As coverage of Alien: Covenant’s presence at SXSW continues, we’re starting to get more detailed reports on the scenes previewed before a special showing of Alien. Specifically, Bloody Disgusting and i09, have given some details recounting on a scene we briefly glimpsed in the trailer where Billy Crudup’s Christopher Oram is attacked by a facehugger. The full scene that was shown gives the context and setup leading to this event. (Beware Spoilers)
“David (Michael Fassbender) is giving Christopher (Billy Crudup) a tour of his workshop, where he’s been working on genetically engineering creatures of his own; he’s become fascinated with these alien creatures in the wake of the events of Prometheus. David shows Christopher a handful of familiar-looking eggs that are part of his process, revealing that he needs a human host in order to complete their birth. That host, of course, is Christopher himself.”
I09 provide more detail, recounting the dialogue exchanged between David and Oram: “So far, the clips all showed beats familiar to fans of the long-running scifi horror series, however, the third one harbored the most morbid twist. In it, we saw Captain Oram talking to an android played by Michael Fassbender. However, this wasn’t the newly revealed Walter model. It’s David, the android last seen in Prometheus, who explained to Oram that he’s become something of an amateur zoologist. As the camera lingered on dissected specimens, David revealed he’s been studying the xenomorph. He explained that he’s mapped how insectoid carriers burst from spores to infect hosts and create hybrid lifeforms. Davis spoke admirably about the adaptive qualities of the xenon as he led Oram to a subterranean chamber filled with the iconic Alien egg sacs. Oram asked about the status of these sacs and David replied that they’re “waiting for mother” and assuring the human they’re “perfectly safe, I assure you.” The flaps of one sac opened, showing motion behind a cloudy membrane. Oram leaned over the opening to peer inside and a face-hugger leapt onto his head. David watched impassively as Oram struggled and died.”
Alien vs. Predator Galaxy can clarify that the intent of this scene is that David is responsible for the creation of these particular eggs. The origins of the Alien species as a whole is not explained in any clear cut manner. As has been noted in several of the recent set reports the Aliens in this film have a deliberate lack of biomechanical in the design because, as Production Designer Chris Seagers explained, “we’re sort of edging into that.”
One of the theories currently going around the fan community is that David is recreating or improving upon old Engineer experiments. At SXSW, Sir Ridley Scott talked about AI and how artificial intelligence was incapable of being “authentically creative,” perhaps suggesting that as an AI David isn’t capable of creating the Aliens?
Sir Ridley Scott’s prequel trilogy definitely seems to be heading in the direction of telling the story of how the Aliens came to be the H.R Giger nightmare that we first encountered in Alien. Only time will tell how Scott gets us there.
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