Headcanon

I just thought of something that will help me very well with something I’m very passionate about. See, for many years, I’ve argued with people on what is canon and what is not in franchises like Alien, Predator, Terminator, or Star Wars. People have argued with me about stupid stuff, like that elements were in novelizations are considered canon with the movie they’re adapted from. One time I argued with someone about how the T-1000 travels back in time in Terminator 2 when it’s liquid metal and not living tissue. I theorized that the T-1000 covers itself in a living tissue cocoon that it sheds off later. But one person argued that according to the Terminator novelizations, they cover themselves in some kind of lotion. I tell them that I don’t go by novelizations, and they get really offended saying it’s canon whether I liked it or not or some BS like that.

I remember a heated debate over Lance Henriksen’s character in Alien3 and Alien vs. Predator. I said that the man at the end of Alien3 played by Lance Henriksen, credited as Bishop II, was the descendent of Charles Bishop Weyland in Alien vs. Predator. All we know was that he designed the Bishop android, considering we didn’t even know his name in Alien3 or his connection to the Weyland-Yutani Corporation, it’s open to say that he could’ve been a Weyland. But fans who read the Alien3 novelization say that, in reality, that he was really an android designer named Michael Bishop and was not a Weyland.

But it’s not just novelizations, comic books and video games. I’ve often had fights with people about the Predator culture which had been established in comic books about what is the true interpretation. One person hated the 3rd movie Predators because it ignored all the Predator material in the expanded universe.

My argument was on these subjects that, if you’re working with a movie franchise, the movies outrank the other material. I’m not saying they’re bad stories, I’m saying that once they make a new movie, they will ignore those stories. They don’t research every piece material saying that “we can’t do this because it contradicts this book not everyone has read.” Take Star Wars for example. Ever since Disney bought Star Wars, they ignored all the stories that followed Return of Jedi, which I was fine with, because I wanted fresh stories that weren’t restricted by those stories I had no interest in.

But here’s what I have realized. Continuity is subjective these days. People can decide what they want to be considered canon, and I think that gives power to the fans. Take Halloween for example, Halloween has three different continuities: The Thorn Continuity of Halloween 1, 2, and 4-6, the H20 Continuity with Halloween 1, 2, H20, and Resurrection, and 2018 Continuity which is just Halloween 1 and Halloween 2018. People can decide for themselves what is the true canon. And they don’t have to consider all the movies of each timeline, for example, I like Halloween 1, 2, and H20, I don’t have to consider Resurrection canon. It’s called “headcanon.”

Headcanon is an empowering thing for fans to have their own opinion on what stories they accept as canon. Maybe those who don’t like the Disney Star Wars movies can consider everything before the Disney stories are canon, and that’s their right to it. Take me for example, I love the Alien franchise, but I only love Alien and Aliens, I hate Alien3 and I’m not crazy about Alien Resurrection either, so my headcanon in the Alien franchise is Alien, Aliens, Prometheus, and Alien Covenant. People can have their own, no one should be told “this story doesn’t count” like that guy who hated Predators, he can consider all the stories that proceeded Predators and consider Predators non-canon. Again, it’s empowering for fans to decide that for themselves. No one should be allowed to consider a story they don’t like canon. I think my brothers, Wyndham, Weylin, and Wallace, taught me that. Thanks guys.

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Future of Aliens and Predator Under Disney

There’s a rumor going around that Disney is not gonna pursue any Fox projects that are not family oriented, which has scared people to think that this is the end of the Alien and Predator franchises. I was a little worried about that myself. But I think we might be overreacting. I don’t think that Disney is just gonna take the Alien and Predator franchises and put them in a box and forget about them. I mean, they’re both profitable franchises, and if they’ll make money, they’ll probably do them. I mean, sure the last Alien movies didn’t really do well, but neither did the last two Terminator movies and they’re still making make more. Maybe under different studios and different continuities, but they’re still making them. I think what they’re probably gonna do is simply make more movies, but keep the Fox logo to release them under, like how they release the Avengers movies under Marvel Studios or the Star Wars movies under LucasFilm, notice you don’t see the Disney logo at the beginning of either of those franchises. Or, they’ll probably just sell the rights to someone else. Not to mention, don’t they have parent companies so they can profit from non family oriented movies like TouchStone?

Point being, I don’t think this is the end of the Alien and Predator franchises, I’m sure something will get them back on the big screen. Like the Jurassic Park line “life finds a way.”

Expanded Universes

I need to get this off my chance. I’ve been confronted by people who chew me out about things regarding expanded universes in franchises like Aliens and Terminator and Star Wars. People giving me crap about how what’s canon and what’s not, like how Disney threw out the original expanded universe or your theory is wrong because the novelization says this. If I’ve learned anything, it’s that expanded universes are never canon. The next movie will always retcon it. Studios don’t research every piece of medium of their franchise and say “we can’t do this totally awesome thing, because it contradicts this book that very little people have read” it doesn’t work that way.

I mean case and point, the Aliens comic books that were released after Aliens showed the further adventures of Newt, Hicks, and Ripley, which inspired my stories. But Alien3 came out said that Newt and Hicks died, and they reprinted the books with different names, Newt became Billie and Hicks became Wilks. Cheap. See, they didn’t research those comics and say “we can’t kill off Ripley, Newt, and Hicks because it contradicts these comic books.” See, they have never cared and never will, which is why expanded universes have never mattered and never will.

Not to say they’re bad stories, they’re all great stories, but you shouldn’t write them as canon, because once the next movie comes out, they’re gonna pretend they never happened.

One guy I knew threw a shit fit because Robert Rodriguez said he drew no inspiration from the Predator comic books when he produced Predators. Excuse him for only wanting to go by the movie, the only thing he felt anyone should draw inspiration from.

Continuity is subjective these days. Some people don’t like the new canon that Disney has established when they bought Star Wars. But guess what, I don’t care. I never read those books, I only go by the movies. I have a system, I only go by Good and Official. Expanded Universes can be Good, but they’re not movies, so they’re not Official. Only the movies are Official, but if they’re not Good, then I don’t consider them canon. Like Alien and Aliens, they’re Good and Official, Alien3 is a movie so it’s Official, but it sucks, so it’s not canon in my opinion.

And novelizations aren’t canon, they’re the reverse of movies based on books. They don’t sync with each other, if they’re not in sync, then how do you consider them in the same continuity. This just so irritates me about people bitch at me about things regarding continuity. I only go by the good movies, nothing else.

Alien Covenant: Shaw SPOILERS

This is long overdo, but I saw Alien Covenant last month and I wanted to talk about it. I mean, I loved the movie, but the problem I have is that it’s so ambiguous, not as ambiguous as Prometheus, but still. I don’t think Ridley Scott gets the franchise he started, I hope we get our answers eventually otherwise these movies would be a waste. Not to mention, we don’t know if Scott’s gonna get more movies since Covenant bombed. Don’t know why he had to make a lot movies to explain the Aliens’ origin. But that’s neither here nor there as to what I wanna talk about. I wanna talk about Shaw.

SPOILERS

First of all, I was peeved that they killed off Shaw, just threw her character away just like Newt and Hicks in Alien3. But more importantly, we don’t exactly know what happened. It seemed David killed her, but he kept talking about how he loved her and shit like that, so it doesn’t seem to make sense. So I came up with this theory: someone gave me the idea that Shaw’s death was an accident. David claimed that their ship crashed and she died in the crash after they accidentally released the pathogen. We later find out that David released the pathogen on purpose to kill the Engineers. But it’s possible that both are true. Maybe there was a crash. Maybe after David killed the Engineers, he woke Shaw and distraught by what he did and what he plans to do, she tried to escape with the ship, so he tried to stop her and she crashed and died in the crash. Because, the ship was far away from the city and there were a lot of trees destroyed as if it did crash and that would explain what Shaw’s recording of herself singing Country Road was when she was trying to escape. Then after she died, David, as much he loved her, decided not to waste good material.

I had heard that Ridley Scott’s next movie, Alien: Awakening will be a prequel to Covenant and that “maybe” the next one will be a sequel to Covenant. Maybe Awakening will show what happened between Prometheus and Covenant and what happened to Shaw, which would be nice. But still, I don’t see why he has to make a dozen movies, especially since I don’t see how he’s gonna make more since Covenant bombed. I think he should cut his losses and just make one more movie before the whole thing gets cancelled and we never get our answers.

Aliens Unleashed: My Animated Aliens Fan Film

I didn’t plan this, but in the spirit of the new Alien movie, I have finished my animated fan film Aliens Unleashed. I have worked on it all by myself for over a year with only the help of my cast for the characters using XNALara models and animating them in Blender and getting public domain songs and sound effects from YouTube and other places. It is finally done and I’m glad. And there are more fan films to come. My Friday the 13th reboot will be my next project, and then I will return to Aliens with my sequel to Unleashed, Aliens Apocalypse

After the events of Aliens (retconning Alien3 and Alien Resurrection) Newt and Hicks returned to Earth to find Ripley has disappeared and the company denied everything. 30 years later, Newt and Hicks have moved to a new colony to move on with their lives. Only to discover that Weyland-Yutani has dug up the Derelict ship and harvested the eggs breeding lots of Aliens in a secret lab near the colony. The Aliens have been unleashed and it’s up to Newt to lead the colonists to safety or they will suffer the fate of LV-426.

Hope you enjoy.

Alien Covenant Discussion SPOILERS AHEAD

I saw Alien Covenant yesterday. It was great, I loved it a lot, Michael Fassbender was great as always, Katherine Waterson was a good lead, I knew her before she was famous when I saw her in the independent film Enter Nowhere with Scott Eastwood and Sara Paxton, Danny McBride was awesome too, did a really great job doing a drama instead of comedy. I can’t wait for the next one, though I feel Scott is going a little overkill making probably too many than we need to lead into Alien, not to mention that his Alien movies have been underperforming at the box office, so I hope he can lead into Alien before they run out of money. Not to mention, I’m disappointed that so far, it seems like Blomkamp’s Alien 3.5 won’t get off the ground. I was looking forward to that because it was gonna retcon Alien3Alien Resurrection and bring back my favorite characters and go forward instead of backwards. But I have so many things I wanna run by you guys.

SPOILERS AHEAD

First of all, I had heard that Scott had originally intended to make more on the Engineers, but after Prometheus met negative results because of lack of Alien, he decided to focus all on Alien. But, couldn’t he have done both? Focus on Alien while explaining more about the Engineers. For example, will we ever learn why the Engineers created us and then eventually tried to kill us?

I’m a little iffy about them killing off Shaw, I’m kinda wondering if I can like this movie and not look like a hypocrite because it killed off a character in the next movie just like Alien3, which I hate like poison because of that. On the subject, if David loved Shaw so much, why did he do that to her? Maybe there could be a prologue in the next scene where we actually see what happened right after David wiped out the Engineers.

We now know that David created the Xenomorphs, so we’re assuming that his creation will end up on that the Engineer/Derelict ship in Alien, so how do we get from Covenant to Alien? Did David only kill the Engineers on that one planet and there are more Engineer colonized worlds, maybe ones who will seek vengeance on David for attacking them and David will commandeer one of their ships again which will lead into Alien?

Overall I loved it, it wasn’t as frustrating as Prometheus and I feel Alien has returned. I just hope Scott can wrap this up before the money runs out, if there’s one thing I hate more is an unfinished story.

Alien Covenant Trailer

Watched the trailer for Alien Covenant last night. It was incredible and I can’t wait to see it. It’s great to see the Alien again and I am so excited. All I can say is “Welcome back Alien. It’s good to have you back. We’ve missed you so much.”

But there are so many questions. We know the crew of the Covenant find David on this new planet, but where’s Shaw? Did David betray her and kill her, or did he simply leave her for dead and she’ll pop up again later?

Will we see some Engineers?

We know we’ll see some new Xenos, like one popping out of a guy’s back, the Backburster. Maybe that guy who birthed the Backburster was the guy who had that spore fly in his ear.

We see an Egg and a Facehugger. Does David creates the Xenos like the rumors have said before the Covenant crew arrived, or were those Eggs already on the ship. Is that the ship that Shaw and David left LV-223 on?

We know Fassbender plays two androids, David and Walter, Walter is a basic robot, but he’s still a predecessor to the Ash androids, so he might still be a little “twitchy.”

And this one is a big one. A lot of people think that Katherine Waterson’s character, Daniels, is Ripley’s mother. Is that the case? I kinda hope not, seems like a real prequel cliche, and seems too convenient that the Ripley family is fated to run into these Aliens. Again, cliche.