It’s not a spoiler to reveal that there’s a little something extra at the end of Prometheus. It’s become de rigeur for potential blockbusters to offer a laugh or a teaser to those fans who sit through the credits (not that one shouldn’t stay anyway, out of respect for the key grips and costume assistants of the world). But those who stick around after the Ridley Scott horror-space movie, out in the U.S. this Friday and overseas last week, just get pointed online, to the website of Weyland Industries, the imaginary corporation behind the space ship Prometheus’ mission. Unless you’re trying to stay totally uninformed—in which case, why are you reading this?—the website is friendly for those who haven’t yet seen the film. It’s also impressively sprawling.
So, for anyone who wants to go into their Prometheus viewing experience with a little more background on Weyland, we break down the three coolest features of the company’s website:
This page’s URL is touted at the end of the movie, even though a corporate timeline is a pretty basic function. That said, most corporate timelines aren’t of the future. While it will be worth revisiting after you’ve seen Prometheus, when the evolution of the David android and the invention of hypersleep chambers will be of a bit more interest, there’s still plenty to check out before the movie, especially the milestones of the more recent future. We learn that, as well as being only four years away from solving global warming, we are only months away from Weyland’s incorporation, due for this coming Oct. 11. A quick search of other things planned for 10/11/12 provides an even deeper hint of something fun to come: sure, there’s a chance that a Prometheus tie-in will show up at a Barbra Streisand concert in Brooklyn, but we’ll have our eyes on the opening day of New York Comic-Con.
Well, here’s another hint at things to come: in the next 11 years, a lot will change at TED’s ideas-conference hub. For one thing, TED talks will have become super sparkly, arena-filling events—and PowerPoint seems to have become a thing of the past. Also, our attention spans seem doomed to shrink, because (unless it’s supposed to be only an introduction) Peter Weyland, the founder of Weyland Corp., only gets three minutes instead of the 15-20 regularly granted to speakers today. But what a three minutes it is! After watching it, we’ve got more insight into the meaning of the multiple mentions of Lawrence of Arabia throughout Prometheus, a bit of a refresher on the ancient Prometheus myth and a much better understanding of the scope of Weyland’s ambitions.
We almost feel bad pointing you to this, especially in the middle of a workday. The narrative framework here—that you can take some aptitude tests for job applicants at Weyland’s Project Prometheus—is pretty cool, but that’s not the important part. The important part is that the tests, simple arrow-key and clicking games that requires no thought at all, are addictive. They seems so easy and yet they’re not. It’s not clear what the number in your score actually means. And it’s only a minute of play-time so you can play over and over and over again, starting…now.