No wonder we’ve such an appetite for creation myths and other fictions that give us star billing...and often starry beginnings. Leaving aside the many strange tales attached to actual religions – of which, at the very least, the overwhelming majority must be make believe – then the major recurring theme is of deliberate extra-terrestrial intervention. Sometimes it’s a little nudge that lifts us above other creatures as in 2001, but far more popular is the idea we were deliberately “seeded” by aliens.
My personal favourite is the original late 50s BBC series Quatermass & The Pit . But another neat variant is The Chase, a 1993 episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation which explained away the fact that pretty much every alien the crew of the Enterprise run into looks pretty similar (only with varying hues, facial bumps and pointy bits) by having them discover a message hidden in the DNA of the different humanoid species that reveals they share a common ancestor which long ago seeded life across the galaxy.
It comes to mind because, as best as I can decipher the clues from the various snippets released about Prometheus, it seems to have a not entirely dissimilar storyline. And that brings us back to where we began. If not necessarily how.