Originally Posted by in stitches
i found the 2 maintenance guys in the first alien movie to be far more ridiculous than anyone in prometheus. the guys were supposedly top of the line scientists. just morons in street sense. and they did not think they would need that.
No, the maintenance guys were just that - ordinary blue collar maintenance engineers, like you'd get on a seabound freight ship these days. The Nostromo space ship is just an ordinary "tug boat in space" and it was absolutely Ridley Scott's intention that the crew be shown as normal working people, rather than the fantastic, attractive space crews of something like Star Wars.
The dialogue in Alien is very realistic and great writing.
In contrast, Prometheus was a multi trillion dollar first expedition into a new galaxy, all funded by Weyland to go where no one had gone before on an utterly ground breaking mission. Hence hiring cowardly, slacker retards seems rather incongruent.