People are saying they need to improve the quality of the films. I have an alternative suggestion.
Just take Alien out back and kill it humanely. Why? They won’t improve things. THEY WILL NEVER IMPROVE THINGS. And I’m not just talking out my posterior here. I can back this up with cold hard science (of a sort).
A film’s legacy can be a tricky thing to determine, but it gets easier with lengthy franchises.
We haven’t had a even MOSTLY well-liked film since 1986. For those keeping track at home, we haven’t had anything but highly divisive “love-it-or-hate-it” films in this series in over three decades. Here are the facts:
1979: Everyone agrees that Alien, the Ridley Scott original is AMAZING.
1986: Everyone agrees that Aliens, James Cameron’s follow up is AMAZING, but for different reasons.
1992: Most people dislike Alien 3, but it has a few fans who inevitably crawl out of nearby air ducts like Xenomorphs when you criticize the film online.
1997: Alien Resurrection is damn near universally hated, and by all rights should have been the end of things.
2004: Alien vs Predator was goofy and silly and felt about as good as Sharktopus or Boa Vs Python, and again, most viewers weren’t very fond of it.
2007: EVERYONE HATES Alien vs Predator: Requiem. By all rights, once again the franchise should REALLY have fucking ended here. It’s easily the worst film featuring the Alien brand, and again, managed to piss off just about everyone who saw it.
2012: Prometheus is very much like Alien 3: it’s got a few fans, but again, most didn’t like it.
And now it’s 20-goddamn-17. We’ve got Alien: Covenant, which shaped up WORSE than Prometheus, but at least wasn’t AVP:R level terribad (not that that’s a great compliment. Lots of things are better than AVP:R. Stepping in fresh dog excrement for example. On a day you weren’t wearing socks and shoes. Because a mugger had stolen them after murdering your mom and dad in front of you).
Seriously. Put this franchise in a little pine box and bury it already.
It’s the merciful thing to do. Keeping it around is torturing the fans of a formerly-good thing like David torturing and experimenting on Elizabeth Shaw to death off screen so he can create the very first Xenomorph.
Oops. Spoilers to a terrible film you shouldn’t waste your time with anyway.
I regret nothing if it saved you from the sin of being interested enough to see the film.
Stay classy, internet.