Saw Prometheus over the weekend, loved it, and while the only problem I had with the script was that a space captain was such a fan of a hundred-year-old song, there were many other things I was curious about. One of these, the reason "The Engineers'" wish to destroy humanity, has already been answered by director Ridley Scott. His statement comes courtesy of WorstPreviews.
The film clearly shows that Engineers created life on Earth and then guided humans throughout our development, one day hoping that we would come visit them. But we did something very bad. So bad, that it upset the Engineers. And according to the movie, whatever we did, happened two thousand years ago. The only thing that could be is that we killed Jesus, who apparently was an Engineer as well. Here is a quote from Scott: "If you look at it as an 'our children are misbehaving down there' scenario, there are moments where it looks like we've gone out of control, running around with armor and skirts, which of course would be the Roman Empire. And they were given a long run. A thousand years before their disintegration actually started to happen. And you can say, 'Let's send down one more of our emissaries to see if he can stop it.' Guess what? They crucified him."
To pull another nod to Greek mythology here, this could be a Pandora's box sized problem for many fans of the series for more reasons than one. Let's start with in all the reviews, one of the biggest praises received for the film was its alternate explanation of the creation of our world. The internet came alive with the chimes of the non-religious for the implication of alien Gods. Now to turn around and tell them, "Oh yeah, that's Christianity," would be a shot in the gut I'm sure.
How about the religious perspective? Alien Jesus will undoubtedly get the thumbs down from The Vatican, as well as many other religious organizations. Let's go even further out of our Euro-centrism and think of the slap in the face of excluding other religions. Aliens are invading because the Christian Lord and Savior was put to death?
As I think more though, there is the potential for this to be completely awesome as well. In a pop culture community where we now sit down as a family and watch episodes of Ancient Aliens, this could be the tie-in to really pull people to the theaters.
Will Scott really do it? I think so. In fact the scene with the cross necklace makes even more sense now... Although that might piss off more than a few engineers out of context if she wears that to their home planet. Enough about my thoughts though, will this newfound knowledge impact your opinion of the series?