Yea, good discussion.
Now that you mention it, science teams in the Alien films were much more capable and believable. Been a while since I've seen those ;S. It would also be in Weyland's best interest to get a strong team on board.
From a storytelling perspective, the strong crews in those films also made the threat much more clear.
Overall, I thought the premise and experience (design, visuals, atmosphere, I loved watching this in 3d) were fantastic. But isn't it strange how most of the problems we discussed are at a very basic level? How were these not sifted out?
Lovecraft is something I still have to try out. Just one of those things in that long list of stuff yet to be read/watched. Guess I'll move him up a few spots, haha. I actually have Andrei Tarkovsky's Solyaris waiting to be watched as well....