First, Scott had speculated about the Space Jockeys over the years starting with the first DVD commentary for "Alien".
- He said that the Juggernauts/Derelict were warships; bombers in space. How that worked was shown by David in "Covenant".
I was pleasantly surprised that this was implemented in the Covenant. But can you imagine the same with the original idea, without breaking your mind? Bombing ovomorphs instead of ampoules. The eggs descend to the planet's surface in ordered rows, like a DNA double helix? Or even without a gravitational elevator, they fall onto the planet's surface from a height of several hundred meters. Will they shatter on impact or bounce off like a rubber ball?
Thanks for that. Until your comment I had never specifically imagined how the Space Jockeys would literally bomb a planet using some stage of the Xenomorph lifecycle. Bouncing eggs/ovomorps could look comical (something like this in our world was seen with a couple of bouncing Mars landers).
It's these concepts at the early storyboard stage when a filmmaker has to decide what makes the most sense on screen; visually and financially.
Over the years, as a bomber payload, the idea of the black goo works better as a weapon of mass destruction as well as being less expensive to film.
Honestly, years ago when I learned of Ridley's original bomber idea, I didn't think he thought that Xenomorphs were being thrown onto a planet from space but instead I thought that the Space Jockeys would land, open the hatch and then turn the Xenomorphs loose.
Thanks again for a fun post.