Ridley Scott's new film "Prometheus" seeks answers to a lot of big questions: Why are we here? Who created us? Why do they hate us? How many "Alien" movies can we make? If this installment (don't call it a prequel) works, then plenty more, now that the universe is opened to new evolutionary branches of our favorite xenomorphs, who aren't just face-huggers and chest-bursters anymore. Those changes (which we won't reveal here) come courtesy of "Lost" creator and "Prometheus" co-scribe Damon Lindelof, who took a script by Jon Spaihts, excised what we might expect to see, and expanded the mythology. Elements from the "Alien" universe are here: the space jockey, Weyland Industries (pre-Weyland-Yutani Corp.), etc. -- but Prometheus wants to steal its fire in a more philosophical way. Lindelof called Vulture from London to geek out about androids, alien rape, and fanboy theories. Caution: mild spoilers ahead.
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