For all Ridley Scott’s “this is not a prequel” talk, it certainly was filled with direct connections to his Alien. That said, he delivered on every promise. It was moody and ominous, full of great performances, especially Fassbender’s, and contained just the right amount of suspense and action. Some of the new alien designs were interesting, while others were merely satisfactory. Good sci-fi is rare, and this is it.
We decided to watch Alien immediately before going to Prometheus, and I recommend it. The movie definitely loses a bit of it’s poignancy once you are well aware of how it all “works”, but the ambiance and suspense are still noteworthy. It created a mythos I love, and defined what good science fiction horror should look like.