"I just think maybe God's not watching out for us as closely as we might think. Look, he created the world in, what, six days, five billion years ago. Don't you think by now he's moved on to another project? Do you ever think we're something shitty he threw together for his third grade science fair?"
-- Jon Stewart
Whether it's a belief that a bearded mountaintop god created us or the theory we're the laboratory-generated spawn of extraterrestrials, like in Chariots of the Gods -- an idea that's been spun into endless movies and TV shows including Star Trek -- we tend to be under the narcisistic impression that our creator loves us.
As Stewart jokes, we might very well be mistaken. And as Ridley Scott posits in his new sci-fi film Prometheus, pseudo-prequel to the 1979 classic Alien, there's ample reason to believe the gods are monsters and they may be trying to kill us.
In the same season that's brought us a sci-fi monstrosity like The Avengers, it's a relief to have something else to enjoy, something scary, dark, beautiful and, imagine, intelligent.