Predator prequel Prey — that’s fun to say out loud — came to Hulu on Friday (and Disney Plus Star outside the US), bringing the iconic sci-fi series back to 1719. It pits one of the alien hunters against Comanche Nation tribespeople like Naru (Amber Midthunder), and it’s absolutely excellent.
“This is easily the best Predator movie we’ve had since the original, with a well-developed protagonist (and her excellent dog), a rich cultural basis and clever use of an iconic movie monster,” I wrote in my CNET review.
It builds to a memorable finale, hints at what happened afterward in its beautiful animated credits sequences and includes an awesome reference to 1990’s Predator 2. Let’s dive in — but be warned: This stuff will make you a SPOILER Tyrannosaurus, just like me.
We can kill it
Having seen her fellow Comanche Nation warriors and the deeply unpleasant French poachers slaughtered by the Predator, Naru lures the beast into a trap in the dark forest. She kills it using a combination of her knowledge of the environment, the weapons she’s gathered (including a familiar flintlock pistol with the engraving “Raphael Adolini 1715” — more on that later) and the Predator’s own tech.
Covered in the alien’s luminous green blood, she brings its decapitated head back to camp and is honored as a hunter by her tribe. It mirrors the sequence in which her brother Taabe (Dakota Beavers) did so with the lion earlier in the movie, after she failed to. In killing the Predator that took Taabe’s life, Naru has proved herself to be the tribe’s biggest badass.
And they all lived happily ever after. Except…
We get a supercool animated recap of the movie’s events over the first section of the credits, with one additional wrinkle. The final image pans to show a Predator ship coming…