ecureuil wrote:Hmmmm, I don't remember any evidence of the goo or the engineers actually creating the xenomorph (other then squid thing/engineer alien of course). In fact the sloppy script is so bad it has very little evidence of anything and everyone seems to be just guessing at what the film is actually about and what's gone on from what I can see. The more I process and think about the film it's almost like the studio intentionally wanted a mess of a film with bugger all in it so we'd all need a sequel to actually find out what on earth it's all about. Clever I guess but annoying as hell.
I didn't mean the alien at the end was the very first xenomorph. The black liquid creates the alien/rapid evolution, I think it's a fair assumption that the engineers had tested it on themselves and knew what it was, which is probably why they'd stashed the stuff away on a moon, far away from their home planet. From the mural on the wall I think we can rule it out of being an experiment gone wrong since they've deified the alien, so they're probably quite proud of their creation. Until it fucked them up, I guess. The captain of the ship says the black stuff/containers was a bioweapon that got out of control. Not sure how he'd know this, but I think we're supposed to take that line as being true.
The mural gives us nothing other than it's a picture of an alien queen we see once....although you may well be onto something there. I've been reading around the web trying to make sense of the awful script and apparently in an art book for the film it is actually described as part of a "shrine" so it does seem that the Xenomorph are of some importance and relevance to the engineers. As to what that is I guess we need a sequel to actually find out.