepdad, Zeus, who considered
the knowledge of fire to be the province of the gods. The crew of the Prometheus similarly seek
forbidden knowledge. However, it soon becomes clear that they bit
off more than they could chew, proving once and for all that mouths are insufficient for
the consumption of nutrients. Indeed, the film suggests that the humans
are tested and deemed unworthy, as they have been pretty much since their debut. The engineers’ planet is dubbed LV-223, a
reference to the Bible’s own Leviticus 22:3, which states: “Tell them: In future generations
if any of your descendants, while unclean, comes near the holy offerings the Israelites
set apart for the LORD, that person must be excluded from my presence. I am the LORD.” The humans’ intentions are anything but pure
– Vickers’ dad seeks the engineers because he wants to extend his already unnaturally
prolonged skin folds. When he finally meets his maker, you don’t
need a theology degree to see it doesn’t go well. The Engineer’s wrath may be explained by examining
the Promethean theme of sacrifice. In the legend, as punishment for helping an
already doomed race, the titular Titan was banished and chained to a rock, where every
day a sky horse tore out his liver and ate it. The film includes numerous visual cues that
remind us of the torments Prometheus suffered for his act of Lamborghini mercy. Echoing his sacrifice, the Engineers must
die in order to create new planetary life. In light of their philosophy on life and death,
it is unsurprising that the selfish Weyland is deemed a punk b****. Reinforcing the theme of sacrifice, the film
also makes reference to Jesus Senior’s son. In the crucifixion story, Junior died on the
cross to save mankind, similar to the way Prometheus did the whole Prometheus thing
I was talking about before. The film, however, offers an ice cold Pepsi
twist. We learn that the Engineers perished 2000
years prior to the events of the story while planning revenge against the humans. While the reason remains unstated, the timing
— coupled with the film’s biblical imagery — perhaps hints that Jesus was an emissary
of the Engineers, and that his crucifixion turned them against Earth. Thanks a lot, Jews! By which I mean all remaining beings in the Universe. For Earthling Cinema, I’m Garyx Wormuloid. Shalom. the universe. For
Earthling Cinema, I’m Garyx Wormuloid. Shalom.

100 Comments

  1. Ιωάννης Μπαλτουμάς Author

    Jesus an emisary of the Engineers? M-I-N-D-B-L-O-W!!!!! left with jaws droped for a minute or something. Scot really hates jesus..

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  2. Vinod Kumar Author

    My gf really loveeees this film. Weee found full movie heere => https://twitter.com/c920bb4e65bd78926/status/872999358005878784

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  3. Dan B Author

    When you realized Humanities God developed on a Moon circling a Saturn wanna-be. Probably worshiping Saturn or people who claim to be Saturns One True Representative on Earth for 10s of thousands of years….
    … Our God is a Satanist…erm… Saturnist… Possibly Athiest built upon a Saturnests moral fibre but a Saturnest none the less

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  4. Mister Voolish Author

    You should analyze Adventure time, it has a lot more thought put in it than what is seen on the surface. If you don't feel like analyzing it you should at least watch it. It is a very well done show. #heywisecrack

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  5. prg machin Author

    Why does everybody forget that Prometheus was the titan that MADE MANKIND? Obviously that is why they chose the movie's name, though sacrifice and knowledge are other key themes in it as well.

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  6. Garilee McGlumphry Author

    Hilarious jokes aside, you guys honestly do some of the best commentary on films in a condensed manner. Never knew any of the background about Prometheus beyond what is mentioned in the film, so I never picked up on the connection between Prometheus and the C-section surgery, which is totally weird, but fun to find out!

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  7. dustin block Author

    I’ve watched a lot of “Prometheus Explained” videos and this one is actually the most concise, bravo, well done crack

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  8. Dennis Author

    There is no hidden meaning in Prometheus, it's stupid all the way through. A great director like RS would never offer something like Prometheus, some (or several) corporate stooge(s) obviously jerked with it. It's like the corporate stooge hides behind the director, unwilling to 'fess up to their mauling of someone else's art. I think people should own up to their deeds. Maybe we could still call Ridley the director, but since the corporate stooge is directing the director, he should be listed in the credits as the "director squared".

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  9. Cedric Beasley Author

    Hey guys, I really like your videos… I wanted to know the name of the animated clip of the story of Prometheus around time point 4:00 to 4:10. I would like to see that whole thing. Thanks

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  10. Kenton Clarkson Author

    I picked it up for $7 on amazon. After 20 minutes I hated everyone: the Connor McGregor wannabe, the preening soy-boys, the grunge attire, Irdis, a fine Englishman if there ever was one, and his southern Missouri "country-boy ax-cent", I wanted everyone one, except Elizabeth, to die. My wish was granted. There is a God

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