It was . . . not awful. Quite good in fact.
If I had to rank it, it would be below Alien/Aliens, but slightly above Alien 3 (though the reasons to downgrade it are similar) but I’ll address that in the spoilery portion.
The crew was far more relatable and well-characterized than the crew of the Prometheus. There were some redshirts among the bunch, but there were more than a few standouts you were rooting for. I particularly liked Danny McBride’s Tennessee and Carmine Ejogo’s doctor character, Karine. Fassbender was flat-out amazing in both roles.
The pacing was solid. We open up into a normal day aboard the colony ship, which suddenly descends into catastrophe. This gives us a chance to get a look at the crew in a crisis situation, as well as to see how they deal with the aftereffects. The answer is some better than others, but the specifics of who and why will be important later.
The tension builds slowly to the climax, backs off a bit to let you catch you breath, then amps up again for a close that never really felt like much of a threat (more on that later). This is redeemed by a pretty solid, though quirky, ending twist.
4/5. A must-watch if you’re a fan of the series.
Huge, ginormous spiders – err, spoilers – past this point.