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The Predator has Become the Prey

Robert J. Sodaro is an American born writer, editor, and digital graphic artist, who loves writing about comics, movies, and literature.

There be Monsters out there!

Not so long ago, in a galaxy that is our own.

Not so long ago, in a galaxy that is our own.

A brief history of the Predator presence on Earth

In 1987 the film Predator dropped, wherein an elite team of U.S. Military soldiers while on an extraction op, crossed paths with an extraterrestrial creature which engaged them in – not so much combat as in a thoroughly macho contest of cat and mouse, where the humans were the mouse. Only two humans survived that encounter, the team leader: Dutch (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and (the unarmed civilian) Anna (Elpidia Carrillo)

Predator 20thCentury FOX

This is where it all begins

Then, in 1990 a sequel was released (which took place in the "then" future of 1997) where an LA cop Lieutenant Mike Harrigan (Danny Glover) and his team of detectives, while attempting to end a gang war amongst a group of drug dealers, came into contact with yet another predator. This time, Harrigan managed to best one of the Predators. (As a throwaway subplot a female member of Harrigan’s team, Leona Cantrell (Maria Conchita Alonso) was spared decapitation when the Predator discovered that, even though she was armed, she was pregnant, and chose to spare her. More on this later).

There is another...

Anything worth doing, is worth doing again...

Anything worth doing, is worth doing again...

A very Alien detail in the trophy room

One of the coolest moments in Predator 2 occurred during the movie’s climax. Just before his final showdown with the Predator, while Detective Harrigan is wandering around its ship. He comes across a trophy room, with several skulls of game hunted by the extraterrestrial on display. One especially mean-looking elongated one clearly belongs to an Alien Xenomorph, placing both the Aliens and Predators in the same universe 14 years before they actually meet on film.

A very special trophy

Two xenomorphs for the price of one

Two xenomorphs for the price of one

Predators, meet Aliens!

In 2004, 20th Century Fox (which owned both the Predator and Alien franchises – Alien debuted in ’79, with sequels in ’80, ’86, ’92, & ’97) finally decided to release a team-up of these twin ET franchises. Hence the first Alien vs. Predator mash-up. In this initial offering the twin beasties finally clash during an archaeological expedition on Bouvet Island in Antarctica. Here a team of (human) archaeologists and scientists, and hired guns find themselves caught up in a battle between the two legends. Soon, the team realize that only one species can win. Here we are treated to Lance Henriksen playing Charles Bishop Weyland, the CEO of Weyland Corp. (which in the original Alien film was the corporation that launched the Nostromo where Ripley & her crew first interacted with the first Alien film). Henriksen also appeared in Aliens and Alien3where he played the robot “Bishop”. So, you know, cool callback, eh?)

A clash of titans!

At last they meet!

At last they meet!

And the sequels keep on coming!

At the end of the Aliens vs. Predator film, we learn (in a post-credit scene) that one of the Predators who was killed, was actually “impregnated” by an alien, and is now aboard a Predator ship, and looking for new kills. All of which leads us into Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007),

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Aliens versus Predators

Now we go to their planet

The film Predators (2010) begins with Royce (Adrien Brody), Isabelle (Alice Braga) and others being parachuted into a jungle on an alien world where they are hunted by a group of Predators. The group is a mixed bag of soldiers, criminals, and the like (Royce is a CIA Merc, Isabella is IDF, etc.). This encounter winds up with Royce and Isabella as the only survivors who must now face off against a new group parachuting into the jungle.

I don't think we're in Kansas any more...

The same Predators, but a different planet.

The same Predators, but a different planet.

More Aliens; more Predators

A pair of new solo Alien films dropped in ’12, & ’17, with a new solo Predator film (The Predator) showing up in 2018. In this film, a young a young boy Rory McKenna (Jacob Tremblay) accidentally triggers the return of Predators to Earth. Only now, the universe’s most lethal hunters are stronger, smarter, and deadlier than ever, as they have genetically upgraded themselves with the DNA from other species. And now a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled science teacher are the last line of defense to prevent the end of the human race.

One ugly Muther...

A-yup, these guys are ugly!

A-yup, these guys are ugly!

Pray for the prey

All of which brings us to the 2022 Hulu film, Prey, where a Predator appears on Earth in 1719, and winds up going up against a tribe of Comanches as well as a contingent of French trappers. This time (for the first time) it is a (young) woman, Naru, (Amber Midthunder) and her older brother Taabea (Dakota Beavers), to go up against the Predator. In spite of the fact that everyone in her tribe sees her as a squaw, Naru is really a skilled female warrior, who stands up to fight the Predator in order to protect her tribe against one of the first highly evolved Predators to (apparently) ever land on Earth (this in spite of what we may have learned from the very first teaming of these twin extraterrestrial monsters back in ‘04).

There's a new Prey out there...

There's a new sheriff in town.

There's a new sheriff in town.

An eye towards the future

Needless to say, with the addition of Prey, the entire franchise has been supercharged, with fans suggesting a whole new direction, with Predators dropping down in various time periods, facing off against 1920 Chicago mobsters, in Feudal Japan against samurais, etc. To which we can only say; “Go for it!”

Waiting on the Thunder

The times they are a-changin'

The times they are a-changin'

Prey Review

Follow this link to read my review of the Hulu film, Prey.


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