I hear what you're saying about a lot of the other characters being 'background noise', but I don't necessarily see it as a big problem. As long as you have several to emphathise with/relate too, it's fine to have a bit of cannon fodder.|
Having said that, the beauty of Aliens is that, whilst it had a similar cast size (in terms of the Colonial Marines vs Prometheus crew), all but a few of the marines (Crowe, Wiesbowski) are fleshed out to a degree that you care when they die. The contrast in the films is evident when you compare the briefing scenes. In Aliens, 6 or 7 of the characters get involved in the discussion, whilst in prometheus, only 4 or so people talk (figures off the top of my head here). Also, the Aliens briefing scene is designed to flesh out the characters, whilst the Prometheus scene is (mostly) exposition.
Edited by SweetMrGibs at 11:40:01 21-06-2012
#8804107, By SweetMrGibs Ridley Scott's Prometheus (spoilers within)
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