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Since the late 80's I always found much better filmmaking in most of the sequels in this franchise. As kids back then when they were being released I dont remember we ever compared these films, they were all great, and that was it, certainly not putting original or sequel on pedestal or something. The humour of the sequels definitely added a lot more horror, the more funny it seemed the scarier, cause the so-called humour was demented, disturbing and chilling down to the bone, that's what humour usually does in horror films, it's a balancing technique. It certainly didn't seem intended to conjure up a smile or a haha laughing moment, but the exact opposite, that's one of the reasons why the original is easier to watch for me in terms of scares than the sequels that went much deeper into the depths of fear. As to what is better, they're all great, but personally I can't recall a single franchise where the sequels have not been somehow superior in terms of quality, the same goes for this one as well. There's usually a great improvement as they go on. I think The Dream Master is my most favourite, it's Renny Harlin's film, which was the most popular of the franchise at the time. As long as people are divided we're on the right track, the world was enslaved for too long when it was following only one master, whether it was science, news, politics, religion, that's for the herd mentality to have only one truth, truth is in the heart, not somewhere out there to be given to us, so every one of us is bound to believe something else and divide from others who believe their own truth, as long as we're on the path to the awakening of the spirit as a prime creator of subjective universe, therefore understanding and respecting why others live in and create their own universe. This is the time of liberation many of us have been waiting for for a long long time. Horror from the recent years, Bye Bye Man from 2017, that was for me like a journey to 1930's, the first film since I was little that I had to to watch through my fingers, and sometimes had to look away completely or switching off the sound, not because of gore, but because of the silence, the empty space boiling with intensity that was nerve racking. It is probable during my out of body experience I could meet that Bye Bye Man there for real, coming after me, lots of imaginary things beome real there, it affected me a lot, maybe it's time for some cleansing and healing to release it from my emotional body. The show certainly became far more watchable and funny after Jefferson came in, the more cartoonish it became more timeless and hilarious, and sometimes when it got sillier the more intelligent creativity was behind it, the quality and humour is especially less constrained by time of its cultural humour unlike the earlier seasons. Cartoonish nature of art more often reaches far beyond fashion, customs, trends, it appeals to the senses that any child can get without being aware of what's going on in the world. That's something more universal, the quality in the vein of Tom and Jerry can always reach far deeper into our psyche that more people share. Perhaps why the newer shows that tend to take themselves too serious or being too embedded in the real world can hardly reach the worldwide appeal of something like MWC. For me personally 99% of all shows and film franchises I've ever seen always get better later on, probably because there's a space for improving. I remember that feeling, I was there at one point. Any film has depth beyond all intentions, we carry that depth with us, it is our responsibility to see beyond the surface of life, not up to the outside stimuli. I would step further and appreciate to see more perspectives that reveal personal feelings towards specific areas of the film, not just themes, but aesthetics, colors, shapes, specific tones, moods, anything that is awakening something in us, our traumas, our past experiences, anything that makes us relate, sometimes people do so anyway, however unintentionally often, not for the purpose of exploring our souls through the art we observe or create, or any experience that affect us somehow. I remember growing up and gradually getting disappointed how even most artists are cynical, superficial people despite creating great depths in what they do, yet never seeing it themselves. There is no bad art to me, there's only an entirely neutral experience, to show us who we are. Of course, Alien Covenant as a film understandably works on a different level for me. that film came from a great degree of neutrality, a rather more advanced consciousness in my view, where the matters of good vs evil are less pronounced. as a subject matter of this thread it's not appropriate to use, not as a film to offer faith and hope in progress of AI technology, not for lots of other people, as not everyone is capable to rise above the duality of consciousness, the judgments, self righteousness, etc. Not everyone is able to defend humanity of murderers or rapists like I am, I am mindful of other peoples state of minds, how they think or how they are. Nonetheless, Alien Covenent doesn't feel to me personally as a film made with a single purpose to spread fear of technology itself, it goes deeper, it's not the focal point as much as in other films featuring AI, so for me it is still appropriate and shows an important side of technology and points a mirror at humans who have not progressed beyond their ego, hence why David developed the God complex as a reflection of humans dominant collective mindset, it is just a mirror, as long as there exists an overriding judgmental mindset in humanity, there's a higher probability such a God complex is bound to develop in our reflected image, as a shadow of our souls, and that's where I feel the usual fear of AI stems from, the unconscious fear of who we are, our inner unhealed side of Id. it is an extremely important subject matter in a film, that in a crucial time when dealing with technology might eventually prompt humans to look back into spirituality or religion to let God make ultimate judgments, not mortal humans. However, I could see why other people would miss this content in the film, therefore not a good choice for this thread. That film also works mainly from a more philosphiocal standpoint for me rather than a genre film to thrill the senses, hence why I tend to prefer it to any other Alien film made at this point. Hope that explains my standpoint when it comes to this one. Yes I do have a soft spot for them indeed, there's so much to learn from something that contains our knoeldge, our values, to reflect back to us, to think about, to reassess, I might be wrong about many things, I am just learning, and AI is just one of those things that could very well reflect back who we are. I am adding the one from the new Lost In Space show, now that show really makes a difference for the children today concerning AI, intitially there's a fear about it, but the kid trust it, and it turns out to be a great helper, someone who seems to learn so much from humans, I am really curious where the filmmakers would take the development of its character next in that show. Another one that came to mind, my favorite, Wall-E. Which gives the heart of a human to the main character, and yet depicting the world of humans corrupted by reliance on technology. Good balance there. No Terminator doesn't count for me, people use it as an example why to be fearful, it's why it never spoke to me as a kid, and Arnold fan at the time, in the sequel he may be benevolent, but the message of these films is not offering much faith. It's important to be careful, but it doesn't show the bright side, that's all. However even in the sequel there are bits suggesting that T can become more human and alive. View all replies >