With Alien: Covenant, which opens Friday in Bay Area theaters, director Ridley Scott returns to the Alien franchise for the third time. Scott directed the very first Alien (1979), as well as the franchise reboot/prequel, Prometheus (2012), and, once again, he shows why he was always the man for the job. A talented but troublesome director with a spotty filmography, Scott seems to be more comfortable in less naturalistic surroundings. In other words, the more alien a place is, the better his films are. In Alien: Covenant, a ship containing 15 crew members, an android, Walter (Michael Fassbender), and many sleeping colonists cruises through space. A deadly accident causes the crew to be prematurely awakened from cryo-sleep.