Alien: Covenant is a strange hybrid of Prometheus and the original Alien. If you thought adding "Alien" to the title was a sign that director Ridley Scott was in some way erasing Prometheus or righting the ship after fan response to that film, you're dead wrong. Prometheus is essential viewing before seeing Alien: Covenant. Though the film steps into far too familiar territory with the return of eggs, facehuggers, and the Xenomorph -- all seen in the trailer -- it is still Prometheus 2; not so much a prequel to Alien as continuation of the last film and a set-up for whatever comes next. It delivers plenty of blood, gore, and fantastic scares, but falls short in terms of characterization, narrative, and pacing.