Alien: Covenant begins with a perfectly composed prologue in which the android David (Michael Fassbender), first seen in Prometheus, speaks with Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce), his creator. David inquires: “If you created me, who created you?” That, Weyland says, is what he wants to discover. “Where do we come from?” he asks. Weyland then orders David to bring him some tea. David hesitates, but then obeys. This simple yet pivotal conversation sows the seeds of all that is to come in both Prometheus and Alien: Covenant. After all, a covenant is a bond between two people or parties, and that bond began to crack in Prometheus. In Ridley Scott’s grisly follow-up, it’s shattered.
In 2104, the spaceship Covenant—which contains 2000 would-be space colonists in deep hyper-sleep, as well as the ship’s android caretaker, Walter (Fassbender again)—is en route to the remote planet Origae-6, where the settlers hope to create a new outpost for humanity.